Time is money and Johnathan Cannon
This week he launched Room Service
, an online convenience store that delivers necessities like drinks, chips, candy, toilet paper and cleaning supplies directly to peninsula dwellers' doorsteps, in 45 minutes flat. The business is a family venture—Johnathan's father Urban Cannon
, his brothers Jeremy
, and his partner Beth Norton
are all part of the team making it happen.
"My dad is a small business owner so that’s what I grew up with," says Johnathan. "It feels like its been an organic growth. Back in university, I had the idea to buy a van and deliver liquor to peoples' houses. I never went very far with it, so that went on the back burner." Instead of booze, now he's concentrating on popular items you'd run to the corner store for. No effort hangover Gatorade? Brilliant!
Functioning entirely online, customers can select and pay for their order via Room Service's site. For now, the business caters to people living in peninsular Halifax, with the cut-off point being at Joseph Howe Drive. "We decided that we want to keep it like that at least for now, so we can do everything properly and well," says Johnathan, adding that they hope to expand that area in the future. He'll also be adding items like diapers and baby food to the shop soon.
"At the end of the day," he says, "we’re selling people their time back."