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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

Having started her real estate career during a period of flux, Zoë was quick to adapt to the requirements of the retail market and her clients to deliver unparalleled results during uncertain times. Zoë drives the deal process from the beginning through direct outreach and consistent activity to maintain momentum to the close. With experience in both the urban and suburban markets, Zoë understands the nuances of the deal cycle across a wide range of positions. Having worked with corporate clients, franchisees, new business owners, and private Landlords, Zoë possesses the resourcefulness and adaptability to meet her clients where they need her. As a graduate of Concordia University with a BFA, Zoë’s innate creativity guides her ability to conceptualize client goals and vision for a clear strategy forward. Integrating a deep understanding of the current market, industry relationships, and consumer trends, Zoë is quickly establishing herself as a threat to her competitors and an asset to her clients.

Colliers International is a leading real estate professional services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, our more than 15,000 enterprising people work collaboratively to provide expert advice to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors.

For more than 25 years, our experienced leadership team, owning approximately 40% of our equity, has delivered compound annual investment returns of almost 20% for shareholders. In 2019, corporate revenues were more than $3.0 billion ($3.5 billion including affiliates), with $33 billion of assets under management in our investment management segment. Learn more about how we accelerate success at, Twitter @Colliers or LinkedIn.

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Accomplishments: GTA Retail Rookie of the Year, 2021

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