#AroundYQR is a mini project where I’m highlighting some great coffee shops & local restaurants as suggested by you guys. See them all right here.

Being the ripe old age of 29, I swear Stone’s Throw has been here for forever – apparently it’s just since 1996 – but it’s definitely one of the longest-standing shops in the city.

I didn’t actually ask what the name means but I’m just going to say it’s because it’s just stone’s throw away from the U of R.

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And I don’t want to be reminded I’m almost 30 by being the elder-statesman in any place so I’ve generally been avoiding this place figuring it would be clogged with fresh-faced university kids and maybe some trendy-boot-wearing, bearded, top-bun-rockin’ hipsters .

But new(ish) owner, Kim and her husband have been working hard to make this an inclusive spot for the entire community.

They had to outlaw some things – no more bringing your own warmed-up tuna casserole for lunch.

But it’s working with people from every generation stopping in for a coffee and hang-out.

They bought the shop about a year and a half ago and have been putting their own personal touches like reclaimed wood everywhere from the Moosomin/Whitewood area, a beautiful pew from White Bear First Nation, and cool knick-knacks.

It feels pretty awesomely rustic and cozy.

But I think the best change is that they’ve swapped all the food over to being made fresh right out of their kitchen – except for special Nanaimo Bars from a secret location and bread from Northgate Bakery.

Pretty much everything you see here is made in-house.

Seriously, buy one of their granola bars – unbelievable.

My Latte Breve was solid, too.

I think the key word here is community, though.

You can tell they really care about creating a place with feeling. The corner with a bookshelf full of books. The wall of random artwork. The heavily worn, but clean floors.

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It all adds up to some really good vibes from really good people.

So if you haven’t been here in a while, stop by.

The picture of the Octopus is awesome!

 

 

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