This article originally appeared on our sister site, StittsvilleCentral.ca.
Kathleen Edwards is opening a coffee shop called Quitters on Stittsville Main, just south of Abbott Street.
There are signs up now on the building and renovations are underway inside. The cafe will open in the next few weeks.
Edwards, 36, is a well-known musician who grew up in the Ottawa area and now lives in Stittsville. She’s a multiple Juno nominee, has been shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize, and her latest album went as high as #39 in the United States and #2 in Canada.
“I decided to take a pretty indefinite break from music,” said Edwards in an interview with the Ottawa Sun earlier this year.
“In all honesty, the last round of touring really beat me down … I’m just not ready to get back on the horse with songwriting, because I’m still coming through a difficult time, and I don’t want to write music about it. I don’t want to live in the past and reminisce about all this painful s— and then go and put it all on stage again.”
Edwards has some experience in the coffee business: she once worked as a barista at the Starbucks on Elgin Street.