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Music and Memorabalia at the Prophouse Cafe
Tucked away off the corner of Commercial Drive on Venables Street in Vancouver’s East End, there’s a small, intimate cafe chock full of fabulous memorabilia. The
The congenial owner, Ross Judge started collecting all this memorabilia back in 1996 which he rents out to movies such as Cat Woman, TV shows like the popular series X Files, music videos or whoever may want to rent props for productions. The whole upstairs area of the building is jammed to the rafters with treasured objects. Recently Judge, a hockey historian, has started making videos upstairs with a hockey theme called
Judge has taken care to arrange the memorabilia that is on display in the cafe, so that it isn’t just a massive collection of ‘junk’ but has an artistic appeal. It took him weeks, he said, to place the lighting fixtures just right so as you come up the steps into the cafe they have a pleasant effect.
There’s definitely an artsy feel to the place and it has become a popular venue for live music and spoken word events. Judge wants it to be a congenial place with a unique atmosphere that will attract the neighbourhood crowd. You definitely feel ‘at home’ there. There is a small menu including quiche, soup, quinoa salad and sandwiches all under $5. And coffee served from a vintage espresso machine as well as lattes and other beverages. The homemade bakery items looked delicious and the servers are cheery and attentive.
The Prophouse has mostly been advertised word-of-mouth up to now, but I can guarantee once the word gets out it will become more popular as a neighbourhood hangout and a place where memorabilia lovers will come to relax, chat and take in all the amazing objects Judge has collected. You can take a look for yourself with this
The Prophouse Cafe
1636 Venables Street @ Commercial Drive
Photo by W. Ruth Kozak
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