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Shinola upsets Ossington even before it moves in

Sam James Coffee Bar (SJCB) is being evicted from its Ossington location and many Torontonians aren't too happy about it. Besides its top-notch coffee, this SJCB is aesthetically striking thanks to its high ceiling, heated concrete stoop and minimalist art. But, it'll all be history come Christmas Eve.

Now, it looks like the American brand Shinola will be taking over the Queen and Ossington space, a space that's also Stussy's current home. We've reached out to Shinola for comment, but have yet to hear back.

While Shinola is popular for its high-quality watches, bags and bikes, many are upset it's entering the Toronto market at the expense of a beloved, locally owned coffee shop. Some, like restauranteur Jen Agg, took to Twitter to vent. She also wrote that she reached out to the company directly.

"Just sent an email off to @Shinola imploring them to ACTUALLY EXAMINE why they'd be part of evicting Sam James. Because I love my pals," she tweeted yesterday.

Here's how others reacted to the news of Sam James closing up his Ossington shop.

Will you be boycotting Shinola? Let us know in the comments.

Photo via Shinola on Facebook.


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