A bright addition to Hintonburg

This article first appeared in the Kitchissippi Times on Feb. 18, 2016

Soon to join Hintonburg’s already impressive collection of storefronts, Malenka Originals will be moving to a new location on March 1 at 1098B Somerset West. Owned and operated by Katrina Barclay, Malenka Originals is part upcycled furniture store, part paint shop, and part learning centre, with a special focus on a brand of paint developed by UK-based expert Annie Sloan.

On top of being much more central than its current location in Britannia Village, Katrina hopes to take part in the unique trends of the area’s local business community.

Katrina has always seen Hintonburg as “an edgy and interesting place,” and comments that “what we’re starting to see take hold is that businesses are really starting to focus on making and sharing and learning.”

Malenka Originals owner Katrina Barclay with employee Christina Maal. Photo by Ellen Bond
Malenka Originals owner Katrina Barclay with employee Christina Maal. Photos by Ellen Bond

According to Katrina, this is what Malenka Originals has always been about: sharing a passion and providing people with a creative outlet. Katrina’s painting workshops are quick to fill up. She has also made time to organize workshops in partnership with other local maker-style businesses, such as the Maker House Co. and has lent her expertise to the Ottawa Tool Library as one of their volunteer Tool Educators.

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