Do you remember catching a flick at the old Capitol Theatre or choosing a shirt from the rack at Woolworth’s? Had your tarot cards read at The Chocolate Shop or stayed a night in the Vendome Hotel? Have you ever chowed down on a famous clubhouse sandwich from The Wagon Wheel?
Portage Avenue has been the pulse of this city’s downtown for decades, and it has seen its share of both glory and shame over the years.
In Going Downtown: A History of Winnipeg’s Portage Avenue, author Russ Gourluck takes a stroll along the blocks of Portage Avenue to uncover both the people and the buildings and businesses that have helped to shape “the Avenue” into this city’s best known street.
- MCNALLY ROBINSON’S #1 BESTSELLING MANITOBA BOOK OF 2006
- WINNER Manitoba Historical Society 2007 Award for Popular History
- A Canadian bestseller! #1 on McNally Robinson’s Bestseller List for 18 Weeks (including 9 weeks at #1)
- WINNER of the Mauela Dias Book Design of the Year award
“Any Winnipegger who recalls the shopping, dining and nightlife of downtown between 1930 and 1980 will get a nostalgic kick out of this engrossing history, packed with more than 400 photos. Gourluck, who also wrote the history of Eaton’s, traces the businesses on once-vibrant Portage and its key cross streets block by block. The book will spark memories of long-demolished buildings, colourful downtown characters and beloved institutions like Childs Restaurant and Picardy’s lunch counter…” – Alison Mayes, Winnipeg Free Press