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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.

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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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The February Sud-Ouest Arrondissement/Borough council meeting will be on February 2nd, 2010.  A group of citizens from Pointe-St-Charles is expected to ask several questions about the CN Yards project in the Pointe.  For those who live in the Pointe who want to go to with others to the council meeting, the meeting place is at Charlevoix Metro station at 18:15 on Tuesday.

Citizens who want to ask our borough/arrondissement councillors and staff questions, it is best to arrive before 7 pm to register your question.

Sud-Ouest Arrondissement/Borough Council Meeting

  • Date: Tuesday, February 2nd.  19:00
  • Location: 815 rue Bel-Air, near Lionel-Groulx metro station.

Anyone who would like to comment about the Council meeting is welcome to reply to this blog posting.

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January 12, 2010 will mark the second Sud-Ouest borough/arrondissement council meeting of the new council. Last month’s meeting was a full house, with many questions from citizens.  There was a general mood of optimism from the elected officials and citizens.  Let’s hope this optimism continues, and progress put into action.   If you would like to ask our elected representatives questions, you may sign up between 18:15 to 19:00.

Location: 815, rue Bel-Air. Room 2-101. Near Metro Lionel Groulx
Date & Time: January 12, 2010. 19:00.
Agenda: Click here.

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The Christmas tree pickup in the Sud-Ouest arrondissement will be on Wednesday January 13th and Wednesday January 20th.  Make sure you take off all of the decorations and tinsel before you put the tree on the curb.

The Christmas tree pickup service is available to most Montrealers.   To verify the dates and times the tree pickup, consult your arrondissement website.

Version française, cité sur le site de l’arrondissement Le Sud-Ouest:

Votre arbre de Noël a … droit à une seconde vie. On le transforme en copeaux pour le jardinage. Avant de le mettre à la rue, prenez bien soin de le débarrasser de ses décorations et de son emballage. Les collectes se feront les mercredis 13 et 20 janvier 2010.


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