People unfamiliar with Mark IV Brothers cafe and variety shop in Orillia are missing out.
The decor is unusual, to say the least. You will find bikes, skateboards, turntables, records, bike helmets, gear for fixing your bikes, neon signs, instruments, and more bike. “It’s a reflection of myself,” says owner James Kim. He’s operated inside the old variety store on Nottawasaga Street for 2.5 years now. Kim proudly shows off the bike he rode from Toronto, which is on display.
He has a motorbike inside the shop as well. The walls are lined with art, inspiration and old records from his time as a DJ in Toronto.
Most locals know the cafe as ‘the old variety store’ and Kim celebrates that. “I have a picture from the 1970’s of the old store hanging here and this one elderly customer comes in all the time to reminisce and buy candy…it’s pretty cool.” Kim actually still has a selection of chocolate bars and candy at the counter.
Ashley is a regular and says it’s by far the best coffee around. She recommends the butter coffee.
Kim says they specialize in the pour over method. “We have a variety of coffee beans from different regions of the world.”
“My favorite coffee spot, we always stop on our way to Muskoka. Amazing service from staff and the atmosphere is chill…”Posted by Natalie Thompson
“Perfect little hideaway with fantastic coffee! Wonderful laid back atmosphere and very nice staff. I would highly recommend this place!!.” Posted by Angela Crosbie Black
“A hidden little gem to bring your friends or simply relax. Love the great customer service, coffee and tea lattes are simply Devine. The atmosphere is so relaxed and inviting. Love it there.” Posted by Cheryl Udell