In honour of the past: A Q&A with General Brock's Commissary
By Ashley Clark
Chris and Cindy Shelley are the owners of General Brock’s Commissary in downtown Kingston. Their store is inspired by (and named after) General Brock, who owned a commissary on Brock Street in 1812. Taking what was done then and bringing it into the present, their focus is on providing locally sourced specialty food, handmade products and souvenirs, just as General Brock once brought in supplies from local farmers and artisans. “We don’t carry anything that we don’t personally love,” they say – and that approach must be working, as they are now in their ninth year of business!
Co-Owners Chris & Cindy Shelley
Chris: Fort Henry Hill. Back while working in the military in Kingston, it was the perfect spot for a lunchtime jog or just head to the top to eat and enjoy the view. Having Kawartha Dairy ice cream on a hot summer day.
Cindy: When the bells go off at St. George’s Cathedral at 10 a.m. when we open the store. "I feel present. They ring, we open the door.”
General Brock's Commissary
Where: 55 Brock St., Kingston