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Here’s the last batch of previously unseen or reworked photos from the archives for now…unless this lousy weather keeps up.

  • Enjoying this archives-raiding trip. There are some real beauties!! Some of the light/moods are simply wonderful.

    I spent a good portion of my life in the Meyers Drugs and Tawagin area so I’m always tickled to see you shooting stuff from there. The Tawagin Pawn shop use to be a restaurant but can’t recall the name…Lens’ Restaurant or something like that? I like a deal as much as the next Winnipegger but man, I hate seeing pawn shops popping up in neighbourhoods. And I do recall when some unfortunate robber died in that place’s airducts. In the heat of the summer to boot.

    When I was a little kid there was a drugstore directly across the street called Gold’s Corner (the Autopac place now) where they actually had a lunch counter. I have fond memories of the sweet older couple who owned it.ReplyCancel


If you’ve been visiting Winnipeg Love Hate for a while, you might have noticed what has become an annual winter tradition—a raiding of the archives. I seem to find it harder and harder to get out shooting in the winter months, which leaves me short on material to post on Winnipeg Love Hate. When this happens, I reach for one of my many hard drives full of original RAW files, to see if there’s anything worth re-visiting.

This has been a particularly difficult winter as far as shooting goes. For one thing, I’ve got a 6-month old daughter at home (this is most definitely not a complaint—she is an absolute joy). Also, my camera and primary lens sustained a massive amount of damage (which tends to happen when you drop things) a few months ago, and I was without the lens for just under three months. Most of the shooting I’ve done this winter was with my secondary camera—the very capable Sony RX100.

All of the shots here are from 2009. Most of them are previously unedited, whereas a few of them are new edits of previously edited and posted shots. More goodies from the archives to come over the next couple of days.


Wasn’t sure if I was going to post this photo. For one thing, it’s not a particularly good photograph. But more importantly, it’s just too depressing.

Can you guess where it is? Okay, clue number one: It’s on Main Street, in the North End. Clue number two: It used to be a restaurant. Have you figured it out yet? It’s the former C. Kelekis Restaurant, social hub of the North End for decades.

Yeesh. Could there possibly be a more potent symbol of North End decline?

  • Suzanne MacPherson

    Kelekis! It’s so weird that it’s a flower shop/coffin shop (??) now.ReplyCancel


Main Street. First we have Pizzaland, which is my go-to pizza delivery place. Pretty decent pizza.

Next we have 1761 Main Street, former home of Lisi’s Ranch House. I never ate there—which I now regret—because it looked like an interesting place. I’m not sure how long it had been around, but any time a North End institution like this closes it’s more than a little sad.

  • Chris Bangs

    My Mom and Dad used to eat at Lisi’s every week in the 80’s and 90′. When she passed away in 1995 my Dad never went back.ReplyCancel

  • Jim

    Sad to see the pictures of the Ranch House and Kelekis as they are now. Don’t know when the Ranch House opened but we used to go there in the 1960’s when I was going to Your.

    I remember Kelekis when they used to sell chips out of the window onto Main St. My memories are back in the 50’s. Last visit I made was about 2009.

    Thanks for the memory pictures.ReplyCancel

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Princess Street. A look inside the anachronism that is J. Werier & Co. Ltd., where you’ll find used office equipment alongside teacups, vintage clowns and stuffed weasels, among other things. If you’ve never been, this place is worth checking out. If for nothing else, go to check out the massive, vertigo-inducing open elevator shaft.

Some further reading on the Werier empire can be found here.

  • Omg! I love your blog! It makes me look at Winnipeg in a different way. You make the ordinary look so good! I’d love to explore the city more (been here for just 5months) and just by looking at your photos, it’s like a know a lot about it already.ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for the tour, Bryan. Been meaning to go explore there for….well, ever actually. Had I known about the weasel and such, I’d have certainly made more of an effort!ReplyCancel

  • Mike

    Most of these images evoke the smell of mothballs. lolReplyCancel


Two shots of the same place—one without flash, and one with it. I can’t decide which one I like better. The flash shot has a lot more pop, but there’s something kind of bleak about the non-flash shot that grabs me. The younger me probably would have swapped out the illuminated one-way shot in the flash photo, but…no time for that these days.

  • Dee

    I prefer the non-flash image better. It is unfortunate that lamp next to the building parallel to the face of the building is not lit. It would have added the perfect non-flash lighting for you.ReplyCancel

  • Anonymous

    They both look great!ReplyCancel