I came across this picture of the old Rexall and Chocolate Shop back in 1954 and shared it on my Facebook Page. Lots of people started commenting their memories and it was great to read! I started doing a little digging as I was curious as to how long the Chocolate Shop sign has been there, as it's still there today! I wasn't able to find too much on the internet besides this blurb below..
" This three-storey brick block on Crescent Avenue West in Souris was built in 1893. The main floor was occupied by a succession of restaurants, an early one being the Radio Cafe. In 1936, it was purchased by James “Jim” Christie (?-1985), who renamed it the Chocolate Shop. Space in the upper floors was occupied by a dentistry office and residential apartments."
So I commented on Facebook to see if anyone would know and this is what Elaine Phillips had to say:
"Jim and Hermoine Christie were my aunt and uncle. They opened it up as the Chocolate Shop in 1936. It was named this as it was the only place to buy chocolates in town. They owned it until the late sixties."
That means the Chocolate Shop sign has been there for approx 86 years!
Here are some memories that people commented about the Rexall and Chocolate Shop below:
Thanks, Vintage Winnipeg for posting all these great pictures!
"I remember the other Christie family who lived above the Chocolate Shop. That Mrs. Christie hand made our Family's riding jackets and breeches! She told us she had been a seamstress in the old country and sewed uniforms for the (Greek army I believe). I still have one of the red plaid jackets."
"I remember walking up to the Chocolate Shop cafe as a kid. Had my first salt and vinegar chips ( French fries) there"
"We used to go to Rexall Drugs in Souris on Saturday afternoons in the mid 60s when we lived in Fairfax, MB. You could get a comic book and a bag of chips and have change left back from a quarter."
"I remember that Rexall Drugs....used to have 1 cent sales...got our school supplies there for sure".
This picture below was also posted on the Vintage Facebook Page recently.
A little interesting fact is that the new hotel sits where the old King Edward Hotel is in this picture, and the new hotel features a room called the Edward room.
Souris - First Street
More info on the hotel is below.
Last Nights Fire Works
Great fireworks last night at the Souris Fairgrounds! Thanks, Whitfield Drugs and the Souris Fire Department!
Chip'n Chirp Virtual Golf
Need a plan for Christmas Break? Come check out our Fairways! Book your Tee time today @ 204-305-0617! Register for our Golf league for the New Year! Located at 35 Crescent Ave W Souris MB R0K 2C0!
Exact Shine Auto Detailing
Don't forget to get your Gift Certificate before Christmas!
Every person who purchases a GC will be entered to win a GOLD Wash!
You can pick up your GC at Exact Shine Auto Detailing 75 Second Ave W Souris
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Thank you! Merry Christmas!
Reminder---Souris Elks Senior Hockey Club Alumni Game Friday December 23 @6:00-7:30. Senior Elks vs Rivers Jets @8:00. Social/Hotstove entire upper level of complex. Come on out for a night of entertainment in many ways . Alumni listed to play to date, we expect a few more to commit.
Forbes Arbuckle Jesse Arbuckle Andrew Brigden
Jordan Campbell Randy Carlisle Scot Clark
Kris Doull Steve Dubois Ken Falloon
Jon Filewich Matt Green Andrew Hamilton
Darren Janz Troy Kliever Frank Lang
Ryan Lawson Brad Minary Chris Page
Dimitri Panagiotou Steve Phillips Mark Ryckman
Taylor Wells Brian Yon David Hunter
Billy Gerry Bryan Klein Matt Kozak
Red Card Winner #2
DRAW # 2 WINNER - Robert Pearce!
Congrats Robert, you've got a lovely package waiting at the post office for you full of $150 in Souris Bucks, $10 to LT's Corner Store of Souris, $10 to Plaza Petals Flower Shoppe, $25 to Chicken Chef - Souris, $25 to Tak Lee Cafe, $25 to Souris Timeless Treasures Gift Shop & Tanning Salon, and $100 to Pembina Co-op! Plus a beautiful mug from Westoba Credit Union.
Ho ho ho! Attention Christmas shoppers! Tickets are now available at Pharmasave in Souris or Sharon Dunn at 204-483-2001. Join us for this touring MTC play, Assassinating Thompson, Wednesday February 15, 2023.
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Plaza Petals and Anastasia's Serenity and Wellness
Now that I have some items in shop I can let the cat out of the bag!! Plaza Petals and Anastasia’s Serenity & Wellness will be the Exclusive Shoppe to get all things Pavo the Peacock. We will also be your pick up place for Pavo clothing.
Souris Valley Calendars
Cheaper option below (stapled together)
The Calendar order is going in on Thursday, December 15th, so that they will be ready in time for Christmas!
There are two options, a Regular and a cheaper option. These calendars are filled with your submitted Souris pictures, fun holiday graphics, and upcoming Souris events like Peacock Days 2023. (pictures and holiday graphics are the same)
-Regular calendar $25 & cheaper calendar $15. (Both 11x7)
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Upcoming Christmas Events
Lagasse's Art Studio Draw
Please pop In and support one of our in-home based businesses!!! Janet Reichert!!!
Lagasse's Studio of Fine Art - Open till 8pm
Public Washrooms Closed
Posted by Shawna last night.
I want to let everyone know that the public washrooms will be close early tonight and close tomorrow due to vandalism there will be signs up on the doors tonight
I am hoping it will be open sometime Monday
I thought to let everyone know
Have a wonderful evening
To see all upcoming events and the movie this weekend check out the Events tab on the website!
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10% off pharmasave products at PHARMASAVE
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