We’ve invited Chinatown pop-up Lukes General Store to join the Style & Retail and Coffee & Caffeine sections of our GOODS program as a recommended place to explore with a shot of the dark stuff. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news and employment needs in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support and for making Vancouver (and Chinatown especially) a more caffeinated place to be.
The People Who Make It Happen
Owner: Gareth Lukes
Operations Manager: Laura Cummings
About Lukes General Store
Lukes General Store was started as a pop-up shop branch of the family owned and operated Lukes Drug Mart which has been based in the community of Bridgeland, Calgary since 1951. Owner Garath Lukes has been committed to continuing his family’s legacy of bringing quality service and products to surrounding communities and the Vancouver location is no exception.
Located within Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, Lukes joined with Space Lab antiques to create a collaborative shop that integrates the new and used. Lukes General Store includes apothecary items by New York’s Malin & Goetz and Maine’s Portland General Store, goods from Juniper Ridge, chocolates from Brooklyn-based Mast Brothers and coffee from Portland’s best, Stumptown Coffee Roasters. The Chinatown location features a custom made coffee cart designed and fabricated by Los Angeles based Barista Capsules, and inset with the La Marzocco Strada MP, operated by baristas that have been trained by Stumptown’s very own. In addition to the shop location in Chinatown, Lukes General Store offers the same level of service and products online at LukesGeneralStore.com.
by Andrew Morrison | The Everything Cafe has closed down after three years at 75 East Pender (next to the Wing Sang building). The cafe seemingly did a brisk enough trade, but not enough for owner Sean Heather, who plans a rebrand and reopening, possibly as soon as mid-April. He’s thinking about doing a new creperie concept, which would be open from 8am to 9pm with coffee, wine and beer. Quality crepes are few and far between in Vancouver, so – pre-supposing that it’s good – this is a win. Downside/upside: those who feel robbed of the Stumptown coffee hook-up that the Everything Cafe so dependably provided (that would be me) can get sorted out nearby at the recently opened Rainier Provisions.
Bummer that Revolver Coffee just stopped making their awesome Cold Brew coffee, right? And it won’t be back until the summer. But don’t spazz out just yet, because this bad boy buzz-slaker from Portland’s Stumptown has is now available at Vicino, Meat & Bread, The Salty Tongue and The Everything Café, and there was much (temporary) rejoicing.