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'Second Stories'

Location: N side bet. Furby and Sherbrook; East Face

Occupant: A & C Pawn Shop

District: West End

Neighbourhood: Spence

Artist(s): Charlie Johnston (C5 Artworks) (unsigned)

Year: 2014


Notes from West End BIZ:

'Second Stories' reminds us of our earlier history when owning a business often meant living in the same building, above or sometimes behind the shop. Winnipeg filmmaker Guy Maddin's family used to live above their beauty salon which was located on Ellice Avenue. The convenience store now called Y-Not Foods used to be Ellice Grocery from 1934-1947 with the owners (Harry and Phoebe Spottiswood) living behind the store and renting out the top unit to other families. Hans Tergesen came from Iceland in 1887 and ran a tinsmith business in Winnipeg. He later moved to Gimli to open a hardware store where he and his wife made their home, and started raising a family all above the shop.

Although for many years the emergence of the suburbs changed where and how people chose to live and operate their business, many new entrepreneurs who open businesses now choose to live in the same building as their shops are located. Mixed use buildings are becoming more common once again with densification of urban areas a promoted trend in city planning.

"Since we were featuring second story windows, this location, sitting high above the parking lot, is perfect for providing excellent viewing. The people in the windows look like they are greeting their neighbours on the street", says West End BIZ Executive Director, Gloria Cardwell-Hoeppner.