The new year is bringing new challenges to one of Montreal's favourite bakeries, Guillaume Bakery, in the Mile End. A fire on the morning of January 6 has forced the bakery to close its doors for now. No date has been given for re-opening; the facilities will be unusable for at least a week.
Owner Guillaume Vaillant posted a video to the bakery's Instagram page later that afternoon to share the news with its following of loyal customers who have come to know the Saint-Laurent institution for its iconic bright yellow walls and delicious food.
MTL Blog reached out to the team on January 7 to make sure everyone is OK and find out if there are any updates.
For now, the team is waiting to hear from the insurance company whether they can begin basic repair work, which they think they'll know by as early as later this afternoon.
"If all goes well, we think that we could at least produce our essential production even if the premises cannot accommodate customers as before," Vaillant told us.
The bakery is still continuing its plans for expansion that began in the summer, including updated facilities to increase production, opening "daytime production" and getting products into local grocery stores.
Many across the city know Guillaume for its artisanal bread and decadent pastries.
Vaillant said an announcement will likely be made by the end of the day, so be sure to check the page to find out more.
Montreal is such a creative hub. When it comes to fashion and design, I think that there's a lot of talent here. But it's not always easy for designers here in Montreal to broadcast their message where it needs to go.
There's a sensitivity to local production, which is something that we're really putting forward — local talent, local expertise, celebrating that through the production of all of our garments.
I think a lot of people are striving to revive the industry. With the new generation coming in, there's going to be also a new way of consuming local products and local production... it's nice to have a strong local economy and I think people are more and more sensitive to that for sure.
Can you give us a preview of what you'll be pitching to the Dragons?
Dragon's Den was excited to hear what we had to say and allow us to pitch the product and the brand to the Dragons. We're still waiting for the exact pitch date, but we're so excited to be able to show our project in our movement to the Dragons.
What we're looking for is obviously a key investor to help us take this worldwide. The goal is to be able to dress every wide man with quality products that are made in Canada, that are designed here in Montreal and bring this vision to the world through the magic of the internet age.
Our Kickstarter launched only weeks ago and we're already over our target. The demand is there and I think [the Dragons] were just also impressed with the branding, the story. What we really want is to offer to the wide men of the world something that they can be proud of for once.
Why do you think Wide The Brand important to you and the fashion industry as a whole?
The notion of sensuality and masculine fashion is all about chiselled bodies and there's this notion [that] wide bodies are not viewed as being attractive.
I also think that there is this misconception that plus-size men don't care about the way they look. And I think that for us, that's the root cause of everything.
It's not that we don't care about how we look. It's that we have no options to change the way we look. So if we have no options and no possibilities, how can we change our reality?
And that's what Wide The Brand is about. To give these men options, giving them the possibility to build their own persona show to the world instead of having to deal with the one that's offered to them because no one has ever shown them. There is no reason why plus-size fashions should not be as stylish comfortable.
The production wouldn't confirm which celebs were in town, but based on social media stalking, Jennifer Robertson headed home — leaving Montreal — on April 26.
Jennifer Coolidge posted a photo on April 10 with what appears to be an Air Transat plane in the background. However, we weren't able to confirm whether the photo is of her quarantine hotel room or whether she's currently in the city.
IMDb summarizes the plot like this: "Desperate to avoid his family's judgment about his perpetual single status, Peter convinces his best friend Nick to join him for the holidays and pretend that they're now in a relationship."
The film is expected to be released this year — likely around the holiday season.
Pretty soon, a little piece of Montreal will be on dinner tables all around the country — and no, we aren't talking about poutine. Heinz Ketchup, the world's most iconic ketchup brand, is moving production back to Montreal after a six-year vacation and it needs people to help create a literal sea of ketchup.
"The new ketchup line is set to begin operation in late summer 2021," the company said in a statement, and it expects to create 30 new jobs at its production facility in the Town of Mount Royal.