After nearly ten years in Greater Vancouver’s coffee industry, Patrick and Lisa Beecroft opened Caffé Divano’s first location in 2008. The duo’s vision for their Port Moody café was to offer the neighbourhood a place where members of the community could feel at home, and be proud of the spot where they “do life” together. Soon after, the Beecrofts opened a location in Burnaby Heights and, at the same time, rebranded Patrick’s first venture (originally Cornerstone Café) into Caffé Divano’s Coquitlam location in 2013.
In 2016 the Beecroft’s launched their next venture, Gabi & Jules Handmade Pies & Baked Goodness. Initially selling pies at the Coquitlam Farmers Market it became clear there was a demand for great, all butter pies in the Tri-Cities. They found a great spot along Clarke Street in Port Moody to establish a brick and mortar bakery which opened in 2017. The bakery now supplies the Divano cafes with all of their baked goods and is a go-to spot for sweet and savoury pies as well as treats and coffee. Gabi & Jules was names after the Beecroft’s daughters and their eldest daughter Juliana has autism. This motivated the Beecroft’s to bake in inclusion into the bakery where they employ many individuals with autism.
One of the favourite parts of running the cafes for the Beecroft’s has been the many connections they have made with customers (many who have become dear friends) and seeing the connections made between customers. All the Divano’s have been established as neighbourhood spots where people can connect with others and be remembered and known as regulars.
But, of course, it takes more than just a family to keep all these locations running and it’s thanks to a wonderful, diverse team at each location that are as committed to quality and make connections as the owners.