The new store on the block

›› Lauren Gaultier

Fernwood General Store has now ­officially opened at 1308 Gladstone Ave in the former space of Aubergine. For those who were fans of Aubergine’s ­selection of South African and kosher foods, have no fear, your favourite items will continue to be stocked at Fernwood General Store. Purchased through the Fernwood Inn group, a collective group of business partners that own the Fernwood Inn and Fernwood Pizza, this new store is managed by shopkeeper Nathan Gawalko.

Nathan’s hope is to build on what the previous owner accomplished with ­building on a niche market of specialty items. Since opening on February 25, they have added a slew of specialty coffee brands, non-alcoholic beverages, and Spanish tinned seafoods to name a few items. The goal is to rotate stock through some specialty brands to keep the inventory fresh and new and to allow customers the ability to explore a wide assortment of items and producers. You will also notice some familiar favourite local brands like Fernwood Coffee, Bicycle Pizza, Justo’s Dips, and Old Soul Jam Co.. They will also continue the tradition of carrying local produce and build on those relationships with local farms and farmers.

Nathan, who also calls Fernwood home, is excited to be a part of a community with a vibrant pulse and diverse culture and art scene. He shared, “Fernwood is a diverse ­neighbourhood with a heart, pulse, soul, and identity.” A perfect location to build business procuring a variety of items that can satisfy the appetites of such a diverse community.

Next time you are looking to curate a beautiful charcuterie board or cheese plate, find that perfect non-alcoholic beverage, or try something entirely different, head on down to Fernwood General Store where you will find something for everyone. ­Follow them at @fernwoodgeneralstore.