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There's never been a better time to shop local – and we’re here for it -- particularly to ensure local shops remain here when this pandemic has passed.
Meet the Makers
Winnipeg has so many shops with shelves are brimming with locally made goods – several of which are run by the very artisanal makers whose works are on display. Plus, we have your desires for international brands covered too, with two of the largest shopping centres in Central Canada ready to wow you with their wares.
Want to meet a multitude of makers all in one massive setting? Look no further than the annual Third and Bird Christmas Market, which takes place at the massive Red River Exhibition Place from October 23 to 25. Meet and shop from hundreds of makers, with new vendors each day. Reduced crowds, a large location with high ceilings, no lineups due to timed tickets, along with plenty of cleaning protocols ensures you can shop feeling safe while supporting local artisans. Plus, all the fun shopping additions – including the Glitter + Glue selfie wall, 6 Degrees Photo Booth, Sip + Shop bar, live DJs, and a café – will still be in full effect.
For a host of local stores all located under one roof year-round, head to The Forks. Here, you can find handmade jewelry from dconstruct, all manner of Manitoba-made (and themed) products from Forks Trading Company, handcrafted candles from celebrated local company Coal and Canary, a great selection of books (including an abundance of local authors) from McNally Robinson, and one-of-a-kind works of ceramic art at the Jordan Van Sewell Gallery. Of particular note is Teekca’s Aboriginal Boutique, where you can purchase moccasins, jewelry, mukluks and art, all of which is made by local Indigenous peoples.
Hit the streets
For more locally owned spots, check out some of the city’s top shopping districts including The Exchange District, Osborne Village, Academy Road and Corydon Avenue.
In the Exchange District you can experience the wonder of Toad Hall Toys, where the shelves are brimming with some of the world’s coolest toys, including educational numbers and one of the best selections of puppets we’ve ever seen. For boutiques, the area astounds, with spots like Lennard Taylor, Wilder Goods, lot.ceramics, Commonwealth Manufacturing and Oldhat – where the items are made from the very person selling them to you. Plus, there’s always fresh finds at spots like Haberdashery Guys & Girls, Tara Davis Studio Boutique, Into the Music and Hilary Druxman Design (to name but a few).
Academy Road is all about fashions with great dresses available at Mad about Style, “Middle Province” reppin’ gear (including sweet crewnecks) at North Flag, and chic numbers at Margot+Maude. Carefully curated Grace & Company has fantastic finds for your home, as does Salt Boutique, while foodies will relish GJ Andrews for its gourmet goods and Cornelia Bean, which has an extensive selection of teas and locally roasted coffee along with an onsite café.
In Osborne Village, one can’t miss new spot is Small Mercies. It has everything from whimsical dried and fresh-cut flower bouquets, a staggeringly beautiful selection of jewelry, bath and body works, and lovely giftware. Be sure to grab a hot drink from its in-store counter and check out its handsome hidden courtyard. Other notable Osborne shops include Silver Lotus for clothes and more, Rooster Shoes, Into the Music for a nice selection of vinyl, and Unique Bunny -- a store inspired by Japanese and Korean pop culture that is as kawaii as its name would suggest.
Malls for all
For all the hottest international brands check out Winnipeg’s noteworthy malls.
At CF Polo Park you’ll find Anthropologie, Apple, Aritzia, Club Monaco, Coach, Le Creuset, Lululemon, Roots and so many more, while Outlet Collection Winnipeg (OCW) features nearly 100 fashion brands all under one huge roof, with ample space for ambling about. OCW also has numerous services – including free walkers, wheelchairs and motorized scooters, free WiFi, and family areas – to make your shopping experience that much smoother.
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