A small brick antique shop located on Kent Street seems to be a magnet for artifacts and oddities from across the city and around the world. It has also attracted something else: a community of people centered around one shared goal — helping their neighbours.
The house is owned by two former social workers, Karen Nielsen and Leigh Reid, who say they bought the space to serve people in need without stigma or barriers.
HighJinx operates a community food pantry and a furniture bank that can be accessed daily by anyone experiencing homelessness or food insecurity.
The store is run by its two owners along with a network of volunteers who spend time watching the store, donate food and furniture, or offer free services. It’s a busy place.
The myriad of items in the shop reflects the HighJinx community. The people, much like these items, constantly change as they move in and out of the space, leaving stories behind.