Portraits of merchants and professionals of Côte-des-Neiges
As part of the Portraits of merchants & professionals of Côte-des-Neiges project, we invited Zeineb Khalfallah (@zeineb_conscience on Instagram) to join us in our visit of 11 businesses of the SDC Côte-des-Neiges who have participated in the project.
In addition to the exhibition of the photographs taken by Gaëlle Leroyer, Zeineb shares her interviews with merchants and professionals. Learn more about your merchants and professionals of Côte-des-Neiges ! Find all the interviews here !
Meet Tarik Kadiri
“Côte-des-Neiges gave me everything. I was educated in this neighbourhood, I met my wife here, my children were born at Sainte-Justine…“
Meet Richard, Nathalie and Jean-François
“For me, the market employees are my children! I usually tell my team that we will always be there for them. It’s important to us that the staff feels fulfilled.”
“I love to see foreign students call their parents to show them the store on video. They are always happy to find products that remind them of their culture”
Meet Chloë and Johanna
“My patients are like my family members! They knew me when I was young and now, I treat them. I think it’s funny!”
Meet Herta and Steven
“She put me to work as soon as I was born.”
“We are close to three hospitals and universities, and people come from all over the world. I feel at home here and the area is vibrant.”
Meet Marie-Josée and Francis
“…you can come here alone and end up running into friends and acquaintances! La Maisonnée is a family.”
Meet Amine and Anas
“We have loyal customers who have been coming to us for years, but we also constantly have new ones. In Côte-des-Neiges, there is a lot of movement.”
Meet Thi Lan
“I wasn’t stressed at all about quitting everything and embarking on this adventure. I was convinced of my choice, and I still am.”
“My relatives were already working in this sector. With the support of my brother, my wife and my uncle, I was able to launch my project very quickly. “
“We have a machine that takes pictures and prints them. Employees as well as customers like to use it. These photos are memories of their time at the restaurant. It gives me great pleasure to see them every day…”
Writer-journalist: Zeineb Khalfallah
Photographer: Gaelle Leroyer
Artistic direction : Félicia Balzano (SDC Côte-des-Neiges
Complete the experience by visiting the free exhibition on Promenade Jean-Brillant from September 8th to December 5th, 2022. Info: here
ABOUT THE PROJECT:
Given the great success of its project «Portraits of Merchants and Professionals of Côte-des-Neiges» in 2021, the SDC Côte-des-Neiges is proud to present the second edition of the initiative through an exhibition as well as interviews. This project is aimed at putting residents in touch with businesses on the territory of the Société de développement commercial (SDC) Côte-des-Neiges. Through a series of portraits capturing the essence of 11 businesses, meet 17 owners and managers of local businesses. This social and cultural project is intended to be a real encounter with the human behind the professional. In this second edition, you will discover women and men, young professionals and experienced entrepreneurs, all from different cultures and backgrounds, providing a wide range of products and services. What do they all have in common? Their love for Côte-des-Neiges. Discover the exhibition on the Promenade Jean-Brillant and extend the experience online thanks to the heartfelt interviews carried out with each one of them.
Under the artistic direction of Félicia Balzano, general manager of the SDC Côte-des-Neiges, this project is an initiative of the SDC Côte-des-Neiges and made possible with the collaboration of the Maison de la culture CDN and the borough CDN- NDG.