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Good Catch

Posted by Joseph / Posted on July 28, 2008

Good Catch General Store in ParkdaleOpened in June of 2006, Good Catch General Store in Parkdale is a smorgasbord of a shop mixing everyday staples such as bread and milk with vintage clothing, work by local artists and baby toys. They even sell guitars and old vinyl records. I think the store has it all covered, especially considering you can have your keys cut while you shop.

Although one stop shopping is not a new concept these days what with massive box stores, it's refreshing to see it done in such a tight space, not having to walk all the way down to the end of isle 14 to get the peanut butter. Instead, it's conveniently next to the stuffed toys you were looking at for your nephew.

Good Catch FridgeA healthy portion of the shop is for food items with an emphasis on organic food. A fridge in the back carries items such as soy, milk and eggs and the shelves surrounding have fair trade coffee, tea, soups, jams, pasta, fresh local bread and anything else you could think of. When I walked in a young lady was buying hummus. I was surprised she didn't get any of the chocolate, it looked fantastic.20080728_goodcatch04.jpgCustomer service was that perfect balance between being ignored and being followed with every step. I got a nice description of where items came from and how they were selected when I was interested. There is a lot of local artists work on consignment in the shop which adds to the charm of the place. 20080728_goodcatch07.jpg
In fact, you get a good local feel from the moment you step in the shop thanks in large part to this huge bulletin board with events and information about local business that you can tell is used frequently.
Good Catch Local Bulletin Board
The website advertises what days of the week the store receives fresh deliveries on local goods such as vegan treats, organic dairy products and bakery items.
20080728_goodcatch03.jpgLocated right beside popular watering hole Mitzi's Sister, Good Catch is the kind of place I had walked by a dozen times with no idea what treasures were buried inside. Now I'll be stopping by whenever I'm in the area.
Good Catch Parkdale Outside



Ryan L. / July 29, 2008 at 11:03 am
Vinyl records, pins, vintage clothing and vegan and organic food? Hmm, sounds like they are catering to one particular group of people. One stop shopping, but not for everyone.
kstop / July 29, 2008 at 11:18 am
Yeah, why don't they carry Blackberry stands for my Beemer? Fucking elitists.
Ratpick / July 29, 2008 at 12:06 pm
I know what you're saying, Ryan L, but this store is actually more interesting than you'd think (and I ain't a "shopper").
Elle Driver / July 29, 2008 at 01:04 pm
Why are commentors here so cynical when it comes to businesses and people with obviously good intentions?

My local corner store carries expired potato chips and girlie magazines. I would be so lucky to have a place like this in my neighbourhood.
Ryan L. / July 29, 2008 at 02:15 pm
It wasn't a criticism. Just saying it appears its not for everyone. Its probably a great place for the people who its intended for. I know that some of those items can be tough to find (in comparison to mainstream items). I can imagine it being a bit inconvenient to walk across the city to go shopping (or browsing) for the things you're looking for. It's great that they can have one place for it, and it's a shame it's not bigger.
Tim / August 5, 2008 at 03:10 pm
This shop is great. Always something new to look at. And the organic chocolate truffles they have from Sitting Around EAting BonBons are killer.
cancan / September 20, 2012 at 11:18 pm
Went in for a look the other day, and the guy at cash totally ignored my friend and me when we first walked in the door, then stalked us as we looked around. He didn't say a word to us, didn't look at us, didn't even try to hide the fact that he was following us. Then he happily greeted and helped a white woman when she walked through the door a couple minutes later.

Definitely will NOT be returning to Good Catch in the future, with that kind of customer service.

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