In the wake of all the drama with Kraut King this past week, I fear that another downtown business residing right across the street may be getting lost in the hubbub.
Aqua Books is also one of those downtown gems that everyone needs to visit, and for the moment, it’s not going anywhere. Aqua Books offers stacks and stacks of used books along with all kinds of cultural, artistic and thought-provoking programming. Owner Kelly Hughes has dubbed himself the “Mayor of Winnipeg’s Cultural City Hall” and perusing his weekly list of events would suggest that is, indeed, the case. I took a writing class there once with Canadian writer Jake MacDonald, and it was one of the most enlightening experiences of my life. The building itself is so unique as well, oozing all kinds of character and history.
Kelly unequivocally states that being right across the street from the Garrick Hotel is not a detriment to his business and that both Aqua Books and Eat! Bistro–the restaurant located inside–are thriving in the location. Boy, am I glad to hear that.
Eat! Bistro is definitely one of my favourites in the city where they specialize in appetizer-sized plates perfect for sharing. I adore the chickpea fritters and mushroom bundles. I also love their crispy fries and onion rings that come with over a dozen different choices of sauce. I had already picked Chef Candace’s baking as one of my favourite things to eat in downtown in an earlier post, but I don’t think reiterating the point could possibly do any harm. It’s all really, really good.
There has been some negativity floating around and I wanted to take the time to celebrate a downtown business that’s doing great things for our core.