The Carolinian and Cayuga Mutual – Locals Supporting Locals

If you have not had a chance yet to stop in at The Carolinian, do yourself a favour and go. Jordan and Whitney Fowler have created a great little spot to sit, relax and enjoy.

Named for the forest region of the same name, this little café is all about locally sourced products. From the live edge wood aesthetics used in their décor, to farm direct meat and produce, they are all about supporting the local economy. Now, local businesses, including ours, are ordering lunch or picking up treats for the office with another great show of Locals Supporting Locals.

The Great Menu

For the Coffee Lover

If coffee is your thing, they have you covered. Whether you are sitting down with a mug of fresh brewed drip coffee or are in a rush and want to drop a toonie in the quick pay jar, they have a coffee for everyone. You can get fresh brewed lattes or cappuccino customized to your liking or enjoy one of the great coffee roasters with accents of rich chocolate to wild and fruity. The possibilities are endless.

Coffee Not Your Thing?

If you are a tea lover, then The Carolinian is the place to go. They have a large selection of loose leaf tea to choose from.

Still not liking the hot drink selection? How about a great cup of hot chocolate or a Mocha? There is a great selection of hot drinks to please everyone.

Too Hot for Hot?

If hot drinks are just not what you are looking for, why not try a class of fresh brewed iced tea, or freshly squeezed orange juice or lemonade? Are you wanting a healthy drink to fill you up? They also have a selection of fruit smoothies, as well as coconut water. There is also bottled water and sparkling water for those who are a little less adventurous.


The Carolinian offers a great selection of fresh baked goodies such as gluten free brownies and date balls, cookies, muffins and seasonal breads.

Lunch items include salads, soup and sandwiches as well as daily specials. They offer gluten free options for those that want it.

They have an online menu if you are in a hurry, so you can order and pick up (specialty drinks will be made when you arrive).

Not Just Your Everyday Cafe

Social Combos

Jordan and Whitney are stepping out of the box with their social combos, great for those visiting the area or for the locals looking for something a little different.

You can get a custom packed picnic for two complete with a trail map to the Grand River. I doubt you will find this at any chain restaurant. They are also introducing a “brownie points” offer for those who want to treat their friends and coworkers to some great treats.

Entertaining Done Simply

Are you looking for a place to go and hang out away from the bar crowds and drinking? The Carolinian is working on some great events such as live music, pizza nights and some themed nights for the younger crowds. While I was there, I spoke with some lovely ladies who get together as a large group for regular swimming, and they told me of Whitney’s plan to do a high tea for them, complete with fresh baked scones and clotted cream.

No matter how you slice it, The Carolinian is a great place to stop in, have a bite to eat, and support the local economy. Cayuga Mutual is proud to welcome them to the neighbourhood, as well as being proud to insure them for all their business needs. After all, we are Community, Protected.