Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation, all order deliveries by Canada Post (across the service spectrum from Regular to Xpresspost options) are currently experiencing delays. Deliveries to St. John’s, Newfoundland, may be especially impacted. Canada Post hopes to have operations return to normal as soon as possible. Your patience is appreciated.
When placing an order, sometimes questions arise over estimated delivery times. This post will clarify some of the terminology we use and our delivery timelines, as well as general information regarding our selection of shipping options.
Remember to select a shipping method for your order
Canada Post's "expedited" shipping option - expedited does not mean express
We use Canada Post's delivery terminology at our store, including Canada Post's use of the term "expedited". The Canada Post Expedited service does not cost more to select than Canada Post's "regular" shipping service but Expedited should not be mistaken for an "express" shipping service. Canada Post's Expedited service is an option that is only available to commercial customers, like ourselves, which we are able to extend to our clients. The Expedited option can afford faster delivery depending on the location but delivery times are much the same for both Canada Post's Expedited and Regular options for close distances.
To ensure fast delivery of an order, customers should select an Express or Priority shipping method.
Orders weighing 48 lbs or more
The Next Day Toronto shipping option
The shipping option for Next day Toronto (and outskirts) will appear as a delivery option no matter where you are located. The parameters of what is and what is not included in the "outskirts" is not always clear. If your delivery address falls outside of the area covered, we will contact you with an alternative shipping method.
Glassware Shipping Insurance
Protect your purchase of glass products from any shipping damages for 5% of the product price. We will maintain our regular standard of careful packaging of glassware. If an item is damaged during the shipping process and you have shipping insurance coverage, we will replace the damaged part. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to add glassware shipping insurance to your order.
Check your delivery address
Double check your delivery address when placing an order. Once an order is in transit we are unable to stop your order or update your delivery information. Orders delivered to an incorrect address will be returned to us by the shipper. If an order needs to be reshipped because the delivery address was entered incorrectly, another shipping charge will be incurred for the cost of reshipment.
Third-party shippers / International orders
We do not organize third-party shippers for international orders or large-volume orders. For overseas orders, we recommend you use an international shipper, such as DHL International, who would know the ins and outs of Customs clearance. To organize third-party shipment of an order, customers need to contact their shipper of choice to arrange pickup and delivery.
Note: For international orders, we require payment via a wire transfer to our bank in Canada. We are unable to accept other forms of payment for international orders. International customers must also take into consideration the risk that an order may not pass through Customs.
Drop-shipped orders / Third-party suppliers - BUNN, Zojirushi
For items drop-shipped (shipped directly) from a third-party supplier/warehouse - in particular, our BUNN and Zojirushi equipment lines - the shipping calculation provided at the time of order placement may vary from the final freight cost of our supplier. This may result in an extra shipping cost or refund in shipping cost if the final freight differs from the cost estimate given initially by our website.
If a rush/express/priority shipping option has been selected for a drop-shipped order, the delivery timeline and availability of the product from our third-party supplier may vary from the initial expected delivery ETA at the time of order placement. We always endeavour to let you know this before we proceed to ask our third-party supplier for an ETA and final freight cost for an order.
For orders that include drop-shipped items from different third-party suppliers (e.g., our Bunn and Zojirushi lines), two separate shipping costs will be incurred. We will contact you with the final freight costs for each before we proceed with your order.
On Tuesday, July 26, American-Canadian self-taught journalist, author, activist, innovator and champion of livable cities, Jane Jacobs, headlined the discussion night at Green Beanery’s second Grounds for Thought event. Long-time colleagues Max Allen – a producer for the CBC Radio program, Ideas, and the co-founder and curator of the Textile Museum of Canada – held forth alongside Lawrence Solomon – who co-founded Energy Probe Research Foundation with Jane Jacobs in the late 1970s, the organization that owns Green Beanery.
As you might expect, there were descriptions that reflected the Jane Jacobs of popular legend: her newfangled thinking on the use of primary space, for example, was to be found in her own home, where there was no separation between the kitchen and living room. Although an open-plan layout is common today, at the time this was not the case. Jane had deliberately turned the main floor of her old house – built for a different era when servants were not permitted in certain parts of the home – into essentially a common area: a very modern idea that has since become a norm.
That glimpse of Jane in private is the Jane we have come to know in public as the revolutionary voice of mixed-use development and a relentless battler for "the good city," which she articulated as the aphorism: "Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings."
What is less known are Jane’s views on such issues as privatization – Jane was in favour of privatizing the TTC, Via Rail and Canada Post, all public entities reliable for their terrible service and high rates when Jane launched the consumer advocacy organization, Consumer Policy Institute, in the mid-1990s. Jane also believed in competition, respected property rights and was "allergic to expropriation," but was not, as some think, anti-development and anti-change: she simply had no desire for centrally planned solutions.
Illuminating Jane’s more surprising perspectives, Lawrence Solomon remembers Jane as principled, fearless and free of ideology. Her rigorous and wide-ranging intellect makes guessing "what would Jane say?" an impossibility even for those who knew her well. Jane sought specific solutions to specific problems, she was all about process.
Although he has wondered himself many times, "What would Jane say?", as Max Allen told the Grounds for Thought audience: "You never knew because she said so many things you had never thought of before."
For more on Jane’s lesser known perspectives, read Lawrence Solomon’s Grounds for Thought discussion notes here.
Max Allen is the author of Ideas that Matter: The Worlds of Jane Jacobs. He also produced the 1979 Massey Lectures featuring Jane Jacobs. [Pictured above at the Grounds for Thought Jane Jacobs night in sunglasses]
Lawrence Solomon was a colleague of Jane Jacobs at Energy Probe Research Foundation for almost two decades. [Pictured holding microphone]
Self-taught thinker: Jane Jacobs dropped out of Columbia University's School of General Studies after two years and never looked back. Unencumbered by planning orthodoxy, Jane formulated her views on urban living from the ground-up. How did she do it? She got out on the street, walked around, observed the "ballet of sidewalks" and what made a city good and workable for people by being a person living in and moving around the city.
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One of the most frequent questions we field at our cafe-roastery on the southeast corner of Bathurst and Bloor is, "What's the WiFi account and password here?", inevitably followed by, "You don't have WiFi?" The expectation is that connectivity and coffeehouses go together and it comes as a shock, even an affront to learn that we're WiFi free. Why would we do that? Are we inhuman?