|Cuisine Type |||Sandwiches, Soups|
|Meals Served |||Light Meals/Snacks, Lunch|
|Amenities |||Internet, Live Entertainment, Wheelchair Accessible, Coffeehouses & Desserts|
|Payment |||Interac, MasterCard, American Express, Visa|
|Getting There |||Bus 16, 22|
|Cross Street |||Fernwood Road|
|Mon-Tues: 7AM-6PM; Wed: 7AM-10PM; Thurs-Fri: 7AM-6PM; Sat: 8AM-6PM; Sun: 9AM-5PM|
Profile Last Updated: May 06, 2009
Hardwood floors, exposed piping, brick walls and funky lighting create a hip vibe at this Fernwood café, which makes its home in a 1909 building. Cool tunes are always on rotation, and pieces by local artists adorn the walls. You can grab a window seat at one of the built-in wood and leather benches and enjoy the warmth of the sun streaming in the huge windows. Cozy up on one of the leather couches or set up your laptop at one of the wooden table. With throw cushions, Trivial Pursuit and stacks of magazines, you’ll feel as though you’re in a friend’s living room and are welcome to stay as long as you please. Some evenings, you’ll want to linger even longer when there’s live music (mainly of the folk, roots and blues genres), open-mic and talks. There’s even a Live from the Cornerstone Café album available for purchase inside.
Cornerstone Café is dedicated to promoting environment-friendly business practices and urban sustainability. The café’s eco features include geothermal heat, water-conserving fixtures and a recycling and composting program. The coffee is fair trade and organic and you get a discount if you bring your own cup. On the chalkboard menu you’ll find bagels, paninis, cookies, pastries and homemade vegetarian soups that change daily and include exotic varieties like African-themed peanut yam and ginger. The café also sells an extensive collection of merchandise that can help you reduce your carbon footprint, including travel mugs, water bottles and shopping bags.
Fernwood’s Neighbourhood Living Room
Part café, part community centre, Cornerstone exists to bring neighbours together to exchange ideas and relax in a welcoming atmosphere. The café is owned and operated by the non-profit Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group, and all money made is put right back into the community to fund programs, services and activities. The community association bought the historic building in 2005, and started extensive renovations with the help of volunteers ranging in age from four to 88, and including the Fernwood United soccer team and Coast Capital employees. While the upstairs was transformed into affordable housing units, the Cornerstone Café moved into the ground floor and opened its doors in the fall of 2006.