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Celebrating four years with Raw Sugar

By Ryan Saxby Hill on November 2, 2012

It seems like just yesterday that Apartment613 was celebrating our launch party at Raw Sugar cafe. We really love the spot and we always turn to Nadia and her great staff, when we have a milestone to celebrate. We spent the night there last night celebrating the launch of Support Local Month and this winter we unveiled the new look for Apartment613 there.

Raw Sugar is celebrating a milestone of it’s own this weekend. It their fourth anniversary party. They have assembled a great list of DJs and will have a fun night of dancing, pints and fun. Things start at 9pm on Saturday and cover is 5 bucks.

We caught up with Nadia to quickly look back on four years in business.

Apartment613: Congratulations on your anniversary. What has changed most about your business over the past four years?
Nadia: Thanks! It feels like changes come daily, in the smallest ways. We’re constantly adapting to needs of the customers (gluten-free, vegan, homemade options, etc.). Events that take place are ever changing. There’s now a small vintage clothing section. Implementing new ideas is truly the fun part of business, for both the customer and myself!

Apartment613: What milestones are looking back on most fondly?
Nadia: I think perhaps too many to count! Many musical milestones. Again too many to recount, but shows like Snowblink or Nat Baldwin (of Dirty Projectors) remind me why I do this and how fortunate I am to host shows like this. The day Jack Layton attended Judy Rebick’s book launch. An honour to have met them both.

The day we were mentioned on CBC’s Q with Jian Ghomeshi! Stories of how people met their now partners here! Finding an amazing team of staff that make Raw Sugar what it is.

Apartment613: Do you have any advice for other aspiring entrepreneurs?
Nadia: In this particular genre of business: Have a plan. Believe in your idea. Don’t do it for the money. Make sure you’re ready for the personal and professional ride.

Apartment613: What should we expect from your party this weekend?
Nadia: Hopefully what every anniversary party has been so far, a celebration. It’s the one time of the year I can try to show my deep appreciation to everyone that has supported the cafe. I have met some of the most kind and inspiring people through the community that has been built at the cafe, and will forever be grateful for that.

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