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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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Coffee got you Stumped?

Stumptown Selection

Coffee drinkers now enjoy the same kind of bewilderment once the domain of the wine world: a whole lot of unintelligible language that you're told is meant to make you enjoy the drink more but ends up making you enjoy the overall experience less.

There are more and more expert roasters in Toronto all the time and we'll mention a couple more in the coming months, but for now we wanted to introduce you to one of the original independents that you'll now find on the shelves of The Mercantile - one of just a couple of locations in Toronto carrying this favourite of Oregon.

But Stumptown has travelled well beyond Portlandia. One of our customers who works frequently in New York is obliged by a coffee-loving cousin every time she goes down to bring back a bag or two from Stumptown's flagship NYC shop. That's a long trip into Manhattan from her digs in Queens. Lucky for her, Stumptown is now available on Roncy!

And what's so special about Stumptown?
It's partly about their relationships with growers around the world to help build those communities through direct investment in people and technology to bring you the very best bean; it's partly about their commitment to the environment, their relentless curiosity in finding special characteristics in the beans they select and their attention to detail when it comes to roasting. But ultimately it's about the flavour in your cup.

So if you're looking to up your coffee game at home, head down to 297 Roncesvalles, walk through the door and hang a left. You've arrived at Stumptown!


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Summer Refreshment at your fingertips, literally.

Augie's Ice Pops

We figure most of you know that we carry a couple of different (but equally great) lines of ice-pop moulds so you can make frozen treats at home. We know this because we are already on our second or even third order of the things. We keep selling out of them!

But for those muggy days when you're not at home but you need a quick hit of cool, we've got ready-made ice-pops in our freezer at the back of the store. And not just any ice pops. They're the best in the city and they're made right here in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood: Augie's.

Of course, there's no pleasure like a simple pleasure and Augie's ice pops certainly do the trick. But some of those flavour combinations (wild blueberry citrus, strawberry basil lemonade, Vietnamese coffee...) hint at a background working with some of the city's top chefs and a dedication to sourcing local ingredients from the farms where the flavours grow. Simplicity and sophistication in one delicious, refreshing treat, right at your fingertips and right down the street at the Mercantile.

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