A potentially interesting new deli about to open on 1900 W. 1st called Ploger (with two little dots above the O).
It's diagonally across from The Smoking Dog in what arguably has been the worst produce store in Vancouver for the last few years. They've completely gutted the place and put some bucks into the reno.
The website is kind sketchy for now but they appear to have a long history and will be going heavy on all things German so it might be a neat addition to the area ( Thomas Haas will be one of their suppliers).
They were doing a reception there tonight as I walked by so they must be close. http://www.ploeger.de/FUTURE.html