Mother-daughter duo Michelle and Paisley Nahanee’s brick and mortar location of The Capilano Tea House is officially open, offering a West Coast wild tea menu and refreshing small-batch botanical sodas.
The Nahanees acquired the shopfront (located at 221 Abbott Street) late last year, and have since renovated the retail space. The interior design of the First Nations-owned shop features traditional weavings juxtaposed with reclaimed fir and exposed brick. The result, a positively peaceful spot, that exemplifies both Indigenous and urban cultural influences.
Collaborating with Chief Janice George (an esteemed member and respected elder of the Squamish First Nation) and an Eastern Tea Master, The Capilano’s tea menu, which blends indigenous plants with global flavours, is sold by the cup or by the bag. Fragrant, pre-packaged loose leaf and bagged teas are also available, and include the high-floral Juniper Roobiboos, which is composed of rooibos, rose petals, lavender, blue berries, and juniper berries.
Food wise, a small menu offering bison and sweet potato wrapped in ancient filo and freshly baked bannock bread, made with coconut oil and topped with East Van Jam and Local Churn butter, is on offer. Look out for tea-infused sweets, as well as vegan vice
cream floats with The Capilano’s Real Root Beer and Nice Vice vegan ice cream in the warmer months.
A West Coast Wild Tea Service, which can be thought of as the reconstruction of the ever-popular traditional high tea, will also be available in the coming months. Guests wishing to enjoy this tiered-plated service, featuring Indigenous offerings from Turtle Island Catering Co., will need to place an order in advance.
The Abbott Street locale also sells a hand-picked selection of plant-love retail products from up-and-coming local brands, including Longbranch Flora, Products of Science and Art, Kunye Skincare, and Black Candle Society.
Address: 221 Abbott Street