A significant perk of owning a local business is the opportunity it can afford you to interact with the community you serve. Even better, it helps you appreciate in a very personal way the value and impact supporting local small businesses can have for individuals and neighbourhoods in general.
On a typical day our company has six guys waking up before the crack of dawn to bust their butts to deliver attentive service to individuals, families and companies in the GTA.
While we make it our aim to buy local goods wherever possible, our guys have become something of expert consumers in one area in particular: coffee. They need fuel, and while a home brew is great, there’s something ritualistic and joyful about sipping from a made-to-order to go cup stamped with the logo of one of our brothers in small business.
We’ve sampled the team and compiled a list of our favourites from the neighbourhoods we frequent for work in the 6ix.
79 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6K 2K6
Blueberry lemon scone with my perfectly dressed cappuccino? Don’t mind if I do. The treats are worth the calories, and we’ll burn ‘em off squeegeeing later anyways. Plus, the entrepreneurial spirit and championing of community that these girls are made of is something we can stand behind.
1374 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6K 1L8
We love Parkdake! It’s where Magnus was born where our owner Josh started his family in a bachelor apartment with a sunny yellow kitchen and an optimistic wife. If you told us then that one day we’d confuse Parkdake for Paris while chomping on almond croissants and eclairs, we wouldn’t have believed you. But we think Tempered Room’s chic decadence brings a certain je ne sais quoi to our old stomping grounds, and we like it.
102 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1M8
Oat Milk Lattes for the morally upright amongst us and an unapologetically great espresso every single time. This shop feels like a neighbourhood haunt even though it’s positioned in the heart of Toronto’s swankiest district. Hipsters, celebrities, bankers and U of T students brush shoulders huddled over the pastry glass here, it feels like the epitome of Toronto living.
1028 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M2
Ok, so don’t expect to see a price list anywhere here and much less that the barista will be happy to fill you in. The lines are long, the amenities basic, service militant; but the coffee might be the best in Toronto. And it’s definitely worth whatever it costs.. (does ANYONE know?!). Also grab a shortbread cookie or cherry turnover Ed’s dad makes them fresh every morning.
57 Adelaide St E, Toronto, ON M5C 1K6
The story of a couple of friends returning from a summer trip to Italy with the dream of opening a great Italian restaurant in a then-sketchy neighbourhood in Toronto is enough to win us over. We want to sit down with Cosimo and Paolo to learn more about their gutsy business ambitions, but until then, we grab a coffee and accept that maybe sometimes Italian groceries can be imported and local all at once.
These are our faves from the west, but there are some seriously strong contenders in Toronto’s east end. That’s for another day. Until then, we keep exploring the corner stores and cafes that our streets are built on and learning from our hardworking peers who are contributing to crafting our city’s character, one cup at time. They inspire us to be proud of our vision and determined to deliver exceptional service to Toronto residents and businesses.