DWP has a new home right here in downtown Vancouver ..
Last Monday we opened the doors to my newest project the “Lost + Found Cafe”.
We are located in Gastown/DTES on 33 West Hastings St. We took over the old (1906) Chelsea Inn’s ground floor space which has lay vacant for the better part of the last decade in middle of October. Over the last 3 months we have completely restored and transformed the old space into what is now the new home of Lost + Found. The space is huge and the front restaurant space is nearly 2400 sq ft, plus we have a 500 sq ft meeting space in the back that we plan on renting out for meetings or donating to charity/non profit groups that need a space to meet.
We want to create a space that brings the world to Vancouver both through art, philanthropy and great food. The food at Lost + Found is simple and fresh and all made in house daily. Every morning we bake fresh dough (my grandmother’s recipe) and turn it into cinnamon buns, sandwiches and an array of baked goods. Our cookies, brownies, dessert bars are made fresh every morning and go great with our fair-trade, locally roasted coffee from Republica Roasters in Fort Langley. We also do house salads, Spinach Quinoa and Lentil, Thai Noodle and our Roasted Vegetable with Garam Masala. You can also create your own salad with over 20 ingredients coupled with our home made dressings; Lime Cilantro, Honey Ginger, Herb Vinaigrette and Creamy Lemon Feta.
The space itself is warm, relaxed and well travelled. We have hundreds of travel books, magazines and there is always world documentaries playing on our 8 ft projector wall in the back of the space. Our charity section is filled with products from India, Uganda, South Africa , Mexico and Cambodia all sourced from women’s groups, charities and NGO’s. The proceeds from these items go directly to the Dirty Wall Project Foundation. The money raised will benefit our current projects and families in India and give us the opportunity to begin helping locally right here in the downtown East side. With such a large space we want to start by giving other charities currently working in the area a venue to raise funds and awareness by holding events at Lost + Found. We will also be hosting for profit events ranging from photography exhibitions and music nights a couple times a month. The back half of the space will be a forever changing gallery for local artists to showcase their talent.
Travel is an essential part of everyone’s life whether it be backpacking through Peru, a beach vacation in Hawaii, volunteering in Africa or simply day dreaming of getting away. It is something we all think about and the trips you go on stay with you forever. But it is rarely the things your are supposed to see that stick with you. Like seeing the Taj Mahal or visiting the Empire State building. It is always the days when you are “lost” in a foreign place and you stumble across something amazing and unplanned. It is those days that years later you speak of with fond memories of that day you “found’ that great place off the beaten track.
At Lost + Found we want to give people a chance to come in, have great food and a chance to pick up a book or have a chat and day dream about somewhere they’ve always wanted to go or reminisce about that trip they took.
I look forward to catching up with DWP supporters and friends here in Canada and am excited about our new beginning for DWP locally.
33 west Hastings st/ 604 559 – 7444
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