A new breed of small gourmet shops are seeing a boom in a post-pandemic Toronto

The pandemic has taken a toll on almost every industry, but it has severely shaken up our markets, big and small. When large chain supermarkets got swamped with panic buyers, independent gourmet shops stepped up to fill a necessary gap, offering a safe and physically distanced shopping experience as well as personalized home delivery in some cases. As traditional gourmet shops, like Pusateri’s and Summerhill Market, have scaled up into large-format, one-stop grocery stores, smaller vendors have stepped in to fill the specific appetites that Toronto diners have started to crave en masse, from frozen pizzas from their favourite restaurant in the city to sashimi-grade filets of Atlantic salmon for an at-home sushi party.