Labour Day!

Dear Fiestans,

We have a bit of news:

  • We’re closed Labour Day, Monday, September 7th, 2020
  • We’re extending our hours to 8 PM starting Tuesday, September 8th, 2020
  • Maintaining a dedicated hour in the AM

Labour is important. Labour laws are worth celebrating. Labour is responsible for the creation of many important conventions like weekends and 8-hour work-days.

Also, we’re tired and could use a rest. We hope you get some too.

If your Labour Day involves food, please pick it up prior. Happy Labour Day.

When we come back, thoroughly refreshed, we’ll have the energy to open just a bit later. Like, an hour later.

And we’ll continue to reserve the first hour of the day for customers who really can’t risk contracting COVID-19.

We’re not going to try and pretend that the pandemic isn’t affecting us all to varying degrees, directly and indirectly. Specific communities tragically disproportionately so. This week, Toronto numbers were on the rise. The school year is upon us. Working remotely has lost its novelty. Restaurants, retailers, and small businesses are suffering. The news from the south is distressing on the daily. Honestly, the litany of challenges this year continues to throw at us, surface, and dredge-up is documented well-enough in memes and the mainstream media alike.

We don’t need to dwell on it. But it feels disingenuous to pretend nothing’s wrong.

So here’s what we’re thinking. If you can afford it, maybe even more so if you can’t, we hope you get a minute (ideally more!) to let it all go this weekend. To forget the chaos and enjoy something simple. Some sun. A stroll. A conversation with someone about something that doesn’t make you angry, sad or scared. If you’re up to it, sure, try a new recipe. If you’re on a roll, eat on a restaurant patio or in a park.

Whatever you can manage, good luck. Stay safe. And see you in the aisles soon.

 

 



COVID-19 Update

Howdy, y’all.

It’s been a minute.

A lot has happened.

Not much has changed.

But we DO have some news about:

  1. Hours: Closed for the Civic Holiday Monday, August 3rd
  2. Eat Ontario: Bounty bordering on obscenity is upon us
  3. Bottle Drive: August 12th: Proceeds go to St. Clair Supports the Stop
  4. Plastic Bags: Tired | Reusable Bags: Wired

1. We’re taking a much needed and well-deserved day-off on Monday

Some of us will watch the Raptors play the Heat at 1:30PM. Or do nothing. Some of us will definitely do nothing. Some will hop on social media and wonder where the day went. Whatever, please plan ahead because we won’t be here.

2. Ontario bounty in full effect:

  • We’re talking veggies: Heirloom & field tomatoes🍅, peppers🌶, collards, kale🥬, swiss chard, beets, lettuce, beans, eggplants🍆, zucchini, patty pans, corn, bunch carrot🥕, green onions, bunch radishes, celery, dandelion, broccoli🥦, cauliflower and potatoes🥔–it’s all happening!
  • Fruit more you’re thing?: How do fresh Ontario peaches🍑, nectarines, yellow plums, strawberries🍓, apricots, cherries🍒, blueberries, wild-blueberries (the kind you don’t bring home to mother), raspberries, sugar baby melon, watermelon🍉, and cantaloupe sound🍈?

3. Another Bottle Drive: August 12th

Proceeds will continue to go to St. Clair Supports the Stop, the program that pays local restaurants to cook meals for neighbours in need, distributed through Wychwood Open Door.

Please bring items for the Bottle Drive to the designated area outside at the front of the store.

Thank you in advance for not bringing them inside!

4. Plastic bag news

Now that it seems like surfaces are less of a problem we’d like to resume protecting the planet.
Beginning after the long weekend, we’d like to welcome back reusable bags and bundle buggies, with caveats!:
  • Please don’t use your bag or cart for shopping, use a traditional shopping cart🛒 instead. (Shopping carts help maintain physical distancing, among other benefits)
  • Please expect to do your own bagging (Sorry!)

 

Thanks. Please stay safe. And see you in the aisles.



Volunteering During COVID

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands.  You need to be able to throw something back.” – Maya Angelou

 

 

As we watch the numbers each day and hope for a break in cases, those of us who still have our health count ourselves lucky. And as you try to do your part – wearing masks, keeping a responsible distance and trying to adjust to the new rules during this ever changing pandemic life – you might be finding yourself wanting to do more. And you couldn’t have picked a better time! There is a great need right now for volunteers in the city of Toronto.  Continue »



Bottle Drive!

Good news for a change.

We’re ready to take back all those bottles you’ve been hoarding.

Please:

  • Review the list of bottles we’re accepting
  • Clean them
  • Drop them off on Sunday, July 12th, behind the store
  • Receive your deposit or leave it as a donation in support of St. Clair Supports The Stop!

Led by local business Cocoa Latte, the program raises money for St. Clair chefs and stores who prepare hundreds of healthy, wholesome takeout meals for The Stop’s Wychwood Open Doors— a drop-in centre that works with neighbours experiencing issues like homelessness.

It’s a win/win/win (a theme lately). Count ’em:

  1. Get back your space
  2. Support local businesses
  3. Help neighbours most deeply impacted by COVID-19

 



No mask? No problem!

It looks like masks will be a thing for a bit 😔.

So on Monday, July 13th, we’re going to start selling the disposable masks (that we’ve been giving away for free since May 14th) for $1.00 and give the proceeds to St. Clair Supports The Stop!

Led by local business Cocoa Latte, the program raises money for St. Clair chefs and stores who prepare hundreds of healthy, wholesome takeout meals for The Stop’s Wychwood Open Doors— a drop-in centre that works with neighbours experiencing issues like homelessness.

It’s a win/win/win. That’s three wins. Count ’em:

  1. Protect others with a mask
  2. Support local businesses
  3. Help neighbours most deeply impacted by COVID-19