DINER | “Rain Or Shine” Ice Cream Parlour Opens Up On West 4th Avenue In Kitsilano


by Andrew Morrison | A new ice cream parlour officially opened today on the West 4th strip in Kits. Rain Or Shine is a nine seat beauty brought to us by Josie Fenton and Blair Casey, two first timers with backgrounds in teaching and finance.

The pair were married just last year and they’re super gung-ho about feeding us high quality ice cream (made in the back using an Emery Thompson machine) without artificial flavours, corn syrup, or any nasties. They’re also wicked friendly, and share playful senses of humour and design; witness their ice cream tacos, weather report signage, milk bottle light fixtures, tractor seat stools, fetching aprons, and the horse shoe nailed to the wall behind their ice cream machine.

They offer fifteen flavours at a time – ten permanent “keepers” and five fluctuating “seasonal flings”. I tried a few yesterday – salted caramel, mint chocolate, stout, blueberry – and they were fantastic. Nearly all of their ingredients are locally sourced. Think honey from Campbells in Aldergrove, lavender from Octagon in Maple Ridge, apples from Taves Farm in Abbotsford, wine from Vancouver Urban Winery, espresso beans from JJ Bean, beer from Brassneck, et cetera.

The stuff that they can’t find locally – things like coconuts and ginger – are organic and fair trade. They use compostable packaging, and get their power from Cowpower, a local non-profit green electricity supplier that provides BC businesses, homes and events with renewable electricity solutions. They haven’t left out the vegans either, so top marks across the board.

I love the name, the location, the passion, and the branding by Glasfurd & Walker (see also Meat & Bread, Ask For Luigi, among many others). These guys are stoked about what they’re doing, and it comes across clearly and deliciously on the spoon. Check out some more photographs below…

1926 West 4th Ave | 12pm to 10pm Tuesday to Sunday (closed Monday) | rainorshineicecream.com


7 Responses to “DINER | “Rain Or Shine” Ice Cream Parlour Opens Up On West 4th Avenue In Kitsilano”

  1. lyndsay // coco cake land on November 13th, 2013 4:16 pm

    i am so pumped on all the ice cream choices we have in vancouver now! congrats, rain or shine! looking forward to visiting. ^__^

  2. ciaran on November 14th, 2013 2:02 am

    Ice cream taco, where have you been my entire life. I don’t even.

  3. Ben - Earnest Ice Cream on November 14th, 2013 1:20 pm

    I agree with Lyndsay – so excited by the burgeoning artisan ice cream community in Vancouver. A hearty congratulations and welcome Rain Or Shine!

  4. Josie - Rain or Shine Ice Cream on November 16th, 2013 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the warm welcome Ben! We’re so excited to be a part of the local ice cream scene.

  5. Josie - Rain or Shine Ice Cream on November 16th, 2013 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the warm welcome Ben! We are so excited to be part of the local ice cream scene.

  6. Jose and Bob on December 13th, 2013 1:01 am

    A great start, We wish you success. Will stop in when we come to Kits.

  7. Paul on February 28th, 2014 5:52 pm

    Wow – A Molly Moon’s CLONE in Vancouver. Pretty much a straight ripoff, but hey, I love Molly Moon’s and now don’t have to travel 3 hours to get it!