Vegan bakeshop wins Leamington’s Reinvent This Space competition

The Uptown area on Talbot St. East in Leamington on May 3, 2014. (Photo by Ricardo Veneza)

The Municipality of Leamington has chosen a winner for its annual Reinvent This Space competition, and it’s a vegan bakeshop that’s expected to open this year.

“A community-focused plant-based bakeshop will be a fantastic addition to Leamington’s uptown,” said Mayor Hilda MacDonald, congratulating Alissa Enns. “Alissa’s passion for business and community, and her well-developed business plan really show the value she can bring to our community.”

Enns business will receive up to $15,000 in Community Improvement Plan grant funding to cover a year’s rent in an uptown Leamington location.

Judges evaluated the top three applicants in the competition which is an initiative by the Municipality of Leamington in partnership with Invest Windsor Essex.

“The Plant-Based Bakeshop will be a community-focused cafe that brings people together in unique and innovative ways,” said Enns. “The bakeshop will offer plant-based baked goods, specialty drinks including coffee, tea and smoothies, light meals such as soups, salads, bowls and sandwiches, and products from local vendors.”

All three applicants received in-depth mentoring from a panel of local business leaders throughout the competition.

It’s not the first time a bakeshop has won the competition. In 2019-2020, Christine’s Bake Shop took the final prize.