By: Jack Nodel, Co-CEO I’ve been thinking about some of the things that I miss, and it always comes back to the simple things. A subway ride downtown to my favourite food spot. A stroll through a local shop to see their latest and greatest goods. A relaxing conversation with a friend while sitting on a public bench at a local park. Mostly though, it’s the people that I miss the most. I miss the big smiles and hugs that often greet me when I visit. Canadian entrepreneurs and business operators are some of the most innovative people that I have had the opportunity to enjoy working with, collaborating with, and best of all, developing relationships with.
As a shout out to all of you, please find a few of my favourites listed below, in no particular order:
Sorrel Restaurant, Rosedale Toronto, Restaurant
Sarah and Faro never miss a beat. Walk into their restaurant and suddenly you feel like you're at your second home…but with food and ambiance that would be hard to find at the house. The Sorrel team always makes you feel like the most important person in the room, and the wine list is like cruising through your favorite magazine. Established in 2010, Sorrel is a must. To visit Sorrel online click here.
Raffi Jewellers Yorkdale, Toronto, Jewellery & Watch Boutiques
Love shiny things and beautiful designs? How about fusing those beautiful shiny things with a team of staff that always greets you with a smile, time, and meaningful conversations. Peter, Alex and the entire team at Raffi Jewellers are genuine people that invest themselves in their client relationships. Let us not forget about the other reason that we may find ourselves visiting…the shiny things! If beautiful jewellery, fine timepieces and awesome service is your thing, Raffi Jewellers is a must visit. To visit Raffi Jewellers online click here.
Ravine Vineyard, Niagara On The Lake, Winery, Restaurant
Oh how I love visiting this vineyard. Delicious wines and fantastic organic fresh grown food is the name of the game here, but that's not all. Take a stroll through the vineyard which overlooks the gorgeous landscape of Niagara On The Lake. The staff is friendly as can be and the wine shop always has you leaving with a bottle of something special to enjoy. Ravine is a fifth generation family farm that is truly something special to experience. To visit Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery online click here.
Oxygen Bike Company, Toronto, Bike Shop & Spin Classes
Shawn Fitz (Chief Bicycle Officer) and his team at Oxygen take the two wheel lifestyle to a whole new level. Sure, they have the coolest bikes and an awesome shop, but they also have a team that’s always ready to go the extra mile to make sure that your visit is perfect. I should know, its my go-to shop for mountain biking. This is a bike shop that has something for everyone including a huge spin class offering where you can join a community of spinners and build long-term friendships. Shawn’s business is a gift to the community. To visit Oxygen Bike Company online click here.
Barrie Harley Davidson, Barrie, Motorcycle Dealership
Kate and Bruce Insley own and operate what I consider to be one of the finest motorcycle dealerships around. Of course they sell iconic Harley-Davidson motorcycles and motorclothes, but that’s just the start. This is a business that takes the word "family" to a whole new level. Think long lasting friendships where visiting their dealership feels like seeing a crew of old friends that are always smiling and happy to invest their time and energy into you. Put it this way - I live in Toronto, but I always have and always will take the 45 minute trip down the 400 highway to Barrie Harley for all things motorcycle. To visit Barrie Harley online click here.
Edulis, Toronto, Restaurant
Forget everything that you think you know about taste. This magical restaurant takes everything to a new level. It’s like an art gallery for your taste buds. Service? Sublime. From the minute you walk in you know that you are in a very different type of restaurant. A place where cooking creativity has no limits and you always leave looking forward to the next visit. Truffles? When they are available, yes, and they are amazing. I can’t wait to get back! To visit Edulis online click here.
Lake of Bays Brewery, Baysville, Brewery
Love delicious beer? Me too. Lots of different flavours of beer? Me too. From delicious Ales to creative Canadian Craft Brews this pub delivers the liquid goods. But it doesn’t stop there. The live music is great to enjoy on the outdoor patio, and the friendly staff is the icing on the cake. Oh, I almost forgot, you can always drop in for a fresh sample of their latest brews in the beer shop! Phenomenal. To visit Lake of Bays Brewery online click here. Supporting our business community, especially right now, is so very important. Please remember that it's the spirit, innovation, adaptability, passion and drive of our business community that will help create jobs and rebuild our economy in the post COVID-19 world. Please support in any way that you can.