A peek behind the papered windows at 2116 Gottingen Street reveals reclaimed wood, walls slathered in clay-based paint, letterpress table tops and curtained-off floor seating with bright jewel-toned cushions. They’re just a few of the details that’ll make the rustic-looking The Nook on Gottingen a cozy place to chill out. Mark Pavlovski and Katie Roux call it their baby, a project they’ve planned for about a year and have been building since the spring. Conveniently, it's a four minute walk from their home.
"It was important for us to build something from scratch, something where you can say every choice was yours," says Pavlovski, PhD student at Dalhousie. Set to open later this fall, The Nook is a cafe with a lounge license, somewhere for friends to share good coffee, to study over a pint of Propeller or to snack on tapas and baked goods. "We're trying to create a place where you can just go and relax. It can be your everyday hangout if you want it to,” says Pavlovski. “We’re just basically creating a place where we could go everyday,” adds Roux, a NSCAD grad who's heart's in the kitchen.
The pair designed the space (formerly the stark-white ECMA home base) themselves, aiming offer a quiet, casual meeting place that’ll serve liquor and quality (fair trade, organic, locally-roasted) coffee, a menu of small foods, and will be open late on the weekends. They also have plans of having a rotating collection of local art on the walls, hosting dance events (Pavlovski's a member of the Dal Swing Dance Society) and eventually, featuring live entertainment. “We really just kind of put everything we like personally together,” says Roux of the design and concept for The Nook. While inspiration stemmed from places they'd visited in Amsterdam, Iceland and Toronto, for these two northenders it was really all about giving their neighbours a place to enjoy.
"We know this neighbourhood, we the people who live here, and we like them," says Pavlovski. "We wanted to contribute."
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