Thomas Vernis: Meet the Real ‘Tommy’ Behind Montreal’s Beloved New Tommy Café

When Desjardins asked The Main to find a local professional whose work would be inspirational to aspiring entrepreneurs, we were happy to help. In keeping with their desire to inspire and support young people in realizing their own passion projects, we sought to tell the story of a self-made local businessperson who’s taken a creative approach to building their own business, picking…

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A Neighbourhood on the Rise: Your Guide to Montreal’s Mile-Ex

The identity and location of Mile-Ex, and certainly its name, is a complicated investigation. For some, Mile-Ex may simply be a trendier nickname for the neighbourhood of Marconi-Alexandra. Others may see it as the no-man’s land portmanteau of two bordering neighbourhoods. Not quite the residential melting-pot of Parc-Ex, yet not quite the hip Mile-End, Mile-Ex falls in-between…

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Satay Brothers: How Two Brothers Became Montreal’s Masters of Singaporean Street Cuisine

In Montreal’s Saint-Henri district, there exists a place that remains both famous and unknown, revered for their homemade Southeast Asian specialties, yet overlooked by their hawker stall in the Atwater Market food court in the summer or their small, unmarked winter location on Rue Saint-Jacques. Inspired by Singaporean and Malaysian street food classics such as…

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Store Feature: Marché Branche d’Olivier

The Marché Branche d’Olivier has resided on Verdun’s main strip, Wellington Street, for over 20 years now, becoming one of the neighbourhood’s best-loved shops. Before gentrification brought hip restaurants and specialty cafés to the areas, the owners of Branche d’Olivier were offering a panoply of items from the Middle East, North Africa and South America,…

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