wednesday 4/23 was a stormy windy day and we ventured out to explore something specific in the neighborhood and find out about it from some potentially different perspectives. In our curious nature, we headed for the mysterious Arthur Cole Candy Co. to see what we could find out. It was pretty quiet outside the building and there was no answer when we knocked on the door of the warehouse. Across the street a barbershop (that has been in the neighborhood for about 10 years) suggested we knock on the large garage doors. So we tried again and this time the door opened. I'm not sure if this was just a coincidence or if they were actually responding to us but we nonetheless made contact. We spoke with Walt, the son of Arthur Cole, who told us that they were a distributor of wholesale goods. It was a little disappointing as I had hoped to see the exciting inner-workings of a candy factory, but Walt was very nice and had some interesting things to say about the community. Basically he mentioned the same changes that most speak of in the neighborhood, but added that the good thing now is the measure of security with the improvements in the last few years. His company has been in business since 1948 and has been working from this 14th & Alberta location for about 20 years.
I returned to Alberta yesterday afternoon and it was a beautiful day. There were quite a few people out wandering around, in and out of shops and restaurants, sitting on patios and enjoying the sunshine. I was actually surprised that it was not busier out as it was a weekend day and sunny. Compared to our normal Wednesday excursions (which have mostly been on gray drizzly days) there were definitely more people on the streets. I imagine the weekends bring a lot more business to the neighborhood but this will be something to further look into.