Originally established in 1974, Figure 8 Boutique Limited was created by Mrs. Madeleine Simard, an entrepreneurial woman who started in a simple way by selling skates in her home basement. Shortly after starting the business, assessing the reaction of her customers and wanting to meet local by-law restrictions, Mrs. Simard moved her growing business to a commercial site. Bank loan in hand she pressed forward to create Ottawa's first store dedicated to servicing the figure skating community's needs.
Today, after more than eight expansions and three changes of address, Figure 8 has adapted itself to its ever-changing market to be one of Canada's leading skate retailers. Never changing their focus from figure skating, Figure8 has expanded their in-stock lines to cover the full range of leading skate and skate apparel manufacturers such as: Jackson, Jerry's, Mondor, Motionwear, and Wilson — to name a few!
In April 2002, Figure 8 added to it's core figure skating business by creating a new division called Hockey One Skate Specialists. Over the years, Figure 8 had expanded their expertise in skate fittings to include hockey skates. The store is an authorized pro shop dealer offering a full range of hockey skates and equipment from manufacturers such as Bauer, CCM, Easton, Graf, and Reebok. In the summer, along with keeping pace with two year-round ice sports, Figure 8 keeps busy with one of Ottawa's best selections of inline skates by makers such as Bauer, K2, and Rollerblade.
The expert staff at Figure 8 is there to help you make the right choice when it comes to your skating needs. It offers professional skate sharpening, replacement blades and mounting, custom blade contouring, heat molding, boot stretching, and skate rentals, all under one roof! Today, the store is still family owned and operated by Mrs. Simard's son, Mr. Jasmin Simard.