Shop the Exchange

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There’s a particular spirit to the way things are done in the Exchange District. Shop owners like to share in their wins, lift each other up – and combine forces to build up the overall neighbourhood experience. Over the next few months, we’ll be featuring seven great Exchange District businesses and giving you a glimpse into the way things are done here— watch for our full page feature in the Winnipeg Free Press, starting today and running once a month. This month, we’re introducing our participating businesses, and giving you a hand with your list. If you’ve always wanted to be known as a thoughtful gift-giver, but need a little help to back it up, this group is taking the …

Crown the best mug in the Exchange District

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It’s that time of year again to see who’s got the meanest mug in the Exchange District. Back by popular demand, Hot Beverage Week features an array of warm concoctions served up by the area’s best baristas and bartenders. For one week only, savour these specialty drinks with co-workers and friends, then help us crown the best mug! There are seven participating establishments this year – and it’s no coincidence that there are seven days in a week. You can find all the details, glamour shots, and full descriptions on our Hot Beverage Week page, along with how to vote! While some, like Amsterdam Tea Room’s Liquid Gold and Alycia’s Hot Salty Turtle feature a tasty alcohol component, others like Parlour’s Good Merning …

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

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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

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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 …

Several ground-floor businesses in the Exchange District have banded together to show their support for opening Portage and Main to pedestrians on Friday, October 12. Initiated by a passionate core of business owners, the effort is receiving logistical support from the Exchange District BIZ. “A couple of the local businesses read our post about why we’re supporting the Vote Open campaign and got all fired up, wanting to do more. They’re really driving this, and we’re just helping them out,” said Executive Director David Pensato. The core of the effort is around prominently showing support for the campaign and doing grass-roots outreach to customers explaining why opening Portage and Main to pedestrians is good for small business, good for the …

Nuit Blanche – Bigger and Better Than Ever!

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It is the ninth year that Nuit Blanche Winnipeg has graced our city streets with its free all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art. This festival originated in France in 1984 and quickly caught on around the world. The idea is that the city essentially becomes a giant art gallery and interactive playground for the night – with events, celebrations, and artworks being concentrated right here in the Exchange District, and spreading outward to St. Boniface, the Forks, Downtown, and for the first year ever the West End! Each year the festival continues to grow and according to Nuit Blanche Winnipeg’s Communications and Event Coordinator, Joy Balmana, this year will be no exception. “There’s a lot happening. We have a …

Winnipeg, September 25, 2018— The board of the Exchange District BIZ is making public its unanimous and enthusiastic decision to openly support the Coalition for Portage and Main. The Coalition, a group of volunteers made up of private citizens, including several Exchange District BIZ member businesses, is the primary group campaigning in favour of a “Yes” vote in the upcoming Civic Election. “Opening the intersection to pedestrians is quite simply the right decision from a future investment and economic development perspective,” said Craig White, Board Chair and Investment Advisor at National Bank Financial, citing statements made last week by property owners Harvard Developments as well as James Richardson & Sons. “It’s not a simple matter of thinking that re-opening the …

Fall Fashions in the Exchange District

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Although it’s time to put away the shorts and sundresses, fall brings all kinds of fun fashion opportunities! Beautiful coats, fun hats, warm sweaters, scarves, and mitts make this a very fashionable and cozy season. Whether you’re looking for high fashion, contemporary fashion, or vintage fashion, the Exchange District’s boutique shops can really bring your fall wardrobe to the next level! Lennard Taylor Elevate your fall fashion by popping into the boutique shop of award-winning fashion designer Lennard Taylor. He is know for his high-quality distinctive designs, memorable details, and architectural construction. With a passion for empowering women and cultivating self-assurance his designs are thoughtful and elegant. His shop is featuring a new line of beautiful fall/winter coats and shirts! …