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Laplont Block Heritage Site

Laplont Block, Brandon, 2004. Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage & Tourism, 2005

Laplont Block, Brandon, 2004. Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage & Tourism

The Laplont Block was built in 1892 for Brandon’s first barber, Jack Laplont.

Laplont operated a barbershop and cigar store here for several years.

However, the block’s high cost of construction and upkeep ruined Laplont financially.

In 1900 the building was sold to the Confederation Life Association which occupied it until 1902.

In 1903 George Mutter and C. Lorne Lynch rented the block and started Mutter & Lynch Grocers. They purchased the block in 1905.

In 1907 Mr. Lynch retired and John Mutter joined the business.

The Laplont Block store became Mutter Brothers Grocery.

Mutter Brothers Grocery Store c. 1920

Mutter Brothers Grocery Store circa 1920

The Mutter Store was the place to go for cheese.


The brothers would import cheese from Ontario and age it in the store until the flavour was just right.

They shipped cheese to customers in all parts of Canada and the United States.

The store was operated by the Mutter family until it closed in 1976.

Many of the store’s original furnishings and fixtures are on display at the Daly House Museum.

Many of the store’s original furnishings and fixtures are on display at the Daly House Museum.

The two-storey block was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by local contractor F.J. Chubb.

The block’s brick facade is highlighted with heavy stone arches on the second floor.

Small, semi-circular stained glass panels are inset across the top of the second-storey arched windows.

Decorative end pieces highlight the cornice above the first floor and the roof line.

The LaPlont block is the only building on the block whose entire original facade remains intact.

Heritage Brandon

The Laplont block was designated a municipal heritage site in 1995.

Owners Del and Marianne Firomski operate their business, The Monacle Opticians, in the building. They are to be commended for preserving such an important part of our heritage.



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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.



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