It started with a dream... Literally.
In 2004, Jordan Cash was travelling in abroad when he dreamt he would one day open a donut shop called Cartems (a word that has no meaning). Fast forward ten years and Jordan's dream became a reality. The first Cartems storefront opened at Hastings and Carrall Streets, and eventually moved to further along to Pender Street. Cartems recently established a presence in Mount Pleasant in the historic Ashnola Apartments building, bringing their imaginative and tasty flavours across the bridge.
All the donuts are made from scratch on a daily basis, including the gluten-free and vegan options. The ingredients, from the flour to the spices and dairy products, are sourced locally with a list of local suppliers available on their website. And this isn't just a donut shop - the shop is inviting, and the staff (and Jordan) are friendly and welcoming, and the donuts are worth waiting in line for.
For tea lovers, the Earl Grey doughnut is topped with rose petals. If you're feeling adventurous (or haven't had breakfast), the Canadian Whisky Bacon has real bacon pieces on top.
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