Sunday December 19, 2010


Feature Story

Java's Up...Dude!

Waves makes big splash at Garrison Crossing

Staff/Photos by Cathy Empey Photography used with permission

Revised Dec 20.



here's a new cup on the block to get amped over. The Waves Coffee House tsunami hit Garrison Crossing last Saturday with a whoosh opening it's doors to a flood of Sardis coffee lovers. The event had lots of panache with a ribbon-cutting, live music, free coffee, balloons and a little nook for kids to create some Christmas magic.


Waves is Garrison's newest, hippest and coolest coffee shop with franchises that ebb and flow throughout the Lower Mainland, including on ritzy Robson Strauss in Vancouver. 


Mayor Sharon Gaetz dropped in for the ceremony and appeared to be having as much fun cutting the humble Waves ribbon as she did this past year cutting ribbons wrapped around mega-million-dollar projects such as the Evans Rd. Overpass, Cheam Centre and Cultural Centre, to name a few.


"As anyone who knows me will attest, I am fussy about my brew. It needs to be hot and strong but not bitter and it needs to be freshly brewed. I was not disappointed. It was delicious. I can hardly wait to try a skinny latte," said Gaetz.

Mayor Gaetz cuts ribbon to Waves Saturday.


Professional photographer Cathy Empey, caught a few moments and has shared those with the Voice. Empey moved to Chilliwack last June and needed a coffee shop close by where she and her husband could get their java jolt on a regular basis.

"Waves is super nice. The coffee is awesome and the service is wonderful. I especially like their lattes," said Empey. "Sherif has a lot to offer Chilliwack".


Empey moved to Chilliwack last June and is definitely in "love" with the city. "I am discovering Chilliwack and all the beauty around here."


Mike Hellinger, News Director for 98.3 Starfm, was on the right wavelength Saturday, who along with his family, were checking the vibes in the new shop at 45560 Market Way.


"Waves is a beautiful coffee shop," he said in an e-mail to the Voice. "My pumpkin spice latte was very good."


For a news director living in Sardis who is always on the fly, sometimes its good to take a break and Waves is convenient and offers a small-town-friendly feel.


"It's a great place to go grab a coffee and bite, there are comfortable seats, a fireplace, and even a spot for some acoustic entertainment. The thing I liked best about it was the location. Garrison Village is one fine development."


Whether you're riding the big gnarly one, or just cuttin' a few curls, be sure to surf into Waves and hang ten with friends.


See more photos below.


About Garrison Crossing Waves

Waves is proud to be a part of this beautiful, sustainable and pedestrian-friendly community. Our gorgeous, free standing building is surrounded by plenty of parking for your convenience and is a perfect place to kick back with a Waves Belgian Hot Chocolate after a stroll around the village. Enjoy free wireless internet, an abundance of seating and our delicious assortment of wraps, Panini, and pastries. Hours are from 6AM - 11PM Monday to Friday and 7am - 11pm Saturday, Sunday & Holidays.


For more information visit their website:  or e-mail here  or call them at 604-824-9283


About Cathy Empey Photography

Although most would know her as the smiling face behind the camera, Cathy is proudest of her role of a Mom to her six growing children. Based in Chilliwack, BC, she is an excellent juggler of both home and her growing boudoir photography business, as well as a defiant decorator with a love of white, despite 12 hands that constantly need cleaning.


For more information visit:  or e-mail here for services and rates.