This week’s midweek mugging recipient is Charlie Huntley, co-owner of the Glitter Bean Café.
Works by local artists accent the brightly-coloured walls of the spacious café, located at 5896 Spring Garden Rd. Along with the coffee and baked goods you’d expect to find in your local cafe, Glitter Bean provides a welcoming place for the city’s queer community.
“The majority of us are queer, and we know personally that queer space is lacking in Halifax,” Huntley said. “So to have more options for queer people to socialize, to organize and to celebrate in is really important, and really important to us.”
Opening Glitter Bean was always a dream for its nine owners, who previously worked together as Smiling Goat employees and now form a worker-owned co-op.
“It’s something that we’ve talked about for years, mostly as a joke,” Huntley said. “The day after [Smiling Goat] was shut down ... we got together and talked about whether or not we wanted to do this together and everybody was in, so it just made sense.”
Glitter Bean brings its own creative spark to the usual café fare — such as edible glitter and rainbow-coloured latte art.
One of the most popular drinks on the menu is the fairy latte, Huntley said.
“It’s rooibos tea with rose and vanilla syrup, and steamed milk with rainbow food colouring ... it makes it really pretty and fun, and the customers are really excited about it,” they said. “It’s just nice to make something that makes somebody else happy, and gives them joy.”
The café also offers events such as a speaker series and music, with future plans to provide a closed conversation space for the black, Indigenous and people of colour community.
Huntley said one of their favourite things about being part of Glitter Bean is providing a community space where all people can come together.
“The space is open to everyone, but we’re happy to provide a space that serves under-served communities,” they said.
Glitter Bean is hosting its hard opening on Aug. 11 with a concert starting at 6 p.m.