The Community Table

Food builds community. That’s a philosophy that we’ve preached—and tried to practice—since we took over Niagara Grocery three years ago. So when, in a fit of reorganizing, Jen removed a whole aisle of shelving and dramatically opened up the center of the store, we asked ourselves, now what? Rather than the scattering of bistro tables and chairs typical of most coffee shops, we decided to build a long, long harvest table. A community table.

I salvaged some lovely old-growth cedar planks from De Vine Vineyards in Saanich (shameless plug:, and built a good solid base from cedar fencing, stained mahogany. One customer asked Jen where my workshop was? “The driveway,” she replied. The result is table, more honest than elegant, that invites you to pull a chair up and stay awhile.

Who knew that cedar was magnetic? The table has created a place to bring people together over food, to educate and enjoy. So far we’ve hosted David Mincey and his fair-trade chocolate. Next week it’ll be pasta night with Cowichan Bay Pasta. To come are coffee cuppings, tea tastings, a visit from our resident beekeeper, even wine & cheese tastings (if we can sort out the permits). There are as many possibilities as there are products in the store. So drop by, say hello, and pull up a chair. The coffee is freshly roasted and the advice, recipes and neighborhood gossip are free.

Before: yellow cedar at De Vine Vineyards

Bella "studying" at our new community table.

Neighborhood Grocery

Don Genova wrote about Niagara Grocery on his blog. The feature is titled ‘Island Artisans – The Return of the Neighbourhood Grocery Store’, Read Don’s words here.

Thanks Don!

The Celiac Scene

Niagara Grocery get featured in Celiac Scene. Read more here Jennifer writes: “When my daughter was a toddler she had a friend who could not have wheat, it was always my mission to find him things to eat or create them myself-it was rewarding.

Video by ‘The Daily’

Great segment on Niagara grocery and the local food movement. Watch the clip here.
Niagara Grocery is the oldest corner grocery in Victoria, BC. It brings the farm to the city, with fresh produce, free-range meats, line-caught fish, house-roasted coffee, and local food products. Get fresh with a local!

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