We won’t lie to you, folks. Ever since we first chatted with the good people at Nemesis over two years ago, we’ve been patiently waiting for this day. That’s because, after not months but years of preparation, they’re finally ready to open their most ambitious project yet, and in a very fitting space.
Located beside Emily Carr on Great Northern Way, the Perkins&Will designed “Flower Pavilion” has been turning heads since construction ended back in 2019. The focal point of the area, the pavilion features a unique petal design that is both eye-catching and, somehow, fits the surrounding area. Hey, we guess good urban design lets you take risks like this.
And while the exterior is a bold red, inside, you’ll be greeted with light, custom-created panels made using laminated timber. What we’re most impressed with is the functionality of it all, since the ‘petals’ converge at the top of the building to create an oculus (aka a round skylight) and provide even more natural lighting.
Ok, enough fawning over the building- let’s focus on why Nemesis is the perfect fit for it. Ever since their arrival on the scene, Nemesis has done a masterful job of blending serious technical skill with supreme approachability. Whether you’re ordering a cappuccino before work or grabbing a sandwich after your visit to the Polygon, you can expect that not only will the bakers/baristas help you decide what you want, but will make sure that it exceeds your expectations.
And of course you’ll see that same quality here, along with a newly created brunch menu and the full range of Dope Bakehouse pastries. Then, once they get a liquor license, you’ll be able to a little after-work libation and some dinner on their 60-seat patio. Yeah, they’re covering all the bases.
While they’ve seen serious success off that alone, there was one piece of the puzzle missing- Nemesis needed to start roasting their own beans. And, they thought the added space of the pavilion was just the answer they were looking for. In addition to the new roastery, Nemesis also hopes to start providing tours, workshops, and other events in the space, and get back to the community focus that helped them become so popular in the first place.
After all, while Vancouver has no shortage of stunning buildings, they’re usually residential or corporate. Now, we can safely say that our city has one of the most unique coffee shops in the world, and actually recommend people go try it out.
Because that’s the key here, really. Sure, a Starbucks Reserve could have swooped the spot up, but aren’t you that much happier to see a local name in there? We know we sure are.
When: Opening Wednesday, June 9th
Where: 555 Great Northern Way