There’s no better place to look for Christmas gifts than the Exchange District. Just about anything you could ask for is tucked away in our many boutiques, restaurants, and galleries – dinner and a show, a new painting, socks? We’ve got that covered. It may not surprise you to learn that this has always been the case.  Check out the gallery below to view some vintage Christmas ads from stores in the Exchange! And when you’re done admiring ads from years gone by, why not check out the recommendations from our featured Shop the Exchange store owners.  

“Since Day One, we were set on being in the Exchange,” says Matthew Sabourin, president of Nonsuch Brewing Co. The team also knew they were on to something with strong, Belgian beers – which Sabourin and Nonsuch’s head brewer Mark Borowski had been homebrewing – and which are rising in popularity quicker than any other craft beer. The detail that took a little more hashing out was the name. Wanting to incorporate Sabourin’s French background, the team (consisting of Sabourin, Borowski, vice-president Ben Myers and brand manager Tyler Johnston), trudged through words that could be pronounced the same in both official languages. Eventually, the proper name Nonsuch broke through the noise – an important vessel in Canada’s history – and …

Parking by the numbers in the Exchange District

Exchange District BIZ Blog

With new bike lanes and back-in angled parking in play, there’s been a shift in the makeup of the streets in the Exchange. To make things clear and easy for vehicle commuters, the Exchange District BIZ has released a parking map to help them easily locate one of the 32,000 available surface, parkade or street parking spaces in the area. This handy new resource is available to BIZ members and visitors by visiting or arranging a pickup at the Exchange District BIZ office (at 492 Main Street), keeping an eye out at Exchange District storefronts, or by digital download here. The parking map resource is the latest in a series of helpful tools for navigating the Exchange (check out the …

Remembrance Day in the Exchange

Sabrina Janke Blog

In recognition of the centennial of the Armistice of World War One, it seems fitting to highlight a small selection of the buildings that were impacted by the war here on the homefront. Overseas, Winnipeg would face massive losses. The Provincial Archives of Manitoba have identified 1,092 casualties from the First World War alone. As devastation raged in Europe, Winnipeg was facing it’s own struggles with the war. Scarcely anything in the city was left untouched by the Great War, impacting both the use of public spaces and the day-to-day operations of our smaller businesses.   Market Square   Winnipeg’s original market square stood where the Public Safety building now stands today. Since it opened in 1877, the Market Building …