The past year has been a tough one for bar owners, which is why one of them decided to take their career in a whole new direction that will make life easier for anyone looking to survive in one. of the world’s toughest industries.
Nathan Hunter is the former owner of Toronto barcades such as Tilt and ZED * 80. After the pandemic began, he saw no way out of the year without massive debt and made the difficult decision to sell his shares of the property and pursue something completely different.
What came next was Blade Medic, a sharpening company operating out of an old ambulance that Hunter bought and turned into a traveling workshop.
“It wasn’t just a business that I thought I would thrive and survive, but more importantly, something that I felt I could give back to the industry and give back to the industry because we were absolutely devastated by the pandemic,” Hunter told blogTO.
“It really came from the idea of healing. My goal is to fix things and see things don’t go to the landfill. To see things find new life.”
Hunter’s choice to operate from an ambulance not only matched his healing theme, but also came from a desire to no longer work with owners who had caused him great grief in the past.
It also allows him to partner with local businesses, park his truck outside their store, and run promotions together.
Hunter credits having a child during the pandemic for changing his outlook on life. His passion for helping others and creating a better future has grown over the past year.
“I love what I do, I can’t stress enough how much fun I get working with different clients every day and seeing the pleasure they get from what I do. Seeing an article take on a new life. “, explained Hunter.
“Right now, everyone who was my peers in the industry, we are all in pain. Whatever I can do to help them get through this time, it doesn’t have to be about the money, it can be about the money. trade bias. Anything that can get them through this next week is what I want to do, because if I don’t, I’m doing it wrong. “
In addition to helping businesses, Blade Medic also returns 2% of profits to community gardens, helping to revive a town that has suffered for over 18 months.
He hopes his business inspires others and that more Blade Medic ambulances may open in other cities, offering similar services to restaurants, bars, hairdressers and barbers in those areas.