• John Carlow

Dandy Lion Coffee Shop at the VEC

In a city where closed signs , masks and limited services abound The Dandy Lion Coffee Shop offers a haven. Operating in the Victoria Event Centre, they offer coffee, snacks ( including gluten free and vegan options ) open spaces, workplaces and WI-fi in an inclusive, friendly, comfortable atmosphere. All covid protocols are in place. Check out the table featuring silent auction items to raise money to keep the VEC open.


"The Dandy Lion offers community-oriented workspace, physically-distanced tables, and a range of teas, coffees and food options. Located inside the Victoria Event Centre at 1415 Broad St, it seeks to support an array of marginalized communities and address some of the needs that have arisen from, and are exacerbated by, the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Dandy Lion is currently offering complimentary services to low income residents, creatives, BIPOC communities, members of LGBTQ2S+ communities, and vulnerable workers. These services include food and beverages, as well as access to computers and printers. If you identify as one or more of the above we encourage you to speak to a barista about details.

If you would like to purchase a coffee or food item in solidarity with your community members please notify your barista! "


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