March 19, 2013 - 4:38 PM
By Jessica Wallace
A downtown business is serving up some special brownies, but they're not 'special' brownies.
Christina Grono, owner of local cafe and art gallery the Art We Are, was surprised when she heard through the grapevine that her shop was selling special - marijuana - brownies.
The rumour traveled to her, like most rumours, through a friend.
"She overheard colleagues talking about the Art We Are," Grono said.
Apparently a special password could be used at the shop to order special brownies.
"It was pretty funny. I laughed pretty hard," Grono said.
It seemed ridiculous to Grono, but it's not the first time she's heard the idea in her shop, adding that customers have tried to order marijuana brownies before.
"It's probably the stereotype, I guess, of what we are," she said.
Grono started the shop as an art gallery five years ago and describes it as 'eclectic.' It sells homemade food catering to a variety of dietary needs, locally made artwork and hosts live music and poetry nights.
"We don't have a niche," she said. "People assume our food is all super, super healthy and all vegetarian. We've got meat and we've got lasagna. We're trying to cater to everyone."
While Grono wants to extinguish the rumour surrounding special brownies at her shop - even posting a clarification message on the shop's Facebook page - she sees the humour in it.
"That rumour probably wouldn't have started at Starbucks," she said.
And while the shop isn't serving marijuana brownies, Grono said the brownies they do serve are still something special - the 'ultimate' brownie.
"Our brownies are gluten-free and vegan," she said. "If we need a password for those, I don't know."
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