I have always enjoyed being on Main Street. The two churches that I’ve gone to have both been along the Main Street stretch. It is a string of great little shops stretching from Broadway down to 33rd Avenue. You find all sorts of fun little things.
The other Friday, I had the joy of being early for an appointment along Main and decided to walk down from Broadway to King Edward. Sixteen blocks can seem pretty daunting and tiring, but it went pretty quickly along Main Street.
I was down on Main Street around 10am. I was hoping that some of the stores would be open, but it seems most of the stores do not open until 11 or 12 on a Friday morning. It actually worked out to my advantage. Without people in the stores, you can peer through the windows and linger without feeling bad.
Our Community Bikes has this great door. The store itself looks run down, but the door is awesome. Bicycles usually have a brand plate bolted to it. So different companies bolt their different logos to the frame of the bike. Well, this store took a lot of old plates and bolted it to their door. It is an awesome collage of colour and design.
There were a few purposefully non-descript restaurants along the way. I peered in to see chairs flipped upside down onto the tops of tables. I guess their looking for the secret restaurant feel.
The clothing stores are equally unique. The tandem of Motherland and Pleasant Girl are up by 10th Avenue. For those looking for alternative clothing or their next graphic T. In Ark, right on the corner of 10th and Main, they have a wrap-around display window. I love the old Timex display case that they have in the window. It just so retro and somewhat kitschy, in a cool way.
Main Street has changed a lot over the years. Like the fire that destroyed the classic South Hill Candy Shop. I am lucky enough to have taken some photos of the Candy Shop before it met its firey demise many years ago. However, somebody has added a little touch to some of empty boards that cover renovations or new construction along Main. The most visible one is pasted on the blank boards outside the Front & Co. remodelling.
There is also another one that has sadly been put behind fencing. I guess our little rocket hero won`t be flying anywhere soon.
The other great thing about walking along Main Street is actually the bus. The bus is my leg extension when I just don`t want to walk any further. The #3 comes so often that I come out of one store, hop on the bus within minutes, and then alight near my next store. Then I can do the same thing when I`m done at that store.
Also, now that they`ve completed most of the bus and sidewalk bulges along Main Street, there is a lot of space to walk and sit. It really does make the street environment a lot nicer. I know some people don’t like how they slow traffic down, but it certainly feels nicer to walk along the street now.