The Shop Vancouver
"coffee + clothing + parts + books"
There's no need to be intimidated even if you don't know a thing about motorcycles. The Shop Vancouver is a motorcycle-focused shop, but it's also a great place to drop in to get a coffee or look at their unique lines of men's clothing and other merchandise. And if you're lucky one of The Shop's regulars will pull up outside on a bike you can gawk at.
They also enjoy a good cup of coffee and use their own locally roasted organic blend from East Van Roasters prepared by either a drip brew or French press.
The Shop also frequently hosts events that you can find out about through their Facebook page.
- Down the block are a set of murals commissioned in 2010 to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Vancouver's Chinatown:
"Each vignette depicts life sized Chinese people in a specific year: 1884, 1936, and 1905. The use of perspective creates an optical illusion of depth, blurring the boundaries of time."
- Opened September 15, 2012.
- The building is owned by the Association of Chinese Freemasons and The Shop's neighbours on Columbia include some other interesting shops: Duchesse Vintage and Such, Positive Negative Art Gallery and The Chinatown Experiment. The building was originally a two-story built in 1895 with the address 101 Dupont Street (the street was renamed to Pender in 1907) .
The Shop Vancouver | theshopvancouver.com | 432 Columbia Street, Vancouver V6A 2R8 | 604-568-7273
Weekdays 11AM - 7PM
Weekends 11AM - 5PM
Social, Links, Interviews
ESPN: (The) Shop Talk
"Step foot into The Shop and you'll feel a calm as the door closes on the mushrooming smells of Chinatown on one side and the zombie hustle of East Hastings Street, a perennially troubled zone, on the other. There's a small counter on your left and the smell of gourmet coffee wafts through the 700-square-foot space filled with neatly racked shirts, jackets, Red Wing boots and the like."
Chinatown Night Market: Business Profile: The Shop
Globe and Mail: Behind the changing face of Vancouver’s Chinatown
Montecristo Magazine: Chinatown's Columbia Block
Oil and Rust: Coffee Racer?!
"A former pro snowboarder, and a professional photographer got together with the idea of a motorcycle cafe. Brett and TJ came up with the concept in California and it wasn’t long before the ball was rolling."
Witness This had a brief walkthrough of The Shop while it was still under construction by co-owner Brett Beadle:
Promo video for The Shop Vancouver created by Dave O'Dowd from Energetic Collective: