This year, a somewhat surprising trend took root in Vancouver: a vast uptick in boutiques and shops. From vintage, to modern apparel and books for kids, to custom knickknacks, the city welcomed seven new shops to downtown, Uptown Village, and the Felida neighborhood. Of course, the city’s food and drink scene continued to explode, with more than 20 new establishments joining an already fantastic lineup.
Here is our re-cap of relocations, revamps, and businesses that are new to the Couve in 2019!
Bringing an international cuisine not yet represented in downtown, Dediko offers traditional Georgian delicacies, earning rave initial reviews from the foodie scene. They filled the space vacated by longtime resident Woody’s Tacos, which moved to The Mill on the eastside. Six Shooter Bar joined Main St. between 6th and 7th St., with a cool Americana vibe and classic cocktails.
Stack 571 joined the collection of restaurants at the waterfront, serving up gourmet burgers and an impressive list of whiskeys. The Diner garnered media attention for their unique setup that supports Clark County seniors (60 and older) through a donation-based program. Ingrid’s dream of turning her two food trucks into a brick-and-mortar were finally realized on the corner of Broadway and 17th St. in the form of Ingrid’s Good Street Food and Paleo Grill. A little farther north in Uptown, La Bottega renovated their current space to invite more customers to dine on Italian fare and sip quality wine.
Slow Fox Chili added to the Columbia Food Park’s slowly growing lineup of grab-and-go options, serving southern-style creations and spicy flavors. SugarFoot’s BBQ’s truck found a permanent home outside the Country Store in Felida, offering Texas-style meats and sides.
Breweries & Wineries
Brand new winery Mended Oak opened a tasting room in a 100-year-old barn in Battle Ground. The other 2019 wine additions are satellite tasting rooms from around the state of Washington. SuLei Cellars and Pepper Bridge & Amavi Cellars all hail from the rich wine-growing region of Walla Walla, and Maryhill Winery comes to us from the Columbia River Gorge.
Also located at the waterfront, Barlow’s Public House has a picture-book second-story view of the Grant Street Pier, with a planned brewery taproom opening in the new year. Doomsday Brewing opened a third location in the Hazel Dell neighborhood, in addition to their Uptown Village and Washougal spots.
Coffee Shops / Bakeries
A transplant from Portland, Presso Coffee Kitchen brings its trendy style and Instagrammable décor to the Couve. A mile down Fourth Plain Blvd., Gold Cup Coffee presents a modern, minimalist feel to its café. Coffee Villa and Twin Cylinder Coffee both took their java to the streets, opening traveling food trucks to caffeinate the city.
Relevant Coffee moved from their original 425-square-foot space to a nearly 2,000-square-foot café that offers a window view into their roastery, in addition to more seating. And there’s no excuse not to visit the newest donut shop Mr. Maple as they are open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Hazel Dell.
Believe Boutique (from Camas) and The Difference (originating in Lake Oswego) both found homes in downtown, focused on helping women look and feel their best. With similar objectives, Arktana (also from Camas) and JoJo + CoCo (originating in Longview) opened at The Shops at Erickson Farms in the Felida neighborhood. Wild Fern Boutique moved about a dozen blocks south from its Uptown location to a corner spot in downtown with much more space for new collections.
Attracting a more niche following, Dickens Children’s Books & Publishing Lab is just what it sounds like with opportunity for little ones to create their own zines and participate in story time activities. Natty Ann’s Gifts & Glitter carries custom gifts and witty signs, and Boogie Van Vintage offers men’s 60s to 80s garb with a two-chair barbershop to boot.
In 2020, we’re hopeful to see the openings of Vancouver’s first distillery and more wine tasting rooms along the waterfront to establish a desirable sipping destination. Tap Union Freehouse is set to expand into the former Luepke Flowers space and Pizzeria Sul Lago is primed to make their long-awaited debut at the waterfront, along with Jorge’s Latin Cuisine and El Gaucho. For a blast from the past, read the 2018 re-cap.