In an era of click-and-it’s-yours retail, nothing replaces the multi-sensory satisfaction of the real-life quest. Here are five Winnipeg retailers that offer more than just great buys.
Oxfords Aveda Salon exclusively uses Aveda products in all of its hair and makeup services. After being pampered, pick up a new favourite plant-based conditioner or lipstick in the ajoining Lifestyle Boutique. 196 Osborne St, 204-287-8939.
Weekend warriors can rent cycling, camping and hiking gear from Mountain Equipment Co-op. Climbers can test-drive ropes and harnesses on the floor-to-ceiling rock-climbing wall in the middle of the store. 303 Portage Ave, 204-943-4202.
Home chefs will find their bliss at D.A. Niels Gourmet Kitchenware. Cooking demonstrations take place on Saturdays, allowing shoppers to see tools (pictured) in action and learn some tricks and tips along the way. 485 Berry St, 204-953-2345.
For a taste of the exotic, visit Distant Caravans. Along with jewellery, gemstones and art from Egypt, Nepal and India, the shop also features drop-in tarot card and palm readings. The Forks Market, 2nd floor, 204-947-2169.
Unleash your inner Katniss at Heights Archery. This pro shop offers archery lessons for kids, youth and adults as well as gear for newbies and experienced straight shooters. 2281 Portage Ave, 204-832-4421.