Cel­e­brat­ing 30 years of the coolest kitchen gad­gets and gizmos

Thorn­hill shop gives back, one cof­fee pod at a time

Thornhill Post - - News - By Jes­sica Wei

Cayne’s Su­per House­wares in Thorn­hill has been a beloved des­ti­na­tion for kitchen gad­gets, ap­pli­ances and house­wares for 32 years. The com­pany was founded by Jerry Cayne in 1986. His daugh­ter Jami re­mem­bers shred­ding pa­per in the of­fice at the age of eight. After work­ing as a cashier and mov­ing her way through the com­pany, she left to pur­sue a ca­reer in hospi­tal­ity be­fore re­turn­ing to the fam­ily busi­ness. Over the years, have you had any celeb clients? Harley Paster­nak, my fa­ther and I met him in Chicago for the In­ter­na­tional Home and House­wares Trade Show. He’s from North York, and now he’s a trainer to all the stars, the Kar­dashi­ans and every­body in L.A. He wanted to make a high-power blender that was af­ford­able, and he did just that. He loved our story and he loved that we were sup­port­ing his prod­uct. Now we chat on In­sta­gram and share our recipes and share our ex­pe­ri­ences with the prod­uct. How has Cayne’s adapted to new trends? Sin­gle-serve cof­fee has been a trend for a few years now, but it’s a mar­ket that is al­ways chang­ing. We went from car­ry­ing 30 va­ri­eties of K-cups to over 500. I con­sider my­self to be a bit of an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist. I had a real prob­lem with how we were con­tribut­ing to the garbage. We work with two sep­a­rate com­pa­nies that fo­cus on com­post­ing, up­cy­cling and in­cin­er­a­tion. We started be­ing a free des­ti­na­tion for re­cy­cling. How else has Cayne’s helped sup­port its cus­tomers? I had a cus­tomer come in about three years ago. She had some health con­cerns and was try­ing to go on a diet, but she found it so over­whelm­ing. She was in to buy a blender for smooth­ies. Smooth­ies was one of the first things that I did for my life­style change. I showed her pic­tures and recipes. I ac­tu­ally went to her house, and we did it all to­gether. I set her up on a plan and gave her a gro­cery list. I said, “You just have to do this ev­ery week.” We’ve be­come friends. You don’t get that any­where else. What are some of the fun items that Cayne’s sells? We have 250 feet of gad­gets. They’re cutesy; they’re fun. My favourite is the avo­cado tool. It de-pits and slices av­o­ca­dos. I buy them for gifts a lot. I al­ways say to our staff: we’re not sav­ing lives, we’re not doc­tors, but we’re def­i­nitely im­prov­ing them. Peo­ples’ life­styles mat­ter, and the way into that is through their food. What have you learned from your fa­ther? He has taught me some keys to suc­cess in terms of be­ing an en­tre­pre­neur. Your word is ev­ery­thing, your rep­u­ta­tion is ev­ery­thing, and hon­our is very im­por­tant. So you need to be proud of what you’re do­ing, and you need to con­duct your­self in a way that you can be proud of (112 Don­caster Rd., 905-764-1188).

Jerry Cayne (right) and his daugh­ter Jami

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