Yaletown rejoice. The Dog and Squirrel, a new independent specialty coffee bar brought to life by UK-born Neil Turner (an employee at Moja Coffee) and Wendy Lai, softly opened on April 2.
Located in a shopping arcade off Mainland Street, The Dog and Squirrel is situated slightly off the beaten path, but isn’t hard to find; it’s right next to cold-pressed juice provider UP JUS.
At 308 square feet, this tiny addition to the arcade flaunts an intimate setup with only a handful of tables and chairs, and combines Turner’s passion for coffee and Lai’s love of paper goods, think quirky cards and funky wrapping paper.
With homely touches, like potted plants, framed prints purchased in the UK, and small figurines lining the shelves, The Dog and Squirrel acts like an extension of Turner and Lai’s house.
Billed as a coffee shop that focuses on high quality micro-roasted coffee, The Dog and Squirrel showcases different beans from across Canada, as well as around the globe. Currently, The Dog and Squirrel is using beans from Drumroaster Coffee (Vancouver Island), Handworks Coffee Studio (Vancouver), and Caliber (Regina, Saskatchewan), amongst others.
Patrons who frequent this compact shop can expect to find an uncomplicated coffee menu featuring pour overs, in addition to batch brews and espresso-based beverages. Non-coffee drinkers will find a variety of tea flavours available.
Food wise, The Dog and Squirrel offers a range of baked treats and gluten-free goodies sourced from Trumps, a local purveyor of innovative wholesale dessert.
A small retail section stocks coffee beans, brewing equipment, and paper goods.
Address: 120-1058 Mainland Street (Inside “The Shops”)
Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday closed