Campanelli Boulangerie
By Catherine, Querelles

Coffee Shop Meets Clothing Store

A little store in Montreal’s Sud-Ouest borough has been drawing attention over the past few years due to the truly singular experience it offers in this once-downtrodden part of town. Combining an Italian-inspired coffee shop and a men’s clothing store (complete with some unisex and women's wear selections), Campanelli embodies casual living.

Alexandra acts as manager of the boutique section of Campanelli. When presenting her workspace, she is tangibly enthused. “In 2011, there was only the coffee shop – it was the primary project. Tony Campanelli, the owner, is Italian. He hoped, with his wife Sophie Hébert, to offer the people of St. Henri a cozy spot where they could have a sandwich and coffee and that reminded him of his roots."

We carry a majority of men’s clothing, made essentially of sportswear and street wear, but we also have a selection for women. We want our clientele to be as varied as possible. We could say that we aim at the 18-to-45 set, but we do not limit ourselves because we know that our selection can appeal to more than one age group. - Alexandra, boutique manager
Italian café and clothing for men, some clothing for women

Enjoyment is King at Campanelli

Two years after the coffee shop opened, the idea for the boutique came about. For Alexandra, this was when the adventure started. “We carry a majority of men’s clothing, made essentially of sportswear and street wear, but we also have a selection for women. We want our clientele to be as varied as possible. We could say that we aim at the 18-to-45 set, but we do not limit ourselves because we know that our selection can appeal to more than one age group.”

Sharing the space with the coffee shop allows for that mixing up of experiences and promotes meeting and sharing. And with no-pressure salespeople, and no shopping-mall frenzy, enjoyment is king at Campanelli. Amongst the numerous, up-to-the-minute lines on offer, expect to see Deus Ex Machina, an Australian line that also has a boutique/coffee shop concept in its own stores.

Italian café and clothing for men, some clothing for women

Coffee and Clothing in the Heart of St-Henri

Choosing St-Henri as its location definitely enhances Campanelli's charm. This bubbling area is a gathering place that fuses together clienteles looking for different experiences, creating a vibrant meeting point.

“It's nice, because it is so alive," stresses Alexandra. "It is truly like a great big family. Customers of the boutique, quickly becoming regulars, also come back to enjoy a satisfying lunch. It allows us to cultivate durable relationships.”

Italian café and clothing for men, some clothing for women
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