Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood of beauty, heritage, cultural diversity and inclusion.
We are Anita Bostok and Norman Hathaway and we’re proud to contribute this regular
feature where you get to know the people and businesses that make Cabbagetown so special.
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Iman and Clint – Chef Iman and marketing expert Clint created a unique catering and private dining experience in Noushe, 200 Carlton. Farsi for “may it nourish the soul,” Noushe brings a modern twist to Persian food with a commitment to quality and sustainability. Orders require 48 hours, allowing traditional flavours to emerge. The bountiful pantry carries house made sauces, jams, and spices, and a wonderful assortment of tea and wine. Iman’s love of cooking began when he attended university in the UK. Missing his mother’s cooking he would call her to ask for recipes. When they’re not creating food magic, Iman and Clint love to travel, collect art, or spend time in Cabbagetown walking their golden doodle.
Ansar – Two years ago, Ansar opened Tech Shop at 231 Carlton. Selling and repairing electronics, his shop has buzzed with activity throughout the pandemic, attracting Cabbagetown residents who rely on their devices more than ever and want to shop locally. Customers appreciate Ansar for his honesty, professionalism, and exceptional service. The shop is clean and well organized, and the prices reasonable. Originally from Pakistan, Ansar came to Canada 26 years ago to find a better future. When he can pull away from work, the father of three loves spending time with his family. He also enjoys playing cricket and listening to classical Indian music.
Deborah Lundmark – Originally from Saskatchewan, Deborah founded the iconic Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre and School of CCDT with longtime friend and partner Michael deConinck. For decades, the studio at 509 Parliament St has been integral to the Cabbagetown community, bringing dance to public school children through outreach programmes and offering scholarships to gifted students. CCDT has successfully trained dancers from age three to professional. Forced to evolve during the pandemic, CCDT taught online and set-up a “Zoom Lobby” so kids could socialize before virtual classes. Missing the music and laughter in the halls, Deborah is eager to once again open the doors to her dancers
Sam, Peter, & Amar – For more than 19 years, cousins Sam, Peter, and Amar have owned and operated Cabbagetown Organics at 499 Parliament. Originally a convenience store with few organic options, the trio followed neighbourhood trends toward healthier eating bringing in more products that accommodate food sensitivities, natural foods, and organic produce. The store carries an increasing variety as they continue to listen to customer requests for new offerings. Delighted to be a part of Cabbagetown, they have bonded with many local merchants who work together and help each other succeed. The cousins live with their families in Brampton. Working ten to twelve hours a day, they keep the locals happy, which makes them happy.