Last time I got excited about the little strip mall at Donlands and O’Connor is when I spied a little confectionary store that sold “British Candy”. Visions of Jelly Babies raced through my head as I entered but was sorely disappointed by the old and dusty looking stock. (What, there’s not a huge demand for Fruit Pastilles?)
But as of last week, my hopes are high once again. Michael Simpson, owner of Leslieville Cheese Market has opened another store in this east end “forgotten zone” as he calls it.
We've been found!
As a resident in this neighborhood I have to agree that it’s bit thrilling to get noticed by a fine food proprietor. And there are lots of families in the area that are probably salivating at the thought of artisinal cheese, Rahier croissants, St. Urbain bagels and artisinal breads in the neighborhood (not the neighborhood next door, or the one next to that). Located across from Fresh from the Farm (which sells local, farm-fresh,hormone and drug-free meat) Mr. Simpson is hoping to start a trend to inspire other food shops to open.
The store wasn’t open Monday when I stopped by, but here’s a little peek into the wee space. See the cheese!! Glowing enticingly. I can’t wait to stop by after school with Felix and pick up cheese for after dinner.
So I hope if you live in the area you’ll come out and support the new store and maybe as Mr. Simpson hopes–”inspire more businesses to come out of the woodwork”. Then us “other” east-enders can stop referring to our neighborhoods as “close to Leslieville” or “next to Riverdale”.
Watch out Tim Horton's. You've just been a feeble fallback.
Red Rocket Coffee is opening SOON minutes from my house, just a quick walk to the Danforth. Red Rocket, whose original location was at Greenwood and Queen (across from the TTC yard, hence the name) had to close its Leslieville location due to a major rent increase. I am probably one of many who live in the Danforth that want to offer heartfelt condolences to Red Rocket’s Queen East regulars but instead are clicking our heels together with glee.
The new location at 1364 Danforth is still sealed up with Kraft Paper, a present we all want to open.
Not open yet. No matter how many times I walked by in one day.
Red Rocket will be taking over the Three’s Company Too location on the Danforth. The original Three’s Company is now at Danforth and Pape (the loss of their weekend brunch still saddens me when I pass what is now a French Toast-less Naturopathic Clinic at the corner of Lamb/Greenwood) If you’re from the west end I’ll stick with locating the new Red Rocket “between Greenwood and Coxwell” but if you’re from the hood you’ll want to know that it’s just west of Linnsmore Cres. (minutes from the Greenwood Subway exit) and across the Danforth from Lamb and Gillard St. Conveniently close to Jerry’s Supermarket (grocer/butcher) and the new fitness place BOMB Wellness.
Coffee-forgot the bacon-PU coffee for spouse at home.
If the damn place would just open I could live out all the above fair trade and organic fantasies. Well, maybe only the first and last part of the first one.
Word on the Red Rocket Blog as posted Saturday is that they’ll be opening in a few days. Word on the street (as I lingered outside today and peeked through the window at a space full of boxes and “stuff”) is that there will be a soft open (coffee only–Red Rocket also makes their own food and pastries) mid-January.
I will keep lingering even if the Red Rocket people start to fear that what they appreciated as loyalty in their Queen St E clientele could potentially turn to stalking on the Danforth. Just enthusiasm, I swear.
(There is also a Wellesley location)