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Brand and logo design for a boutique Ottawa gift shop

boogie + birdie is a country-inspired gift shop in downtown Ottawa. It's the kind of place that makes you lose all sense of time while browsing its one-of-a-kind items. The shop has evolved over its 5 years of existence and needed a new brand to more acurately reflect its chic but down-to-earth vibe.


Digging into the shop's background
In our kickoff brand strategy workshop, I learned from shop owner Christa about the shop's target client, business values and goals, and her vision for the future.

I discovered that Christa based her concept of the store on small-town country shops, with lots of handmade items with stories and personable experiences for her customers. She wanted people to feel like they'd been transported to the country in the middle of the city (case in point: there's an actual full tree in the back of the store!)

She also mentioned that most of the stock she carries ultimately promotes comfort: from blankets to candles to tea and mugs.

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Chic comfort + small town charm as a brand
I created a refreshed brand identity for the store that expresses its essence: comfort, nature and the feeling of retreat. The new logo features a nature-inspired symbol with leaf-like shapes, that also stands for the shop's name origin ('boogie' and 'birdie' are Christa and her sister's childhood nicknames). The pattern inside the leaves represents the stitches of knitted items a.k.a. the ultimate comfort.

The brand's colours are pastel and taken directly from nature, with all seasons represented. Paired with a classic (and Canadian-made!) font, the new brand is elegant and timeless.


Brand applications throughout the store
We applied the new brand elements across the whole shop: from business cards, to hang tags, to the store window. There are so many ways to creatively apply a cohesive brand look, like Christa's idea to match her tissue paper to the new brand colours, or using the pattern in the logo as a large-scale window vinyl decoration.


boogie + birdie branded window mockup

The result is an elegant brand that, paired with the shop's selection of beautiful items for sale and personable attitude towards customers, more accurately reflects Christa's 'country retreat in the city' vision for her business. 

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Barbara Kowalski
Currently based in Ottawa, Canada


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