Join Our Team
Baker/Kitchen Supervisor: This person is a self-starter, organized and methodical, and comfortable working solo in a small commercial kitchen (no flat top or deep fryer) to bake, and to prepare light meals. A typical shift is 6am to 2pm. Duties include preparation of our in-house baked goods (muffins, cookies, pull-aparts, etc.) as well as preparation and oversee fulfilment of breakfast and lunch items (breakfast sandwiches, paninis, soups and salads). This position could be either part time or full time. Must have or be willing to acquire FoodSafe certification. Experience with catering is an asset.
Barista/Sales Associate: This person is energetic and has an understanding of hospitality (greeting and serving guests), and is focused on providing an exceptional customer experience. As part of a shift team, they enjoy the social aspect of working with others with an ability to multitask. Familiarity with coffee prep and point of sale and retail experience is desirable but not essential. What's most important is a positive outlook and the desire to learn and perfect the art of beverage preparation and customer service. Part time or full time potential and flexible scheduling. Enjoy staff discounts, food and coffee perks, tip pooling and more. Typical shifts are opening (7:30am - 3:30pm), closing (10am - 6pm) or half-day (morning, mid-day or closing) shifts.
BBVE is a hybrid cafe, gift shop, art gallery and event venue. We are a local, independently-owned and operated business with no affiliation to any franchise or corporate entity. Our goal is to provide each of our guests with a consistently excellent customer experience. Simply stated, we want every guest to feel welcome and cared for from the moment a guest walks through our door to the moment they leave. This means making sure we're doing our best work all the time.
We live in the neighbourhood we serve, which means our guests are also our neighbours, our friends and our family. This special connection we share is what sets us apart from a franchise or corporately-owned business. We care deeply about this place and the people who live here: we are invested in our community.
We operate a safe and supportive workplace for our team members. Our guiding principles and codes of conduct are clearly laid out in our employee handbook. All staff participate in tip-sharing, which averages $4.50-$5 per hour in addition to the hourly wage which is based on experience. Aside from a flexible schedule, we also provide access to emergency mental health counselling with a registered third party counselling service. We offer a 75% discount on staff meals during working hours, a 25% discount on all merchandise and food & beverage purchased outside of working hours.
HOW TO APPLY:
Email (info at empourium dot ca), or bring your resume in person to the attention of the Manager. We look forward to meeting with you!
TESTIMONIALS FROM FORMER AND CURRENT TEAM MEMBERS:
“I love working at the Brentwood Bay Village Empourium because the owners are kind, caring and allow me to work a schedule that enables me to take care of my son. My co-workers are team players and make the job really fun. The customers are great too!”
“I worked at the BBVE for all of my high school years and I cannot say enough good things. The staff are friendly, hours are flexible and the bosses are accommodating. Overall a great first job experience which taught me skills to carry on into my next endeavour.”
"I worked at the Empourium for three years and I can honestly say that I loved every minute of it. John and Alice are great bosses, who will answer every question you have throughout your employment and make you feel welcomed as part of the team. My favourite part about working at the Empourium was how many amazing people I met in the community. I have made countless friends with my colleagues and customers. I can’t wait to come in for coffee all the time!"
"My time spent working at the BBVE has been extremely rewarding. It's a great environment to be in and there's an incredible group of people working there. And the muffins are delicious too, which is a big plus."
"BBVE was able to be flexible around my University schedule and accommodated the demands it brought. The staff consistently had a strong and positive group dynamic that made work really fun! Not only did I meet lovely customers and staff members, I made connections that have turned into strong friendships. BBVE is a fun and safe work environment that I highly recommend to anyone!"