Every day we experienced something interesting, women whipping
off their blouses in the middle of the dept trying on other
BUGAILISKIS, FORMER EATON'S DISPLAY MANAGER
There were 42 windows in the building. We tried to make the
goods look different and exciting. The displays we did in
the store and the kind of window designs that we did had to
be very sophisticated, interesting, exciting different eye-catching.
As a teenager coming down to Portage Ave. and to the Bay or
Eaton's downtown was the place to be. To meet a whole bunch
of people from all over the city; it was a central hub and
there was a lot of excitement. There was a hustle and bustle
and running into people and just an activity level that was
second to none in Winnipeg.
The feeling on the street of the avenue was quite different…
it was popular it was heavily populated. People worked downtown.
There were a lot of offices. There were so many small stores
on Portage Ave, specialty stores, shoe stores, jewellery stores,
theatres, several theatres that have disappeared. It was alive.
remember the Capitol theatre. You had to go through the Portage
entrance and there was a long ramp with red carpeting: all
around you was gold guilt very plush. Made you feel pretty
nice to go in there. The Capitol theatre is where I saw Gone
With the Wind. Of course the Capitol Theatre is gone.
MAURO, INVESTORS GROUP
There were greater days when Portage Ave. literally was the
centre of commerce: and there were restaurants up and down
One of the memories I had was going to the Childs Rest. The
building it was in was on the ground floor. It became known
as the Childs building.
RICHARDSON, JAMES RICHARDSON & SONS
Child's, it was the major restaurant in Winnipeg. You could
spend a week at Child's restaurant and see everyone in business
There was the old Mardi Grass restaurant that supposedly was
the first gay restaurant in Winnipeg. Moore's Restaurant was
where I remember taking my first date.
During lunch hours the guys would go outside especially in
the summertime and lean up against the walls and watch the
parade go by. I'm talking about the girls, that parade. It
was a popular pastime.
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