A bakery outlet for Canada Bread Company Limited, McGavin's offers rows of loaves at wholesale prices. Fill bare cupboards or secret floorboard compartments with discount bread facing a dwindling shelf life, surplus bread from overzealous production lines, and fresh bread from local bakeries. McGavin's white or 100 per cent whole-wheat loaves (five loaves for $10.49) prove eminently slatherable. Other yeasty feasts include Dempster's Bagel six packs (three packs for $8.99), english muffin six packs (three packages for $6.99), and tortillas (three packages for $8.25). The popular discount special section, meanwhile, invites gluten gourmands to mix and match an ever-changing cast of short-dated dough bookends: every product, regardless of size, grain, or resemblance to Winston Churchill costs $1.39, and shoppers can mix and match an assortment of ten loaves for $12. Discount selections change daily and vary by location.
At The Brimm Cafe, homemade soups don’t canoodle with just any old package of crumbs. The café's expert bakers pair up warm bowls made fresh that morning with homemade sea-salt crackers. Those crispy accoutrements are just part of the story, as Brimm churns out whole loaves of fresh bread each and every morning to create decadent breakfast and lunch sandwiches packed with ham and eggs, Thai-style chicken, and marinated roast beef. A display case at the front of the store tempts cat burglars to bust out glass-cutters for its bounty of fresh-baked ham and cheddar croissants, miniature cinnamon buns, and pumpkin-spice scones that pair perfectly with cappuccinos and organic loose-leaf teas.
Described by Eat magazine as “the best-decorated and ‘coolest’ ice-cream parlor in the valley,” Ogo's Ice Cream welcomes customers with an Ogopogo sculpture and a colourful 50-foot mural. The parlour stocks more than 50 flavours of ice cream, which servers scoop into dipped waffle cones and blend into milkshakes. Patrons can savour the frosty treats on a sidewalk patio or head to the nearby beach.
Owner-operated Smith and Company Coffee House’s café-style breakfasts and lunches pair with organic, fair-trade specialty espresso concoctions to nourish patrons from the morning onward. Homemade paninis dunk into hand-crafted soups, and the chicken-salsa wrap zings taste buds like a bite of a statically charged balloon. Blenders whir as they mix real-fruit smoothies, and cream cheese skims the surface of house bagels.
A native of Lyon, France, the eponymous chef and proprietor of Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate crafts her sweets from scratch daily using traditional Gallic techniques. As she works, the shop's pristine white countertops populate with flaky croissants, artisanal chocolate truffles, and delicate macaroons in flavours such as pistachio, earl grey, and passion fruit. Colourful boxes or cellophane wrappers prepare dainty treats for gifting, and savoury options including quiche and pâté sate lunchtime appetites. In addition, cooking classes summon patrons into Chef Sandrine's kitchen to learn such culinary skills as how to summon the fire-breathing dragon that caramelizes the top of every crème brûlée.
The four cake specialists at Cupcasions know that every important event is more memorable with cake. Their expertise in crafting gourmet cupcakes and cakes in more than 10 flavours, such as boston cream and orange creamsicle, has enhanced celebrations such as birthdays, retirement parties, and alien abductions. Having customized more than 500 wedding cakes and wedding cupcakes, the kitchen is happy to personalize orders for the big day.