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Full Stop

Posted by Sarah Ratchford / Posted on June 28, 2013

Full Stop TorontoFull Stop has, potentially, one of the most fitting names of any new business in Toronto. The new spot in the Junction, just west of Keele and Dundas, is pretty huge as indie cafes in the city go, with seating for about 40 plus a giant patio. A huge yellow sign is posted on the wall, jovially hollering "sup" to visitors.

Full Stop TorontoAll the open space and seating make you feel like you don't have to rush out. . Full Stop is owned by Chris Brown, one of the owners of Margret just next door, and it has a similar look and feel. The patio, which seats about 20 and has space for plenty more, was actually built for Margret, but didn't wind up belonging to it because of issues with liquor licensing. It's totally outfitted with umbrellas, and offers plenty of space to lounge around.

Full Stop TorontoInside, the liberal splashes of orange, which everyone knows is the colour of happy, and the nostalgia bombs like containers of Dubble Bubble sticking out of the walls, make you feel like you're welcome to stay as long as you like.

Full Stop TorontoAnd I do. The day is hotter than the hinges, so I grab a melon mojito as soon as I arrive. It's to die for: real watermelon pulp, club soda, mint, and simple syrup combine for heaven in a plastic glass, and it's only $2.50.

As I sit and chill, a few other people in their 20s work or watch cat videos on their laptops. Wilco's "I Might" plays softly in the background (it could stand to be louder, to be honest. Good song). A lady in her fifties reads a magazine and eats a delicious-looking egg concoction. I'm just nosy enough to interrupt her and ask her what it is, and I get this impromptu review: it's a pastry with egg, prosciutto and tomato. "It's light" she tells me, mouth full of eggy delights.

Full Stop TorontoThey deliver the same thing to my little table. It's divine, and though it's a pastry, it's as filling as a meal thanks to the whole egg and some light cheese drizzliness.

Full Stop TorontoThey also serve several desserts, like lemon ricotta loaf, flourless chocolate cake, and curried apple bran muffins. I can't help but sample a pastry stuffed with fresh berries, and it is an amazing juicy explosion in my mouth.

It makes sense, because everything is made on site. "We have baker and chef kinda people," the cute barista tells me. (The baker and chef kinda people wave happily at me).

Full Stop TorontoI ask the manager, Michael, what the story is with the lego sculptures and bubble gum: are they trying to be an especially kid-friendly place? He says they obviously want to be kid-friendly, but the Junction is home to everyone, so they want to keep an open atmosphere. And all sorts of people drift in and out as I sit and work: new parents with a baby, mamas with young children, people in their 20s. The owner of Opticianado pops in to check out the newest café in the hood.

Full Stop TorontoThough there are plenty of cafes in the area — Amani Earls, Crema, and The Good Neighbour to name just a few — it seems Full Stop is already on its way to becoming a bit of a neighbourhood institution.

Right now, Full Stop is open seven days per week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., but they plan to expand those hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Full Stop TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns



RS / June 28, 2013 at 10:26 am
This makes me sad that I moved out of the Junction a few years ago. :(
Sandman / June 28, 2013 at 10:37 am
Hungry Junctioneer / June 28, 2013 at 10:58 am
Dear Entrepreneurs,

Please, for the love of all that is good in this world, stop opening coffeeshops and cafes in The Junction. We have more than enough! (5 on my residential block and we're very close to this new one) Open an actual restaurant - we do not enough good ones.


Hungry Junctioneer
Meow / June 28, 2013 at 11:23 am
Everyone knows orange is actually the colour of hungry, it's use is purely for financial gain by most large burger chains.
Emily / June 28, 2013 at 11:37 am
Things the Junction needs:
A Korean restaurant
Decent sit-down Chinese (sorry Westwood, Lotus and Vuong...)
I think we could even support another bar or a gallery.
A pharmacy.
Better connections to the TTC.

What we have enough of:
furniture stores
Emily / June 28, 2013 at 11:40 am
Oh and maybe another women's clothing store on the need list. Art supply store on the enough of list.
Steve replying to a comment from Hungry Junctioneer / June 28, 2013 at 11:58 am
Dear Hungry Junctioneer,
Are you serious about not having many good restaurants in the Junction?
He have a number of great ones now.. much better than the generic stuff found down on Bloor West or Kingsway, and pretty comparable to Roncy.
Playa Cabana Cantina, Indie Ale House, Silk (some of the best Thai food I've ever had), Hole in the Wall, 3030, Curry Twist, Vesuvio's, Roux, Pho Huong, Not to mention Farmhouse Tavern just a couple of min away on Dupont..
I agree that maybe we don't need another coffee shop, but that will be decided by the degree of their success.
Don't get me wrong.. I wouldn't complain if another great restaurant opened up (we could probably use a more upscale one to round things out) - quite the opposite actually.
I just think we're already pretty spoiled, so I wouldn't complain.
Although we could use a bar with a good patio...
Hungry Junctioneer / June 28, 2013 at 12:23 pm
I won't debate the restaurant thing much (it's so subjective, really) but the coffeeshop situation is farcical at this point. I don't think there's an argument to be made on that point. Some presumably will fail, but who knows how many more will open in that timespan. :-p
AV replying to a comment from Hungry Junctioneer / June 28, 2013 at 01:24 pm

