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.


Once I got flowers.


1100 Main St. Kelekis Restaurant


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.


1407 Main St. Pollock’s Hardware Co-op


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.


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.