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Colliers Talks | Neighbourhood Retail Spotlight Episode 2


Raise the Root Brings Local, Organic Foods & Community Support to the Table

In this podcast, Zoe Adey-Babinski speaks with Angela Donnelly, co-owner of Raise the Root Organic Market in Leslieville, Toronto. They discuss topics including:

You could say providing wholesome, taste-good, feel-good food is in Angela Donnelly’s DNA. Her family ran a natural foods and fresh produce market when she was growing up on Salt Spring Island, allowing her to “get a real feel for food”: She experienced organic foods and offerings from different cultures and learned how to cook, including local and small batch selections, making for a “real immersion” in the world of healthy, well-sourced produce and ingredients.

  • How Raise the Root’s customer base has changed over the years as health and wellness and organic and natural foods came to the forefront, resulting in a “completely different food landscape”
  • The market’s partnerships with local vendors, farmers, bakers and artisans, adding up to strong support of hundreds of fellow local businesses
  • The role Raise the Root plays in creating community: “Our customers know we are their neighbour here in Leslieville.”
  • The respect the Raise the Root team has for the people they employ and serve
  • The big, accelerated shift to e-commerce and the digitization of the grocery experience

Hear about it all, including how Angela and her team “have made Raise the Root a safe haven – from the pandemic, from loneliness, and from the grind of boring food.”

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Zoe Adey-Babinski

Sales Representative

Toronto Downtown

Zoë is your trusted CRE advisor for your retail needs. Whether you are a Tenant in need of a lease renegotiation or audit, a Landlord seeking a credit worthy Tenant, or a retailer seeking to implement a successful omni-channel  strategy, Zoë can provide the expert advice and guidance you need. Focusing on urban retail in Toronto, Zoë collaborates with her clients from a variety of industries to enhance customer experience and profitability through real estate.

Zoë delivers the highest level of customer service and believes in using data and market intelligence to ensure her clients make the most informed decisions possible.  As a market expert, Zoë is up to date on retail trends both locally and internationally, and is committed to providing innovative and creative solutions to clients as they navigate today’s retail transformation.

Before pursuing a career in real estate,  Zoë was responsible for securing and negotiating professional services contracts for Federal Government of Canada clients. She became an expert in the RFP process and creating win-win outcomes for her clients and consultants.  As an advisor with Colliers, Zoë brings a wealth of sales experience and enthusiasm to her role where she serves to facilitate the most successful outcomes for her clients. 

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