Sunday, March 15, 2009

What's next?

Hey homey's....
no idea who reads this, but just for your info here are some of the upcoming posts.

A man named Roger?
Why is she here 5hrs a day.

Dana's last day...bittersweet
Vita Soy

and there you go, feel free to send messages/pictures or stories of your own.
and thanks for stopping by.


Ryan Cave


It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….
So if you frequent the Arbutus afternoons you may have noticed a permanent fixture gone. Ryan Cave…actor. He was a super cool guy with great customer service skills. Yes our beloved Ryan was let go by the new ownership…..
Boo. He misses the fun times, and being ordered around...uh I mean surrounded by beautiful women haha.
The other night a couple of us shared a few pitchers of Sangria. Ryan is good people, if you want to send him a message feel free to do so on here.

We loved the guy and I’m sure you folks did too.
God speed young man, God speed!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

one love
ok so this amazing photo was taken by Duncan, one of our very loyal customers who we enjoy seeing everyday. I don't know if I've seen the cafe look so awesome-o, the colours are totally kick ass! Thanks for the pic man. Totally earns you a free latte.

Saturday, February 14, 2009


So apparently someone read the sign or the blog and that someone is JOSH!!!
He made our day with a bottle of Baileys and he shall forever be in our hearts. Thank you, thank you, thank you and another thank you. He's a busy grad student at UBC and he took time to think of us whilst buying his liquor.....high five!

also a thank you to the girl who had a date with the chick pea and tahini soup on friday. The way you said goodbye made my day ;)


Thursday, February 12, 2009

Valentines Day

Seriously, if you want to say love...Bailey's. And/or a handwritten note to your favorite barista. This is truly the best way to ensure your drink is going to be top notch, booze baby and love (wink)....although if you are to give us just one...
Your staff for the day dedicated to Saint Valentino include the all star team of Teale, Carolynne, Ryan and Dana (she will be hangin in the back). Enjoy us while you can as we are limited editions.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Rose and Ray

Rose and Ray

mug coffee black
Rose: rice krispie
Ray: choc chip cookie…sometimes two.

The other day Rose came into the café and I gave her a coffee on the house. She was reluctant, said I was horrible and shook her fist at me….. I’m ok with that ;) Rose has been stopping by the café almost everyday since about May of 2008, usually accompanied by her husband Ray if he isn’t out volunteering or lunching with old work buddies. They found us while out for their daily afternoon walk and we can’t seem to get rid of them no matter how many free coffees they get. They moved in from Sardis where they had been for the past 3 years into Kits where it would be easier to get around by foot. They aren’t strangers to the area though as they spent thirteen years living in False Creek, and Ray was born in Chilliwack. They had spent a short stint up in Prince George after Ray had been moved over there and it was apparently the coldest winter on record that year so they didn’t stay long. Rose was recalling that in one attempt to keep warm they had stapled a sleeping bag to the door...with Ray inside, quite the insulator that Ray. Okay he wasn't in the sleeping bag, but I wouldn't put it past him.

Rose hails originally from Pembroke, Ontario and was in a nursing program in Montreal when she first met Ray. Ray was working as a chartered accountant at the time and had hopped on a train heading to Pembroke to do an audit on the Eddy match company (which incidentally was where Rose’s father worked). Rose was just heading home for a visit. They struck up a conversation and in Rose’s words “we met on a train in Montreal and that was that.” Her first thought was “oh great, a solution to my income tax!” It was the first year Rose had to work on her tax so it was pretty much destiny.

It’s interesting seeing customers day in and out and only knowing that one side of them forgetting that they, as we the employees, have lives outside of the shop……okokok I don’t have a life outside the shop it’s just safe in between those four walls, warm and coffee, I mean cozy. Tangent. So it was nice when I sat down with Rose and Ray to also be accompanied by their youngest daughter Maria. They also have a son (Ian who is in Langley) who is part time into income tax…similar to that crazy guy Ray. Their other daughter Sarah, lives in Castlegar with her partner and two kids. Noah, who is seven is reportedly quite the artist and they are all very proud of his work. Ray had also worked with Sarah doing some upholstering work in Chilliwack and she now has her own business in Castlegar. Their daughter Maria was visiting from Cortes Island where she is currently living/working on a farm with her partner. Oddly enough Maria was in the town of Nelson doing a woodworking course the same year I was there attending the Selkirk College music program. “It’s a small world after all, it’s a small world after all….” learned that one in school, only took two years.
Throughout the conversation it is neat to see more of Ray’s humorous character shine through and how him and Rose have a comfortable understanding of each other. When asked about why they keep returning to the café, their response is “the coffee and the service”. The latter is slightly surprising, haha good service….here…from this staff…really? They tend to keep to themselves reading the papers and taking in the midday but are not opposed to visiting with strangers. Ray once had a conversation with a man from Oak Bay, where he lived for a time. They were able to talk about some of the familiar places including the Thursday night hang out “Snug Pub”. Generally though it’s been a place where they can continue their tradition of afternoon coffee that they started about three years ago. They are familiar with a few of our staff and think that Ryan needs to be a bit more attentive (wink).

Their daily visits are ones that we can look forward too when working a long afternoon and Rose's laugh is one that is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. That’s Rose and Ray.