Located in the heart of downtown Guelph, the Red Brick Cafe offers specialty coffee, craft beer, and live music.
The story of the red brick cafe
In 2004, Shelley Krieger discovered a derelict heritage building tucked away on a small side street, a little off the beaten path of downtown Guelph. Over the two years that followed, she repaired the dilapidated Savage building (8 Douglas), and observed the energy of the local foot traffic, all the while envisioning something more than the solitary building, something more than even a place to grab a coffee or a great meal. Shelley was envisioning the Red Brick Café – a place of warmth and charm that would draw in a diverse variety of people, a place where local art could hang on the walls and local musicians would shape the atmosphere with rich acoustic sounds. Shelley was envisioning a place to host community events, a meeting place, a quiet workspace, and a place to be inspired.
In 2006, the Red Brick Café opened its doors to the public, and Shelley’s vision began to take form. The café started as a modest coffee shop but never stopped evolving into the thriving sanctuary that Shelley had envisioned. Over more than a decade, the café continued to grow and change, becoming a Guelph landmark. Under Shelley’s egalitarian leadership, the café has been a home to hundreds of regular customers and young workers, and a place where people could grow and change along with the café. Those that work for the café consider themselves part of the Red Brick family, and often come back to visit their old home long after moving on to later chapters in their lives. By the same token, the Red Brick Café has always done its part to support the Guelph community at large, regularly sponsoring events like Kazoo Fest, the Comedy Festival, Jazz Fest, Film Fest, and the Guelph Music Festival.
Over the lifetime of the café, Shelley’s vision has truly come to life. Thousands of customers have passed through the café’s doors, and over 100 local artists have been featured on the café’s walls. The café’s modest stage has lit up the whole building with the sound of local musicians from Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra to Grand Analog, and the café has been home to countless community events. So please, join us at the café and see it for yourself. It’s customers like you that will help shape the story of the Red Brick Café in the years to come.
Where to Find Us
8 Douglas Street,
Guelph, ON N1H 2S9
almond milk and soy milk available at no extra charge
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Shelley B Krieger: Owner
My name is Shelley but I often go by my middle name, Bella. I’m the founder and owner of Red Brick! I have two favourite parts of my job: the awesome privilege of hiring people that become part of our Red Brick family, and knowing I've made someone's day just a bit better with a warm interaction, a delicious cappuccino or a fresh baked treat. When I’m not working, I’m either practicing yoga at Octopus Garden in Toronto, dancing, or studying therapeutic counseling in a four year program. If you see me at the café, say hello!
Aron Murch: Marketing & Events
My name is Aron. I’m the Marketing and Events Manager for Red Brick. I’ve been working in advertising for over a decade and I’m excited to bring my skill and experience to the café. My favourite part of working here is getting to be a part of a Guelph landmark. When I’m not working at the cafe, I can be found attending ska shows or drawing on my tablet. Contact me for collaborations, private events, and public functions.
Alanna Dakin: Café Manager
My name is Alanna. I’m a seasoned veteran at Red Brick, working here since 2012, and bringing over a decade of experience. My favourite part of working here as the Café Manager is leading the talented and friendly team that make up our Red Brick family... and drinking far too much espresso! When I’m not at the Red Brick, you can find me reading a book or attending the theater. Contact me for general cafe inquiries and supplier communications.
My name is Brock and I’m a lead barista at Red Brick. My favourite part of working here is forming new friendships with the diverse citizens of downtown Guelph. When I’m not at the café , you can find me at a local show, either in the audience or on stage with my band, Habit.
I’m a born and raised Guelphite and very happy to be living in Guelph after spending the last 6 years living in Banff and Thunder Bay. I’m also excited to have one more Guelph summer before heading to the University of British Columbia in the fall for my masters in environmental science! When I’m not slinging espresso at the café, you can find me mountain biking on the local trails. Hope to see you at the cafe soon!
My name is Miranda, and I am one of the lead baristas at Red Brick! It is such a pleasure to work at one of Guelph’s mosty famous cafés! My favourite part about being on the Red Brick team is connecting with all the incredible Guelphites who help make the café feel like home. When I’m not working at Red Brick, I am most likely drinking coffee and hanging out with my dog. If you ever see me at the café, be sure to say hello!
Want to join our team?
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The Red Brick Café on Douglas opened in October 2006. Since then, we’ve hosted over 100 art shows. With over 500 customers per day, exposure is high and many art enthusiasts come regularly. Red Brick has developed a reputation for showcasing high quality art and competition for shows is robust. The café was designed specifically as a gallery and the space is ideal for exhibitions.
“Showing my prints at Red Brick proved to be more lucrative than most gallery shows. The beautiful and extremely comfortable aesthetic allowed the many patrons of the cafe to really picture my art hanging in their own homes.” – Michelle Purchase
“I had my work at the Redbrick last spring and it was a pleasure to work with Shelley and to get some great Guelph exposure in her hopping cafe. The unique architecture shows paintings of all kinds very well, with the high ceilings, wood and niches complimenting a variety of work.” – Laurie Skantzos
“For sheer foot traffic of art lovers but not necessarily the usual gallery-goers, a staff and owner who put the artist at the centre, and a beautiful venue in the downtown, the Red Brick can’t be beat. Not just in Guelph but in the entire surrounding area. I showed at the Red Brick two years ago and I’m still getting people around my studio who saw me there first. My experience was amazing all around.” – Ivano Stocco
Lisa Filion, Agatha Fast, Andrea Bird, Kevin Ghiglione, Phil Irish, Michelle Leblanc, Gordon Leverton, Ryan Price, Michelle Purchase, Tammy Ratcliff, Don Russell, Laurie Skantzos, Ivano Stocco, Julia Veenstra, Tanya Zaryski, Gillian Wilson, Rachel Albano, Guelph Boarding House, Wolf Kohler, KIAM, Rea Kelly, Kerry Ross, Juliet Promnitz, Karin Silverstone
Want to display your artwork with us?
Come out on Friday to enjoy live music.
Past musicians include:
The Split, Gary Cain Band, Bronwen Olson, Eclectic Vinyl Orchestra, Mark Crissinger, The Lifers, Mountain of Wolves, Jaron Freeman Fox, Raine Hamilton, Vienna D’Amato Hall, Alex Mason, Dan Walsh, Erin Kay & Ken Stead, Roger Roger, Hot Jaws Quartet, Annie Sumi, Darling Cora, Oxford Blue, Christina Martin, Nick Johnston, Cuff the Duke, The Medicine Hat, Drew Rouse, Tear Away, Tusa, Jordan Faye, Sarah Felker, Jenie Thai, The Royal Streets, Andy Griffiths …And more!
Want to play on our stage?
Private Event Bookings
Wedding Receptions | Engagement Parties | Staff Parties | AGMs | Product Launches
Experience Event Bookings the Red Brick Way:
When you book with us, planning is simple. Everything you need to know to book your event or function is laid out in out Event Booking Guide. That means there’s no need to hunt down outside catering, and no need for a lengthy negotiating process. When you book with the Red Brick Cafe, we make things simple and cut out the hidden fees and hassles. We set up and tear down so everything’s ready to go when you arrive and you won’t find yourself cleaning an event hall on your wedding night. Some of the things you don’t have to worry about when you book with us include SOCAN and Re:Sound fees, applying for and paying for a Special Occasion Permit, sourcing and paying for table and chair rentals, and more.