Local residents do not have to travel to Montréal to find freshly baked bagels to enjoy with cream cheese and smoked salmon. They are available near the Long Sault Bridge in Grenville.
In November 2020, Jessica Sans Cartier opened Café-Arts Sans Cartier at 425 rue Principale, just across the street from Depanneur Perley.
Sans Cartier is a former dental secretary who wanted a change in career, so she decided to blend her interests in art and good food and open the business. She currently lives on Île-Perrot, has previously lived in Brownsburg, and is hoping to again relocate to Argenteuil.
“The art, I need that in my life. I need food in my life,” said Sans Cartier.
Beeswax candles, jewellery, and visual art by artisans across Québec are among the items for sale at the café. There are tables and chairs for customers to enjoy a gourmet coffee and a fresh bagel, whenever the COVID-19 restrictions allow indoor enjoyment of course. For now, everything is take-out.
Sans Cartier purchases her bagel dough from Bagelmania in Laval and then finishes the baking process at her shop. There is also a daily homemade soup special.
Coffee at the café is supplied by Lenoir-Lecroix, a coffee roaster in Blainville.
Right now, Café-Arts Sans Cartier is open from Tuesday to Saturday each week. The shop has already begun to develop a base of regular customers.
“For me, customers are not only customers,” Sans Cartier said.
She is also pleased with the comments she has been getting from customers about what the café offers. It gives her a sense of satisfaction after all of the work that goes into the food.
“It’s a lot of work, but the people like it,” said Sans Cartier, who is also a mother of a four-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son.
When COVID-19 restrictions hopefully decrease and eventually end, Sans Cartier hopes to host themed-events at the café. There is already a piano in the corner waiting for someone to sit down and start playing. Sans Cartier would also like to add an outdoor terrasse in the spring of 2021.