In the Exchange for the Week of January 21st

Nicholas Friesen Blog

Here in the Exchange, there’s always something going on! From dining, to shopping or grabbing a show, here’s what goes on your calendar this week.  Matilda @ RMTC’s John Hirsch Mainstage (174 Market Avenue) On now until February 2 Roald Dahl’s classic isn’t just a great kids novel or a kooky film adaptation by Danny Devito, it’s a hilarious musical about a telekinetic bookworm who puts what’s right first! Starring some of Winnipeg’s best young musical theatre talent, this is a show not to be missed.  Admission: $88 and up.  Visit royalmtc.ca for details and tickets. January 21: Aaron Pritchett w/Kira Isabella @ The Centennial Concert Hall (555 Main Street) 8pm The “Worth a Shot” singer returns to Winnipeg for …

Get back on your bike this winter

Exchange District BIZ Blog

With three full-time Exchange District BIZ (EDB) staffers now clearing snow from the streets and sidewalks – including bike lanes – after snowfalls, it’s high-time to shake the dust off your trusty steed and get back on that proverbial horse. We asked the team at long-time Exchange District bike shop Natural Cycleworks (NC) for tips on getting through winter as a rider. EDB: What kind of bike is best for winter cycling, and how do you prep your bike for the season? NC: Any bike can be a good winter bike. With a few changes, any bike you can ride during the summer time is one that you can ride in the winter time too. The most basic change that …

Up until now, Singletons has been quiet about its Winnipeg history, having grown the company from a single location in 1981 to 11 locations locally and two in Edmonton. Now, with the third generation at the helm, general manager Megan McGhie and her brother Tyler McGhie are working to solidify Singletons’ reputation as a locally-owned, full-service salon. To do this, Singletons recently opened a flagship location at 139 Market Avenue, which opened on December 4. The visibility of its East Exchange District storefront and the massive appeal of the open-brick heritage building with century-old timber beams helps cement Singletons’ story in Winnipeg. It’s also introducing a new direction for the company. “We thought that it really fit with our rebrand,” …

Hot Beverage Week 2018: And the winner is…

Exchange District BIZ Blog

There was an exciting finish to this year’s Hot Beverage Week. With only 2 days to go, Amsterdam Tea Room and Bar was neck and neck with Forth Café with just under a dozen votes difference between them, flipping back and- ahem- forth throughout the week. Parlour Coffee, Alycia’s and Miss Browns were close behind, and while Cordova and Across the Board Game Café had some work to do to catch up, they were still in the running. In the end, though, Amsterdam Tea Room and Bar took the gold with their signature Liquid Gold. Congratulations on your delicious win. And congratulations to the rest of us for getting to sip our way through a delicious week.  

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

Exchange District BIZ Blog

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.  

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 …

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 …