La Glace Artisanal Ice Cream Announces Opening Date
Vancouver’s ice cream renaissance gets sweeter with the opening of La Glace, the city’s most romantic ice cream parlour, on Friday, August 4, 2017. Born three years ago as a charming ice cream cart for pop-ups and special events, La Glace has evolved into an elegant ice cream parlour and salon de thé serving ice cream and pastries meticulously handcrafted in the French method. Its location at West 16th Avenue and Macdonald, where Kitsilano meets Point Grey and Arbutus Ridge, establishes it as a prime spot for decadent indulgence on Vancouver’s West Side. La Glace dishes up sorbet along with dairy and vegan ice cream in cups and cones, as well as parfaits topped with seasonal local fruit and house-made marshmallows and meringues. Delightful pastry pairings will include regularly rotating flavours of cookies, macarons, and profiteroles.
Pastry chef Mark Tagulao, founder and culinary director of La Glace, has been scooping his handmade ice cream at some of the city’s most celebrated events since 2014, including Crème de la Crème, Holt Renfrew, Williams-Sonoma, The Granville Social, and TED Talks. In search of the perfect spot to call home, he serendipitously found his niche at 2785 West 16th Avenue.
“My goal has always been to put down roots at a forever home in Vancouver,” says Tagulao. “La Glace hasn’t even opened yet, and the neighbourhood has already embraced us. I’m wholeheartedly devoted to creating a sentimental gathering place for this community.”
‘All things are better when shared with someone cherished’ is La Glace’s guiding philosophy. This sentiment is at the core of every detail of the brand, packaging, signage, furniture, and interior finishings designed by Arithmetic. The art direction was rooted in a fascination with the transitional time between Art Nouveau and Art Deco wherein flowing curvatures migrated to geometric poetry. Bridging these two distinct styles alongside one another in art history’s timeline, La Glace embodies a marriage of these two illustrious periods, taking guests on a romantic aesthetic journey while triggering pleasant memories. Elements such as brass, marble, a curved bar and, most of all, the colour mint all evoke this nostalgic notion. The custom banquette and hand-painted gold-leafed mural integrating Chinoiserie elements with the La Glace mascots—a pair of peacocks—add a unique Paris-inspired elegance to this space.
Starting August 4, 2017, La Glace Ice Cream will serve up sweet treats at their inaugural brick-and-mortar location Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.