The Old Firehouse Wine Bar: Do Tell!

Have you heard? Have you been???

Duncan has a great new stop in town that you’ve gotta check out! Maybe you already have? It’s The Old Firehouse Wine Bar located on Ingram Street in downtown Duncan. In… you guessed it, the old firehouse! Which, until recently, was the home of Gallowglass Books. Now the space has been renovated and is shared between Dolce bakery and the wine bar. But ownership hasn’t changed. You’ll still find Jeff Downie is the man behind it all!

Here’s a little glimpse of the inside.

The Old Firehouse Wine Bar, Duncan Bc

 I am totally loving the amazing lighting in this space. You have to see the pendants over the bar for yourself. They’re ultra cool, and look like flames when they’re all lit up! And can I just say I love, LOVE the large spherical fixtures? Very classy and oh, so Mid-Century. Works for a girl like me! I wish I had my camera with me – these are just phone pics. But who knew a total photo op was awaiting?

Afterall, this is what I went for.

All 6 glasses 😉

Okay, I’m not gonna lie. Each flight of 3 is the equivalent in pour to one glass of wine… and one of these flights was my hubby’s! Bet I had you going for a minute though didn’t I? You know me so well!

You’ll find incredible wine options to choose from, and the flight tasting will knock your socks off! Hubby opted for the Spicey flight, and I went for the Big & Bold. I mean, go big or go home, right? And the wines did not disappoint! But I especially loved the history behind the Dirty Laundry Bordello! You’ll have to ask them 😉

Did you notice the stacked rock wall in the background? Another little nod to classic MCM… perfection in this space. But how about the fire axes hung on the wall? Such an authentic touch that hints at just a sliver of the story. And there’s so much more, but you’ll just have to go and see it all first hand 🙂

And the snacks were to die for. I mean, look at these olives, the cheese and bread, the meat…

We didn’t get a pic of them, but the crunchy risotto was melt-in-your mouth sinful… you seriously wanted more, and more!

And to finish off the evening, a little… he-hem… dessert, shall we say?

French, Czech, and Okanagan Absinthe! So pretty to look at, and of course it was all about the colour, right? 😉 Never mind that the Okanagan absinthe was ‘Taboo’!

So that’s just a little hint of what you’ll find inside…

A special moment… a memorable evening.

 (Jeff Downie &  the hubs, Clemens Rettich)

And it’s the moments in life that create an experience, a memory and a story to tell.

Will you be popping in to see for yourself?

Thank you for stopping by!

Photography by Sheila Zeller / Clemens Rettich

Seeing Beyond the Fog… of Parcels!

We still don’t have snow, but are getting another layer of white these days.

Like this fog lying low over Quamichan Lake.

And floating across the ball field.

The cloud of white in the background is steam from the Crofton Mill… I had a hunch you might ask!

And here’s a glimpse of what another type of fog looks like…

The back of this van is full of parcels being delivered to road-side mailboxes by Canada Post employees.

Do you think they’re able to see beyond the fog of Christmas parcels yet?

I bet this week is going to be a busy one!

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Cast Iron Crows Were A Caw-ling!

Did you know that before WWII cast iron animals and toys were all the rage?

But if you find a vintage one now you need to hang onto it, because they are hard to find. And that’s because during the war cast iron was used to make armour for ships. As a result the animals and toys were given to the war effort, so there aren’t many left from that time.

But if you can’t find vintage… you can always buy new!

Here’s a look at what I found today at Embellish Home Decor in Duncan.

 

 

When I saw the first one it instantly reminded me of the Eames Black House Bird with its presence and personality. But it’s the little one that makes me smile. I had a store credit, and simply couldn’t resist buying all three. They remind me of us!

Are you looking for something fun and just a little different for that tough person to shop for?

Maybe these cast iron crows are caw-caw-calling you! 😉 Oh, and did you know crows are the new rooster in decor? That’s what I was told!

I also saw glass cloches, rain chains, and this is where I bought the baker’s rack that I wrote about here!

So many options!

It’s about coming home… If you want a remarkable space that tells your story, contact me to see how we can help!

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