Sometimes it’s good to be a chameleon.
To fly under the radar just enough. To be a sort of hidden gem amongst peacocks…
Which brings us to The Shop in Gastown, a coffee shop and motorcycle enthusiast store. A place to grab a cup of joe while checking out their selection of clothes, footwear, books, magazines and motorcycle parts.
Shopping for these items used to mean a visit to four different stores – perhaps even a different city depending on the motorcycle parts. Fortunately, thanks to the vision of two young Vancouverites, there’s now a one stop shop in Chinatown.
Since September 2012, The Shop has been slanging all things motorcycle-related (yes, that includes beard wash) as well as some great coffee and fine threads from its 432 Columbia Street location. In little over a year it’s already become the go-to place for motorcycle enthusiasts to hang out and chat or show off their custom bikes.
The idea for The Shop was borne out of a discussion between friends Brett and T.J about wanting to open up something motorcycle-related, and was quickly streamlined when a good space opened up for rent. Despite not having much of a business plan, the two decided to go for it. The result is a very cool spot that is refreshingly hard to define.
From Red Wing Heritage boots, to X Defcon leather gloves, to a selection of sleeveless denim biker jackets, they’ve got everything you need for your transformation from office lackey to slightly more interesting office lackey – which may even be enough to get a date with that tattooed blonde in marketing.
And if the closest you’ve come to motorcycle culture is that night you rented Tron don’t worry; all folks are welcome. Just stop by for a coffee. Everyone likes coffee.
Thanks to the guys at briefed.ca for the write up and Josh for the flicks.