GOODS | “Beta5 Chocolates” To Celebrate 3rd Birthday On Saturday With Sweet Bash

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue (purple-peach building) in Vancouver, BC | 604.669.3336 | beta-5.com

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue (purple-peach building) in Vancouver, BC | 604.669.3336 | beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | To celebrate our third birthday this Saturday, Oct. 4th, we’re serving up a smorgasbord of birthday-themed treats, including chocolate birthday candles filled with a Tahitian vanilla bean ganache, chocolate-peanut butter balloon lollipops, devil’s food cake chocolate bars, and slices of our cream puff birthday cake between 10am and 5pm. We’re also welcoming back our line of desserts to-go (fine-dining desserts elegantly assembled into glass jars); plus we’re introducing three new cream puff flavours.

If the menu has you drooling, then perhaps our giveaways might just send you into a sweet-treat coma. We’ve got loot bags for the first 50 customers, we’re giving away three 3-month Chocolate Union memberships*, and there are 10 golden chocolate bars hidden amongst our stock of devil’s food cake bars. The lucky individuals who purchase the hidden golden bars will win tasty BETA5 prizes.

Check out our #beta5birthday hashtag on Instagram and Twitter (@beta5chocolates) to take a peek behind the scenes as we work like crazy to handcraft our birthday menu. On the big day, our customers can use our selfie station and the #beta5chocolates hashtag to tag their own photos from our birthday bash for a chance to win a 3-month Chocolate Union membership. It’s an old-fashioned birthday party with a social media twist. Read more

GOODS | “Beta5 Chocolates” Set To Host Ice Cream Social Evenings On August 8th & 9th

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue (purple-peach building) in Vancouver, BC | 604.669.3336 | beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | On Friday August 8 and Saturday August 9, we’ll be hosting our next round of Ice Cream Socials! Starting at 7pm and continuing until the sun sets on Friday evening, we’ll be serving up a new seasonal sundae, ice cream floats, a special new frozen treat, and a brand new cream puff that will be available for one night only! Can’t make it Friday? We’ll be back at it again on Saturday afternoon from 1-5pm, serving up sundaes, floats, ice cream sandwiches and frozen cream puffs. Come down to our shop at 413 Industrial Ave in Vancouver to indulge in everyone’s favourite frozen summertime treat. Read more

GOODS | “Beta5 Chocolates” Releases New ‘Christmas In Paris’ Box For Holiday Season

December 9, 2013 

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | Join us this month in the Chocolate Union, as we celebrate a Parisian Christmas. Full of traditional French chocolates and confections, and some twists on a few favourites this pack will have you dreaming of wandering the streets of Paris and basking in the glory of the Eiffel Tower.

Start your day like any Parisian, with a light as a feather butter croissant. We’ve taken our croissants, sliced them thinly to expose their beautiful honeycomb interior, dusted them with cinnamon sugar, then enrobed them in our favorite 45% milk chocolate. A perfect way to begin your Christmas morning…

A trip to the fruit market is up next in your journey, starting with a collection of six pâte de fruits including pear + vanilla, nectarine, raspberry, apricot, pineapple, and elephant heart plums. Christmas just isn’t the same without chocolate and orange, so don’t miss the delicate strips of candied orange peel hiding beneath the thinnest layer of 63% dark chocolate.

Warm up with a bite of our vin chaud caramels, made from a base of red wine, cinnamon, cardamon and nutmeg and finished with a splash of brandy. Your adventure is complete as you stumble on a little chocolate shop and discover a box of traditional, hand-rolled truffles. This delicate ganache is made with a single plantation, 67% dark chocolate from the volcanic island of São Tomé. Close your eyes, and enjoy the unique flavour of this amazing chocolate – a little spicy and herbaceous, almost smoky and even a little salty, thanks to the oceanside terroir where the cocoa beans are grown.

Our ‘Christmas in Paris’ Union Packs are now available. Don’t wait too long in booking your flight to Paris with us, as these packs won’t last long. Give the gift of chocolate this holiday season, with a membership to the Chocolate Union and reserve your spot on this adventure and many more to come. Read more

GOODS | Award-Winning Beta5 Gets Set For Holiday Season With Delicious Indulgences

November 18, 2013 

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | As the weather cools, and the leaves continue to fall, our team is busy preparing for the coming holiday season. Holiday products make their way onto our store shelves this weekend, with some of last year’s favorites leading the charge.

Our Holiday Polygon Bar, cast in 63% dark chocolate and studded with cocoa nibs and organic candy cane is back again for another holiday season. Also making a comeback are our Peppermint Patties, a house-made fondant flavoured with natural peppermint extract. Our ever popular chocolate Snowman will be back again, this year filled with hazelnut, cherry, and milk chocolate marcona almond pebbles. Two new edible sculptures will be joining the club - Santa’s Hat is filled with Peanut Butter Pretzel Pebbles, and our Holiday Tree is filled with hazelnuts, cherries, and milk chocolate marcona almonds.

