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where to shop

Manitoba Memento: Camelina Oil

Courtesy of Freefield Organics

Courtesy of Freefield Organics

For a souvenir that pulls double duty as a tasty and ultra-nutritious pantry addition, take home a bottle of locally produced camelina oil. The non-GMO oil is packed with good-for-you benefits due to naturally high levels of Omega-3 and Vitamin E. Don’t worry about burning off nutritional value—unlike other culinary oils, can withstand high heat cooking up to 475°F.

This wonder ingredient, produced by Erna and Frantz Kracher of Freefield Organics, was the first certified organic camelina oil in Canada. On their 400 acre farm in rural Inglis, Manitoba the couple grows and cold presses the seed into oil. To try before you buy, visit restaurant and gift shop Pineridge Hollow and taste chef Matty Neufeld’s camelina-dressed wildberry salad before picking up a bottle. Also available in the city centre at DeLuca’s Market.

Pineridge Hollow, 67086 Heatherdale Rd, 25 km out of the city, 204‑777‑3881; and DeLuca’s, 950 Portage Ave, 204‑774‑7617

Top 5 Buys to Get Active

Woodcock Cycle. Photo by Derek Kitching

Woodcock Cycle. Photo by Derek Kitching

With so many outdoor activities to do during your stay, rely on these stores to get you prepared.

Cyclists will love the variety of bikes, accessories, and apparel found at Bikes and Beyond. The store carries a wide selection of fun bike accessories by Electra like colourful mesh baskets and matching patterned basket liners.

  • 227 Henderson Hwy, 204-669-5590

Set a new personal best with a new pair of runners from Canadian Footwear. This store has one of the largest athletic shoe collections in Winnipeg, and experts to help find the perfect fit. 

Find seasonal sporting equipment available for purchase or rent at Woodcock Cycle. Check out the Lucky collection, flashy and lightweight scooters that are taking over skate parks across Canada.

  • 433 St Mary’s Rd, 204‑253‑5896

Before heading to the lake, shop Manitoba line Deadfish paddleboards that are specially designed for lakes and rivers at Peepers. Sun protection t-shirts and hats are also on hand for lake goers.

  • 866 Corydon Ave, 204-474-2861

Find stylish swimwear at Hula Hut. Shop SKYE collection for classy one-piece suits with playful open backs.

  • 1504 St Mary’s Rd, 204-237-0457

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Now Open: EPH Apparel

Courtesy of EPH Apparel

Photo by Simeon Rusnak. Courtesy EPH Apparel

Popular purveyor of menswear EPH Apparel has moved their flagship store into a stunning new downtown location. The brand, which launched an online-only operation in 2010, has made a mission of proving customized, made-to-order suits are attainable for any budget. Face to face consultation at the new shop offer gents the opportunity to create their own bespoke suit, from cuff to lapel, in person. Drop by the sleek space or call ahead to book a consultation. Mon-Sat 10 am-7 pm. 190 Smith St, 1‑888‑343‑6117, ephapparel.com

Top 5 Spring Fashion Finds

Tokyo Bay watch at Silver Lotus

TOKYObay watch at Silver Lotus

Statement accessories, never-fail basics and impeccable neutral colour schemes are hot for spring. These local shops take style inspo from the runway straight to the streets of Winnipeg.

EMK Clothing‘s designer Erin Kembel’s playful pieces mix patterns and textures, creating different styles, like the Cailtlin dress available in a cool grey or bright floral pattern. 143 Sherbrook St, 204-691-4414, emkclothing.com

Anya is packed with trendy pieces for this spring. A selection of staple basics is punctuated with unique handmade jewellery like Takara Eno Earrings. 88 Albert St, 204-416-1323, boutiqueanya.com

Dress to impress with professional apparel, formal gowns, and flashy accessories at Therapy. Katherine Barclay’s pleated skirt creates the ideal balance for versatility and trendy making it suitable for any occasion. 485 Academy Rd, 204‑417-0557, therapyfashions.com

Fashionistas will love New York line Rag & Bone, available at Luxe Label. New spring additions fill the store with simple designs while offering the shop’s signature quality. 4–1735 Corydon Ave, 204-415-1415, luxelabel.com

Head to Silver Lotus for an artfully displayed jewellery collection that attracts all ages and tastes. TOKYObay watches are designed by our neighbours to the south in Minneapolis. 103 Osborne St, 204-452-3648, silverlotus.biz

Where To Shop on Grosvenor, Stafford, and Lilac

Courtesy of Gravity Lingerie

Courtesy of Gravity Lingerie

Quaint Crescentwood streets, lined with historic homes built for the city’s original blue blood contingent, are perfect for a quiet weekend wander with stops at chic boutiques.

