GRAND PRE, NS -Just Us! has announced the sale of the Spring Garden Road Coffee and Tea House in Halifax, to the Smiling Goat effective Sept. 1.
In a gesture of partnership, Smiling Goat will continue to offer the same products with the help of the same baristas at the Spring Garden location.
“All our valued Just Us! customers will continue to enjoy the same high-quality coffee, tea, chocolate, drinks, and locally produced baked goods when visiting,” said acting manager Joey Pittoello.
As Smiling Goat’s owner Kit Singh continues his expansion of high-end, fair trade, and organic cafés across the HRM, we at Just Us! are excited about this partnership in which the retail strength of Smiling Goat can be coupled with the strength and vision of our worker co-op’s product sourcing, roasting, and distribution segments, Pittoello noted.
“We see this as an opportunity to grow the fair trade organic specialty market for the small-scale producer-partners in the Global South with whom we’ve worked for a long time,” he said.
This comes at an exciting time for both organizations, with Smiling Goat soon adding yet another location at the new Maple development on Hollis Street, in addition to its four current locations.
Just Us! also recently adding Smiling Goat, Dalhousie University, Acadia University, and a number of NSCC campuses to its list of nearly 800 customers who serve its specialty fair trade organic products.
“This is truly a win for all involved including our dedicated staff at the Spring Garden Coffee and Tea House, loyal Smiling Goat and Just Us! customers in Halifax, and organized small producers around the world,” Pittoello stated.