If you’ve been following our social media accounts lately, you probably caught our announcement that we are moving to a larger space! (Like, twice as large). We’ll be leaving our cozy ‘lil home on Mayfair to expand our bakery wings - one that will hopefully accommodate all of our loyal customers and friends—in Downtown Abbotsford!
This is an incredibly exciting venture for us - and to be part of the Downtown crew of exemplary businesses is a dream.
The downtown area is currently being actively and aggressively retrofitted. This little gem of ‘hood in our city has a lot of history, and perhaps some previous negative connotations. However, a whole lot of hard work is being put into cleaning it up and getting these beautiful buildings restored.
It has become recent home to several super cute new businesses, run by Abbotsford locals. These young entrepreneurs are bringing a fresh vibe and incredible ideas to life, right in our neck of the ‘burbs.
The Downtown Crew
Oldhand: This husband and wife power-couple duo chill at the forefront of the independent coffee wave in our little city. With their coffee roots starting in Vancouver, they came out east to bring a little bit of the city with them - with huge success. Coffee, cocktails, nachos, donuts. Family, traditions, past generations, European inspiration. They know their brew and they do it well. (And their food spread is top notch).
Boardwalk Cafe + Games: Another husband and wife dream team opened Abbotsford’s only board game cafe. A massive selection of games for er’body: the kidlets, the parents, the date night, the everything. They have coffee, cold drinks, food selection, candy, popcorn - all of the things to make your game experience stellar. With reservations available, it makes for a fantastic spot for group outings, events, staff get-togethers.
Reddy Made Cakes: This talented gal, Crystal Reddy, makes custom cakes for all occasions, and has some mad skills! But, the sweets don’t stop there: pies, tarts, macarons, donuts…she has a whole lot up her sleeve. Now, we just need to band together to convince her to host some tutorials…
Duft and Co. | BRICKHOUSE: Super cute bakery with a brand spankin’ new pizza house right across the street. Run by Tyler and Cassie, these two are busting their booties with beautiful pastries and brick-oven pizzas. Buttery, flakey, savoury + sweet noms all up these joints.
Field House Brewing: Abbotsford’s hottest place to go for locally crafted beer. Also? Great tacos from Chef Bonnie Friesen and kombucha on tap if the booze just isn’t your thing. Events, patio lawn, games, fireplace...they’ve nailed an experience for all of the seasons. One last bonus: bring the littles. Extra kid-friendly, so mom and dad can sip the long days away.
Little Bean + Co: This cutie shop started out of a truck on the streets of Vancouver; we’re so excited to see a brick and mortar location in Downtown Abbotsford! A huge supporter of local, Little Bean carries a wide range of children’s products - and has recently branched out to carry small-label international brands, as well. Your little babes will be looking ultra sharp after a visit here.
Simply Perfect Flowers: Newly sitting pretty right next to Little Bean, this florist has been an Abbotsford staple for more than a decade—almost two! Beautiful bouquets, succulents, event florals…even collabs with brand ambassadors for the Deighton Cup! These floral beauts are covering all the bases.
Traceycakes: This cute bakery is next door to Duft, and has been in their Downtown Abbotsford location for years—it was one of the original shops to define the new look of our downtown core! They know their cupcakes, and they know ‘em good. (Over forty varieties to oogle over). If little finger foods are more your thang, they’ve got you covered: high tea! Mini sandwiches, sweet treats and (of course) fresh-brewed tea, all served on platters and floral-patterned porcelain wares to make you feel extra ritzy.
Spruce Collective | Spruce Market: Spruce is a vintage/antique collective that grew and grew and grew! Owned by a handful of local gals, the demand for their products was so great that they recently opened a second location - The Market - across the street from the original.
Another huge supporter of local, their carefully curated selection of goods make you want to re-do and re-outfit your entire home - and wardrobe. Housewares, greeting cards, clothing, man things…they’ve honestly found a little of everything. It’s absolutely one of our go-tos for gift giving.
Bow & Stern: A welcomed addition to Abbotsford’s restaurant scene, Bow & Stern has a beautiful modern-inspired décor, with hits of woodsy character, and prides itself on serving up fab, fresh seafood. Fish, chips, oysters and ale, they’ve got you covered. Although not gluten-free, they are supremely understanding of allergies and work to keep you as safe as possible.
Browtique: A tiny microblading studio inside Madison Avenue Hair Salon, Browtique is owned and operated by a local with a talent for cosmetic needles. Get those brows on fleek!
Confetti Floral Design: Another sweet floral shop in downtown, located close to Browtique on Pauline. Love brown paper packaging, twine, and other rustic touches? This floral wizard is for you. Ooh, and they now deliver! Your Fridays + Saturdays just got better, with Abbotsford deliveries available. Now, go fill those vases with fresh blooms!
Sugar’d Eco Sweet Hair Removal: Another downtown shop that’s been there for over five years and counting, Sugar’d is Abbotsford’s go-to environmentally-friendly hair removal salon. They do one thing - and they do it well! Summers have never been smoother...
Soon to Occupy Downtown
The Habit Project: We’re so excited to be moving next to another incredible business: The Habit Project! Habit is a passion project consisting of oodles of fresh-pressed juice made with locally sourced produce from the Valley. These gals have brought the cold-pressed juice and nut mylk trend into the ‘burbs and are KILLING IT.
Collaborations with Field House + Lepp Farm Market, wellness events and a huge advocacy for all things fresh and local have us swooning over these sisters. We cannot wait to see what more they have in store.
The Polly Fox: That’s us! And we’re not the last…we’re hearing some pretty cool rumours right now that we’re hoping are 100% truth! Fingers crossed, friends…
What we’re trying to say this: Downtown Abbotsford has a wonderful, local community vibe that we’re beyond excited to be a part of. Stay tuned for The Polly Fox opening launch dates - and in the meantime, shop local in Downtown Abby.
The Polly Fox
*Photo by thefraservalley.ca.