Start at These Four Walls, for an aspirational glimpse at dream décor, and pick up charming accessory pieces for the home.

Nearby Girl Candy Shop has luxe looks for fashionistas, like sharply tailored leather coats.

Around the corner, Gravity Lingerie offers a personalized shopping experience while indulging in lingerie from top European brands.

Travel two blocks to Lilac St, and gather all the ingredients for prime pampering from Maison S, a cozy nook filled with bath and beauty products.

Cap off this opulent shopping trip with reading material from Whodunit? Mystery Bookstore, which has tons of titles to put some thrill into ‘me’ time.

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Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Colour therapy glasses from Float.Calm. Photo by Ian McCausland.

Shop these spots for products promoting health for mind, body, and spirit.

Chic duds made of earth friendly bamboo, cotton, and hemp fibres are feel-good buys at Hempyrean. Yogis get extra stretch in breathable bamboo and cotton leggings. 111 Osborne St, 204‑947‑5223, hempyrean.ca

Humboldt’s Legacy boasts eco-friendly gifts, fair trade goods, and local food products. Give beauty routines a makeover with natural and organic makeup from Ecco Bella. 167 Lilac St, 204-772-1404, humboldtslegacy.com

Shelves at Prairie Sky Books are stocked with tomes on self help and spirituality, as well as candles, decor, and aromatherapy items. Adult colouring books help calm and centre the mind through intricate patterns and swirls. 871 Westminster Ave, 204‑774‑6152, prairieskybooks.com

Sensory deprivation pods filled with a buoying epsom salt solution provide ultimate relaxation at Float.Calm. A small retail area carries take home de-stressors, like artisanal bath bombs and mood boosting colour therapy glasses. 337 Pembina Hwy, 204‑477‑6507, floatcalm.com

Organic produce, wholesome food products, and natural health and beauty aids fill The Fresh Carrot’s spacious interior. Health guru gourmands can cap off a shopping spree with a fresh cold pressed juice from the attached deli. 2-230 Osborne St, 204‑489‑3737, thefreshcarrot.ca

Where To Shop Downtown

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Graham Avenue’s central strip, easily accessible by skywalk, is perfect for a downtown shop hop.

Courtesy of Bison Books

Courtesy of Bison Books

Inside the lobby of the Millennium Library, Best of Friends Gift Shop stocks clever giftware, like journals, cards, and fun patterned socks. friendswpl.ca

Another haven for literature lovers, Bison Books is piled high with classic and modern reads, including wide selections of local authors and rare books. bisonbooks.ca

Courtesy of Perfume Paradise.

Courtesy of Perfume Paradise.

Around the corner, on Vaughn Street, nose exclusive and hard to find fragrances at Perfume Paradise. perfumeparadise.ca

Courtesy of Verde Plant Design.

Courtesy of Verde Plant Design.

Verde Plant Design offers a bright and airy escape filled with succulents, air plants, and cacti. verdeterrariums.com

Wrap up a day of shopping at Modern Supply Co. Browse minimalist fashion and luxe homeware, like cozy handwoven pillows by Fable Studio, then relax with a hot cuppa from attached Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea. instagram

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Uniqlo Comes to Toronto

LOCATIONS SET TO OPEN AT CF TORONTO EATON CENTRE AND YORKDALE  SHOPPNG CENTRE THIS FALL

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Stock up on all the essentials when Uniqlo opens this fall.

