Norton Commons is a new store opening in September in Kitsilano. A contemporary version of the corner grocery store it will reflect shifting demands in Canadian urban food values and be a destination for discerning Vancouver shoppers seeking local, sustainable, organic foods in a single location.
Long a neighbourhood institution, the corner grocery historically reflected the character, income level and personality of the surrounding community. Most often a family enterprise, it provided much more than the food and sundry staples sold on the shelves, it acted as a conduit for community information, neighbourhood news and meeting place, it was an important point of contact for people living in the area. In 2012 our encounter with the corner grocery of old has been reshaped into the fast food and convenience store most likely attached to a gas bar. Norton Commons will transform this image by promoting locally grown foods that are organic or sustainably produced primarily in BC, Canada or the Cascadia bio-region by independent businesses.
Through support to local artists, food producers, volunteer projects and social profit organizations Norton Commons will endeavour to contribute to the common well-fare and well-being of local citizens. Norton Commons will demonstrate that a business can be ethically connected to local issues and successfully stand out among other grocery establishments.
The ‘soft’ opening will be Thursday Septmeber 13, 2012, the grand opening will be on Sunday September 16, 2012 from 2 pm to 5 pm with information, tastings and prizes.