You’ve cleaned every inch of your pad, sorted through old clothes, set up countless Zoom calls, and re-watched the Sopranos for the second time (on DVD, no less). You deserve a drink. In what may be your most productive hour of the day, support some of Toronto’s favorite local brewers, roasters, and mixologists from your home office.
OUR ARTICLEBY: Pete Whish Contributing writer
Our lineup for the 6 may be small but it’s mighty, we’re featuring a few of the absolute go-to’s when it comes to bearing the storm of quarantine and filling those overdue cravings. It’s never been more important to step up and support the local shops that define our great cities. It’s the allegiance to these small businesses that will help to ensure they are still here when the madness is over. So what are you waiting for Torontorians?
Pilot Coffee Roasters
Choose your roast and commitment level. With Pilot, Torontoians can order any of their blends or single origin roasts by the bag. If you are ready to ‘put a ring on it’, sign up for subscription service and wake up to a couriered caffeine curbside on the weekly. Pilot also has you covered with brewing gear, from at-home pour-overs to grinders or their sleek French Press.
Pro Tip: Pilot just restocked their online store for all home brewing essentials, check their site to see brewing guides.
Coffee + Clothing
Two birds with one stone. Stock up on their small-batch beans roasted in-house and a perfectly faded denim jacket. With a mission focussing on the lessening the environmental impact of fast fashion, Coffee + Clothing, have your back when stocking up on wardrobe essentials of decades gone by and a tasty brew. With quick delivery within the city, this east end shop will keep you caffeinated and help you step-up your WFH style.
Pro Tip: Order before 2pm for same-day delivery.
Just announced, Major Treat has opened the floodgates to its online store for local delivery. Here you can stock up on Treat’s cool mugs, freshly roasted beans, and some Topo Chico’s to refresh the soul. A simple click and check out will go a long way for the team, so fill that cart and get all the goodies delivered to your doorstep. Click here for the site.
Pro Tip: Use code LOCAL for free delivery
COCKTAILS / BEER
Same. Day. Local. Delivery. If you’re not local, you should probably just buy a new house. Interest rates are low, and the reward of some of Toronto’s best craft brews is worth uprooting your entire life. Drown yourself in the aptly-named Paradise Lost sour to show this global pandemic who’s boss.
Since you won’t be hanging in the park from which this brewery takes its name, you might as well sip on one of their IPAs as you look longingly out your window. Or perhaps a Double IPA, if your only window faces directly towards the condo next to yours. This Toronto mainstay is delivering their west-end famous suds with a 24-hour turnaround time – not too shabby if you’re looking for a beverage to sip during your next Zoom conference call.
Pro Tip: Bellwoods Market Boxes are available every Thursday at the Ossington location, packed with fresh produce
Mother Cocktail Bar
Cocktails with a conscience. Mother Cocktail Bar has teamed up with local chefs to transform their bar into a distribution center for high-quality produce and ‘pantry boxes’. Delivered weekly throughout Toronto, stock up on locally grown produce, handcrafted Kombucha, pickled veg and a nice bottle of rose to share with your quarantine crew.
Pro Tip: Look into the Barrell Aged Program, that sends out about 150 cocktails, curbside pick-up
Mahjong Bar is offering curbside drop-off with an exclusive home their delivery service that is STACKED with awesomeness. The packs have included cheese & charcuterie, large-format beers, and even a Japanese Highball kit. The menu is available in Mahjong Bar’s insta story and menu on insta highlights. To order, email the crew at [email protected], orders much be placed by Thursday at noon to make that weekend’s delivery cutoff, so get to it. This service will quickly become a weekend tradition that you will be counting down the hours until you can enjoy.
Lox + Schmear
Now that you have your coffee, it’s time to step it up this weekend – do weekends still exist? Local eatery, Lox + Schmear have pop-up pick-ups of their small-batch smoked salmon, cream cheese, and Montreal style bagels. Brunch never sleeps. Nosh away my friends, though a short window it’s worth it. The online store opens on Tuesday at noon and pick-up will typically be on Sunday between 10am-1:00pm.
The founders of Toronto’s high design for altered minds, Tokyo Smoke, have introduced a‘click and collect’ initiative. Stock up on accessories, edibles, and good ol’ fashion bud. Order online, set a time, and drop by for a quick pick-up if you are aiming to be mentally distant while socially distant.
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Counting down the days until the puck drops again… until then, maybe this will do?