Photo by Emily D Photography.

Photo by Emily D Photography.

This westend mom went from a marketing executive to business owner in a matter of months. Alison is the owner of Cookery, a kitchen and cookware boutique and cooking school in Roncesvalles Village. The entrepreneurial gene runs in the family – her mom was in retail in her hometown of Timmins. Setting up shop on her own (a huge career shift that she explains to Emily D Photography) has let her spend more time with her family, connect with her neighbours and build an amazing space for wanna-be-chefs (even little ones!) to explore their love for cooking and baking.

Here is what she loves best about Toronto.

Motherhood at the Moment

The holiday rush has me working long hours. I am incredibly lucky to have such a supportive partner who is more of a single dad during this busy time. So my two boys (10 and 7) and I plan things we can look forward to doing together. And, I bake a lot at night so they think of me during the day!

Current Kid Challenge

Finding ways to connect with my 10-year-old who is growing up so quickly, getting him off the video games and finding stuff we can enjoy together.

Favourite hood

Our hood: Roncesvalles.

Favourite place to visit as a family

We spend a lot of time in High Park playing in the park or in the woods, going for an early morning run or walking through the zoo.  It’s totally free and is a breath of fresh air in the city.

Perfect Day alone in Toronto

A locally-roasted latte at Outpost Coffee on Dundas West, a mani/pedi at a local Roncy salon, picking up fresh produce at a local green grocer, cooking all afternoon for my sister’s and my family, a big meal and a warm fire.