Some new arrivals this year include a new selection of Signature Holiday Chocolates(pictured above) – Chestnut, Egg Nog, Sweet Potato Caramel, Hennessy Cognac, Mandarin Caramel, and Sparkling Praline round out this year’s collection. We’ve also re-invented the Christmas Cracker, and filled it with an assortment of pebbles. Read more

GOODS | Beta5 Takes Home Gold & Silver From The International Chocolate Awards

October 25, 2013 

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | Vancouver’s BETA5 has been honoured with a gold and two silver medals in the world final of the prestigious 2013 International Chocolate Awards. Adding to their list of accolades, the boutique artisan shop was awarded gold in the category of flavoured dark ganaches for Fisherman’s Friend, a truffle made with the ubiquitous cough candy and 67% dark chocolate from São Tomé. In the same category, The Whole Cherry, an innovative cherry-pit ganache with cherry balsamic jelly, earned silver. The second silver was awarded in the category of flavoured white bars to the Black Olive Polygon Bar, which consists of candied Taggiasca olive enveloped in white chocolate.

The International Chocolate Awards recognize the highest quality chocolate in the world. Products go through a multi-level, rigorous judging process that is comprised of three stages: national competitions, semi-final rounds, and the world final. Chocolatiers from across Europe, the Americas and Canada all compete for a coveted prize.

The awards come on the heels of recent wins at the 2013 Canadian National Chocolate Awards, where BETA5 was awarded three golds for their Fisherman’s Friend, Bay Leaf milk ganache and Candied Black Olive Bar respectively, and silver for The Whole Cherry. BETA5 first entered the awards in 2012 and took home a silver medal at the International Chocolate Awards for their Imperial Stout chocolate, as well two gold awards in the Canadian competition for the Imperial Stout and Olive Oil ganache chocolates and two silvers for their Crispy Praline and Banana chocolates. Read more

GOODS | Birthday Celebrations At Beta5 Set To Make This Weekend A Really Sweet One

October 18, 2013 

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | Beta5 is turning 2! We are celebrating on Saturday, October 19th & and Sunday, October 20th. We will have giveaways, special desserts, cream puffs, polygon bars, as well as loot bags for our first 25 customers of the celebration. Come party, and learn more about us after the jump… Read more

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | Beta5 Is On The Lookout For An Organizational Guru & More

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | BETA5 is on the hunt for an Organizational Guru, a Front of House Coordinator, pastry cooks, and chocolatiers. We are an artisanal chocolate and pastry company approaching our second birthday, employing a team of young, creative chocolate and pastry professionals. We are looking for a Full-Time Office Administrator to help us grow in an organized fashion over the long term. Our ideal Organizational Guru will be an experienced and intuitive individual who thrives as an independent self-starter, is highly efficient, and takes all aspects of their work seriously. Throw in flexibility, problem solving skills, and stellar customer relations, and you’ve got our ideal candidate. The position is salaried ($35,000 – $40,000 depending on experience) at 40 Hours, with an increase in hours during peak holiday seasons.

For the Front of House Coordinator, we’re looking for an organized, smart, and food-knowledgeable retail team leader who can effortlessly connect with our broad clientele and take ownership over our retail outlet and customer service standards. The successful candidate will provide exceptional retail customer service, foster an efficient and organized retail environment, and oversee finished packaging tasks as well as the accurate and careful packing of web orders. Details after the jump… Read more

AWESOME THING WE ATE #900: Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Sandwiches From Beta5

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This little babies from Beta5 really hit the spot. The ice cream was outstanding (made in-house, like everything else) and the cookies were soft chocolate shortbread that ease on the tooth without crumbling. We’ve just heard that they’ve sold out but the good news is that right now they’re doing a run of Black Forest ice cream sandwiches made with bourbon poached cherries sourced from Sapo Bravo farms. Giddy-up!

Beta5 | 413 Industrial Avenue (in the purple-peach building)| Vancouver, BC | $3.50 each

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Beta5 Currently Staffing Up At Their East Van Headquarters

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Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | We’re looking for outgoing and charming individuals to deliver genuine, knowledgeable, and personalized customer service at our chocolate and pastry shop in East Vancouver. We have a growing reputation as Vancouver’s tastiest destination for all things dessert, and our customers come from far and wide for delicious treats and memorable service. Our team is made up of young and innovative chocolatiers and pastry professionals, as well as dedicated, fun-loving counter staff. We’re looking for additional quirky, smart, and food-knowledgeable retail staff, who can effortlessly connect with our broad clientele and teach them about our diverse line-up of products. Get all the details after the jump… Read more

LOOKCITY: The Forgetful Scout Reader’s “Please Save My Ass” Valentine Gift Guide

February 13, 2013 

by Robyn Yager | So you’ve left your search for a Valentine’s Day gift to the very last minute and blown your chance to make a reservation at a restaurant because every eatery that is the slightest bit romantic is booked solid. Well, aren’t you just so darn adorable. Rather than just let you wander off to cruise the city in a panicky daze that results in a bent box of waxy chocolates, a bagful of cheap lingerie, or a stale Dominican cigar scotch-taped to the side of a bottle of J&B, I’ve put together a list of easy, last minute gift ideas that are sure to lessen the fury of the under-appreciated guy or girl in your life.

