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Summerhill Market opens a boutique event space

Toronto grocer will host cooking classes in the new space and rent it out to the public
summerhill market event space
Photography courtesy Summerhill Market

Toronto-based Summerhill Market is expanding, but not in the grocery space. The independent grocer has opened a new event space, Summerhill Event Boutique, on Mount Pleasant Rd. The spot, which is across from Summerhill’s Sherwood Park location, formerly housed Summerhill’s floral boutique. 

The 750-sq.-ft. space comes with a fully stocked built-in kitchen for guests to use, complete with a gas range stove; two ovens as well as an island range; two wine fridges; ice machine; cookware; table settings; and more. Guests can have an intimate dinner in the boutique’s casual dining area, or have their event catered by JP Fine Foods. There’s also a conference area complete with a large screen and surround-sound speakers for guests to host presentations or display videos and images. 

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summerhill market event space
Photography courtesy Summerhill Market

Summerhill Market itself will make use of the space with its own events, and the space is also available to the public to rent. 

“We wanted to open a space where we can collaborate with friends, engage with our customers, host cooking classes, and be able to teach people more about food,” says Brooke Lundmark, marketing specialist at Summerhill Market.  “That was the main goal, and we also wanted to open it up to the public and allow people to rent out the space, with or without catering… It’s just a great space where people can connect and be together in the food world.” 

Summerhill is also holding its own floral pop-up shops in the space on special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Christmas. “The community is used to [the location] being a flower shop, so we are trying to bring that back during holidays and special occasions,” says Lundmark. 

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