Healthy Collaboration, Healthy Community by Paul Seale
If your business is all about inclusivity there’s almost nothing better than collaboration with a like-minded enterprise. Take the Old East Village Grocer and the London Bicycle Café, two local shops devoted to making a better, healthier, more accessible community. Ben Cowie opened his bike shop in 2017, offering well-built bikes from around the world and well-made coffee from Rosso Coffee in Calgary. To help make the shop a welcoming, everyday destination, he added a menu of locally-sourced foods, including sandwiches from the Old East Village Grocer.
“The OEV Grocer was a great fit for us,” Ben says. “We both value accessibility and want our city to be a place where everyone belongs. And both businesses are about building relationships in the community. Plus, the sandwiches are great!”
The focus on accessibility was a key for the Old East Village Grocer, too. Owned and operated by ATN Access for Persons with Disabilities, the store is a live classroom where people learn job skills to prepare for work in the private sector. But Ben’s café is a good match all ‘round, says the store’s community relations manager Paul Seale. “We encourage people to make small, frequent trips to the store to buy fresh, reduce their own food waste, and plan healthy meals better. In our neighbourhood, walking and biking are perfect ways to get here, so we love that the café supports the same active, healthy living. And our customers are happy that they can support the store by having lunch downtown.”
The London Bicycle Café launches its 2019 season March 1st, and the OEV Grocer is proud to renew this healthy collaboration based on a shared vision of creating a community accessible by all.