The East side of Main Street between 13th – 14th Avenue featured some (locally) iconic spots when we first photographed the block in 2011. Pinky Laundry was one. Bert’s Restaurant (est. 1948) was another. A fresh foods grocer – Everfresh – took up a good chunk of the streetscape, too. Businesses such as Vera’s Burger Shack, Cobs Bread, The Hyde Lounge and Panago Pizza remain today as they did six years ago. Check Station is now Freedom Mobile and Open Door Yoga keeps it loose and limber upstairs. We certainly miss what’s gone, particularly with Everfresh being swallowed up by the brand new, extra fancy Starbucks Reserve, expanding from their corner locale to a whole new setup with boozey drinks, long hours and a higher-end lounge vibe. There goes the neighbourhood! Long-standing Bert’s was 63-years-old when we took the original shot, today that space is the Kitsilano-transplant bar Colony. And while the old laundry was known for it’s cute pink elephant logo and massage chairs while you wait, today it’s the bustling Main Street home to 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. This block is now a destination for folks near and far alike, but judging on how many people seem to drive to that Starbucks, our guess is mostly afar.
Take a look at this block in 2011 and again today for some comparison.
Photos below taken August 11, 2017.