Downtown Business Features
Kathy Lewis is the owner of Boboli in Brockville, and has been for 28 years. Kathy was originally born in England, where she grew up and later went off to school to be a Nanny.
She travelled around Europe for some time and ended up coming to Toronto for 6 months. After that, she went home for a short while and came back for another "6 months" in 1982, where she met her future husband and ended up staying.
Kathy's husband grew up in Montreal, lived in Toronto, but was born in Brockville. One weekend they came to Brockville to attend a party. It was a miserably rainy weekend and the party was completely washed out. To make the trip worthwhile, they drove around Brockville, looked at scenery and checked out houses for sale to pass the time. They spontaneously put a very low offer on a house in Brockville, assuming they wouldn't hear back. But when the phone rang saying that the offer had been accepted, it became real. For about 6 months after that, Kathy's husband lived in, and renovated the house in Brockville while Kathy worked in Toronto.
When she moved to Brockville, she got a job at the Townhouse Restaurant, working for Stewart Cuthbert. Kathy ended up becoming the catering manager and enjoyed her time working there.
In 1993, Kathy opened Boboli. She had the first cappuccino machine and the first non-smoking restaurant in Brockville. In 2005, she moved to the location she is in now, at 32 King St W. She loves her regulars, commuters that come in from the 401 and loves to make everything in the café from scratch.
Kathy makes all of her soups herself every day, bakes all the pastries, and doesn't have anything processed or pre-made. She buys local fruit when it is in season and supports local whenever possible, 6 days a week.
Congratulations on 28 years in business Kathy. We're so happy to have you as a business in our downtown, thank you for everything!