EXCLUSIVE: This Confectionery Shop In The GTA Is Making The City A Whole Lot Sweeter With Their Delicious Treats And Community Involvement

When best friends Kimberly and Natasha, also known as SugarQwn and SugarDiva, couldn’t find the tasty gourmet treats they were looking for in Toronto, they went on an epic entrepreneurial journey to sell their own.

Together they own Old Firehall Confectionery, a multi-ethnic and female run business that is a sweet addition to Toronto’s food scene.

What do they sell?

Old Firehall Confectionery has two locations which sell a variety of treats including artisanal chocolates, pastries, gelato, ice cream and confections, with peanut-free, gluten-free and vegan options on the menu.

“From the moment you walk in you can smell your treats being prepared fresh by our incredibly talented pastry chefs and master chocolatiers, offering you an EATertainment experience,” the duo said in an interview with 6ixBuzz.

The confectionery also doubles as a coffee shop, and serves their own blend of roasted espresso beans and their famous Gourmet Hot Chocolate that is made with shaved Belgian chocolate bars.

The duo said that they were inspired to create Old Firehall Confectionery by their desire to have a sweet destination that sold offerings that were worth the equity in calories, and it’s safe to say that they’ve succeeded in their journey.

Community involvement

Kimberly and Natasha’s delicious treats aren’t the only thing which make Old Firehall Confectionery a pleasant part of the community.

The owners are passionate about giving back and contribute to community organizations including the Shania Twain Breakfast Program, Hand Over Hand, Markham Stouffville Hospital and 360 Kids.

Their unique shops offer both drool worthy treats and a vibrant atmosphere that has become an essential stop for members of both neighbourhoods. 

“Each location has a unique personality of its own,” they said.

Their flagship location, located in an 18th-century firehall, hosted the Gilmore Girls Reunion in 2019.

They also won the YELP Award for top 100 businesses in North America, and catered for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2017.

When asked which flavours are best sellers and why, the two entrepreneurs said. “Do we have to just pick one?”

“Each category of confections has its own best seller,” they said.

For truffles, it’s Mango Passionfruit and Lemon Cranberry. For gelato, it’s Pistachio and Ferraro Rocher. And for ice cream, it’s Black Raspberry Thunder and Death by Chocolate.

So, if you’re looking for a guilt-free treat and you don’t know where to go, be sure to stop by Old Firehall Confectionery and support a business that supports your community!

Manisha Singh

Manisha is a freelance writer and journalist who is passionate about connecting audiences through reporting diverse stories.
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