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Where to Shop Winnipeg

Local Colour

By Joelle Kidd
Photos by Ian McCausland

Move over minimalism: Winnipeg retailers are ushering in spring with bold and bright hues.

Speedy In Pink

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Little speed demons will be off in a flash on a mini racecar from local fashion and gift shop, Moulé. $250. 443 Academy Rd, 204‑488‑1891, moulestores.com

Dreamy Decor

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With glassware, art pieces, and garden accessories straight from Mexico, stepping into La Bodega Imports offers the festive takeaways of a sun-drenched vacation. Keep the party going with confetti glass margarita, rocks, and wine glasses. $14.95 each. 955 PortageAve, 204-772-4331, labodegaimports.com

Colourful Kitchen

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Scoop N’ Weigh has items for the discerning gourmand alongside quality bulk specialty food. These bright kitchen torches make caramelizing cute. $29.99. 1770 Taylor Ave, 204‑489‑1031, scoopnweigh.com

Culture Cred

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Find Indigenous art and craft pieces at Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique. Make a style statement with reading glasses sporting chic designs by First Nations artist Corrine Hunt. $39.95. The Forks Market, 204‑946‑0539, teekcasboutique.ca

Sock It To Me

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While stocking up for outdoor fun at Royal Sports, pick out a pair of silly socks to show off your quirky side. Burton, sizes s/m and m/l, $27.96-$29.95. 750 Pembina Hwy, 204-453-7437, facebook

Plugged In

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Exchange District shop UN Luggage is the place to go for travel solutions, like smart, stackable 4-in-1 travel adapters that prepare jet setters for any situation. $32. 175 McDermot Ave, 204‑943‑1068, unluggage.com

Bright Blooms

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Start the growing season at Shelmerdine, which boasts an expansive greenhouse and retail space with products for green thumbs. Kneelo pads with memory foam technology give gung-ho gardeners a comfy place to plant. $44.99. 7800 Roblin Blvd, 204-895-7203, shelmerdine.com

Red Is Best

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Sweet shop for nature lovers, the Preferred Perch, adds some nutty fun to the kitchen with this bright red squirrel nutcracker. $21.99. 1604 St Mary’s Rd, 204‑257‑3724, thepreferredperch.ca

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Now Open: dconstruct Jewellery

Courtesy of dconstruct jewellery.

Courtesy of dconstruct jewellery.

Local brand dconstruct jewellery now has a brick and mortar home in the Exchange District. Eco-friendly necklaces, earrings, and bracelets made of recycled resin fill the walls of this chic shop, as well as accessories like iPhone cases and mod vases. Check out lightweight bangles and men’s bowties made from concrete and necklaces sculpted from salvaged scraps of corian countertop. 84 1/2 Albert St, dconstruct.ca

Where To Shop in St Boniface

Di Erbe lotions. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Di Erbe lotions. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Home of the Festival du Voyageur, St. Boniface is the historic hub of the Franco-Manitobain community. Today, it’s a thriving restaurant and commercial district where shoppers find unique products in neighbourhood boutiques.

At Bra Bar & Panterie, find lovely lingerie as well as a wide variety of swim and beachwear. thebrabar.com

At Wayne Arthur Gallery, browse paintings, sculpture, prints and photographs created by any of the 130 Manitoban artists and artisans they represent. waynearthurgallery.net

Meanwhile, the Boutique du Festival stocks iconic red sashes, long toques, mukluks and fur-lined, leather mitts—the unofficial uniform of February’s festival. festivalduvoyageur.mb.ca

Stock up on an organic vegan scrub, soap or hydrating lotion at di erbe. dierbe.ca

Stop for a slickly swirled latte at Cafe Postal and take home a bag of single origin Pilot Coffee or a Chemex brewer. facebook

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Photo by Ian McCausland

Photo by Ian McCausland

Give Christmas morning some Manitoba flavour and flair with these locally made products.   

A well-stocked pantry isn’t complete without sweet saskatoon jam from Tall Grass Prairie Bakery, made with local fruit. 859 Westminster Ave, 204‑783‑5097; The Forks Market, main floor, 204‑957‑5097, tallgrassbakery.ca

Lennard Taylor‘s leather card sleeve wallets are proof that good things come in small packages. The compact design makes paying with plastic a breeze. 223 McDermot Ave, 204-791-4547, lennardtaylor.com

Margot + Maude is a go-to for bold statement accessories. Handcrafted bracelets by Sarah Cameron Jewelry are made with 14k gold and raw quartz, for a feminine yet edgy touch. 80 Academy Rd, 204-272-9140, margotandmaude.com

Located in the city’s Exchange District, A Pinch of Creativity is a haven for local artisans. Support local this winter in stylish, hand knitted infinity scarves by Sly Scarves. 96 McDermot Ave, apinchofcreativity.com

Take home a piece of Canada’s ancestry at Cree-ations. The shop carries beautiful First Nations clothing and accessories like cozy mittens decorated with traditional beadwork. 1346 Main St, 204‑219‑7428, facebook

Where To Shop in Osborne Village

Stantt dress shirts courtesy of Style Bar

Stantt dress shirts courtesy of Style Bar

Trendy shops, a vibrant restaurant scene and an eclectic crowd make this neighbourhood the height of hip.

