Local artisan boutique and studio opens in The Exchange

Karen Kornelsen Blog

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shop_photoA new one-of-a-kind artisan boutique and creative workshop studio has opened in the Exchange District.

A Pinch of Creativity, located on the corner of McDermot and Princess, has over 3,000 square feet of creative workshop space plus a local artisan boutique where everything is handcrafted by local Manitoba artists. Every item is unique and of the highest quality including handmade soaps, candles, art, healthy dog treats, jewellery, clothing, accessories and so much more.

The woman behind A Pinch of Creativity is just as unique as the art she sells and creates. Tannis Ross is a creative entrepreneur and workshop facilitator who’s always had a passion for creativity.

“In 2011, I gave up my full-time job to advocate for my daughter who has a learning disability,” she said. “I started taking my daughter to different places in the Exchange District, inside and outside, where I could teach her and explore art. I absolutely fell in love with the neighbourhood.”

Tannis offers numerous workshops including mixed media, acrylic painting, card making, art journaling, layering on canvas and scrapbooking. The space is large enough to accommodate large groups and supplies are plentiful. In the future, she will be inviting artisans to do workshops on photography, beading, knitting and more. She also hopes to one day offer weekend retreats. She offers kids and adult birthday parties as well.

“There’s not many places like this in Winnipeg,” said Tannis. “This is a place where people can be creative and learn. It’s unique, the workshops are diverse and there’s lots of opportunity to collaborate with fellow artists.”

Starting in March of 2016, she will also be partnering with One 6 Yoga to offer donation-based yoga from 5:00pm to 6:00pm during the week and from 8:30am to 9:30am on Saturdays.

Tannis is ecstatic to call the Exchange District her new home, along with her cat Jake who was abandoned near Portage Place. He is the official artist-in-residence and welcomes everyone to check out A Pinch of Creativity.

“I absolutely love the buildings, the architecture, and how walkable and safe the neighbourhood is,” she said. “I’m one of those people who’s never felt a sense of home but coming into this area, I finally have that feeling.

The Exchange District BIZ welcomes A Pinch of Creativity to the Exchange District. For more information on her hours, workshops and artisans, click here.