Shannon has inhabited the area in great style for about 8 years. She entertains the troops of thirsty locals at Caffé Barney. We caught up with her in between changing casks and slingin’ brunch to ask her a few questions about why she loves it here and where SHE likes to hang out.
Neighbourhood: I have lived in South Granville a couple of times. I moved to Main Street for a bit, but really do love South Granville's "feel".
How long have you lived here: In total about 8 years.
What is it about the neighborhood that inspires you the most: I enjoy the friendliness, the "everyone knows your name" feel (Small Town-sy).
Preferred method of transportation: I enjoy being able to walk everywhere. We are so close to downtown, Main Street, etc. My car barely moves.
Favorite neighbourhood joint: Caffé Barney of course is my favorite place!
Favorite place to shop in the neighbourhood: TNA, Spank and Shoppers. I have a weird love of buying way too many canned goods. (I am ready for the Apocalypse!)
What do you do: I am the General Manager of Caffé Barney.
How long have you been doing that: I have worked here for 15 years, been the GM for 5 1/2 years, was the Bar Manager before that. Now I manage it all (even you unruly customers, tee hee)!
Favorite drink: Extremely dirty gin martini, crisp gewürztraminer from the Okanagan and a cabernet in the winter.
Where to get it: Caffé Barney (THE spot to get all of the above!).
What are you currently reading: An "In Touch" magazine and the last novel from Maeve Binchy (Can't think of the name....sad, I know).
Favorite item of clothing: My Mavi Jeans, My "signature" Smoking Lily skirts.
Favorite fragrance: I have worn White Musk from the Body Shop since Grade 9 which was many, many, moons ago. But occasionally I switch it up with Hot Couture by Givenchy.
Favorite place(s) to vacation: Maui, Cabo, Okanagan (wine country), San Francisco.
Biggest influencers: My friend Elana, who struggled with breast cancer for 5 years. Sadly, she lost the battle...but watching her through the fight - so positive and unbreakably strong all the way to the end, inspires me every day to be kind, thankful for what I have and to remember that when life gets me down, to fight back.
24 Hours with: Justin Timberlake (don't judge me!), Elana (friend above). Is it wrong that I know more about who I WOULDN'T want to spend 24 hours with??