When I was a boy back on the farm and later in Winnipeg, I loved to “browse” various hardware stores and departments in the city. There were hundreds of them scattered every few blocks so homeowners could buy paint or screws or hinges and fix things. There were gun shops, shoemakers, and mom and pop grocery stores.“Pollock’s Hardware Co-op is one of Winnipeg’s oldest and coolest hardware stores! Established in 1922 we are one of the few independent hardware stores to make it through the boom of big box stores. While thriving in the North End we are committed to staying true to our community, our members and Winnipeg.” Those days are gone, but not completely.
Today, The Little Woman sent me on some errands. I planned a little loop through the city with 3 stops, just before the afternoon rush. Of course, I got lost a bit but managed the first two quite nicely. On the third one, I found the place immediately, an ancient hardware store recently restored and run as a co-op, a community institution supplying smiles, conversation as well as nuts and bolts. A young lady gave prompt courteous efficient service, complete with use of a tape-measure, promising a broken window I brought in would be fixed before the day was done. It was. They phoned a few hours later advising the window could be picked up during business hours.
After my vitreous transaction was done, I had to walk around just to feel the place. The wooden floor moved gently under my weight. The shelves were crowded with unfamiliar products, including a pail of bone-meal I can use for my flowers and vegetables and shrubs next year. I remembered I had been in the place once before to buy a pail of paint and a swede-saw. We used to live near the place. I guess that’s why The Little Woman made the connection. I had long ago forgotten.
Anyways, I visited their website, linked below, and found another item I must buy, a stove-top popcorn-maker. It beats those noisy hot-air things and The Little Woman doesn’t like my technique of shaking a pot on the stove. She has a glass-topped stove…
Just walking around this store which provides great products and service left me with an all-day smile. It just made my day to see that the old ways still have value in our age of efficiency. I love to see a new generation committing to serving the public.
See Pollock's Hardware Co-op.