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Crawford Block restored with style

Crawford Block, 2015

Crawford Block, 2015



Built at 640 Rosser Avenue for Edward Crawford.

Gooden, Rae & Co., retailers of ‘clothing, gents furnishings and furs,’ occupied the 5000 square foot main floor commercial space.

Ten apartments took up the second and third storeys.


Most of the Crawford Block was rebuilt due to fire damage.

The main floor business became Wm. S. Gooden, ‘Brandon’s Most Reliable Men’s Clothier, Furnisher, Hatter and Merchant Tailor’ with tailored suits made by ‘our own expert workmen.’


Kennedy Block

Kennedy Block, circa 1970

Now known as the Kennedy Block, the main floor housed P.A. Kennedy Music, ‘Western Manitoba’s Finest and Oldest Piano, Radio, and Music House’.

Brandon’s first radio station, CKX, rented studio space on the second floor.



Second floor suites were converted to offices, with Personal Finance, Dominion Department of Telecommunications, Dominion Department of Plant Products, National Film Board and Dr. Kennedy, dentist, as tenants.


A used furniture store, Trade Fair Exchange, took over the main floor for the next thirty years.

The second floor housed various retail ventures and nonprofit groups.

The third floor remained residential.



New owners Cam and Colleen Wirch brought back the heritage building’s original name and carefully renovated the interior.

They maintained character features (oak hardwood floors, wide oak baseboards, ten-foot-high ceilings, and tall oak sash windows) while including a variety of 21st century upgrades.

Each of the second and third floors consist of three 600 sq. ft. one-bedroom and two 800 sq. ft. two-bedroom suites.

Reactive Massage and Brandon Acupuncture, Massage and Herbal Center occupy the main floor.

Massage therapist, Ja-On Hillman, and Chinese medicine practitioner, Dr. Li Lin, teamed up to offer their wellness services in the beautifully renovated main floor space.



Treska Jewellery The Cinnamon Tree

Treska Collection

Today’s Throwback

Fire Station No. 2

Horse-drawn engines and firemen outside of Fire Station No. 2.

The station, shown here in approximately 1912, stood on the southeast corner of 11th Street and McTavish Avenue

source: Lawrence Stuckey collection, S.J. McKee Archives, Brandon University

photo courtesy of Heritage Brandon



Private Office Workstation

 Worksurface supports top mounted storage, privacy screens, accessories, the power/communication system connect, and enhancements, without altering the appearance of visible surfaces.
Ryan Main, general manager, Pik•A•Dilly RV Centre

Ryan Main, general manager, Pik•A•Dilly RV Centre

What type of unit are you looking for?

A travel trailer (or bumper hitch) tows longer behind the tow vehicle, but opens the box up for bikes, bbq’s, and extra storage.

Travel trailers are excellent for seasonal sites as they usually provide more floor space and no steps inside the unit.

5th wheel puts more weight on the back of the truck and eliminates the box for larger items to be stored in.

However, you’re ‘towing’ less trailer behind the vehicle, making your load shorter and easier to manoeuvre in tight spots.


How big are you looking for?

Are you looking for something smaller and lighter weight for towing longer distances every week?

Or, something that will be parked seasonally or only moved once or twice a year so the weight and size aren’t as big a factor?

Other things to think about when size is mentioned could be where it will be stored in the off-season.

Must-haves vs.  Nice-to haves?

What are the features or options that you absolutely won’t compromise on?

What are your must-haves when purchasing this unit?

What are the features that you want in your RV, but wouldn’t be considered deal breakers?

Essentially, what are the options you could live without the easiest?

How many do you need to sleep on a regular basis?

Who will use the unit on a consistent basis?

Are there bunks needed for kids or extra storage area?

Will the kids be there most of the time or could you get away with a convertible sofa bed/dinette table?

New or ‘new to you’?

By law, an RV dealer must do a complete re-safety and re-conditioning of any used unit sold in Manitoba (your neighbour or the guy down the road does not).

This ensures that everything will be working in correct fashion, the way it was designed to be.

You have a dealer standing behind you should you have problems when you get the unit to the campground.

New units come complete with manufacturers warranties and dealer support as well.