As you enter The Wooden Shoe Deli, you are immediately transported to the Netherlands. Smells of fresh licorice and pastries fill the air. Wooden clogs seem to dance on the walls, alongside the colourful tulips, ceramic houses, and assortment of imported cheeses. Despite its small space, nothing is missing. For many Dutch customers, it brings a sense of home and nostalgia.
“It’s people coming together", says Nicolette, the store’s co-owner, smiling. “It’s a feeling. The same feeling about where you grew up, [whether] it was in the Netherlands or it was here, it’s about passing on the same traditions”.