When I was a little girl, I won an Easter colouring contest at the store and was presented with an oversize sweatshirt that read "John Vince Foods: the best nuts in town!"
See, at the time, JV was known as John Vince Foods. It was a bulk health food and deli, much like it is now. Though the original owners have gone and new ones have come in (hence the name change), and though it's not effused with the Italian vibe of yore, it's much the same.
What I like about JV: it carries a huge selection of bulk products and baking materials at decent prices. And the deli side is stocked with some lovely offerings like special olives and fresh ricotta. The store also stocks stuff like Patak's hot Indian pickles in different flavours, which are less easy to find than they once were.
What I don't like about JV: I'm not sure how well they're doing, and as a result, some of their stock gets old. Sometimes products on the shelves are very close to, if not past their expiration dates.
Keep in mind: the place is a local joint. It's not clean and polished like a Loblaws. So if you're prissy, you might not like it. But the little old European ladies from the neighbourhood shop there and so do I. Make of it what you will.
912 St Clair Ave. W
Toronto, ON M6C 1C6
* Partial bulk food image by L. Emerson from Stock Xchng.