I had baked up some cupcakes for the Live Different Academy graduation and I
pretty much went on for a solid paragraph about the epic awesomeness that are cupcakes. I then went on to mention how you shouldn’t get me started on MINI
the roof when it comes to mini cupcakes. It’s all the best parts of a cupcake,
but smaller, which makes it better. Compact cuteness, diminutive deliciousness,
petite and pretty; It’s everything good in one—without making you feel guilty
because you just ate a cupcake (even if their teensy size means you just ate
six of them).
Eatery & Exchange and it’s absolutely lovely. I know I use the word lovely
a lot but when we look at the definition of lovely, there is no better word to
describe how splendid this place is.
1. charmingly or exquisitely beautiful: a lovely flower.
2. having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye, as a person or a face.
3. delightful; highly pleasing: to have a lovely time.
4. of a great moral or spiritual beauty: a lovely character.
“We are an eatery; offering fresh,
homemade meals and baked goods in the heart of Hamilton. We are a place of exchange; where ideas are shared and where
people can engage with one another.”
convince you about how great of a place this is, let me tell you my favourite
set up in was intentional. They went into a neighborhood that needed love and
light, and set up with a purpose. While you are paying for your incredibly priced goods you are provided with the amazing opportunity to purchase a
button from the ‘Button Bank’. The purchased buttons then go into a separate ‘Pay-It-Forward’ jar where those who
don’t have enough money can grab a button and use it towards the
cost of their beverage or meal.
being it’s such a tangible way to show love to those in your community that
allows individuals to stay in their comfort zone. It’s a nice ‘introductory
step’ to changing your community without getting really personal– all you do is buy a button and put it into the jar. Second, it provides those who wouldn’t
normally consider themselves welcome in a place so nice the warmest
invitation to step inside and enjoy the hand-crafted café-standard beverages and belly-warming food, and gives them a sense of value and respect. The value and respect which would come from being able to pay for a meal yourself, especially if it is something you are usually unable to do, is something I can’t even imagine.
Too often we look at those who aren’t as well off as us through a lens that
lacks the same respect we would give to someone who is doing better than us.
Everyone deserves the same respect—especially when it comes to how we can serve
and show care.
came out to an evening of delicious bite-sized eats, refreshments and viewing
art created with a purpose. For this evening I contributed a last-minute batch
of mini cupcakes. At the time my wonderful husband and I were living with
another couple, and the lady of the unit is a talented photographer who took
pictures of the evenings events. She snapped a few photos of the cupcakes in
all their adorableness and I was happy to hear they were well received by those
in attendance (I couldn’t attend as it was past my bedtime– 2am wake up
chocolate and vanilla swirl buttercream. I figured funfetti was the best
option—first as we are celebrating such an extraordinary establishment, and second, why make people choose
between chocolate and vanilla frosting? Give ‘em both!
to capture their cuteness. I am grateful for 541 and how they are giving
dignity and respect to those who need it most, and providing a tangible way for
individuals to help their community. I am grateful for opportunities to use my
skills to help others—even when that skill is baking cupcakes.
out in any way you can. Who knows, maybe your version of 541 is a few doors
down just waiting for you to discover it, and I bet they could find use for
your skills to make your community a better place.