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Happy Daze

Posted by Amanda DiPasquale / Posted on May 21, 2010

Happy DazeHappy Daze caters to a niche audience looking for a little something extra with their caffeine addiction. Part cafe and part smoke shop, the space has desserts, coffee and a variety of paraphernalia to suit your habits and tastes. Owners Michelle Cordeiro and Jamal Ahmad are laid back and relaxed, and opened the cafe about 5 months ago.

I order a single espresso macchiato ($1.75) and it comes in a retro black and white Elvis cup. The beans are 100 per cent Brazilian, and there is no extra charge for specialty milk. Cory and I split a white chocolate marshmallow bar ($2.00) and it is chewy and sweet, with chunks of nuts inside. It's lovely to dip into an espresso even if it doesn't exactly dissolve.

Happy DazeEverything on the menu is made in-house. Their dessert options change daily from carrot cake to banana cake with raisins. Other hot beverages include specialty hot chocolate ($1.50) exotic teas ($2.00) and lattes ($2.00).

Happy DazeCustomers can enjoy free WiFi and while there is limited seating space, their back patio will be opening soon and feature live music shows. A fruit juice and wheat grass bar will also be added in the coming weeks. When it comes to their smoke shop, Cordeiro explains that their products are comparatively priced and everything is hand crafted by local artists.

Happy DazeCordeiro and Ahmad say their shop has been very popular with local musicians, comics and writers. Both wanted to open up this hybrid cafe because they couldn't find another type of its kind in the neighbourhood.

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Happy Daze is open from 9 a.m to 9 p.m Tuesday- Sunday.

Photos by Cory Vanderploeg



Robert / May 22, 2010 at 12:39 pm
Does anyone think that this place doesn't look sketchy?
Easy / May 22, 2010 at 01:35 pm
Some clarification would help. How is this a smoke shop? Are they selling cigarettes? Are the selling weed? Is it a pot friendly cafe similar to Kndred or the Hot Box?
emily / May 22, 2010 at 01:38 pm
I don't get it either. There's a no smoking sign... on top of those... rolling papers??
Jean / May 22, 2010 at 03:13 pm
So they've got some rollies. That does not make it a smoke shop. If you're going to review a place, try to give an idea of what makes it unique. They make coffee and cook in-house - just like every other place on that stretch of Dundas. Where's the difference? You took a pic of a bunch of what look like bookcases - what's on them? C'mon now, step it up a bit.

PS - the Gaggia espresso machine in the pic? It's for home use. The pressure isn't strong enough to rival a good commercial grade machine.
bob / May 22, 2010 at 04:16 pm
What a terrible article. What makes it a smoke shop? Like the other people commenting I want to know if they are pot friendly or if its a cigar shop. Come on guys!

james / May 22, 2010 at 04:20 pm
Hey Amanda, do you mind telling us what else they sell??!! Its a smoke shop because......?? Some detail would be nice here. Perhaps you had one puff to many before you wrote this..
belvedere / May 22, 2010 at 06:38 pm
i wouldn't let my dog piss in this dive.
i can't remember / May 22, 2010 at 08:36 pm
I'm going to go out on a limb here, hopefully all those confused commenters can help me connect the dots.

1. the shop is called Happy Daze. this reminds me of the stoner-epic Dazed and Confused, while simultaneously reminding me of the the familiar dazed feeling I get from smoking grass; which leads me to point two.
2. the sign is written in (fake) grass, perhaps a hint?
3. there appear to be a wide assortment of rolling papers for sale behind the counter.

what kind of smoke shop could this be?
K-13 / May 22, 2010 at 09:21 pm
Wow. This is a pretty terrible "review". A white chocolate marshmallow bar was "chewy and sweet"...who'd have guessed? How was the coffee? No?

I really hope BlogTO didn't pay the author to write this. I probably could have written more, and I've never even been.
DS / May 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm
Wow - I actually think I will stop reading this website now. What a non-informative piece of crap article. Who hires these contributors!?
mike / May 23, 2010 at 12:44 pm
I'm just here to jump on the bandwagon: this article is crap even for BlogTO standars.
MrPotato / May 23, 2010 at 01:28 pm
What tha bumbaclot?
Amanda / May 23, 2010 at 02:29 pm
re: what the products are.

They sell pipes, bongs and rolling papers and whatever you choose to use them for is up to you. There were more photos taken of specific products, but not all photos make it onto the site.

re: smoke shop
The term "smoke shop" was used by both the owners and myself. The owners did not elaborate on if they sell weed/tobacco, just the various products (glass pipes etc)

Also, the brevity of this article had to do with the limited baked goods & offerings on that particular day and my personal experience.
ct / May 23, 2010 at 03:03 pm
RE: Hey Amanda, do you mind telling us what else they sell??!! Its a smoke shop because......?? Some detail would be nice here. Perhaps you had one puff to many before you wrote this..

