Residents of the South Mountain area can now enjoy the Generations Tea Room located at 117 Main Street in Sandy Lake, Manitoba.
Kerry and Carrie Campbell purchased land in the town in October of 2009, eventually building a house and moving from Brandon to take up residence there in June of this year. When Tommy’s Barbershop came on the market, Carrie bought it and immediately undertook renovations, with an eye to honouring some of Sandy Lake’s history. Thus, the building features a “nostalgia wall” with Tommy’s Barbershop sign, and signs from the old railway station, hardware store, Chub’s gas station and the old Greyhound Bus sign. The tea room opened for business in July and offers light lunches, desserts, snacks and daily specials.
The two-storey gift shop portion of Generations has pictures, home décor items, jewelry, candles and pottery from Brenda Nelson of Neepawa. There is also an entire room devoted to gifts for children.
Carrie sells frozen cuts of meat from the Sandy Lake Locker Plant and plans to offer seasonal specialties, especially around Christmastime, which is her favourite time of year. “I’m just nuts about Christmas,” she said. She is planning to bring in an antique organ and have hot cider, as well as lots of decorations. A bridal registry is available and arrangements can be made for private functions.
Just like a social call to a friend’s home, visits to Generations Tea Room are warm and relaxed. Throughout the fall and winter it will be open Tuesday through Saturday (closed Sundays and Mondays). For reservations call 204-585-5336 or contact Carrie at [email protected] – Candy Irwin writes from
Lake Audy, Manitoba