Out and about and exploring Transcona

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This article was published 27/04/2022 (398 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

My nine-year-old grandson often has a sleepover on the weekend, and one of our favourite things to do is explore new places. With the pandemic and cold winter, we hadn’t been out much, but a few weeks ago I finally felt comfortable venturing out.

I’m not a big user of social media, but I must admit Facebook seems to be my go-to to find out what concerts are coming up and what’s going on in my neighbourhood. On the Transcona and Proud of It Facebook page I’d often seen posts about the L’Arche Tova Café in the heart of Transcona on Regent Avenue West. I finally got a chance to check it out. My grandson, a picky eater, ordered the bacon and eggs and said it was the best breakfast he ever had. He couldn’t get over how good the toast was – this from the boy who never eats toast at my house. The waitress told us they make their own bread. Next time I go there I’ll purchase a loaf to take home. It was also a good opportunity to tell him about how the café supports the community of people with developmental challenges.

After breakfast, we went to another place I’d heard about on Facebook, Aunt Monica’s Attic, just a couple doors down from the café. We both were like kids in a candy store. This place has so many cool, unique things I didn’t know where to look first. Owner Monica Smith, a friendly lady, explained to us she purchases toys and craft items that don’t require batteries – only imagination. The puzzle and craft selections were really good and prices reasonable. It took my grandson a while to narrow the selection of toys he liked to those that I’d let him buy.

Artist Jola Liebzeit, with her paintings and hand-sewn fabric bags, and John Royce Izzard with his originally designed leather belts, wallets and purses made of the softest leather, were vendors at the Spring Time Craft and Vendor sale at Transcona East End Community Centre.

We had one last stop that morning, the Spring Time Craft and Vendor sale held in the Rizzuto Hall at the Transcona East End Community Centre. There were quite a few vendors, ranging from crafters to sellers of Tupperware and other products. It was a good place to support local artisans and buy gifts.

I’ll keep checking Facebook and reading this newspaper to learn of more interesting places and events. I look forward to our next adventure. There are many neighbourhoods in and around Transcona to revisit and newly discover!

Suzanne Hunter

Suzanne Hunter

Suzanne Hunter is a community correspondent for Transcona.

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