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Exploring Enterprise is a series featuring new local businesses in the Southwest. Here we interview Mathieu Forte, founder of Chez-Vous Fashion Exchange.

1. What is Chez-Vous?

Chez-Vous is gently used second hand clothing store. It’s for men and women, but the women’s section is a bit bigger, as they tend to be. It’s located at 515 Atwater, on the corner of Notre-Dame, one block away from Lionel Groulx metro and the Atwater Market.

The concept is to reuse and recycle clothing. It’s buy/trade/sell. So there’s an incentive to bring your clothes here. You’re not just ‘getting rid’ of stuff or donating it to a place that knows nothing about clothing or fashion. You’ll know that your clothes will have a second home here. That also makes us pretty picky about the pieces we take. Everything is high quality. It’s rare that you’ll find something from H&M, although sometimes they make quality pieces.

2. Why did you start Chez-Vous?

I started Chez-Vous for many reasons. I knew I was the entrepreneur type and I had been looking for an idea that serves a need, contributes to the community and reduces waste. I found what I was looking for in New York last year, which is the buy/trade/sell concept for clothing. It was exactly what I was looking for. Not for business initially, but for myself. I used to skateboard – a lot – and had a couple of sponsors, so I had a tun of great clothes I didn’t wear. In fact most of the men’s section initially was from my wardrobe, and it’s almost all gone now.

Everything about this business made sense to me. So I did my research, met with a coach and things lined up seamlessly, so I said “screw it – let’s do it”. I never thought I’d open a clothing store, but thing’s just worked out that way. If I didn’t start this business I’d be working for someone else, earning a lot more for a cause I probably didn’t care for. I think for more than anything I started this for the experience. 2 months in and what I’ve learned so far has been priceless. I knew that coming in.

3. How is Chez-Vous of value to the people of the southwest?

The south west is a diverse area. There’s still a ‘poorer’ population, but there are also wealthier districts – and everything in between. McGill has an entire residency a few blocks away and St-Henri is filled with students.

That being said Chez-Vous’ priority is to reuse and recycle clothing. The business’s bloodstream is providing affordable and high quality clothing. It’s a fashion exchange. We get clothes from all types of people and people get to make a couple of bucks from their clothes, rather than donating them. So everybody wins.

Details

Address: 515 Atwater, on the corner of Notre-Dame

Tuesday-Friday: 11-6; Saturday: 11-5; Sunday+Monday: Closed

Check out their Facebook page to keep up to date on new merch, sales and upcoming events.

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Exploring Enterprise is a series featuring new local businesses in the Southwest. If you’ve recently opened a business in the Southwest or know someone who has, email us at lesudouestmtl@gmail.com for a feature.

 

Welcome back to Exploring Southwest Montreal. 

After a long hiatus, the blog will be seeing some new content in the coming days, weeks, months. For those who are new, or who have forgotten, here is what we’re about:

This blog is for anyone who is interested in the south west part of Montreal. The predominate focus is the Sud-Ouest arrondissement (St-Henri, Little Burgundy, Point St-Charles, Ville-Emard, Cote-St-Paul).  On occasion there will be postings about about Verdun, Lasalle, Lachine, and beyond. I shall be posting info about art exhibits, helpful hints to living in our neighbourhoods, borough meetings and politics, community group info, history, and links to other places.

As a resident of le sud-ouest, I too desire to become more a part of the fabric of this great city within a city. With that said, I encourage you to email me with any ideas for the blog. Feel free to email events, news stories, and anything relevant to the residents of Le Sud-Ouest.

Cheers,

Michael

lesudoestmtl at gmail dot com

Joe Beef Market, 2010

Message from the Point History Society and the PSC Community Theatre:

Joe Beef Market takes place this Saturday, September 11 th 2010, at the Joe Beef Park, located on Centre Street, at the corner of Richmond in Point St. Charles, from 10am until 4pm.

This event is a joint effort between the PSC Community Theatre and the Point History Society with the objective of bringing local History alive and having some fun doing it ! It is a real family event !

Some of the activities planned for this year include:

  • Historical skits by the PSC Community Theatre, with actors dressed in period costumes, and highlighting both Joe Beef and Thomas C. Keefer. Each year we honour an individual that has a street named after him/her in the Point and this year it is Thomas Keefer. (A small part of Atwater St. in the Point was recently changed to Thomas Keefer Street)
  • A number of Artisan Booths selling very interesting & unique goods
  • Joe Beef will be serving Free Soup from noon until 1pm
  • Some Irish music by Belfast-Andi
  • Information booths from Parks Canada & the Montreal Fire Museum
  • And much more…..

And this year, for the first time, we will also have an afternoon of free entertainment with a variety of singers; dancers, and other talent acts from both the Point – and other parts of the city.

There be lots of stuff to see and do, so if you have an opportunity, do drop by the Joe Beef Market this Saturday.

Griffintown is Waiting

Check out this wonderful article published in the Gazette, Griffintown is Waiting.  The Gazette also provides a list of interesting places in the neighbourhood that you can visit: Landmarks tell as story of a neighbourhood.

The speed limit on residential streets in the Sud-Ouest arrondissement is now 40 KM/hr.

Ma rue a ses limites

This includes some major roads such as Monk, Centre and Notre-Dame.  Some major streets/highways remain at 50 km/hr.   Speed limits near parks and schools are 30 km/hr.

For a complete map of the speed limits in the Sud-Ouest, click here. Additional information is available in English and French.

Where: Village des Tanneries. Cazelais street and 780 St-Remi.

When: June 5, 2010. 1PM until 10 PM

A roster of bands will perform live on stage; a bazaar, a BBQ as well as a group photo exhibit and film screening about Turcot will take place. Local businesses and merchants are contributing food and $700 in prizes. Lucky winners will win supper with the borough mayor Benoit Dorais at restaurant Bitoque, luxury spa treatments, gift certificates as well as hourly door prizes. Proceeds of the $5 raffle tickets sold will help finance 2010 summer projects in the Village des Tanneries.

http://fetedesvoisins-solidaires.wikispaces.com/

The Sud-Ouest Arrondissement will be distributing free flowers and other plants on May 29th. The flowers and plants are distributed on a first-come first-served basis.  Get there early!  All that was left by 9:15 last year was a few shrubs and impatients.   The dogwood that I acquired last year is going strong.

Don’t forget to bring proof that you live in the Arrondiseement (ie. bill statement). This annual event is a great way to meet your neighbours and talk about gardening.

When: Saturday May 29th 2010. Starting at 9 AM…people start lining up around 8:45.

Where:

  • Parc Sir-George-Étienne-Cartier (rue Notre-Dame Ouest)
  • La Coalition de la Petite-Bourgogne (741, rue des Seigneurs)
  • Le Centre Saint-Charles (1055, rue Hibernia)
  • Le Parc Clifford (angle Hadley et Clifford à l’extrémité de la rue Laurendeau).
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