"The Junction: Come for a coffee... and stay.. for a... Coffee?"
yashmash / June 28, 2013 at 03:08 pm
no more coffee shops please.
danno replying to a comment from Hungry Junctioneer / June 28, 2013 at 04:34 pm
nobody is stopping you. my guess is that you won't really amount to much of anything, however.
checkonthered replying to a comment from Hungry Junctioneer / June 28, 2013 at 04:57 pm
they're gonna have sandwiches with all home-roasted and home-pickled and home-cooked goodness really soon so go eat them
mdke / June 28, 2013 at 06:25 pm
Add shawarma to the list of things the junction needs.
Droney replying to a comment from Hungry Junctioneer / June 28, 2013 at 07:59 pm
The space was before this was used also for a cafe. One that looked depressing and pretty much no one went into.
This isnt more cafes, it's replacing a crappy one for one with a patio!
I like it.
Another Hungry Junctioneer / June 28, 2013 at 09:34 pm
Yes, it's a blessing to have the established Playa Cabana open up, but we need more restaurants with this caliber.
Guu Izakaya? Terroni? Sansotei or Kinton Ramen? 416 Snack Bar? Enzo Pizzabar? 3 Speed? The Stockyards BBQ?

get a life ppl / June 28, 2013 at 11:12 pm
????? you live in the junction, literally half an hour ttc or bike from all those restos and bars, have you ppl ever heard of leaving your neighbourhood. Like maybe try chinatown for sit down chinese?

why don't you go ahead, work really hard, save a bunch of money, find a perfect chef or mixologist and open said restorants andd bars and stop trying to dictate what the community needs.

this dude wanted a cafe, and it looks pretty good to me
Peekaboo Suzie / June 29, 2013 at 07:12 am
I'll be there between 2:00 and 3:30 on Saturday, wearing a short denim skirt, no panties and a white tube top with no bra.

I've got a sexy full bush, with the sides nicely trimmed and will be flashing for the boys.

If you like what you see, send over a latte and we can chat. Maybe you could even accidentally spill a glass of water on my shirt.
John Philip Green / June 29, 2013 at 08:03 am
I'm going to head over and check it out this morning, 8:30 or so. I will be wearing normal dude clothes, with clean underwear underneath.

I am in need of a haircut and you'll notice my beard is a bit unkempt too.

If you like what you see, you can send over a juice for my son and we can chat. Maybe you could even accidentally order an extra cookie and share it with us.
american / June 29, 2013 at 08:56 am
Place looks very cool - love the decor and think the manager is real handsome - looking forward to stopping in at FULL STOP
Peekaboo Suzie / June 29, 2013 at 11:15 am
Sorry, you don't sound like Mr. Green.

If you don't have enough self control to finish on the tits or fanny, you can't be of much use to me.

Enjoy your outing though.
ernie / June 30, 2013 at 09:54 pm
I am shocked by the absence of repurposed barn wood, horrific local art and bare brick walls. There are rules for indie coffee shops! You cant just make it look good and do what you like.
gardiner / July 8, 2013 at 11:41 am
we are lucky to have the worlds' first Ska-themed indie coffee shop.

$2 Americanos should be a good enough reason to come here.

amazing baked goods and i can afford them because the coffee price is lower than the other competition in the area.

get into it!
gardiner replying to a comment from Sandman / July 11, 2013 at 04:51 pm
gardiner replying to a comment from gardiner / July 11, 2013 at 04:52 pm
actually no
Jane / September 21, 2013 at 06:14 pm
In response to Emily's comment... I'd take another cafe (especially a good one with a great patio) any day over a Korean or Chinese food restaurant.

Now TTC connections... that I'm with you on.
Sara replying to a comment from get a life ppl / September 21, 2013 at 06:16 pm
I totally agree.
Alex replying to a comment from Emily / January 6, 2014 at 11:42 am
There is an AMAZING pharmacy in the junction.
Family Discount Pharmacy - right next to Vesuvios.
the staff are so friendly and helpful, and the wait times are next to nothing.
we definitely don't need another pharmacy
Holy Thundering Jesus / January 13, 2014 at 04:45 pm
full stop, good coffee, good food, affordable.
Anthony replying to a comment from Alex / June 1, 2015 at 08:16 pm
I fully agree with Alex! They actually seem like they enjoy their job and I usually leave in a better mood.
Anthony / June 1, 2015 at 08:26 pm
Also, there was a very cute blonde twink-ish (sorry) barista who used to have pink highlights at Full Stop who was so nice to me and I went back a couple times for a better glimpse ;) His americanos are good too. Remember to tip, folks!

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