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Sweet Tweets: Who We Follow on Twitter and Why We Love Them


These days, it seems like everyone is on Twitter. And why not? In 140 characters or less, you can connect with people and businesses that offer insider tips, tell you what’s happening in real time, and sometimes serve up great deals. That’s why we’re sharing who we at @whereottawa follow — and why we love them. By Misa Kobayashi.

For entertainment, the folks at the National Arts Centre are tops. Their Twitter profile is alight with interaction between the NAC and arts and entertainment lovers, which shows the centre’s passion for connecting with its audience. Here you’ll find the latest news, plus neat features from the NAC’s blog, such as profiles and posts on what’s happening behind the scenes. They also do periodic Twitter ticket giveaways, so keep an eye out.
Heard on Twitter: @CanadasNAC What goes on in the mind of a composer? Watch this video to find out bit.ly/tyFjn1 #nacotour /JC

This is the place to go for hockey fans. Tickets are a steal ($12-$21.50), and Ottawa’s junior hockey team uses the account as a place to centralize the buzz surrounding the team. Here you’ll find tweets from players, fan comments, game news, recaps, and more. A very interactive space when you want to communicate with other sports fans.
Heard on Twitter: @Ottawa67sHockey Dalton Smith (@dsmitty33) scores the winner in the 6th round of the shootout and leads the 67’s over the Spirit 6-5!! #OHL #Go67sGo

Play Food & Wine

Play Food & Wine is a fine dining restaurant known for its evolving selection of small plates, as well as its large selection of wines by the glass. It’s also a favourite among local foodies for the attentive service. The same attention is paid to the restaurant’s Twitter account, which is manned by the Wine Director and Senior Service Manager, Grayson McDiarmid. Drop him a line before your visit and he just might stop by your table to say hello, or let him know what you thought of the experience (he loves hearing from customers). McDiarmid’s other tweets include musings on the local food and wine scene, plus great new menu items or wines they’re trying out.
Heard on Twitter: @playfoodandwine: @laurendorphin @nanceTO We are always happy to have vegans. Our chefs get creative with what we call “vegan surprise” with local produce

Cupcake shops have been sprouting up all over town, which is good news for those who love these petite sweets. Besides having dense, rich cupcakes in a veritable smorgasbord of flavours (loaded with icing), The Flour Shoppe is also one to watch on Twitter. Owner Melissa Somers often slips in timely, funny tweets that can score you a free cupcake or a great deal, and we know your mouth will be watering when she lists the daily flavours.
Heard on Twitter: @TheFlourShoppe Such a gloomy day outside today. Get 6 cupcakes for $10 when you tell us “Cupcakes brighten my day!”.

Gypsy and Company

They don’t have a ton of followers, but we think that should change. This hip vintage store offers yummy vegetarian bites at its original location (209 Gilmour St.), and just opened a second shop at 203 Dalhousie St. in December. The owner, Aria Leroux, tweets about what’s on the menu, new stock, fashion, music, and community events, all in a very conversational, friendly tone.
Heard on Twitter: @gypsyandcompany We’re cooking up some more soup today at the shop, and have some fabulous new fall accessories out on the floor! Swing by and visit, 11-6 Xo

Not on Twitter? Don’t worry, you can still check out these accounts by going to their websites, or doing a quick online search.

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