Third time’s a charm for The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda Company – we’ve signed the lease, renovated the space and are putting the kettles on in our new, permanent home at 221 Abbott Street in Gastown.
From pop-up shops to Hawkers Markets, we’ve grown up quickly with the support of the Vancouver foodpreneur / start-up community. Our First Nations-owned venture has developed a line of local meets global teas and botanical sodas designed with a flavour-first approach to blending indigenous plants with global teas. Look for Squamish place names like Senakw Village and The Sisters featured in the product line to centre local Indigenous knowledge within the transnational context of tea. Our goal? To create a welcoming space to meet and share our common traditions.
The interior design of the new shop features traditional weavings juxtaposed with reclaimed fir and exposed brick. The space offers a peaceful sanctuary within the city, bringing the nurturing energy of the Capilano River into the downtown Tea House.
Master weavers, Buddy Joseph and Chief Janice George from the Squamish Nation gifted us with a beautiful Coast Salish wool weaving that anchors our Tea House with spirituality and cultural connection. We commissioned Basic Design to create benches and small tables that reference Squamish culture. Their reclaimed-fir benches incorporate Squamish long house architecture and their upcycled small tables feature designs from Michelle’s grandmother’s (and Paisley’s great-grandmother’s) cedar-root basketry.
We’re also offering a curated selection of plant-love retail products from up-and-coming local brands including Longbranch Flora, Products of Science and Art, Kunye Skincare, & Black Candle Society.
With our grand opening on February 20, we’re launching a small menu of local meets global food options. How about bison and sweet potato wrapped in ancient filo for our carnivore friends, or a wild rice and mushroom version for the herbivores and vegans? We’ll also be serving freshly baked bannock, made with coconut oil, topped with East Van Jam and Local Churn butter. Watch for a tea-infused sweets menu as well as vegan vice cream floats with Capilano Real Root Beer and Nice Vice vegan ice cream. Other local drinks on the menu include air-roasted Goliath Coffee and local fave, Spicy Aslan Chai.
The Capilano Tea House & Botanical Soda Co.
221 Abbott Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 2K8
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This release was provided by The Capilano Tea House & Botanical Soda Co.
Photo: Eyoälha Baker