Orange Julius – Dairy Queen

Dairy Queen has been serving up frozen treats, flame-grilled hamburgers and french fries for more than 70 years. The founders developed the foundation of the franchising industry which expanded their stores exponentially. From 1947 to 1955 they grew from 100 to 2,600 with the first Canadian location opening in 1953. In the late 80’s International Dairy Queen obtained the Orange Julius company that makes delicious fruit juices and smoothies. The mix of undeniable products and smart business model was a recipe for success!

Dave Vaillancourt of Speedi Gourmet Ltd. owns and manages multiple Orange Julius – Dairy Queen stores, the majority of which located in shopping malls here in BC. Janks Design Group has been working with him to create a revived fresh look. New materials, creative LED lighting and an achromatic colour base were introduced to brighten and deliver a clean look and feel. The addition of colour in graphic designed glass, new digital menu boards and fresh fruit displays brings the products to the forefront which aids in the promotion of sales. Other OJ – DQ franchisees are now looking to inject the new design concept into other Canadian locations.

Oakridge Mall – Before & After

Read Dave’s words about working with JDG….

Our Speedi Gourmet

Team has been collaborating with Ruth and the Janks Design Team for the last 3 years on our Orange Julius – Dairy Queen projects here in the Vancouver Shopping Malls such as Metropolis, Oakridge, Park Royal South, Lougheed Town Centre with upcoming projects at Coquitlam Town Centre and Pacific Centre. Janks team also took on a project to work on a “parklet” for one of our stores that is still in process but is being received well by the City of Vancouver and the Community of Kerrisdale.

The team at Janks has been very easy to work with and seems quite comfortable with any design task assigned.

The designs that we developed with Janks at Metropolis were an evolution on the “vivid’ base design from DQ’s standard design. Orange Julius – Dairy Queen North American stores newer design elements are about to be incorporated into some of the new builds in Orange Julius – Dairy Queen Canadian shopping malls.

We feel that our stores have been elevated in their overall image attaining the goals of bright, clean, modernized and colourful.


Metropolis at Metrotown – Before & After

Wholesome ice cream in Vancouver

What to do when you’re looking for a career change? Make ice cream with a friend of course! When noticing an absence in Vancouver of locally made ice cream, Ben Ernst and Erica Bernardi were inspired to work on a business plan and flavours galore -Earnest Ice Cream was born!

Using seasonal ingredients allows them to make small batches that rotate throughout the year. Unique to them is packing and selling pints in returnable and reusable glass jars which promotes a zero waste company. At first, they sold their hand-crafted ice cream at farmers’ markets and by pedaling it around from their tricycle ice chest. Since starting their venture in 2012, they now have 2 scoop shop locations, a scoop truck, pints are sold at retailers and spawned many addictions.

The newest space on Quebec Street is in an old heritage building with exposed brick walls and post and beam structure. The combination of sustainable materials, custom lighting and large windows creates an inviting space that is rustic and fresh. To learn more about the conceptual design and the end result, please click on the link below to a write up on Retail Design Blog.

Earnest Ice Cream store by Janks Design Group, Vancouver – Canada

Earnest Ice Cream I 1829 Quebec St. I Vancouver, BC

SpinHouse Cycling Studio – Let’s do this!

Indoor cycling isn’t new to the fitness world but the model has been revived and amped up in recent years. Now the spin experience is like no other and will knock you senseless. You’ll be intensely panting and sweating in a compact room with fellow spinners in a full body synchronized rhythm. Their vibe along with the instructors’ motivation will push you through the hour-long class. By the end, you’ll be amazed how hard you’ve worked and what your mind and body can accomplish.

Vancouver and the Lower Mainland have caught the spin fever with a surplus of studios popping up, many of which have a cult-like following. The newest to open its doors is SpinHouse Cycling Studio at a commercial/retail strip mall, located in south Surrey. Janks Design Group worked with the owners to design a spacious fully stocked facility with an electrifying spin room. The interior is modern, pristine and highly functional including large change rooms, shower facilities, lockers, stretch area and even a childminding room. The state of the art spin room is candle lit and clad in black with inspirational text and rubber flooring. Once you’re set up, feet clipped in and the door is closed, anticipation takes over and rightfully so. Get ready to steadily climb to your maximum capacity. The energetic instructor talks you through the burn while they orchestrate the pulsating beats and 1000 LED bulbs dancing above your head. It’s a party on a bike that will tone your entire body!

For that one hour, fully release all your stresses, burn a ridiculous number of calories and connect with others next to you. Post-workout, catch your breath and refuel at the Recharge Juice Bar with cold-pressed juices and fresh smoothies. Leave feeling utterly charged to take on what may come!

Check out their video to get you pumped up! Ride On!!

Find out more about this amazing concept at

SpinHouse Cycling Studio
16041 24 Ave, Unit 10
Surrey, BC V3Z9H7
604 560-5555