Nadiv Urban, one of the members of the Twelve Tribes community in Winnipeg. (Robin Summerfield)
It was known for attracting tea-loving free spirits.
Now a communal bakery and teahouse closed since 2010 has been resurrected in an unexpected place.
Common Ground--which was originally located in Osborne Village and later in Wolseley--has opened its newest incarnation in a circa 1920s former paint factory in St. Boniface.
The new location, at 490 Des Meurons Street, opened six weeks ago and is owned by the Winnipeg arm of Twelve Tribes, a religious group of about 70 local members.
The kitchen pumps out organic, artisanal breads, cinnamon buns, slices and other sweets. Bulk foods, spices and house-made teas are also sold in the corner of the 1,500 sq. ft. cafe. A cappuccino machine pumps out espressos and lattes. Maté tea lattes--made with the group's Maté Factor teas--are also served.
"We've always known that we wanted to focus on wholesome and good food. And there's always people who will come looking for it," says Nadiv Urban, who helps run the bakery and oversaw construction of the space.