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. If you’d like to be featured or would like to nominate someone please get in touch.
Manon, Charles, & Jules
After months searching for a new venue to launch their latest business, Le Conciliabule Lab, Manon, Charles, & Jules were elated to find the Victorian at 350 Berkeley St. Formerly a children’s’ bookstore, the space has been transformed into a welcoming bakery café with gourmet shop and outdoor patio. The bakery business has been part of the family since 2006 when their father opened Jules bakery on Mt Pleasant. It is now son Jules who runs that bakery and supplies French pastries for the two Le Conciliabule locations. Meanwhile, Charles, who is a graduate of l’Insititut Paul Bocuse Gastronomique and studied fine cuisine in South Korea, brings a novel approach to the fare. Manon holds a business degree and is also a wine expert. She loves trying different wines from around the world, many of which will soon be available at Le Conciliabule. The bakery café has just had it’s ‘soft opening’ but will evolve in the coming months to offer dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings with tapas and tasting menus, and lunch on Sundays. Having followed their passions, the trio adhere to the philosophy that to have a fulfilling life one must love their work. For pleasures outside of the cafes, Charles enjoys mixing music and swimming, and Manon running by the lake. They all love checking out other restaurants. They are delighted to have been welcomed into the neighbourhood and want to thank the Cabbagetown community for support.
Before the pandemic, Dinos ran his own business. That was until Covid forced the shut down of the building where he operated. Being a resilient man, Dinos was hired by his good friend Yannis to manage the Souvlaki Express at 484 Parliament St. Yannis also owns the uptown location at 745 Mt Pleasant Rd. The charming Cabbagetown restaurant is decorated with authentic Greek memorabilia including a chart of common phrases translated from English into Greek. The food is fast and fresh. The menu consists of a variety of popular Greek dishes. Yannis was the first in Toronto to offer Greek food delivery from the original location at Queen and Parliament. Dinos came to Toronto because he had a sister here. He and his wife like going back to Greece to visit family. When he’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his two young toddlers who are one and three.
Eddie Petrov – Pharmacist Young Eddie Petrov immigrated from Bulgaria to East York amid the historic 1998 ice storm. He always wanted to own a pharmacy. In September 2021, after graduating from the School of Pharmacy, University of Waterloo, Eddie purchased Cabbagetown Pharmacy at 239 Carlton St. Cabbagetown has become his favorite neighbourhood. He loves its busy but lazy and quiet character, appreciating its demographic mix and tolerance. Recently married, Eddie and his wife love to hike and camp with their white Samoyed. And when not working, Eddie loves to tinker with electronic microcontrollers and automation systems. His goal is to become Cabbagetown’s pharmacy by developing long-term, caring relationships with his customers and enhancing their personal healthcare management.
239 Carlton St.