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! …

Back to School in the Exchange District

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It’s that time of year again – back to school! Time to start fresh, take on new challenges, and learn new things. You may already have your school supply list covered but the Exchange District shops offer some very unique and very cool items to add to the mix. Tiny Feast For older kids and those attending college and university there’s just something about a nice pen or beautiful stationary that makes those homework assignment more manageable! Stop by Tiny Feast for the most beautifully curated stationary designs. Whether it’s a great monthly calendar, stylish notebooks, or pens and markers with a great modern design, you will find supplies for the school year that will be unique and creative. Toad …

5 Ways to Exchange

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This may be one of the biggest Fridays in the Exchange District! All of these events are happening tomorrow night, September 7, so the Exchange District really is the spot to be! First Fridays in the Exchange Explore one of Winnipeg’s most inspiring monthly arts event. Gallery hop. Eat. Stroll. Shop. Talk to artists in their studios, experience an Art Gallery opening, explore unique shops and enjoy a stop at one of the cafes or restaurants. Need an art piece? First Fridays is the perfect way to connect with many of the wonderful and diverse artists in Winnipeg. FREE and welcome to all! Visit their website for details. Art Talk/ Art Walk The September 7 Art Talk/Art Walk looks at art …

Here at the Exchange District BIZ we like to create programming and events that fit in the with Exchange District’s vibe and highlight its unique features. Last month we threw a party in Bijou Park – which for those of you who aren’t familiar is the cobblestone park directly adjacent to Old Market Square. If you’re a regular in the area you’ve probably walked through this quaint walkway many times and just didn’t know it had a name. Much like Alleyways in the Exchange where we draw attention to the unique alleyways in the area, we wanted to draw attention to Bijou Park and create an event that brought something a little different to the area – which brings us …

First Fridays Bike-In to the Exchange

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Ever thought you’d like to bike into the Exchange District but weren’t sure if there was a safe and easy route to get there? Well, we’ve partnered with the amazing crew at Natural Cycle to help you do just that – find the safest, easiest routes and have a little help getting comfortable on the roads. We’ve been leading low-key rides on the First Friday of the month throughout the summer and on September 7 we’ll be wrapping things up with a ride in from Chief Peguis Trail in North Kildonan. The idea is to show you how you can get into the Exchange District while almost entirely avoiding motor vehicle traffic— while sharing tips and tricks that can make …

Food Tours

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The Exchange District is home to over 100 historic buildings built in the early 20th century, all located in an incredibly walkable 30-block radius. Whether you come to the area to shop, dine, or take in the festivities, arts, and culture you will be surrounded by history. Our guided tours are a perfect way to learn more about our area’s remarkable past. From our tried and true East and West tours to theme tours like Death and Debauchery and Punks & Anarchists, there are so many intriguing ways to discover more about our neighbourhood. Being that the Exchange District is also home to over 50 unique local restaurants we’ve developed three food tours that let you discover the Exchange District’s …