A pillar of the Bloor and Lansdowne intersection, The Lansdowne Cone is appealing for community support after reportedly being evicted from their storefront.
The shop says that given the circumstances, they are being forced to close for the upcoming 2020 season.
Self-described as a “small, locally owned Social Enterprise that empowers individuals with social and developmental barriers to employment,” the business has trained and supported over 30 individuals with disabilities over the course of six seasons.
Now, the shop says that the building at the corner of Bloor and Lansdowne has been sold, and the new owners “refuse to have any contact” with the business owners in order to negotiate a continued space for The Lansdowne Cone in the building.
The spot says they’re currently hunting for a new home in the Bloordale neighbourhood with hopes of reopening in 2021, but in the meantime, they need support.
Shop owner Denise Soueidan-OLeary has organized a GoFundMe campaign with a goal of $16,000. Four days into the fundraiser, the webpage shows $3,301 in donations.
The fundraiser’s description notes that while The Lansdowne Cone is not currently registered as a Not For Profit, all of the sales proceeds go towards the spot’s employee training program.
Next to finding a new home, securing registration as an NFP tops the shop’s to-do list for 2021.