A much-loved Toronto bakery is opening a midtown location this spring
Prairie Boy Bread will soon open an outpost at Yonge and St. Clair
by Christine Hogg for TRNTO Posted: January 7, 2021
Beloved bakery Prairie Boy Bread, known for its organic sourdough and delicious homemade baked goods made from scratch, is all set to open a second location. Construction on a new storefront is currently in the works, and owner Grant MacPherson hopes to bring the Prairie Boy brand to the eclectic Yonge/St. Clair neighbourhood by April 2021.
“We have been looking for a chance to grow our business for some time,” MacPherson said. “We had a seasonal location in Muskoka for the summers of 2018 and 2019 and we really enjoyed the challenge, but decided we wanted something closer to home. We are really excited about the changes going on in the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood and hope we can contribute something unique to the neighbourhood.
The new Prairie Boy Bread will offer a similar selection of products that are currently available at their College St. location. MacPherson says that the bakery will also stock an arrangement of carefully-curated products made by local makers who share the company’s ethos about food and community.
“As we get to know the neighbourhoods, we will do our best to adapt to their distinct needs,” MacPherson said.
As an essential service, Prairie Boy’s College St. location is currently open for in-store shopping, but strict health and safety protocols remain in place. Curbside pickup is also available.
“The support from the neighbourhood has been really great over the last 10 months. This has allowed us to keep our doors open and the staff employed,” MacPherson said. “While we will be opening into a different reality than we had previously envisioned, we feel reasonably confident that there will be sufficient business to make the new space a success.”
Phew!! We’ve almost made it to the end of 2020! I think we can all say it has been the strangest and hardest year that most of us have ever experienced. We at Prairie Boy feel so fortunate to still be able to do what we do – to bring people great bread and food to go with it. We have felt so energized being in such a vibrant community and strong neighbourhood. We are also so blessed to have the quick check ins and chats with our regulars and to see all your amazing posts about food online. Thank you for your continued support, patience and understanding during these truly weird times. We hope that despite keeping your circles small, you’ve managed to still eat great food with good people or to share it with those who may be more alone this year, especially during the holidays. Lets continue to look out for each other.
We have updated our menu for the holiday season. We are urging people to reserve by December 20 so we know how much to make. If you havnt reserved by the 20th, the 21-24th will be 1st come, 1st served. We’re making lots but it’s a guessing game unless you tell us what you need.
We want to wish everyone a safe and happy holidays filled with lots of good food and cheer even though some of it might be virtual or brief and outside. Lets keep each other safe and healthy and a big Cheers to a better and brighter 2021!!
-Peace and Love to you all from the Prairie Boy Bread team on College street
We are doing another Summer POP-UP on August Long Weekend!
Thanks to everyone who came out a few weeks ago to grab scrumptious things to eat at the lake. We’ve added a few things to the menu and changed some flavours so please read the menu carefully and please specify if you’d prefer your pies and scones baked or frozen. The pre-ordering system worked really well last time and helped us gauge numbers really well so if you’re thinking of getting some things again in a few weeks please pre-order by Monday July 27 (please email your order to Lainie@prairieboybread.com). We’ve sorted out the kinks with the new payment system and will have figured out a few shortcuts to move everyone through faster. Thanks for your patience. See you in a few weeks!
Hello Dorset friends! We miss you sooo much! A few of you told us it’s mutual so we are going to do a POP – UP on JULY 4 with some of your favourites. Attached is a menu that you can order from. We STRONGLY encourage you to order ahead so we have some sense of numbers. The cut off for orders is Saturday June 27 so we have time to make everything (it’s by hand remember). Please email your orders to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are unable take orders by text, instagram messages etc. We will be crazy busy preparing and baking all these goodies in the city and then driving them up the morning of. If you don’t get your specific order in on time, we will have some extra things baked but please try to come early to avoid disappointment. This is the list we can manage so please stick to it. If it goes well we hope to do a few more during summer. Our lovely friends at LOVE Pottery will be hosting us. We are “big-hug” level excited to see you but due to the global pandemic thing we request that you respect the 2m (or 8 loaves of bread) distance from other customers and ideally wear a mask or refrain from “talking moistly”. We will be accepting TAP ONLY – debit or credit. See you soon and tell your friends!!
We’ve put together an order form in honour of the Long Weekend. Even though things are wonky, some of you will be allowed to enjoy an extra day off (and we will be closed sun/mon) or perhaps you’re going out of town…lucky you! We wanted to try to let you know all that we have that has Long Weekendy vibes written all over it. Maybe get the meal wheels turning.
Here is the form. Pics of the items are on our instagram. Print it, fill in what you want and email it (a pic is fine) back to us by Thursday for fri or sat pick up. Please specify which day/est. time. Have a delicious and safe Victoria Day long weekend! Bring on Summer!!
Hi everyone. We so rarely post here…we’re sorry. Life is busy…and now weird but necessarily so. We are OPEN MON-SAT 9-5, CLOSED SUNDAYS. We have changed things to serve you safely. Most importantly we currently ACCEPT TAP ONLY! Please click on the link below for the full update and a store MENU to allow you to shop easier and faster. You can also email an order in. We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. We will get through this together. Thank you for your continued support. -Team Prairie Boy Bread xo
It has been a very interesting few weeks. The construction that they said would take 3 weeks is nowhere near finished … with no real end in site. I’ve always thought that assistant directors should run all projects. Things would be done on time, on budget and run super smoothly. That said, the construction crew has been super friendly and really great with helping our customers to get themselves, strollers, and bikes into the shop. One bonus is that all the kids reeeeeally love all the construction so feel free to come sit in the window and watch the snails pace progress happen. It’s kinda like a built-in babysitter. Just saying.
Our new pastry chef Corey Chin-Yick has been hard at work developing and baking new delicious summer treats for everyone. Welcome aboard Corey, we are so happy to have you on the team.
We want to continue to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for braving the fences, trucks, caution tape and at times noise and dust to come grab bread, coffees and other staples. Please remember we are here every day baking delicious bread. Thank you so much for your continued support and patronage. We are so lucky to have the best customers.
Despite being in the epicentre of construction, we got a great mention in the “Best of the City” Bakeries in Toronto Life. What fantastic company to be in! We are so proud and thankful to be noticed. We swear we did not pay or sleep with anyone to get it. So that must mean YOU are talking about it and loving what we are doing so thanks for that. Let’s all keep up the great work – baking and enjoying delicious bread!
We hope everyone is having a fantastic summer. There are so many beautiful and fun things to do in Southern Ontario. We are truly blessed to live in such a wonderful part of the world.
Attached is a slideshow of whats been happening this July
One of our lovely customers, Diane Bruni, connected us with her parents, Gina and Pasquale who have been gardening this plot of land for 60! years. We have the incredible fortune of planting a rather giant garden this summer in the most beautiful soil and dreamy space. We’ve somehow managed to get almost everything in the ground – here are a few pics.