Third Space Cafe is located at 1708 Dolphin Ave, Kelowna, B.C. (Contributed)

Kelowna Cafe delivers over 800 free lattes and donuts to frontline workers

Third Space Cafe is a social-profit cafe that pours proceeds into the community and Third Space Life Charity

A Kelowna Cafe has been giving back to the community while showing their appreciation for frontline workers during COVID-19.

Social-profit cafe, Third Space Cafe, gave free beverages and donuts to hospital workers, local essential services and community members by engaging their social media following. The cafe donated proceeds from donuts sold to local charities, including over $1,000 worth of food to the Central Okanagan Food Bank.

With businesses slowly returning to somewhat normal operations this week, Third Space Cafe looks back on what has been one of its busiest seasons since opening, despite the challenges of a global pandemic.

“From the beginning our cafe’s mandate has always been to be a place of refuge for our community – a place where you can go when you need a break from home and work; a place to feel like you’re not alone – a ‘third’ space,” said Operations Manager, Lonni Van Diest.

“We didn’t want to change that goal just because everyone was in isolation, so we were determined to figure out a way to safely innovate and create that community despite having a skeleton crew and many limitations.”

READ MORE: UPDATED: Snowbirds’ scheduled Sunday Okanagan flypast cancelled by weather

While Third Space Cafe has limited its services to curb-side pickup and takeaway, the cafe launched an online store overnight and took to social media to announce daily giveaways to Hospital Staff, Long Term Health Aids, Child Care Workers, Grocery Store Employees, First Responders and other Healthcare Workers.

“Third Space is a cafe that was created around the idea of people connecting and coming together for the common good,” said Mikro Creative Marketing Director, Greg Sebell. “

“We had to figure out a way to make that magic happen online instead. We ran contests daily and gave away donuts and drinks. We challenged followers to tag friends they wished they could share a donut with, or tell us about their favourite essential businesses in the community – then we’d surprise those nominated businesses with free coffee and donuts. It was so fun to watch the community really team together online and help us give back.”

Third Space Cafe will resume normal hours on Tuesday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

To place an order, visit ThirdSpaceCafe.online, or text (250) 470-7188.

READ MORE: B.C. restaurants can host dine-in guests next week, but what will that look like?


Daniel Taylor
Reporter, Kelowna Capital News
Email me at daniel.taylor@kelownacapnews.com
Follow me on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

WorkSafe BC conducted 70 inspections in the Okanagan amid B.C.’s reopening plan

WorkSafe BC has conducted 100 inspections at restaurants across the province since May 19

EDITORIAL: Revisiting alcohol consumption

A proposal to allow alcohol consumption in some public spaces in Penticton deserves consideration

Chute Lake Lodge opens June 1, offering glamping, yurt, and ebike rentals

Escape into the wilderness and #lovelocalpenticton when Chute Lake Lodge reopens for the season

Summerland businesses optimistic as reopening begins

Businesses make plans for restructuring as COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed

Okanagan Skaha School District to reopen playgrounds

Facilities will reopen to the public on June 1

Vancouver Island bride held wedding in seniors home so dying stepdad could walk her down aisle

Ceremony held amidst pandemic in order to fulfill bride’s wish to have stepdad give her away

Yukon ready to lift COVID travel restrictions with B.C. in July: premier

Premier Sandy Silver says the territory’s health-care system can cope with the virus.

‘It is dire:’ Study finds B.C. logging continues on critical caribou habitat

The federal Species At Risk Act requires provinces to identify critical habitat for caribou herds

Grieving together, but apart: How funeral homes are handling the pandemic

‘Hugs are so important and right now hugs can’t happen’

Parts of the TCT through Princeton will open to motorized vehicles Monday

Parts of the KVR trail through Princeton will open for motorized vehicles… Continue reading

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

North Okanagan farmers’ markets excited to welcome artisans back amid COVID-19

Provincial health officer announced non-food items to return to markets this weekend

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

Most Read