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Commercial Renovations: KAHVE

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Canadoo Enterprises Inc. is a leading Vancouver-based renovation company specializing in both residential and commercial projects.  Adopting a client-centred approach, Canadoo focuses first on a client’s vision and then utilizes the expertise and knowledge of renovation professionals to provide a variety of services that ensure client satisfaction at every stage of the project from planning and design to budgeting and implementation.  Recently, Canadoo completed the Kahve Café project in Kitsilano.

The Kahve Café serves exquisite coffee and in-house made food to their trendy neighbours in Kitsilano.  This unique space melds timeless European design with contemporary Vancouver lifestyles – natural wood elements help create a calm and inviting atmosphere while the focus on single-origin coffees and organic, locally sourced ingredients appeals to the sustainability-minded Vancouverite.  Indeed, Kahve Café offers baked goods and chocolates from local artisans, a careful selection of sandwiches, salads, and soups made from the finest ingredients, and the renowned Elysian Coffee which is locally roasted using the highest quality coffee beans from around the world.

The Kahve Café renovation project was no small feat for Canadoo Enterprises.  Coffee shops are a dime-a-dozen in Vancouver, so we wanted to design a space that challenges Vancouver-based coffee-shop clichés without losing the essence of a café.  We wanted to embrace the inherent features of the building, so we started with exposed ceilings.  The tall ceilings provide an airy atmosphere, while exposed pipes and rafters blend comfort and sophistication.  Next, we wanted to embody the beauty of Vancouver and its surrounding nature.  In homage to the rainforest, we chose light-wooden fixtures in the shelving, tables, and front counter.  Finally, we wanted to pay tribute to local families and the weekday worker alike – our designs provide a simple and relaxing spot for local families looking for a place to convene on the weekend while creating an engaging environment for the 9-to-5 crowd in need of an excellent coffee.

Most importantly, in working with Justine Rhee, owner of the Kahve Café, it was clear from the start that Canadoo needed to complete a renovation that was representative of the unique interests of its owner.  Kahve is a new business venture for Rhee who previously operated Enflux gift shop in West Point Grey and wanted to integrate a coffee and gift shop.  As such, a portion of Kahve Café is dedicated to the sale of a variety of gifts from jewelry and décor to housewares from European designers such as Alessi, Georg Jensen, and Ittala.

If you have been looking for a coffee shop in Kitsilano that serves some of the best single origin coffee locally roasted in Vancouver in an elegant, yet comfortable atmosphere, you should look no further than the Kahve Café.

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