Bean Around Books
By YP Contributor

Creating a Community Hub

Bean Around Books & Tea is about much more than its eclectic library of used books and wide assortment of tea and coffees. Dan Ruimy opened up his dream café in 2011 after spending years travelling around the world for his corporate job. "I spent my life living out of hotels and suitcases," he recalls. "It was time to settle down and see if I could get attached to a community."

As it turned out, Dan did more than attach himself to a community. He created a place where the people of Maple Ridge can come together and, according to Dan, share conversations about everything from "politics to zombies, and back to politics."

What I love about my shop is that you can have conversations with strangers and people jump in because it’s a very small cozy environment. - Dan Ruimy, owner
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Coffee Beans, Tea Leaves and Used Books

Part cafe, part bookstore, Dan describes Bean Around Books & Tea as a multipurpose community space: "It's kind of like three separate businesses," he explains. "We're a used-book store; we're a tea shop; and we're a coffee shop." What Dan couldn't have predicted when he first opened the store was how well those elements would come together: "we're just a small little shop and the model all together works really well in that it brings people together in the community. People like to come in and talk to other people."

It's no coincidence that Dan has now learned to appreciate community in his everyday life. His years of travelling abroad revealed countless lost opportunities for people to come together and enrich their lives with conversation. "I used to spend my days sitting in other coffee shops, doing my work and my projects that I was working on, and it amazed me that I'd be there for six hours and nobody would talk to anybody," he recalls. "What I love about my shop is that you can have conversations with strangers and people jump in because it’s a very small cozy environment. It's the way that people are able to get along. When you include people, the community is better for it"

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Where Everybody Knows Your Name

Dan and his team are always looking to encourage that sense of community, but it often seems to drive itself. "A lot of my regulars really feel like they're a part of it, and they're helping the business to grow. You know the song from Cheers — everyone wants to go to a place where everybody knows their name — that’s kind of what we do."

From weekly game nights to creative writing clubs to simply connecting over a cup of coffee and a good paperback, Bean Around Books & Tea offers a variety of opportunities for anyone to become a part of the Maple Ridge community, just like Dan did.

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