Lei Anne Sharratt is seen in Poor Michael’s Bookshop, Art & Café in Onanole. Sharratt and Murray Evans, owners of the business, have returned from their travels abroad and are ready to welcome customers starting this weekend.
Poor Michael's Bookshop Art & Café proprietors Murray Evans and Lei Anne Sharratt are back from their travels and ready to unveil the treasures they've hauled home from their travels abroad. (Think vibrantly coloured clothing and scarves, accessories and housewares predominantly imported from southeast Asia.)
And don't forget about the thousands of books up for sale. The library is refreshed every season and buzz on the Facebook page tells me this year's haul is a good one.
Poor Michael's in Onanole opens for the 2011 season this weekend (including Monday). The book shop and coffee bar will then open every Saturday beginning April 30.
Another sign that summer is just around the corner!
KARLA'S INTERNATIONAL FOODS
There's something new brewing (and frying and baking) at Karla's International Foods.
The downtown grocer already offers a bounty of fresh, frozen and canned products from across the world and now, fresh-brewed coffee and homemade ethnic foods cooked onsite are part of Karla's allure.
The coffee bar is available daily from open until close, however a small menu featuring three or four dishes is available Fridays and Saturdays only.
The rotating menu, which features traditional ethnic cuisine predominantly from El Salvador and Colombia.
Last week, I enjoyed my first pupusa -- a traditional Salvadoran dish made of thick handmade corn tortilla filled with either meat or cheese -- for a mere $2.50.
Tamales, samosas and a whole lot more make regular appearances on the menu, so be sure to stop by often. Now that I've enjoyed my first (and it won't be my last) pupusa I can't think of a better way to spend my lunch money.
Everything from Mexican hot sauce, speciality chocolates, frozen imported meats and tortillas and Ukrainian fare is available at Karla's. If you haven't made the trek there yet, it's worth the trip -- and your $2.50.
Karla's is located at 937 Rosser Ave.
Be sure to check the weather before you head to the Fur Event at the Royal Oak Inn and Suites today -- lest you arrive looking and smelling more like a soggy fox or mink.
Today only from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. representatives from The Bay will be in town offering their fur storage services, trade-ins on a new purchase as well as restyles and repairs.
Call 786-5766 for more information.
HEDLEY'S HEALTH HUT
Bigger and better are just two of the reasons Hedley's Health Hut is relocating.
The local health nuts who pride themselves on restoring health through personal empowerment, education, herbal medicine, natural supplements, diet and lifestyle coaching will move next door to their current location at Shoppers Mall this fall.
The move will double its current footprint.
THE CHILDREN'S PLACE
If the online buzz is any indication, hundreds of parents across the region will flock to the newest tenant to join Shoppers Mall this weekend.
The Children's Place officially opens for business today.
The Children's Place offers children's clothing and accessories for kids of all ages -- newborns to 10 years old.
As of February, the company operates 995 stores across North America.
Its arrival in Brandon marks Manitoba's fourth location and the first outside of Winnipeg.
The game of retail dominoes continues at the Shoppers Mall.
Earlier this month, I shared the news that North Shore Outfitters is packing up and moving into the larger space that Garage Clothing leaves behind (in favour of another storefront).
Well, it didn't take long, Soft Moc signed a deal with the mall last week and will move into the space that North Shore leaves behind in coming weeks.
Soft Moc takes possession of the space on July 1. The business is expected to be up and running by September.
The shoe retailer currently has more than 85 stores across Canada, including three in Winnipeg.
Shoppers Mall manager Kim James confirmed that along with Tabi, Pearle Vision will enjoy its last days of business this Easter weekend.
Luckily for shoppers, James says inquiries are already streaming in from retailers looking to fill these spaces.
Expect the dominoes game to just keep going!
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition April 22, 2011 A15