Start at Oxfords Aveda Salon & Lifestyle Boutique for products to tame tresses, like soy protein-infused potions that help thicken hair.

A short walk north leads to Eyes In The Village for slick specs with hand made Raen frames.

Head to The Canister for a plethora of flavoured coffee beans, loose leaf teas, and sweet mugs.

Across the street, fashionistas flock to tharNzie for vintage-look necklaces made from old watch pieces by local brand Blue Pendulum.

On River Ave, Style Bar is stocked with sophisticated garb like knitted sweater vests and custom sized Stantt dress shirts.

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Hot Shopping: Now Open

Photo courtesy of Grace & Co. Ltd

Photo courtesy of Grace & Co. Ltd

Academy Road’s newest addition Grace & Co. Ltd. is a gifter’s paradise. Floor-to-ceiling windows, fresh flowers and gleaming glass make a bright and airy space for owner Dorota Vannan’s carefully curated selection of home, décor, and bath and beauty products. Peruse shelves stocked with rustic-meets-modern wares, like unique tear-away place papers, artisan-crafted bowls, plates and mugs and the shop’s signature creamy milk lotion and soap. 556 Academy Rd, graceandcompanyltd.com

Where to Shop on Corydon

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One of Winnipeg’s most vibrant ‘hoods, Corydon Avenue offers a cultural mix of shopping and dining from around the world, with trend-setting boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants catering to the cool and hip.

Start a spree at Radiance Gifts for beautiful salt lamps, and dazzling crystals like smoky quartz. Zen out with a collection of books on chakras and essential oils. radiancegifts.com

Across the street at Peepers Swimwear, find colourful bathing suits perfect for a winter getaway, with brands like Speedo and Roxy. peepersswimwear.com

For natural and fair trade goods, visit Humboldt’s Legacy on Lilac St. Gorgeous scarves, pillow shams, and throws made from recycled saris are eco-friendly and chic. humboldtslegacy.com

Nearby, step inside Whodunit? and bring out your inner detective, with books on crime fiction. whodunitcanada.com

Head north on Corydon to Nunavut Gallery and see over 4200 beautiful works of Inuit art. Paintings and sculptures by contemporary Canadian artists make a statement in any space. nunavutgallery.com

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Hot Shopping: Now Open: Olive Love

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To the delight of local and visiting gourmands alike, not one but two fine oil and vinegar tasting concept stores recently opened in Winnipeg’s toniest shopping districts. Frescolio (pictured) joined the Corydon strip in June, offering more than 40 extra-virgin olive oils and vinegars in palate-pleasing flavours like honey ginger white balsamic and dark chocolate balsamic, sourced from regions as varied as Greece, Spain, Australia, Morocco, Chile and California. OliV Tasting Room, a noted Canadian chain with six locations across the country, set up shop on the Academy strip in July. Founded by Awie and Isabeau du Toit, OliV offers more than 80 premium oils, many of which come from the du Toit’s own olive farm in South Africa, and vinegars in flavours such as bergamot lemon and rosemary. Sampling is encouraged and is the edutainment at these tasting bars. Delight in the discovery of seemingly endless combinations. Frescolio, 9-929 Corydon Ave, 204-505-1455; OliV Tasting Room, 540 Academy Rd, 204-414-2019.

The Top 5 Shops in Winnipeg for Sunglasses

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Hot Shopping: Shop Talk: Into the Wild

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For Rick Shone, owner of Winnipeg’s Wilderness Supply Company, getting out into the great outdoors isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. An avid outdoorsman who spends his spare time kayaking, climbing, trail running, mountaineering and cycling, Shone, 36, has been at the helm of the independent business since 2001, when he took it over for his in-laws, Frank and Jan Sjoberg. Although Wilderness Supply Company boasts the largest selection of canoes and kayaks in the province, he’s maintained that intimate, mom-and-pop feel. He loves swapping stories with fellow adventurers. “I feel like I’m part of their expeditions.” His job isn’t just to outfit people with top-of-the-line gear; it’s also to provide encouragement and support. “We think of ourselves as educators, not just salespeople.” Wilderness Supply Company, 623 Ferry Rd, 204-783-9555.

Where to Have the Most Memorable Winnipeg Shopping Experiences

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Hot Shopping: Shop Talk: Style Maven

Joan Druxman-Jones, the leather-clad, rock-star chic owner of Joan’s Accessories and More, says she’s “starting over at 73,” but that’s not quite accurate. Although her trend-setting boutique has been in its current home above Eyelet Dove for just two years, Druxman-Jones (mother-in-law of Winnipeg jewellery designer Hilary Druxman) has been in the fashion business for more than five decades. “I’ve seen bell-bottoms three times,” she laughs. Indeed, she’s seen it all, which is precisely what makes her Academy Road shop so special. Druxman-Jones has a discerning eye for hunting down beautiful bags and bold cocktail rings you won’t see anywhere else. Inspired by fashion’s constant evolution, her drive to find the next big thing is reflected in her thoughtfully chosen wares. “When I started in the business, you matched your shoes to your handbag. Now, there are so many possibilities.” 485 Academy Rd, 204-415-4564.