Main and 20th's Bean Around the World shuts down in East Vancouver due to redevelopment

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      One of Main Street's two Bean Around the World locations has said farewell to its East Vancouver community. But it's not the last that Vancouver's coffee lovers will have seen of its owners of the Main and 20th Avenue location.

      The community-oriented coffee house closed on July 30 after 16 years at 3598 Main Street (at 20th Avenue). The premises were approximately 1,400 square feet with a seating capacity of up to 60 people. In addition to its array of coffees, in-house-made baked goods, and other food and drink items, the location also regularly hosted art shows featuring works ranging from professional artists and photographers to students.

      The site was sold to Vancouver-based company Landa Global in 2015 for $11.4 million, according to Business in Vancouver. A new contemporary, four-storey building with 45 apartments will be constructed on the site, designed by architect Tomizo Yamamoto.

      Burritt Bros., which has been in operation since 1907, was also located on the site at 3594 Main Street.

      The Vancouver flooring fashion company relocated to a new 25,000-square-foot warehouse, showroom, and office at 60–8385 Fraser Street (at East Kent Avenue) in South Vancouver's River Design Quarter. (Cantu Bathrooms and Hardware at 196 Kingsway at Broadway made a similar move.)

      Another Bean Around the World shop is located at 2528 Main Street at Broadway.

      Bean Around the World

      Meanwhile, Bean Around the World owner Amanda Nicoletti (who ran the Main and 20th Avenue coffee shop with her husband Wayne) informed the Georgia Straight that as they were given their required notice about the redevelopment, they were able to share their memories with their customers throughout July before closing.

      The good news is that the Nicolettis since have launched a new venture, Foglifter Coffee Roasters, based in Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island.

      Bean Around the World

      Nicoletti said that they had been developing this new enterprise over the past year and launched it this summer. She said that the closure of their coffee shop will allow them to shift their focus from retail to working with producers and importers on the craft of roasting.

      Although Foglifter Coffee isn't carried by retailers in Vancouver at the moment, Nicoletti said that will change in the near future. However, their online shop launched on August 28, making their small-batch coffee available for purchase through their website.

      Bean Around the World

      Other closures on Main Street over the past year include Vancouver Art and Leisure, Hot Art Wet City, Rx ComicsThe FoundationShanti's Curries, in addition to nearby businesses such as French Made Baking on Kingsway and Our Town Café (which plans to reopen after renovations).

      Bean Around the World is a North Vancouver–based company that has numerous locations around the Lower Mainland; several B.C. locations, including spots in White Rock, Sechelt, Whistler, Victoria, Brackendale, Princeton, and Vernon; and one in Markham, Ontario.

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