Uniqlo is poised to satisfy a desire for minimalist imports from Japan with the opening of its first Canadian boutique. Established in 1984, the much-loved Japanese brand boasts more than 1,700 stores worldwide, including Hong Kong, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, and the U.K. The apparel company is best known for its functional yet affordable and well-made basics for men, women, and children. A multi-coloured palette makes mixing and matching effortless amongst a selection of athleisure, work, sport and lounging separates, including its signature cashmere sweaters and ultra light down jackets and vests.  —Linda Luong Luck

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Earrings (CJ Tennant) Courtesy of Winnipeg Art Gallery

Earrings (CJ Tennant) Courtesy of Winnipeg Art Gallery

These Manitoba makers craft artisanal items that spark conversation and make a statement.

   Erin Kembel of EMK Clothing designs with style and comfort in mind. Her studio boutique boasts vibrant printed dresses, bags and tops all made in-store by hand. 143 Sherbrook St, 204‑691‑4414, Map 1: R-2

The spacious loft at The Forks Trading Company showcases the work of more than 250 local makers, including plant-based lip balm from Hogwash Bath & Body. 1 Forks Market Rd, 204‑949‑1785, Map 1: Q-5

Fitness fanatics love the versatile workout gear by LBS Yoga & Athletic Wear. Make each sun salutation a style statement in the breathable and stretchy galaxy printed Trixie legging. Home Run Sports, 20 De La Seigneurie Blvd, 204‑255‑7687, Map 2: E-4

Keepsakes Gallery is stocked with the work of Manitoba artists, including floral greeting cards and acrylic paintings by artist Joy Winter-Schmidt. 626.5 West Broadway, 204-295-9257, Map 1: Q-3

An eclectic mix of Canadian-made wares line the shelves at The Gallery Shop. Glitzy earrings by CJ Tennant (pictured) get their shine from a combination of sterling silver and semi-precious stones. 300 Memorial Blvd, 204-786-6641, Map 1: P-3

Nordstrom Comes to Toronto

LUXURY SHOPPERS HAVE EVEN MORE OPTIONS WITH THREE NEW NORDSTROM LOCATIONS FOR TORONTO IN THE WORKS

The new Nordstrom carries upscale brands like Alice + Olivia .

The new Nordstrom carries upscale brands like Alice + Olivia .

The battle for Toronto shoppers heats up this fall with the opening of Nordstrom. After Saks Fifth Avenue debuted earlier this spring with much glam fanfare, the Seattle-based Nordstrom has opened the first of three Toronto locations, starting with the CF Toronto Eaton Centre in September (now open), followed by a second outpost at Yorkdale Shopping Centre in October. (A third venture at CF Sherway Gardens is set to open in 2017.) The CF Toronto Eaton Centre flagship is among one of five in North America, and is a sprawling 220,000-square-foot space spread over three levels featuring concierge services, personal wardrobe and makeup stylists, alterations, valet parking, certified shoe and bra fitters, and free delivery within the downtown core. Shoppers looking to refuel have three eat-in options: the full-service Bar Verde, the casual lounge Habitant, and coffee shop Ebar.

—Linda Luong Luck

 

Hot Shopping: Shop Talk, Generation Green

Courtesy Generation Green

Courtesy Generation Green

After a personal health scare, owner Sherry Sobey made it her mission to promote a healthy lifestyle. This conviction led her to open Generation Green, an eco-friendly shop stocked with all-natural products. Since opening in 2012, the store has added more than 60 locally produced items for health-conscious foodies, alongside toxin-free cosmetics and a re-fill station for detergent and shampoo. An organic non-GMO bulk food section was added this year, with customers encouraged to bring their own containers to reduce waste. The store’s success lies in providing Mother-Nature- approved healthy alternatives for a variety of dietary and lifestyle needs, while supporting the Manitoba market.  Unit 155-1 Forks Market Road, 204-808-9848

Swatch Launches Olympic Timepieces

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Four of the seven new olympic-inspired watches Swatch rolled out as part of the Rio Olympic Games Collection.

 

Swiss brand Swatch, known for its colourful and affordable timepieces, has launched a special collection in honour of the summer Olympic Games. Marked by the signature silicone band and plastic case, there are five watches in all, including a special POP edition; prices range from $70 to $145. —Linda Luong Luck