Our favourite 2016 Moment: When Mathieu's band KARATE KIDS opened up their summer tour outside of the café. It was a market day and let's just say the vendors and the city were not very impressed with the sound level (and with our "forgetting" to tell them we were putting the show on). It was so much fun!
2016 wasn't the greatest year for the world, but the sadness and upheaval that seemed to be taking place almost daily, didn't touch Saint-Germain Café Gallery. We saw our busiest summer ever. We welcomed new friends to the café and built stronger relationships with some of our older friends. We saw amazing art grace our walls all year long, starting with our PORTRAITS OF IMAGINARY FRIENDS exhibit, then Megan Majewski's phenomenal BEAUTIFUL MONSTERS exhibit and then, to round out the year, our very first abstract exhibit, INFINITY and our very first postcard art auction called PSTCRD. We even had a real concert in the café in 2016 with the brilliant Vancouver band SIGHTLINES.
Our motto for 2017 is SIMPLIFY. The New Year will bring some big changes to the café and it begins with our menu. We will be paring down to a much simpler coffee, soup and bread menu, making Saint-Germain Café Gallery more of a coffee shop and less a restaurant. There are so many wonderful places along Main Street to get a great meal, like Brodo Kitchen and Spice Magic and Craft Corner Kitchen and the Canadian Grill. We'd rather focus more on what we do best: coffee and art (and soup, of course). Yes, our wonderful soups will still be available daily, and we will start to offer a selection of fancy grilled-cheese sandwiches and bagels to accompany the soup. How good is that? But what we really want to offer in 2017 is a solace from our hectic lives. We want you to take your time with us, to have a calm place to converse with friends, or write a book, or draw a picture. We want you to have meetings in our café or take moments with just yourself, sipping on the best darn cup of coffee in town…
Saint-Germain Café Gallery will now offer more milk options for its lattes, including coconut milk. We will now offer simple breakfast options like toast plates and bagels and cream cheese. We'll have a great selection of sweets and snacks, and of course, we'll have our soups for a little afternoon comfort.
Join us in 2017 for amazing new art, new music, new food and a whole new attitude. And thank you so much for everything YOU did for us in 2016. HAPPY NEW YEAR!