Pulp Fiction is a Kelowna haven of vintage art, delightful murder mysteries, talented baristas and a friendly old poodle. I couldn’t ask for more.
This coffee shop was one of the first places I discovered when I moved to Kelowna. And if you’re wondering around downtown as I often did, it’s hard not to notice it with outdoor classic jazz playing and lovely vintage posters on the roof. It just begs you to step inside and smell that comforting smell of old books and good coffee.
So I did. And since it’s become one of my favorite comfy coffee shops to enjoy a flat white, wonder around and get inspired or just plug in my computer and work.
Most of you may recognize the title Pulp Fiction from the 1994 Quentin Tarantino Movie with Uma Thurman and John Travolta but that term has an older meaning. Pulp magazines were cheap fiction publications popular during the first half of the 20th century. The term pulp comes from the magazines cheap wood pulp paper. By printing on this paper, publishers were able to sell each issue (with several fiction stories) for around 10 cents a copy. The price and the fact that TV wasn’t widely available all contributed towards pulp fiction’s popularity. The alluring genre full of pretty women, valent heroes and mysterious villains held such writers as Agatha Christi and Jules Vern.
I can understand how someone could get swept away with the romantic notion of collecting these beautifully illustrated books. And I guess the owner of the store, Max Sloan, felt the same way when he first started collecting them in his 20s.
When Max moved to Kelowna, he knew a small population would not support a niche book store alone. That’s when he birthed the idea to combine his love of good coffee with his love of vintage books and the result became one of Kelowna’s most unique hang outs. In addition to Parallel 49 coffee and Pulp Fiction’s own roasted beans, he displays and sells one of the largest collections of pulp fiction magazines, novels, artwork and book ends.
So the next afternoon you feel particularly inclined, drop in for a latte, smell the books, take a tour and don’t forget to pat the resident poodle.
Pulp Fiction Coffee House in downtown Kelowna on the corner of Pandosy and Lawrence, open at 7am and 8am on the weekends. Visit their site for more info.