Osborne Village is one of Winnipeg’s most vibrant ’hoods, thanks to trend-setting boutiques, specialty stores and restaurants that cater to cool people of all ages. The three-block strip is a hotbed for local retailers; community cornerstones exist alongside promising newcomers. Start on the corner of Osborne and Stradbrook at The Happy Cooker. This tool shop for chefs specializes in gadgets, kitchenware and gourmet items. Indulge your inner pin-up girl down the street at Rockabetty, located below street level. This new kid on the block boasts 1950s-inspired silhouettes for all betties and bombshells. For a true Village shopping experience, pop into Desart, unmissable with its iconic cloud awning. This long-standing boutique is a go-to for one-of-a-kind gifts. Look for treasures a couple doors down at Silver Lotus, home to conversation-starting cocktail rings, statement necklaces and bejeweled accessories (pictured). Film buffs and music heads will love Movie Village/Music Trader for its collection of cult classics and obscure albums.
January 2, 2013