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Your specialty food, gift and treat shop, the Mercantile is chock-a-block with everyday luxuries for home and palate.

 

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Hey Roncy - how's everybody doing?

We hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy amid this COVID19 pandemic. It's a strange new world for so many of us and we're really proud of the way the neighbourhood has come together (partly by staying apart!) And we need to start by saying how much we feel for all our friends on the strip who are temporarily closed and our friends at the Westerly who have decided to close permanently. These are tough times for everyone but we are ALL IN THIS TOGETHER.

We're doing our best to make provisioning yourself at the Mercantile a safe, healthy and easy experience through all this and there's lots you can do to help. For one thing, as you know, we're a small shop so social distancing is tricky. So please do yourself and us and your neighbours a favour - before you come in the store, have a look through the door. If there are more than 4 or 5 people in there just hang back for a second. People who come to the Mercantile these days generally know what they're looking for and we can help them find it quickly and get them on their way. That will create space for you to come in and maintain that necessary distance.

But there's another way we can make this easier for everyone: starting this week we'll be delivering on Wednesdays and Fridays. We don't have a fancy system for doing this online so here's how it's going to work:

During business hours (Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 10-5) call in your order at 416.531.7563 and pay by credit card over the phone. We can either arrange for curb-side pick up or we can deliver to your doorstep on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Now, lots of people come for regular items all the time, but especially now that people are getting more creative at home, perhaps we should remind you of the range of things we carry. Here goes:

Crackers, aoili, sauces, ketchups, harissa paste and other North African sauces, preserved lemons, pickles, pickled onions, olives, kosher salt, Himalayan salt, grey salt, Maldon salt, flavoured salts, peppercorns, salsas, pasta sauces, mustards, coffee beans, oils, vinegars, aromatic bitters, cocktail and soft drink syrups, bar accessories, La Croix waters, tonics, soft drinks, spring waters, non-alcoholic beverages (Partake, Gruvi, Seedlip) jams, jellies, chutneys, cookies, maple syrups, honey, agave, molasses, pomegranate molasses, sugars, broths, bouillons, canned fish, rice wine vinegar, mirin, miso, gojuchang, hot sauces, liquid smoke, chocolate, candy, spices, dried mushrooms, vanilla, saffron, extracts, birthday candles, cake and cupcake stuff, tea, teabags and balls, chips, popcorn, snacks, nuts, rice, lentils, oatmeal, granola, liquid soaps, laundry and dishwashing liquids, tea towels, gifts, Queen's Pasta, eggs, Mad Mexican stuff, liquorice, cocoa, dried fruits, gummies and sours, popping corn, trail mix..........

Obviously not an exhaustive or detailed list but just in case you need something and are wondering if we have it before you call, that list just might help.

Again, order during store hours at 416.531.7563 for either curb-side pick up or Wednesday or Friday delivery.

Stay healthy, Roncy.

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Supporting Local Supporting You

Shop1km and Clearwater Farms

These are strange times indeed. 

Until we are advised otherwise, the Mercantile will be open to serve you. Certainly now we will all be eating at home more than usual and you'll be looking for the variety and quality of products you always find in the shop.

We are taking some extra steps to protect ourselves and our customers according to public health experts and we would ask our customers to observe those same recommendations, which you can find on the Toronto Public Health website here. Please be good to yourself and your neighbours. Practice social distancing and don't crowd the store. And please handle only the items you wish to purchase.

So, having said that, it's appropriate that today's post is about two programs that support local business AND local growers - more relevant today than ever - and we're proud to participate in both.

First, Shop1km is a coupon book you will likely already have found in your mailbox. We are one of the stores participating with a page in there and it's your opportunity to get 15% off your entire purchase. Just make sure you let us know you intend to use your coupon BEFORE we ring in your purchase. Customers using a Shop1km coupon will also receive a free single-serving bottle of Singer's Vegan Caesar mix - delicious on its own or in your alternative Bloody Caesar (while supplies last). The current coupon program is set to expire on April 3rd - we'll let you know if there's any revision to that schedule given the current emergency situation.

And second, the Clearwater Farm weekly food basket program is back and we are once again serving as a hub. Clearwater farm not only works with a network of local organic growers to provide a weekly choice of fresh fruits, vegetables and other farm products but also runs educational programs on food system sustainability and your membership helps run those programs. Sign up online here by April 12th to get some delicious perks! 

It's important to remind customers participating in the program that we are a hub only - your relationship is with Clearwater Farm - but we hope you'll find things in store to accompany the produce you take home from Clearwater. You might also like to know given the current situation that you can opt for home delivery when you sign up.

That's it for now. Stay healthy, Roncesvalles - we love you.

 

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TGIVD

How fortunate that, this year, Valentine's Day falls on a Friday! You get all this week to fire up your imagination, stoke the fires of passion and then ignite a weekend of loving bliss with a Friday night tête-à-tête/coeur-à-coeur.... if that's your thing.

Honestly, it's one of those holidays that makes us a little bit uncomfortable because it imposes a) an idea of how you express your love and, b) what the nature of that love is. Because in spite of all the emphasis on red and pink it really is a rainbow of feeling that the day is meant to celebrate.

So forgive us our nod to cliché but we do at least imagine that we've got a broad enough array of tools for you to build exactly the kind of tribute to whatever degree of fondness or affection or tenderness or passion that you have in mind to mark.

Special chocolate confections from Odile, Denman Island and Roger's to go the classic route; hibiscus flowers in syrup to drop into a glass of bubbly for a certain flair, heart shaped ravioli from Queen's Pasta in a dinner-for-two size for the home cook, candy hearts for the kid (or the kid in you), the best Valentine's cards on the strip and a whole lot more.

Last weekend was busy with those thinking ahead but there's still time to add just the right accent to your expression of love, so come on in before Friday!

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