Kelly Hughes in midst of winter renovations for new location of Aqua Books, 123 Princess Street (CBC)
Imagine yourself walking down the street in 1920s Paris or Berlin. You see a lit doorway ahead. You enter, walk down the stairs. This place has been taken over by actors and musicians and artists. Are they supposed to be here, or have they broken in and beckoned you inside? But don't worry that you might not be cool enough. It's inclusive, not exclusive. As soon as you're inside, you're in.
—Kelly Hughes, Mayor of Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall
Aqua Books has become quite a legendary meeting place in Winnipeg - for its cultural events, its used books and for its owner, Kelly Hughes, self proclaimed Mayor of Winnipeg's Cultural City Hall.
On June 9 Aqua Books closed up its former location on Garry Street. One week later, on June 16, the doors to its new location will open at 123 Princess Street.
To quote owner Kelly Hughes from one of his recent newsletters, "Thanks also to everyone who has been coming by to buy stuff. It's been nice to be busy again. It reminds me of the days when a blackberry was something you ate on a spinach salad, and a kindle was still a dry twig."