There is a new sewing store in Ottawa called Fabrications. Desperately needed in my opinion. I was very excited to see from their website that they carry patterns from all sorts of independent companies -- Oliver and S, Sewaholic, Megan Nielsen, Colette. No more shipping costs, yay! And they have lots of classes, including some advanced ones. The online sewing community is fabulous for so many things but sometimes it would be nice to actually talk to someone in person :).
I haven't been yet but one of my girls is going to a birthday party in the area this weekend so it will be a perfect chance for me to check out their fabric selection. And maybe pick up some "this took forever" labels for my next round of homemade gifts :).