Kylie: she/her Braden: he/him
The Counter is an elevated deli, where quality ingredients are made different. We are trying to provide a comfortable and approachable menu and atmosphere, while also pushing the boundaries on classic dishes.
When the Covid housing market was hot we took advantage and sold our house in Norwood. With nothing keeping us in that area, we took the leap to Belleville where we fell in love with a house in a good neighbourhood to raise kids, with a big backyard for our furbabies and near water to take boat rides in!
The community lacked fresh and good quality lunch options in the downtown areas that are independently operated.
Knowing our clientele before we even had clientele. Also taking the plunge to quit our jobs and taking the huge leap of faith to invest in ourselves.
Trust in yourself and the brand you’re creating because everyone has opinions, but if you believe in what you’re doing and put in the hard work, success will be there.
Kylie: Food – it’s something I am passionate about. it has helped shape me. I’m teaching my children about the importance of local food, growing food, utilizing all of the product, how to nourish our bodies and what food can do for us, how it can provoke emotions and show love. If I wasn’t a chef, I quite honestly don’t know what I would be doing with my life. Food has given me everything I have in life.
Braden: Honesty – I am a firm believer that being transparent and truthful is very important. You are only as good as your word.