Mondragon to close doors after 18 years of business
Bookstore, vegan coffee shop was hub of activism until recent dwindling of membership
Mondragon Bookstore and Coffee House is closing its doors forever this week.
The well-known co-op became a hub for activism in the Exchange District over the last 18 years, but now has only five members left to run it.
In previous years, the co-op had dozens of members.
“I don’t know how it could be replaced,” said customer Paul Graham. “The people who’ve worked there over the years have provided a real service to the community, and I don’t see anyone stepping up to fill the gap.”
The coffee shop offers vegan food and hard-to-find books.
“It’s a place where over the almost 20 years, people have come together for book launches, meetings and socials – one of those places that really doesn’t have a counterpart in Winnipeg.”
Mondragon will officially close its doors on Friday.