Re: I really hope BlogTO didn't pay the author to write this. I probably could have written more, and I've never even been.

Wow, if you don't like the article you don't have to be so rude about it. Don't you people have better things to do than bash the author?

As soon as I saw the name of this cafe and a picture of the sign, it didn't take more than one second for me to put two and two together. The pictures say it all. Are people no longer able to look at an image and get the message?
LMIH / May 23, 2010 at 03:45 pm
Terrible 'review' :/
joe / May 23, 2010 at 07:26 pm
is anyone else wondering why there has never been a negative post on blogto? this place would seem a good candidate to me.
Alex / May 24, 2010 at 09:32 am
So.. can you smoke on the patio? Do they offer any non-dessert foods? What does the coffee taste like? Do they sell tobacco or snuff? Did you talk to the employees at all? How was the service? Why should people go here or not go here? Is this just a basement apartment that someone turned into a shop? Do they have an accessible entrance somewhere? Are the coffee machines made for commercial use or personal use? What sort of clientele goes here? What sort of clientele should go here? Why should I? What would I like about it? What would I dislike about it? Will there be seating on the patio? Were there local musicians, comics or writers there when you went?
bernie / May 24, 2010 at 11:15 am
OK! you people get wayyyyyy to high-strung about cafe reviews...jeez. If it's that important to you then maybe you should check out the place yourself and write a novel about it Mr. Alex Taylor! get a grip bud!

This shop seems interesting, I'm planning on checking it out.
Amanda / May 24, 2010 at 11:26 am
re: Alex's questions

- They haven't opened the patio yet.
- They offer bagels, but only had two options out when I visited
- The espresso I tasted was strong, a little bitter but good
- Their main entrance is where those steps are, if they open a patio maybe they'll have an additional one. Not sure.
- They offer tobacco products as well
- As written in the review, I talked to both the owners, the service was good, they were friendly. They stated that they have a large artistic clientele
-There will be seating on the patio, and as I mentioned they don't have a lot of seating inside.
-No there weren't any local musicians, comics or writers when I went
- People should go if they are in the area, interested in purchasing tobacco products, smoking products (pipes, bongs, papers etc) or just curious and want to grab a cup of coffee and check out the scene.

You can read their listing here:
mccool / May 24, 2010 at 11:37 am
Amanda, I think what people are looking for is: Can I smoke weed on their patio?
Amanda / May 24, 2010 at 11:41 am
RE: mccool

I will find out & report back if that is what the main concern is!
Joe / May 24, 2010 at 08:13 pm
Hey Amanda,
You shouldn't have to subject yourself to responding to all these people and their nit picking of your article. Most of them are probably jealous that you get to write these reviews and get paid for it while they sit at their favourite free trade coffee house, striving to be the next great author and write the next great american novel. Bottom line people, it's a SMOKE SHOP AND CAFE.. what do you think goes on there? Acrobats??

Go down there and check it out for yourselves if you have so many damn questions about it; the weather is beautiful.
walter mercado / May 25, 2010 at 05:24 pm
I thought the author of the review was purposely leaving out details.

Then I read her comments *face palm*
ml / May 25, 2010 at 05:32 pm
That coffee service setup is weaksauce!
vl / May 25, 2010 at 05:47 pm
It's probably a front for drug dealers.
JR / May 25, 2010 at 05:50 pm
Go for the papers, stay away from the coffee is the lesson here I guess. The plethora of Apple products sitting on the counter cost several times more than their consumer espresso machine and grinder. (the espresso machine is an entry level model that I'm pretty sure they sell at Canadian Tire, while the grinder is a mid-range consumer model) I guess this is why the coffee is so cheap...
JR / May 25, 2010 at 05:57 pm
Also, as an aside, aren't all teas exotic? I'm instantly reminded of working in a cafe when a man came in and asked "What kind of green tea do you have?" to which I reply "we have an organic Chinese green tea." At this point he gave me a look of disdain and said "oh no, I don't want anything Chinese. All I want is a good British tea!" and stormed out.

That was an aside, but all tea is exotic, some have just lost their novelty
Joe / May 25, 2010 at 11:12 pm

Care to write your own article?
Jane / May 27, 2010 at 02:37 pm
Harsh. Leave Amanda alone peoples....get a life!
noman replying to a comment from JR / May 27, 2010 at 03:59 pm
GAHAHAHAAA!!! I noticed that too!!!

What do they need that massive mac computer for?
ring in a coffee or 2?!

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