Vancity’s Good Money Mob is on now! We’ll be featuring three local business (which you can vote on to be mobbed) over the course of the next several days. Our second featured business is East of Main. East of Main is a new community-oriented café located on the border of Chinatown and the DTES. A stone’s throw from Rogers Arena and BC Place, it is the perfect spot for pre and post event libations and is a welcome addition to the new and exciting pocket of eateries and bars in the area. They feature Mediterranean-inspired tapas, sandwiches and entrees. The bar offers local craft beers and a unique menu of signature and classic cocktails.
East of Main was founded by sisters Maureen Webb and Donalda Weaver. They grew up in East Vancouver and are passionate about ‘giving back’ to their community. Maureen has been a prolific casting director for over 20 years and has worked with some of the industry’s finest including Robert Redford, Al Pacino Terry Gilliam and Seth Rogen. Earlier this year, she and Donalda started Project Limelight – a free performing arts program for children in the DTES and surrounding areas. It received a lot huge boost earlier this year, when Sir Richard Branson and Glee star Cory Monteith presented Project Limelight with a $25k donation. The event made international media as the Limelight participants performed for them at East of Main.
All profits from East of Main will go toward Project Limelight, and the upstairs area will be utilized as a studio for the participants. The space shall act as an arts and community hub for residents of the area where friends, family and artists can congregate. The building has been renovated into a stylish space with a two-story high ceiling, exposed concrete beams and walls adorned with works by local artists, including compelling images from the DTES.
We are giving away a $50 gift card to East of Main cafe. All you have to do is the following:
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2. Leave a comment on this post, tell us your other favourite cafe spots in Vancouver.
3. “Like” us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/VCBuzz
Contests ends September 12, 2012. One winner will be selected at random.