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Wednesday, December 26


In his spare time Russell Nicholls likes playing the acoustic guitar. He likes playing squash. He likes collecting old baseball caps. He likes bacon and eggs. Coffee might be his favourite drink. But more than anything else, Russ loves hard work. 

Over the last 15 years he has turned Aunties & Uncles into one of Toronto's most desirable places to have breakfast, lunch or for those that can't decide, brunch. A typical Saturday finds people of all ages patiently waiting in line to eat his golden brown waffles or the infamous "Breakfast Pocket."  He once told me that "people can taste the love" and I indeed agree with him. He's happiest working long days and serving people quality food at a fair price.  The love really is in the labour.

He's an active member of his community and always has time to chat with friends and strangers alike. He's ever watchful over his neighbourhood. He once thwarted a would be contractor/villain from illegally dumping a load of garbage in front of his neighbours building. For this I sometimes refer to him as "Batman".  

He has a very open, earnest way about him and it right away makes me feel welcome and at ease.  He's a good listener, captivating story teller and great friend. 

Text by guest contributor Afie Jurvanen 

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