Ask Julia Foley what it means to “Love” local and she’ll tell you it’s about “Community over competition”. It’s about businesses working together to support each other for the betterment of the client. With her new event company Love: Local Ottawa Valley Events and event space The Barn (7109 Cty Rd 29 South), she hopes to highlight the products and talents of local vendors. “Everyone knows it as The Barn, it’s what it’s always been” Foley said when asked about the name. The “Old” Barn as she refers to it is a local landmark and one that has seen many incarnations. She recounted that she had a history with the space, having previously worked as a waitress at the establishment when it was opened in 2000/2001. The current owner purchased the venue in 2011 and is embracing Foley’s vision for a full service event space. Whether you are booking a spot for a wedding, Stag & Doe, Seminar, Fundraiser or Anniversary, Foley’s team can bring it to life within any budget. Inclusive packages allow clients to have a one stop shop turnkey event. The Barn offers a capacity of 135 upstairs and 95 downstairs, as well as an outdoor patio and soon to come outdoor wedding ceremony space. It offers four season comfort with air conditioning and two working fireplaces which also have the benefit of providing a breathtaking backdrop for photos. Clients must choose from a list of local vendors for everything from photography, linens, entertainment, sound and lighting, catering to make your event a memorable one. Rather than being prohibitive, Foley stresses that this offers the client the very best in tried and trusted service versus using an unfamiliar vendor. An easy drive to Kanata, in the heart of the Ottawa Valley it’s an easy drive for guests coming from all over the area. Check out the space first hand on March 27th for Easter Brunch or save the date for Mother’s Day Brunch. They will also be hosting monthly networking nights for small businesses and local vendors. These are free 2 hour brainstorming sessions about various topics designed to help support businesses and encourage growth. The next session is April 17th from 6-8pm, RSVP on The Barn: Weddings + Events Facebook page. For information about booking an event contact firstname.lastname@example.org. A website is set to be launched in the coming weeks.