main st

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

994 Main St. Cosmopolitan Florists

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I love the clean and sparkling windows — washed every single day. And the geraniums on the roof in the summer. And the cactus plants, large and sprawling, filling the windows.

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Once I got flowers.

1100 Main St. Kelekis Restaurant

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There was a line-up at Kelekis on January 31, the day it closed.

When I last visited Kelekis, a few months ago, I noticed a woman at the end of the counter. She didn’t order anything – just sat there reading the paper. There was a banana at her place, which she might have brought from home. Only recently did I realize the woman was Mary Kelekis, restaurant owner, 88. I had a cheeseburger with fries, and a coke.

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1407 Main St. Pollock’s Hardware Co-op

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There were cast iron frying pans, screws of every size, shovels, paint, and children’s toys.

I bought a hook on which to hang my hat.

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1757 Main St. L’epi de ble French Bakery

L'epi de ble French Bakery, 1757 Main Street

L’epi de ble French Bakery, 1757 Main Street

“Do you have croissants?” I asked. “No, we’re all out,” she said. “When it’s cold outside everyone wants croissants.”

“Then I’ll have a loaf of bread.” I said.

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