Small businesses in the Exchange District to launch support for Vote Open Campaign

Exchange District BIZ Blog

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 neighbourhood and good for Winnipeg.

The media release can be downloaded here. Businesses wanting to participate can contact the Exchange District BIZ office.

The following list of participating businesses (and special promotions, where relevant) will be updated as more come on board:

Bodegoes
*Forth
October 12: Every order of Avocado Toast comes with a free Americano! Forth Bar will feature The Chicago on special.
Friday Knights
The Haberdashery
King and Bannatyne
Lennard Taylor
Little Brown Jug
Ordnry
*Parlour
October 12: Commuter special. All drinks in travel mugs are 25% off.
Saint
Shawarma Khan
*Tara Davis Studio Boutique
October 12: 20% off the entire shop
*Tiny Feast
October 12-19: Tiny Feast and Ty Johnston of w/studio are offering a great deal on a “Great City” print, and helping you support the VOTE OPEN initiative.
“Great City” print specially priced at only $20, and $5 from the sale of each print will go to support the VOTE OPEN initiative. This print features an aerial photo of downtown Winnipeg at Portage and Main, circa 1954, back when the heart of the city was a place for people. It’s paired with a quote from ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle. Available in-store only, while supplies last. Sale items are final-sale.
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