Rockwood Homeowners' Association
Just outside the borders of our Rockwood Village community is a tiny café located in an unassuming strip mall. Hidden in between storefronts, offices, and even next to an international all-Canadian coffee chain, Studio 89 is what I like to think of as Mississauga’s hidden gem. On a recent weekday trip to Studio 89, I was reminded of its uniqueness and impressed yet again by its overall purpose within our community. Studio 89 isn’t just a café, it’s a social enterprise working to educate people about social issues, provide a creative space for arts and culture, and give young people an opportunity to do some good. But on top of all that, the café acts as a creative community hub where people can gather to grab a fair trade coffee, listen to an all-candidate political debate, or use the space to learn about each other and the world around us through their endless community programming.
When I popped by recently on a Wednesday afternoon, I was surprised to see the number of regulars who stopped by to get their mid-day caffeine boost and the number of young people who are given the opportunity to contribute in the shop.
A stone’s thrown away from Rockwood Village, the café is located near the intersection of Eglinton Avenue and Tomken Road at 1065 Canadian Place, Unit 104. Although I don’t visit nearly enough as I wish, I think Studio 89 is changing the way in which we see business as a place for social ventures, and for that, it is one of my favourite unofficial Rockwood Village places to be.