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EYEOPENER - "Strada Coffee Shop"

Published in the Eyeopener on November 10, 2009
Article available at: http://www.theeyeopener.com/articles/4302-Levy-scouts-spot-for-coffee-shop

Jen Chae

The southeast corner of Yonge and Gould could be home to a bustling student-run coffee shop with a full cappuccino bar and open-mic nights — if Ryerson had the money.

At a meeting with the Eyeopener, President Sheldon Levy said he envisions a coffee shop run by students at Yonge and Gould streets across from the former Sam the Record Man site.

“I love to just sit with a coffee and a newspaper. There’s no place to go around here,” said Levy.

“What I would love to do is have, I’d call it the students’ coffee shop… like a Ryerson cappuccino bar where you could have music and sit.”

He added that the shop could be run by business or hospitality and tourism management students. As well, Ryerson’s musically-inclined students could participate in open-mic nights.

The site, previously home to a shoe store, is available for lease at $28,000 a month — a figure that Levy calls unreasonable.

The broker for the rent space, Emile Amar of T.O. and GTA Realty Inc. refers to the spot as a high exposure corner.

“We were considering having a Starbucks at that location, but they ended up in the AMC building,” said Amar, who believes a student-run coffee shop is an excellent idea.

Just up the block, the corner of Yonge and Gerrard streets is a spot Levy has identified as a more affordable option for a student-run coffee shop. The site is currently a jewellery store.

Regardless of where it could be, first-year business management student, Geremy Schlesinger, would love to see the coffee shop happen.

“A student-run shop would provide a chance for business students to apply what they learn in class to the outside world,” he said.


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