Pemberton corner store a long-standing local hub

Maria Spitale-Leisk / North Shore News
December 20, 2015 12:00 AM


The Corner Stone Bistro owner Tracey Cochrane (above) recently hosted Santa, who was delivered by the local fire department and visited with kids, including Saje Craik and 10-day-old Bennett Blair. photo Mike Wakefield, North Shore News

Tracey Cochrane is keeping the corner store charm alive in Pemberton Heights, where community spirit is palpable especially at Christmas time.

The Corner Stone Bistro is a home away from home, where old friends from the neighbourhood catch up over speciality coffees and groups of moms unwind in the airy, yet cosy space featuring art-meets-industrial decor.

Since the 1920s there’s always been a corner store at the corner of Lloyd Avenue and 22nd Street in the historic Pemberton Heights neighbourhood.

Cochrane’s iteration 10 years ago involved transforming the corner store by adding roll-up garage doors, a chandelier, lots of colours, and a full menu of food including fresh-made baked goods, soups, sandwiches and brunch fare (the Pemby Pleaser is their signature benny).

“We’re always changing and doing new things,” explains Cochrane of fun food-themed nights such as Taco Tuesdays.

No, this isn’t a traditional mom-and-pop shop but don’t worry, kids: penny candy, chips and soda still line the shelves alongside artisan wares.

The Corner Stone is truly a neighbourhood hub, says Cochrane, whose regular customers include residents who have lived in the area for 60 years, as well as multiple generations of families.

Christmas is a special time of year in Pemberton Heights and Cochrane’s corner store helps residents get in the spirit of the season. On Dec. 6 the neighbourhood kids came down and had their photos taken with Santa.

“It was so cute,” describes Cochrane. “And the fire department always delivers Santa. And it’s a big deal. He’s like the Pied Piper. They take him up and down every street in Pemberton Heights and the kids just start coming down in droves.”

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