main st

a blog with drawings of interesting businesses and places on Main Street, Winnipeg.

Month: April, 2013

1791 Main St. Newbridge Toy Shop

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Welcome to the neighbourhood, new little toy shop! I wish you all the luck in the world. May you thrive and prosper.

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Circus Sam the Balancing Man comes from the Newbridge Toy Shop. He’s very good at balancing and has a face that guarantees a smile.


1170 Main St. Blackletter Books


I remember having my cards read at Blackletter Books a number of years ago, and the reading was freakily accurate. Reassuring, actually. I felt understood. And now, years later, when I wanted to go back, it was closed. I stood on the sidewalk with my camera and memories and a woman walked up to me and said, “It’s closed, you know.” Then she walked away.

On the door, now barricaded behind an iron grate, was the word Welcome, and a painting of an old man holding a lamp. The Hermit, from the Tarot deck. I looked it up at home. Something about a journey and mysterious adventure. Withdrawing and returning.  I used to find him a little spooky, but now it was okay. Reassuring.

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