A look inside
Opened in winter 2003, Darryl’s Coffee and Native Art Shop is located at the corner of Davie and Burrard Streets. It has large glass windows, lined with stools, which is designed for people watching. Inside there are three, two-seater tables, each one with its own native art carving (also painted in native colours) into the surface of the table. In the window, an official “Safe Harbour” sign is a signal that this is a safe haven.
Glass cabinets, a decorative window display and three large wooden shelves inside the store boast a variety of native art wood carvings, jewellery, masks, artwork and hand-painted greeting cards – all of which are for sale. Native art which is not for sale also peppers the walls throughout.
Homemade soups (lentil, beef barley and chicken), sandwiches, and a traditional native treat of bannock (a thick bread) and salmon. Baked goods are plenty (famous cheesecake with real cream cheese frosting, walnut cherry squares, date squares and scones to name a few). Everything is homemade, baked fresh, and any leftovers are offered to the homeless at the end of the night. Coffee of all kinds, herbal teas and fruit smoothies are on the menu, too.