Local food gurus open a curated grocery store and cafe in St. Lawrence

Following a wildly successful pop up at 410 Adelaide Street West, GoodGood has found a permanent St. Lawrence set up.

The local brand is co-founded by Ritual alum and Robert Kim and Kris Linney. Their first sit-down café and wine bar offers a little bit of everything, including a full coffee bar with pastries, as well as both takeout dine in lunches, beer and wine. The grocery portion that drew local interest on Adelaide is still a big portion of the St. Lawrence iteration, bringing together curated items, local hard-to-find favourites, and specialty snacks. “People don’t have to go to different specialty websites to get what they’re looking for,” says Linney. “They can get all of these unique local goodies in one place.”

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Pantry items at GoodGood.

The 40-seat cafe serves eight rotating beers and an extensive selection of wine to be paired with meals or to enjoy after work in a sleek, modern environment with graphic wallpaper and plenty of natural light. As for the grocery store, the ever-changing selection of curated Canadian goods include City Seltzer, Barbet, Honey’s Ice Cream, Comeback Snacks, Heartbeat Hot Sauce, Marben, and more. ““GoodGood has something for everyone, and has carefully curated their products to show support to emerging makers and trending items,” says Barbet co-founder Andrea Grand. “These past few years have taught us to shop local and buy from small-businesses, and GoodGood makes that easy.”

The cafe at GoodGood.

The business model allows for in-person shopping as well as a quick local delivery service. Within five kilometres of the 140A The Esplanade shop, delivery is guaranteed within an hour, though Linney notes that GoodGood usually averages about 32 minutes. For those outside the immediate radius, same-day or next-day delivery is available.

GoodGood has big plans for the future, too, with locations on St. Clair and Queen West slated to open next month, and a midtown location coming in April. There are also immediate plans to launch an app in the coming weeks, where a rewards program similar to Sephora’s is available to customers, and coffee prices come down to $1 for drip, $2 for espresso-based beverages, and $3 for specialty beverages.

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