Meet Lance Dettwiler
Lance Dettwiler’s early professional years were spent in business management, but he always had a desire to own his own business. Using the management skills he had developed, he started a local furniture store. Later he started a restaurant and also purchased a local coffee shop. He soon discovered he had a knack for coffee, and after re-envisioning the coffee shop, he re-vamped it into The Elephant’s Ear Coffee Shop & Fine Foods. Today you’ll find him spending much of his time there, along with his fabulous baristas and cooks (one of whom is his mom, who bakes many of the shop’s pies and cakes).
Lance has lived in Terrace since he was a child and has always appreciated the close-knit, family feel of the town. He knows many of its residents and always enjoys chatting with them when they stop by the coffee shop. In fact, the social aspect of his job is one of the things he likes best about it. Not only does it give him the opportunity to get to know Terrace locals, he also meets many visitors from all over the place. For Lance, it’s a great way to keep a pulse on what is happening in the community. “I often know what’s going on around town before it’s going on!” he says with a laugh.
Having been in various businesses for several years, Lance has seen many changes in the Terrace business community. While Terrace has seen its share of struggles, Lance is excited about Terrace’s population growth and an influx of new, younger business owners who are injecting fresh enthusiasm into the business scene. A growing awareness of the benefits of collaboration are also making a difference, says Lance. The formation of the Terrace Downtown Improvement Area group a few years ago was a positive step in the right direction, Lance notes. He also sees many residents, business owners and otherwise, regularly pitching in with their time to volunteer for community groups and to help others in need, something that he makes a priority within his own business, such as with the quarterly free public dinners he hosts for anyone who wants to participate.
Cozy. Inviting. Warm. Community-Invested.
The Elephant’s Ear offers a unique cafe food selection with distinctive ambiance, fresh daily menu items, live music and free art space. Dishes are cooked from scratch and incorporate as many local foods and ingredients as possible. Guests can enjoy a variety of breakfast and lunch items as well as decadent baked sweets and treats. Half of the items on the Elephant Ear’s menu are gluten-free. If it’s caffeine you need, stop in for a fresh coffee or specialty espresso beverage made from BC-roasted Kicking Horse Coffee. Guests will also find an ample retail area and deli with a diverse selection of fine foods and made-in-BC products, including jellies, cheeses and even produce (in season). The Elephant’s Ear Coffee Shop & Fine Foods features regular open mic nights and live entertainment by local and BC bands and performing artists. Guests can also view and purchase original artwork created by local artists. Featured works and artists rotate on a monthly basis.
The Elephant’s Ear Coffee Shop & Fine Foods is a member of the Terrace Downtown Improvement Area.
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