It is hard not to stop short when you walk by the Nestor's Coffee bar in Vancouver's Arbutus Mall. Some people might do so when they smell the java, or see the Nestor's sign that tells them the business was established in 1929. That makes it the second oldest coffee shop in Vancouver, behind the much more famous Murchie's. There was a time when four Nestor's shops dotted the city, but now there is just one left. But most people would not stop to reflect on how this business got overtaken by big franchise operations.
No, what makes them stop is the owner, who sits quietly painting a portrait while waiting for customers to arrive. He's being doing it for years - and his abilities grow whenever his business gets slow. Coffee Studio