Local boutiques on the streets
Winnipeg’s top shopping districts are full of well-loved locally owned spots, several of which are run by the same artisanal makers, including many mother-daughter duos, whose works are on display. Check out some of the city’s best shopping spots 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. 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). Get experimental at Canada’s first-ever open-access perfume lab Denatured, and mix your own custom scents while learning all about perfumery.
Academy Road is all about fashions with great dresses available at Mad about Style, “Middle Province” reppin’ gear (including everyone’s favourite crewnecks) at North Flag, and chic numbers at Margot+Maude – you’ll go loco for all these local fashion options. 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 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, and Unique Bunny -- a store inspired by Japanese and Korean pop culture that is as kawaii as its name would suggest.