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About Us

We believe that performing artists around the region should have access to high-quality products and excellent customer service from a store that is dedicated to the community. Whether you are performing in your living room or performing on stage, Malabar's friendly and knowledgeable staff will be happy to help you with all of your outfitting needs. Offering products such as dance attire, theatrical and SPFX makeup, costumes, accessories and novelty items, we are devoted to our customers all year round.

History

In the 1970s, Malabar Ottawa moved from its original location on Rideau Street where it had been located since it opened in 1966 to a quaint warehouse on Merivale Road. After 35 years at that Merivale Road location, Malabar was ready for a larger space that offered easier access and better lighting just up the street. The new location at 1610 Merivale Road has plenty of room for its huge supply of costumes and accessories, dance wear, makeup, and novelties. The rental section, thanks to Malabar's most recent expansion in 2009, now showcases a large variety of costumes and features the hand-crafted time-period costumes created by master tailor and Malabar Ltd. Owner Luigi Speca and his team in the Toronto workroom.

Store manager Blane Holtz undertook much of the renovations himself, building all of the wooden cabinetry, shelving and counters. The real stone archway (shown to the right) is a particularly popular feature in the store, separating the year-round costume- and rental sections from the rest of the shop.

Community

We believe that loyal customers should be rewarded, so we created the Raise the Barre Club. For a small $5.00 donation to Roger's House, customers will receive 10% off their regular-priced dance wear, shoes and tights for a year. That means each year, we offer between $10 000 and $20 000 to support the families of terminally ill children in the community.

Social Media

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Pointe Shoes:

You can book your appointment by phone or online:

  1. Facebook.com/malabarottawa (SetMore Appointment App)
  2. ottawapointe@malabar.net
  3. http://malabarottawapointe.setmore.com

Come on in!

1610 Merivale Rd. Nepean, ON K2G 3K3

*A $25 fitting fee applies if you do not purchase/order a pair of pointe shoes.

Products

 

Dance:
RAD and ADAPT uniforms, shoes, bodysuits, pants, shorts, skirts, tights, tops, sweaters, active wear, hair accessories, jewelry, makeup, pointe shoes and kits, tutus, dresses, performance wear, accessories, bags, miscellaneous
Special ordering available: Yes

Gymnastics:
bodysuits, tops, shorts, sweaters, pants, gym slippers, toe shoes, accessories, bags
Special ordering available: Yes

Rental Costumes:
time-period, international, careers, fantasy, movie, mascot, Holiday, Halloween, animal, Western, kingdom, licensed and unlicensed, hats and crinoline, miscellaneous.
Special ordering available: Please inquire

Retail Costumes:
Men's & Women's: scary, creepy, fantasy, licensed, unlicensed, movie, superhero, career, animal, holiday, Halloween, corsets, capes, Steam Punk, clown, miscellaneous
Special ordering available: Yes, but limited

Novelties and Accessories:
hats, helmets and fascinators; weapons; masks; wigs, beards and moustaches; boas and time-period accessories; tiaras; wings; miscellaneous
Special ordering available: Yes, but limited

Makeup and SP/FX:
cream face-paint; water-based face-paint; UV face-paint; alcohol-activated BIC face-paint; hair sprays, comb-in colours and waxes; glitter powder, eye shadow, 3D effects, mascara, lipstick; lip liners and colours; eye shadows and blushes; nail-polish; banana powder and other colour-sets; setting powders; brushes and cleansers; adhesives and removers; prostheses and prosthetic paint; teeth; liquid latex; fake blood; bald caps; kits; coloured contacts; miscellaneous
Special ordering available: Yes, but limited

Studio Ambassador Program:

Studio Ambassadors create the link between studios and Malabar. Each studio selects 1 or 2 representatives to meet with us once a month to discuss new products, dress code requirements, important dates and costuming needs. Ambassadors also get to test new products and helps us decide what fashion items to bring in for the season. Ambassadors receive special rewards at the store and get to write about their dance experience for our online media. The term runs August to June each year. Anyone interested in applying must do so in June or July of the year they would like to begin. Interested applicants may email Lisa at ottawa@malabar.net. Please include a recommendation from a studio teacher or director.

Contact

1610 Merivale Road, Ottawa
Phone: 613 225 8374
Fax: 613 225 7878
Email: ottawa@malabar.net

General Manager: Russell Webster
Rental Managers:
      Jenny Coutts (maternity leave)
      Ainsley Somerville