Our house is your house. We run the shop like a chaotic clubhouse, simultaneously serving customers and feeding the hungry, or running up to find a soul a sleeping bag in the furniture bank while showing someone where the vintage toy display is. You'll have to make yourself at home and take a little good natured teasing, but you'll leave already planning your next visit!
Loitering is encouraged and you'll find yourself wanting to be involved with the characters that inhabit the space on a regular basis. Often, one will walk in a customer and leave having helped someone, either intentionally or quite by accident. But why is it so important? highjinx is a safe house like your Auntie’s. Lonely folks, those in a wee bit of trouble, those needing bus fare home, someone struggling to stay sober, a Neighbour grieving, a parent at the end of their rope, the ill and the mentally ill are all welcome and helped in whatever way they need, on their terms and where they are at. Without prejudice. Our Neighbours tell us they feel like they belong, like they fit in and that they are comfortable here. And that in itself is why it is so important. We work at abolishing the line between Us and Them and teach that we are all in this together. It is a space for people to meet and help each other by sharing stories and time. This place is magic. highjinx is a constant place of refuge and solace as well as absolute antics and frivolity.
It is not four walls and a roof that makes this place Home. It is its people, its stories and its vibe.