By Karen Turner, Ottawa Citizen, Posted March 22 2015
Call it pure luck or pure determination, but Amber Stratton and Jen Dalgleish have come a long way from selling handmade clay jewelry to their Grade 6 classmates in Manotick.
Fast-forward 23 years, the longtime best friends now own two Pure Yoga Ottawa studios (270 Richmond Rd. and 359 Bank St.) and recently opened Pure Kitchen (formerly Milagro Grill at 357 Richmond Rd.), a vegetarian restaurant and juice bar in Westboro.
“It was part of our vision from the beginning,” says Stratton, of their plan to combine their love of yoga and healthy eating. (They also have an online yoga clothing line called Pure Apparel.) “We want to create a pure lifestyle: eat clean, stay active and do yoga.”
On the surface, two women could not be more different: Stratton is a tall, talkative blond with a killer figure who cries at Tim Hortons’ commercials. Dalgleish is a shy, petite brunette with piercing blue eyes and cute dimples. It takes time, but she eventually warms up to you.
Both women are beautiful, fit and 34, they talk with their eyes like an old married couple, share a love for yoga and travel and often show up to work wearing the same outfit. Both live in Westboro, talk constantly throughout the day to each other and firmly believe you don’t need a university degree to realize your dreams.
“It’s true what they say: University isn’t for everyone. If you find your passion, you can make things happen,” says Stratton, who got married last fall to Ottawa restaurateur Dave Leith, one of the original owners of Fresco’s on Elgin Street. “It’s cool to see our vision becoming real.”