Getting Ready for Spring

Jen McDonald Blog

We’ve officially entered spring! And although the weather sometimes takes awhile to get the memo we’ve found some shops around the Exchange that can help you get in the spring spirit. Whether you want to boost your wardrobe with some unique pieces, add a pop of colour to your home, get some fun, fresh patio furniture, or tune up your bike so you’re ready to hop on the moment snow melts – we’ve got some great ideas for you. First stop… Anya Boutique Anya offers customers something a little different with timeless classic clothing that has a unique and stylish edge. This one-of-a-kind shop, with its difficult to miss yellow door, is a great place to get a beautifully crafted …

We are so pleased to welcome Kevin’s Bistro to the neighbourhood! A gourmet mac n’ cheese bistro, created by the owners of the much-loved local restaurant chain, Stella’s, brings a unique twist on a classic dish. The bistro-style restaurant became what it is today in part because of its unique location. Built between two exterior brick walls, the space was a carriage-way back in the late 1800s. That meant the space had challenges that inspired the owners to think creatively. “Based on the size of this space and feel of this space and the fact that there is no opportunity for exhaust or a make-up air system, we had to do a different concept.  So if we wanted the space, we knew …

On International Women’s Day, which celebrate womens’ achievements and acknowledges the challenges they still face, we decided to talk to three successful women right here in the Exchange District. Vicky Ramatanis is a young entrepreneur and the owner of classic-style restaurant, Vicky’s Diner. Nan Campbell is director of the AVEDA Institute and Studio Salon, where she oversees the entire operation, including the shop, salon, and hair school. And Cheryl Oakden is a long-time resident of the Exchange District who has seen her urban design firm grow from a three-person operation to a national organization with over 40 staff. Vicky Ramatanis The restaurant business is in Vicky Ramatanis’ blood. When she was only fourteen her family first opened Vicky’s Drive-in, in St. Anne’s …

Jam pail curling in Old Market Square went to a whole new level today when Mayor Brian Bowman stopped by to play a friendly game with us on the new rink. To say he stacked his team would be a huge understatement. His team consisted of 2018 Olympic gold medal winner Kaitlyn Lawes, Jeff Stoughton – coach of the Canadian Mixed Doubles Olympic Team, Selena Kaatz – Member of the Wild Card Team (Team Einarson) in the 2018 National Scotties tournament of Hearts, Darren Oryniak – member of the Provincial Senior men’s Team, Laurie Macdonell – who curled in the Provincial Scotties Tournament of Hearts with Lisa Menared, and Craig Baker – Executive Director of Curl Manitoba. “When the Mayor …