A neighbourhood is all about relationships. Ties that can be traced back for generations and the plucky up and commers that arrive to inject a whole new energy and optimism. West St. Clair West is a place where you will find both. From local retailers that have called the area home for decades, to new businesses that see the areas untapped potential, West St. Clair West has a unique flavour that is just waiting to be discovered.
Alli has built a thriving business around using uncommon ingredients to yield amazing results. “I do breads. The difference is that my breads are organic, but I also use local flours. Spelt. Buckwheat. I also sell products with no sugar and low sugar, or maple syrup.” explains Alli. But as the neighbourhood evolves, so does her baking. “I always listen to what people ask for and I pay attention to what they say .” She said. Alli feels like she is just one piece of an expanding gastro scene in West St. Clair West. “There is the best Vietnamese Pho in the City. There is Mexican here. There is Jamaican, Italian, Portguese. There is a great mix here.”
Lucky Star Gift & Flowers
Olga & Irene understandably love the growth they see in West St. Clair West. As owners of Lucky Star Gift & Flowers, growth is what they do. “It’s been interesting. You get the diversity from the younger to the older generation.” they say. “I think it’ll give growth for all stores in the area.” And when it comes to growth Olga & Irene have a little free advice: “When it comes to orchids, people have a lot of questions. Don’t put an orchid in front of a window. Just water once a week, that will keep them alive and healthy.”
A visit to Sabores Tradicionals makes you feel like you’re visiting a long lost aunt in the Azores and she’s cooking her heart out for you. “It’s Portuguese, we have our specialties from back home.” explains Lucy. Specializing in the food of the small mid-Atlantic Portuguese island, the restaurant features fish, beef and kebab dishes, generous in a way that only a Grandma (or Avó), who thinks you’re too skinny, would serve. Lucy is excited about the changes to West St. Clair West as well. “New people, more people will come in for breakfast. I think it will be a change for the better.”
Rose & Sons
As Rocky of Rose & Sons puts it in his endearing salt of the earth way “We’ve been here for 44 years and we’re sticking around. There are a lot of young people moving into the area.” says Rose, “I see them walking their baby carriages. We are all excited with the new energy.” It’s an energy that the two of them feel the entire city will hear about once Scoop Condo’s breaks ground. “It’s about telling everyone’s story and it’s what makes this street so special.” said Rocky.
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