JEREMY SROKA | MEET A LOCAL
POSTMARK: JULY 2016
Welcome to the first of a re-occurring feature on 95eh, where we not only internet meet a Kimberley-ian (Kimberley-er? UPDATE: I've been told Kimberlite) but we'll also get some insider tips on what to do around here. To kick this series off, I will attempt to answer a bunch of questions that I am much more interested in having people other than myself answer. But it only seems fair that I run the gauntlet first…
WHO ARE YOU & WHAT DO YOU DO?
My name is Jeremy and I run this site (hey! follow 95eh on Twitter / Instagram + like on Facebook). I also run a music blog /thing (hey! follow on Twitter / Instagram + Facebook). As of me writing this sentence, I don't actually "do" anything besides the previous non-paying things mentioned.
My partner & I spent the last 5 years living in England where we helped her sister run a backpackers hostel in Nottingham. When the time felt right for us to re-locate back to Canada (pre-Brexit, so I guess we lucked out there), all we really knew was that we didn't want to re-experience another 6 month Edmonton winter. We had the vague plan of "living in the mountains" in our heads and when we returned to The Land Of Eh we did a little road trip to try and figure out which mountain town it should be. It didn't take too long hanging around in Kimberley before we put a pin in the map. Good weather, nice people, cool businesses, a pedestrian centre, great outdoors, affordable housing… I would go on, but instead I figured I would just start a site like this.
IF SOMEONE IS ONLY IN TOWN FOR A FEW DAYS, WHAT WOULD BE ON YOUR LIST OF MUST-DO'S ?
Seeing as how I pretty much am someone who has only been here for a few days, this might be a tricky question for me. The Platzl is definitely a place you'll want to find yourself wandering around often. Marysville Falls is pretty and pretty easy to get to if you got little ones or are not that mobile (or easily talked into being a bit lazy like myself). St. Mary's Lake is a lovely spot for a picnic. If you have a bike, you should definitely hit up Rails To Trails (says the guy who hasn't done the full thing yet). And… you now what? I am totally not the right person to ask this important query to because I actually don't know yet. I guess that is why I wanted to ask other people this question :)
A RECOMMENDATION FOR BREAKFAST?
It's pretty hard to top breakfast at home. You don't have to worry about putting on pants. Or moving too far before returning directly back to bed. So I'd say that you should grind up some Steam Donkey and pop some of that locally made bread you bought earlier from Kimberley Centex into the toaster and then maybe cover all that with some local honey from Moody Bee. And then go find where you fell asleep on Netflix and ease yourself into the day. Or maybe just have some cereal because cereal is always a good choice all of the time.
AND FOR LUNCH?
I often find myself craving a panini and kombucha from the Creme Cheese Shop whenever the clock is getting close to striking 12, so I'd say hit that up. Their back garden is a nice quiet place to chill out too. So bring something to read.
WHAT ABOUT SUPPER?
It's pretty hard to top Pedal & Tap when it comes to grabbing some grub out on the Platzl. Their spaghetti balls are a crazy idea gone right and there is always plenty of good options for beer. There's a reason why there is often a line-up to get in.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE OUTDOOR ACTIVITY AND YOUR TOP PLACE AROUND HERE FOR DOING IT?
I have come to Kimberley as a guy that isn't YET much of an outdoors person. So instead of telling you about my leisurely strolls beside Mark Creek (don't get me wrong, it was nice), I will instead point you in the direction of a more indoor activity: live music at Green Door (does going on the patio during intermission count as an outdoor activity?). Every town needs a cozy place to hear & support live music and Green Door is just that place. Also, they are kind of my basement, so there's that too.
FINALLY… PLEASE SHARE ONE LAST KIMBERLEY TIP / RECOMMENDATION / THOUGHT / WHATEVER THAT YOU DIDN'T GET A CHANCE TO GET IN DURING THE PREVIOUS QUESTIONS.
I guess I did already mention it with my 'breakfast answer', but I'd say that you definitely need to stop at least once at Kimberley Centex & Stoke Juicebar. It is not totally obvious just how much of wonderful gem the place is if you are just passing through and didn't have the benefit of someone who has already been singing its praises to you. So consider this me singing its praises to you.
OK, ACTUAL FINALLY… PLEASE GIVE ONE COMPLETELY UNAIDED RECOMMENDATION THAT YOU THINK EVERYONE SHOULD START DOING / USING / WATCHING / LISTENING / EATING / THINKING / QUITTING / READING / ETC-ING TO MAKE THEIR LIVES A LITTLE BIT BETTER AND/OR BEARABLE.
Support good things and good people. If someone makes music that you like, buy it from them (don't just stream it for free on Youtube). Shop local when you can. Share a Facebook post from your friends business. Or at least like them every now and again. Retweet your uncle's blog post. Anything beyond passive consumption goes along way and the good vibes often come right back to you. We all want to live in a world that isn't run by the McWalmarts, but we sometimes forget that shopping at the McWalmarts is not the best way to get the kind of world we want.