Chocolate Shop Cafe

CVA 99-3476 - The Chocolate Shop Cafe [Exterior, 160 West Hastings Street], 192-?  S Thomson photo.

CVA 99-3476 – The Chocolate Shop Cafe [Exterior, 160 West Hastings Street], 192-? S Thomson photo.

The building in which the Chocolate Shop Cafe once was housed has plainly been replaced since the 1920s. The toughies glaring out the window of the second story of the building might have given Stuart Thomson pause!

Note: The sign atop the structure seems most likely to refer to the “Grand Army of United Veterans”. This was one of a number of veterans groups that formed following the Great War. The GAUV formed a soldiers’ political party in the 1920 BC provincial election. “Under the leadership of Ex-Sergeant Harry Flynn in Toronto, the League demanded a $2,000 gratuity for soldiers who had been to the front, and lesser amounts for other veterans. The United Veterans began its Vancouver organization in November 1919 led by President Jimmy Robinson… with Comrade Carrol… as secretary. The RNWMP feared that they might draw support…from the radical section of the union movement.”  (Elizabeth Ann Lees, Problems of Pacification: Veterans’ Groups in Vancouver, 1919-1922. M.A. Thesis, SFU, 1985, pp 83-84).

160+ W Hastings (near Cambie). 2015. Author's photo.

160+ W Hastings (near Cambie). 2015. Author’s photo.

CVA 99-3475 - The Chocolate Shop Cafe [Interior with staff, 160 West Hastings Street], 192-?, Stuart Thomson photo.

CVA 99-3475 – The Chocolate Shop Cafe [Interior with staff, 160 West Hastings Street], 192-?, Stuart Thomson photo.

The interior of the cafe looks to me like a classier version of the Ovaltine Cafe (near the NE corner of Hastings and Main). The principal feature that reminds me of the Ovaltine are the wooden booths!

Inside The Ovaltine (Hastings near Main Street). All of the wooden booths have a (mainly chipped), charming mirror. 2014. Author's photo.

Inside The Ovaltine (Hastings near Main Street). All of the wooden booths have a (mainly chipped), charming mirror. 2014. Author’s photo.

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