February 21, 2014

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The Wilder Snail, an independently owned, socially conscious neighbourhood grocery and cafe in Strathcona, is seeking a responsible, friendly, and experienced barista.

Responsibilities include making lattes, handling cash, cleaning, stocking, and getting to know the neighbours.

Applicants must be passionate about local food and available evenings & weekends.

Food Safe required.

Start date is ASAP.

Resumes can be dropped off at the shop or emailed to hr at thewildersnail dot com

January 29, 2014

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I’ve been asked by HUB to describe my business in fifty words or less.  So here goes…

The Wilder Snail, so much more than a grocery. In the hub of Strathcona offering cafe fare and groceries with a focus on local, organic, and fresh organic produce. Baked goods arrive by bicycle every morning and if that’s not enough pedalling, generate your own electricity with our custom pedal-stools.

January 14, 2014

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Good Morning Early Edition,
I loved to hear your piece on bicycle licencing this morning, I too can recall bicycle licences in the days of my youth, though I think they were optional in Ottawa at the time.

I was wondering what an appropriate fee might be for such a licence so I decided to compare government spending on roads vs cycling.  That ratio is about 25:1 for 2009.  According to http://caa.ca/car_costs/ the average annual fee for a 2009 Honda Civic is only $43.  Thus a relatively appropriate annual fee for a bicycle licence should be $2.05.  These are all quick calculations and assume 1 car per person and 1 bicycle per person.  Still, despite these assumptions, I think it is interesting to note how much more the government spends on roads compared to cycling.  Does it really make sense to charge $2/year to cyclists when there is so much evidence that cycling is good for our health and the economy?  I’d love to hear what the writer of that op-ed piece thinks an appropriate fee should be for bicycle licences.

Sincerely,
Boyd Thomson

 

PS: Here’s my spreadsheet on spending statistics and calculations

December 1, 2013

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Thanks to our new friends at The Bitcoin Co-op  we’re now accepting bitcoin

 

Currently, it’s only while the owner is in the shop with his smartphone, but it will soon be 7-days/week.

Today I wrote a letter to my favourite broadcaster:

Good Morning Early Edition,
I’m a life-long CBC Radio listener and frequent Early Edition listener.  During this morning’s program I couldn’t help but notice all of the hosts commenting that they don’t cycle.  Longtime listeners and cyclists such as myself will be familiar with Rick Cluff’s views towards cycling, but it was when Amy Bell mentioned feeling “skittish” that I got a great idea.  For years I’ve been wanting to take a Streetwise cycling course (https://bikehub.ca/civicrm/event/info?id=168&reset=1) to update my own skills and comfort level riding the streets of Vancouver. I’d like to invite the entire cast of the Early Edition to join me, my treat.  The next course is June 15th.  I think this could be a great opportunity for your team to improve their skills, the show’s understanding of cycling issues in Vancouver and it’s image in the eyes (and ears) of those of us who ride two-wheelers regularly.

Sincerely Yours,
Boyd Thomson


Boyd Thomson, Proprietor
The Wilder Snail Neighbourhood Grocery
799 Keefer St

April 16, 2013

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The Cost Of A Coffee
At The Wilder Snail I try to give customers a good value for their money.  In the past five years our coffee prices have only gone up once, and I fought to keep the price of our popular americanos under $3 (that’s AFTER tax).  Our coffee costs, dairy costs, labour, and rent have all risen and I’m forced to increase prices again, but not much, don’t worry.

I’d like to do it with some input from YOU, our customers.  I could just raise all the prices by $0.15 to $0.20, but with Earth Day coming up, there is another option I’m considering, charging $0.25 for disposable cups.

The City of Vancouver estimates that a THIRD of the volume of garbage in downtown trash cans is disposable coffee cups.  That’s a lot.  At the Snail, it’s probably a similar amount.

The disposable cups I purchase are biodegradable and they cost more than the non-degradable cups.  In fact, a cup, lid, and sleeve, cost about $0.25.

How would you, as a customer, feel about paying the cost of disposable cups when you take one to-go?

April 14, 2013

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We’re gearing up for summer and are currently seeking a responsible, friendly, and experienced barista.

Responsibilities include making lattes, handling cash, cleaning, stocking, and getting to know the neighbours.

Applicants must be passionate about local food and available weekends.

Food Safe required.

Start date will be end of April or early May
Resumes can be dropped off at the shop or emailed to hr at thewildersnail dot com

Preference will be given to candidates who qualify for the Get Youth Working Program http://www.getyouthworking.ca/youth-info/

Criteria for eligible youth is as follows:
1. Unemployed, 15 to 29 years of age

2. Not currently receiving or eligible for EI and have not received EI in the past 36 months or 60 months for a parental claim

3. Not a full-time student, enrolled in high school/post secondary or returning to school

4. Not a participant in another LMA-funded program

5. Resident of BC and legally entitled to work in Canada

February 13, 2013

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Emmanuelle has been baking up a vegan storm!  Over the weekend, she turned thisphoto

 

Into thisphoto2, photo3, and the final result, if you missed them on the weekend, looked like: photo4

 

Oh, and they’re vegan and gluten free too!

August 6, 2012

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The Wilder Snail is proud to announce the addition of a new section in the shop.  Our produce cooler is finally up and running and full of all kinds of healthy things.  We’ve got local veggies from SOLEfood, Nathan Creek Organic Farm, Temple Farm, and Fair Trade fruits thanks to Discovery Organics.  There’s fresh stuff arriving daily so stop by and check out the new offerings.  We’re also expanding the cafe menu to include organic salads made with local greens and love.

January 24, 2012

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Pedal Power
This month I’ve finally started work on a project I’ve wanted to see implemented for years. It’s an idea I had long before I had The Wilder Snail… Pedal powered workstations! Imagine walking into your favourite coffee shop and plugging in your laptop to an energy source fuelled by… yourself!

I pitched the idea last week at a Vancouver Design Nerds Open Jam. A group of us jammed on the idea and I got a lot of fantastic ideas on how to build it, how to make it safe, and how to make it even more fun than I’d ever imagined.

Stay tuned…