Regine Paquette and Katie Frappier speak on their journey of opening their own clothing boutique.

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Regine Paquette and Katie Frappier are co-owners of Victoire, a women’s boutique specializing in Canadian designers. Opened in 2006, Victoire now includes two locations in Ottawa on Wellington Street West and in the Byward Market on Dalhousie St. Victoire has been named one of the 10 best shops to buy a dress in Canada by Canwest Media, and has garnered a loyal following. Regine and Katie work hard to distinguish Victoire in the competitive retail industry, where they are up against businesses with much deeper pockets. They do so through creative merchandising, friendly and eager staff, special events (including the legendary twice yearly vintage dress sale), and by stocking exclusive Canadian designers. With their roots in community organizing, Regine and Katie’s strategy for growing a strong and profitable business is to treat their customers, other business owners and the creative community as inspired collaborators.

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