More Than a Mainstreet - Steda Tropical Foods Ltd.
Updated: Sep 21, 2021
Janet Owusu and her daughter, Judith.
The series 'More Than a Main Street' spotlights the people behind the businesses in OEV that make it a vibrant community. Featured next as part of the series, is Steda Tropical Foods Ltd. a one-stop-shop for African and Caribbean groceries right here in Old East Village. Run by Janet Owusu, Steda Tropical Foods is a grocery store and food supplier in OEV that specializes in carrying African and Caribbean produce and ingredients. With specialty stock like shea butter, a range of different beans, and spice blends, Steda’s shelves are lined with hundreds of different products, with Janet ready to answer any questions you may have.
How long have you been in business? How many years in OEV?
We’ve been in business for 18 years and here in Old East Village for 3 years.
What makes your business unique?
We sell specialty items, like all kinds of flour from Africa and the Caribbean.
The well-stocked shelves at Steda Tropical Foods Ltd.
What drew you to OEV? What’s your favourite part of the OEV community?
We’re in the center of the city so we see people from Western and Fanshawe. We have friendly neighbours and we’re happy with the landlord--he’s very good to us.
Can you share a fun fact about yourself that people may not know?
I’m good at listening to people, but I don’t tolerate nonsense.
We carry some hair products, too, and extensions.
Products available at Steda Tropical Foods
What is your most popular item?
Cornmeal is very popular, so are African yams.
Refreshing drinks available at Steda Tropical Foods.
Visit Steda Tropical Food Ltd. at 781 Dundas St. for a wide selection of African and Caribbean food products! Steda Tropical Foods accepts Construction Dollars as part of the Core Area Construction Dollars program.