Netting the neti pot


Ever have problems trying to find a particular product in Montreal? Sometimes, there’s something you want to buy but just can’t find it anywhere unless you buy it off the internet. Well, that was the case for the neti pot. This device was featured on Oprah as a natural way to cleanse the nasal passages in order to relieve congestion. It seemed that the neti pot was nowhere to be found in Montreal – in pharmacies, health food stores, or any other hippy trippy new-agey hocus pocus lovey dovey all natural kind of establishment. However, just talking to a friend about it the other day, I discovered that there was one place in Montreal where you could find this obscure device and I managed to snag the very last one from the Sivananda Yoga Centre on St. Laurent boulevard corner Fairmount. Apparently they’ve sold hundreds of these things since they appeared on Oprah and are now back-ordered. (The one I got is not exactly like the one shown here as featured on Oprah but it’s pretty similar even though mine is purple.) I’ve been unpleasantly congested with a head cold for the past week so I’m willing to try anything at this point. But I just wondered if there are any well-kept secrets out there about certain products that can be found only in select locations around the city? The kind of thing you learn about only by word-of-mouth or word-of-blog perhaps. In a city full of cooking pots, pot, and pot-holes, it took me months to finally net a neti pot! So I’m really interested to know if anybody actually knows of any other places where you can get these things. Or did I buy the very last one in the whole city?

4 Comments so far

  1. Marla Comm (unregistered) on October 20th, 2007 @ 8:48 pm

    Tell me about it! I can fill a book with a list of products I can’t find in this city and end each day with more items to add to that list. I have trouble finding several low calorie foods that I had no trouble finding in Plattsburgh. Our Loblaws stores are known to discontinue a lot of products like a variety of hot air popped President’s Choice popcorn and several President’s choice diet soda flavors. My father picks them up for me in Toronto when he goes there to visit my sister.

    I am also suffering from sinus problems and have been searching for a nebulizer, which I read can be found in natural foods and “new age” type stores. None of those stores here sell them.

    I also notice that stores advertise products in flyers but don’t always get them in until the sale is over. Many of these stores refuse to give me rain checks.

    People think that it’s easier to find a variety of products in big cities than it is in small ones, but Montreal is a pitiful exception to that rule. It’s sad that I have to cross the border to the US or go to Ontario to get food products I can’t get here.

  2. Matthew (unregistered) on October 30th, 2007 @ 5:05 pm

    I’ve yet to find any fresh curry leaves anywhere in Montreal. Drives me crazy. Anyone have any luck with this?

    About a year ago I too had trouble finding a neti pot around town. But I broke down and bought one off the internet. That thing is a premium magic fantasy. Don’t know what I did without it.

    I’ve yet to find any good beer sold anywhere in this city. I hate to break the news, but US microbrews blow those of Quebec out of the water, and they’re a hell of a lot cheaper. I’ve taken to brewing my own.

  3. peaches (unregistered) on November 5th, 2007 @ 9:08 pm

    Remember the days when we didn’t have Banana Republic, H&M…when we didn’t have buggles (cone-shaped chips) nor President’s choice chocolat chip cookies?! And apparently, these environmental cars being produced north of Laval are not sold here and only in the States! We still have a lot going here….

  4. Sue (unregistered) on November 6th, 2007 @ 8:49 am

    Awesome product for nasal cleaning. but it mainly used in Yoga treatment.

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