Phil & Sebastian has done remarkably well in the retail coffee business by buying beans direct from growers — primarily in Central and South America — whom the owners visited regularly to form long and binding relationships. They purchased the best equipment, trained baristas and used coffee at the optimal time after roast.
They now have six retail coffee outlets, although Stephen Avenue is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, and as well as Bridgeland will be opening another on the Plus-15 level of Stephen Avenue Place. They also have a central production facility in Manchester where the kitchen makes its popular Hoopla Donuts.
“Everyone enjoys a really good doughnut with a really good coffee,” Sztabzyb says, so head chef Leslie Morrow was tasked with creating flavours that brought the humble doughnut to delicious new heights.
The three confident entrepreneurs are bullish about their new Bridgeland full-service and take-away location, in creating a place to gather for the growing number of people living in that friendly community.
Calgary-based real estate investor and operator Avenue Living has not only retained its employee base during the pandemic but has added dozens of new staff. According to CEO and founder Anthony Guthrie, the company has also reached new heights in Canada and the U.S. by exceeding $2 billion in assets under management. Founded in 2006 with the purchase of 26 units, Avenue Living now employees more than 520 people with a platform of around 10,000 multi-family units, 400,000 square feet of commercial space, 42,000 acres of agricultural land and 550,000 square feet of self-storage.
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