To kick off our Neighbourhood Watch series we’ve chosen the Mount Pleasant community. Offering a wide variety of restaurants, stores, and heritage buildings, there is no secret why this community’s popularity continues to grow. The area within the community spans from Cambie Street to Clark Drive and from Great Northern Way and 2nd, to 16th and Kingsway. Once known as Brewery Creek, the Mount Pleasant community has since then gone through lots of change throughout the years. Today the community is a sought after place to live and work in and will continue to be for a long time coming. Within this Mt. Pleasant series we featured some of our few must-visit locations as well as pinpoint the many go-to’s within the area. Our Mt. Pleasant Highlights below:
Over the last 19 years, Papa’s Gourmet Pizza has been serving Main Street goers with quality pizza and homemade dishes. Since day one their mission statement has been all about creating everything homemade and from scratch. Along with that also comes pure and locally sourced ingredients and authentic recipes. Mix all of those things together, add in exceptional customer service and you have one of the best pizza joints in town. I get the exact same feeling when I walk into Papa’s today as I did when I was younger. Nothing has changed about who they are and what they offer their customers. They continue to pride themselves on preparing everything by hand and in a natural process.
On any given day, they offer 5 different pizzas on deck with one of them being a special that changes constantly. With over 100 specials in the bank (and counting…), you can seriously stop by everyday and have a different slice each time. And if you’re not in the mood for pizza then fear not as their menu has something for everyone. A go-to favourite of mine when I’m not in the market for a slice is their poutine with meat sauce. Imagine thick cut golden fries smothered with their homemade meat sauce and topped with freshly grated mozzarella. Absolutely killer. If that doesn’t float your boat then possibly a hearty salad or some kind of pasta can hold you down. Whatever it is you choose to have, Papa’s has you covered.
3030 Main Street
Vancouver BC | V5T 3G5 | Canada | (604) 876-5577
Dandelion Records & Emporium has been a part of the Mt. Pleasant Community since ’06 and has been calling Main Street home for close to 5 years now. Offering their customers a huge selection of new and used vinyl records as well as a thoughtful selection of items from the Emporium side of the shop is just part of the shopping experience. Shop owners Laura and Jeff also “strive to get to know [their] customers and offer a personal level of service to each and every person who comes in the shop”. This alone sets them apart from other shop keepers. The love and passion that each of them shares in regards to what truly interests them is what really makes their world go ’round. One walk around their shop allows you to see their strong affinity for music and well crafted items. When asked about how they choose to stock their shop, Laura says that “anything that appeals to [them] on a personal level, [they] will consider carrying in the shop as long it is good quality and well-made.” Everything from great records to accessories and unique gifts such as tea, books, bags, candles, stationery and vintage items can be found at Dandelion Records and Emporium.
2442 Main Street
Vancouver, BC | V5T 3E2 | Canada | (778) 737-7367
Robson Park is located at 599 Kingsway and offers lots of different recreational activities for everyone of all ages. Come take a stroll through the park and admire the community gardens or just have a seat and enjoy the neighbourhood and its nature. Offering everything from ball hockey to basketball courts to playgrounds and everything in-between, Robson Park is perfect to suit all of your needs. Other facilities such as the washrooms and the field houses also make it a great park to visit.
Ball Hockey, Basketball Courts (x2), Field Houses (x1), Playgrounds (x1), Soccer Fields (x1), Tennis Courts (x3), Washrooms (x1), Water/Spray Parks (x1)
A fresh addition to the Mount Pleasant area is The Corner Store by Complex shop at 2601 Main St. Although fresh to this block, the good dudes behind The Corner Store aren’t new to the game. After an 8 year stretch at their Complex store in Gastown, the team closed up shop and made a move uptown to their current location. Along with the move came a new identity and the doors to their rebranded shop opened up in March. The change in neighbourhoods allowed them to make some decisions on the products they were previously carrying. It allowed them to tailor their brands, drop some all together, and introduce products to adapt to the neighbourhood without sacrificing their street wear foundation and what they’re trying to convey. Going from a very focused and internet savvy audience to a broader group of people who just like cool stuff is something they’ve enjoyed since the move. A huge factor when rebranding their shop was the introduction of more footwear. They truly feel that they can offer a great range of shoes from Nikes to Clarks and everything else in between. By offering a wide range of footwear, top notch brands and great service, customers may not have to look any further than their neighbourhood Corner Store.
Vancouver, BC | V5T 3E7 | Canada | (604) 602-1668
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