Ward 14 - Max & Devon
What passion drove you to your business and how did you guys become business partners?
Max: The passion is Vintage.
Devon: It was Max’s idea to combine a consignment shop with a full service bar, when he explained the concept to me I knew he had something dynamic.
What does Ottawa bring to your business?
Devon: The people of Ottawa bring money.
Max: The City of Ottawa takes money.
Being in business is tough, what keeps you up at night?
Max: I truly haven’t had good sleep in years... Devon: I sleep like a baby….in the sense that I get up every couple of hours crying and soiled.
What is your favourite part of your work?
Devon: Conversations! We’re blessed with the eclectic nature of our customers. All the different perspectives discussing the big topics of our times, makes for some great bar chat.
Max: Making Gravy.
What is the best cocktail Ward 14 serves up?
Devon: They're all so unique, they scratch different itches. Probably “The Good Crazy” (jalapeño and cilantro infused margarita).
Max: All our bartenders get to design their own cocktail for the menu, I enjoy the research and development phase.
Favourite place for coffee or tea?
Devon: Easy…Ministry of Coffee in Hintonburg.
Favourite neighbourhood in Ottawa?
Max: Probably Little Italy all of a sudden.
Devon: Rideau street…I just love what the city has done with it.
What is the best way to spend a day off work?
Devon: Nordik Spa
Max: I love sorting buttons.
If Justin Trudeau would walk into your bar what would he buy?
Max: We have a lot of Canadian folk art he would dig.
Devon: I would try to sell him a national childcare strategy.
What's the one item in your bar that is not for sale and why?
Max: The giant lava lamp is definitely priced not to move.
Devon: Everything must go!