Hello! We are Local Buttons…got a minute?
We, Consuelo, more often called Sway, and Anne are recent graduates of International Development Studies at York University. The degree that cultivated our commitment to contribute and support initiatives working towards sustainability within our communities and at large. In our off hours, ie. when we are not pouring drinks and serving food at our respective bars, we brainstorm on how to engage our values in our choices and actions. We think ourselves crazy. That is probably why we both love to run, and why we both are huge coffee fans, and suckers for intimate cafes. Queen West won us over. Noting endless cafes on a run on Queen as far as Dufferin and paying attention to an article in Now Magazine highlighting cafes, we designed a coffee pilgramage. The search was on to discover the cities best fair trade and organic beaneries.
We commend two favourites for their contribution to the creation of Local Buttons. The idea was born in T.A.N while the barista roasted beans and told us about international coffee competitions in Brazil where organic and Fair Trade were two conditions to participate. They feature winning roasts at their location, brewed in house or ready to be purchased. We were inpsired to brew our own production, an Ethical Fashion Show! We named our creation Local Buttons.
Ezra’s Pound, our other favourite, helped get our project onto its feet. With two locations, one a 5min walk from where we both live, and the second in the heart of the stores we wished to recruit for the fashion show. Its friendly staff alternate locations almost as much as we do so we’re never sure who we’ll see where. It is a joke we share…unbeknown to them. I recommend you visit both T.A.N, 992 Queen West, at Ossington, and Ezra’s Pound, 238 Dupont Street, just east of Spadina, and 913 Dundas Street West, at Bellwoods Ave. The West end inspired Local Buttons and manifested itself in an Ethical Fashion Show, the subject of our next blog.
Why a fashion show? Stay tuned…to Local Buttons!