Coffee stops along the Trans-Canada Highway in Headingley are more than just resting places.
For some locals, the white ceramic cups are staples of family and personal traditions.
George Cooke has been going to the Headingley Husky Travel Centre since 1965. He can be seen with a cup of coffee, a loonie and a lottery ticket almost every day.
"I always come to Husky, this is my coffee shop; this is where I go. I do what I please in here, I go and get my own coffee; they don’t serve me."
Paul Marciniw, owner of Headingley Husky Travel Centre, says his shop uses Sunrise coffee supplied by Sysco. A bottomless cup of medium roast bottomless costs $2.29 plus tax. He says they go through 20 pots of coffee on average a day.
Cooke knows his Husky coffee and only likes coffee made in a pot.
"In a pot you can look and see how fresh it is."
Ambily Manoj is the owner of The Roadhouse Eatery where bottomless coffee is $1.90 before tax. She uses Citavo medium roast coffee, also supplied by Sysco.
"On a weekend day like today, before noon, I’ve already made about 20 pots of coffee."
Coffee is the most popular drink The Roadhouse Eatery serves and it’s the only one of the three roadside restaurants to offer lattes, cappuccinos, and espressos.
Ed Meyer regularly comes to The Roadhouse Eatery with his children and grandchildren.
"The kids just love coming here; it’s their first choice always," he says. "The atmosphere is nice, the staff are great, it has good food, and good, flavourful coffee."
Raymond Tan is the manager of Denny’s in the Flying J Travel Plaza, where a bottomless coffee is $2.69 plus tax. The coffee is a franchise brand and Denny’s offers bold and mild roasts.
"Pot-wise we go through about 600 pots of coffee a week," he says.
Sisters Cathy Larsen and Anne Cavers, along with their mother Dorothy Phillips, are regulars at Denny’s.
"Every Saturday, like clockwork, we come here for lunch," Larsen says. "The staff treat us like family. Each time I come here they make me a fresh pot of coffee."
The trio is sometimes joined by other family members.
"Every Saturday it can be a different bunch because I have three children who come with their boyfriends and girlfriends, too. Sometimes it’s a big bunch, sometimes it’s just us," Cavers says.
Even though the ladies come to Denny’s for tradition and talking, they love their coffee.
"This is my third cup, it’s delicious," laughs Phillips lifting her coffee glass.
Amber McGuckin is a community
correspondent for Headingley.