FOR YOUR GUY

Oscar’s Art Books (1533 West Broadway)

This coffee table book doubles as an amazing point of reference. Icons of Men’s Style highlights all the actors, writers, musicians, characters and artists that helped shape how we understand men’s style today. It’s a garment-by-garment guide, with point of origin, history, and how it’s worn today. Featuring the head honchos of men’s style: Michael Caine, Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, and Gregory Peck. You can get it over at Oscar’s Art Books on Broadway.

JD’s barbershop (235 Abbott Street)
Momentum Grooming (1237 Burrard Street)
Belmont (111 East Broadway)
Dominion Barbers (214 Abbott Street)

Guys like grooming as much as girls do. That is to say that they enjoy it when someone else does it and they have the luxury of sitting back and relaxing. JD’s Barbershop, Momentum Grooming, Belmont Barbers, and Dominion are all evidence to this. Why not chip in and buy your boyfriend/husband/man-friend a shave and a haircut for the day of love? He’ll feel great afterwards, and he’ll look awesome, too.

Brooks Brothers (1026 Alberni Street)
Duchesse Vintage (430 Columbia Street)

I could give you the option of buying your beau a bow tie, but that’s almost a given as far as guy’s gifts go, right? So why not switch things up in the men’s accessories department and gift them a pocket square instead? It’s the underdog of an ensemble. While the inclusion of the pocket square is often overlooked, when worn it’s rarely forgotten. You can go new – I suggest Brooks Brothers – a favourite of F. Scott Fitzgerald – or you could go vintage at Duchesse over on Columbia Street.

Ideas for what to get your girl after the jump… Read more

SEEN IN VANCOUVER #427: Sweet Video On The Making Of A BETA5 Valentine Treat

February 8, 2013 

Want. FYI, Beta5 is actually doing a special six course Valentine dessert tasting on February 14th and 15th, so if you found this video as alluring as we did and you’ve yet to make plans, you might want to pounce on the tickets here. Pass it on.

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GOODS: Critically Acclaimed BETA5 Set For Valentine’s Day With New Chocolate Series

February 3, 2013 

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | Give something sweet this Valentine’s Day! Our chocolatiers and pastry cooks have been crafting a collection of unique items that celebrate love. In the chocolate kitchen, we are busy making 6 new chocolates (pictured above), including Sparkling Champagne, Cinnamon Hearts, and Vanilla Bourbon. Not to be outdone, our pastry team is working on a cream puff ‘Ring of Love’ – 16 mini cream puffs filled with 4 different creams. These creations are just a sample of our Valentine’s Day Collection this year. Come see the entire collection available in our store starting February 7, or take care of your shopping today, and pre-order through our webstore. We ship across Canada, and from February 1 through Valentine’s Day we will be offering free shipping on all orders over $75. Read more

GOODS: Critically Acclaimed BETA5 Tables New Cream Puffs And Post-Holiday Treats

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | We hope you enjoyed a relaxing holiday season with friends and family! After some time away to rejuvenate ourselves, we’re back to creating sweetness in the kitchen. Stop in this week to stock up on your favourites, indulge in one of our new cream puffs or desserts, or treat yourself to some post-holiday deals. We’ve got a few new tricks up our sleeve for 2013 that we look forward to sharing with you! Stay tuned, because it’s going to be a fun year… Read more

GOODS: Vancouver’s Own BETA5 Named One Of North America’s Top Chocolatiers

December 5, 2012 

Beta5 is located at 413 Industrial Avenue in Vancouver, BC (in the purple-peach building) | 604.669.3336 | www.beta-5.com

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Vancouver, BC | Adding to their growing list of accolades, BETA5 has been named as one of North America’s Top 10 chocolatiers in the December issue of the prestigious Dessert Professional magazine, a highly respected industry publication that annually honours ten North American-based chocolatiers whose craft exemplifies the use of chocolate, and whose contributions have elevated the chocolate industry. BETA5 is the only Canadian chocolatier to make the list.

Vancouver’s BETA5 was also recently recognized with silver in the World Finals at the prestigious International Chocolate Awards. Held in London in October, the awards were judged by an international panel of chocolate experts, food journalists and pastry chefs, with competitive entries from around the globe. The International Chocolate Awards recognized BETA5’s Imperial Stout flavour with the silver award for filled milk chocolates. Imperial Stout chocolates are available alongside national award winners Olive Oil, Banana and Crispy Praline. These and the rest of the full line-up of signature chocolates are available this holiday season at the BETA5 workshop in Vancouver or online.

In addition to chocolates, BETA5 also makes award-winning marmalades. Taking the silver and bronze at the 2012 International Marmalade Awards, the preserves are brightly flavoured and delicately set. Made with traditional techniques, and using sustainably farmed California citrus, these marmalades are perfect with a fresh BETA5 croissant. Marmalades come in flavours like Bergamot, Yuzu, Pink Lemon and the award-winning Rangpur Lime and Seville Orange. Read more

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