Benches

By Brian Timmerman, Executive Director of the Exchange District BIZ Since the Uniter posted an article: “Where have all the benches gone?”, on March 31, 2016, the Exchange District BIZ has received a few phone calls and emails from the public inquiring about the issue. People have spoken up and requested benches be re-installed on Albert Street and the Exchange BIZ has listened. Benches, when placed within the public realm, are there as a convenience and provide users with a chance to stop and have a rest, read a book or just sit and watch the world go by. The Exchange BIZ unfortunately received numerous complaints from our businesses that the park benches had become all-day rest stops for unwanted …

clinic

An award-winning multi-service medical clinic has set up residence in the Exchange District. Our Own Health Centre opened its doors on February 1st, 2016, at 286 McDermot Avenue. This non-profit corporation is accepting new patients as well as walk-ins. Our Own Health Centre will also cater to a portion of the population who may be under-served. Dr. Bryan Magwood is the executive director of Our Own Health Centre. According to Dr. Magwood, international, national and local research has shown that significant portions of gay and bisexual men do not tell their doctors about their sexual orientation or sexual activities. “Often this is based on their fear of judgement and discrimination, and in many cases, this is a very valid concern,” …

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Winnipeg’s newest brew pub, PEG Beer Co., is scheduled to open in early to mid-March. This innovative new addition to the Exchange District features a growler bar, a casual fare restaurant with an open-kitchen style, a full brewery that can pump out 10 different craft beers, and so much more. The owner of PEG Beer Co., Nicole Barry, her head chef, Aron Epp, and the rest of her team are so excited to share their passion for craft beer and food with the rest of Winnipeg. This place is super unique. Before you even walk in the door, there’s a space for bike storage and in the future, kayak storage. PEG Beer Co. wants to take full advantage of their amazing …

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A 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 …

Chosabi redefining Asian cuisine

Karen Kornelsen Blog, Restaurants

chosabi

With dishes like Happy Buddha, California Sumo and Kung Fu Tofu, you know you’ve entered a restaurant where creativity and having fun is all part of the menu. Cho Venevongsa, owner of Winnipeg’s iconic Wasabi Group, opened up Chosabi Asian Eatery in the historical Exchange District in December. It’s fast and casual, healthy and delicious and incredibly unique. Ingredients and vegetables proudly come from local sources and Chosabi’s head chef has been working for Cho for over 10 years. It’s not just an amazing new addition to the Exchange District, it’s the next chapter in Cho’s incredible career and life story. Born in Laos, Cho came to Canada as a refugee in 1984. He’s been working in the industry since he was …