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Hot Dining: Pretty Patisserie

Photo by Ian McCausland

Photo by Ian McCausland

Sweet delicacies are having a moment in the sun, but for Nathalie Gautier and her husband Gilles, Instagram-worthy desserts are not a fleeting trend but a representation of years of hard work spent mastering time honoured techniques. At bustling Main Street bakery, A L’Epi de Ble, these French ex-pats bring a slice of Provence to the prairies. Loaves are made with the traditional process—no preservatives, dairy, or gelatin, and never shortening—and the pastry case holds treasures like colourful macarons and eclairs stuffed with rich pastry cream. With her broad smile and lilting French accent, Nathalie herself is part of this cozy nook’s charm. 1757 Main St, 204‑334‑2526

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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Top 5 Rooftop Patios

Stella's Cafe & Bakery. Photo by Dustin Leader.

Stella’s Cafe & Bakery. Photo by Dustin Leader.

Besides food, the best way to a Winnipegger’s heart is the word “patio”. These spots take it to the next level—literally—with rooftop spaces to dine al fresco.

Local favourite Stella’s Cafe & Bakery has 8 locations across the city, and the newest, on Pembina Highway, boasts a sweet rooftop patio. Go at dusk when the cafe lights come on and cast a romantic glow over quinoa dragon bowls and plates of Scandinavian gravlax.

  • 1463 Pembina Hwy, 204‑275‑2001

Tucked among the treetops, The Roost‘s intimate rooftop setting gives a bird’s eye view on bustling Corydon Avenue. Clever and complex craft cocktails and elegant small plates have us crowing.

  • 651 Corydon, 204‑414‑9313

Cravings for pub grub and powerful frozen margaritas are sated on Tavern United‘s sleek patio. Get an unbeatable view of downtown’s SHED (sports, hospitality, and entertainment district) and watch ground being broken on the new True North Square.

  • 260 Hargrave, 204‑944‑0022

Learn what Dean Martin was crooning about while dining outdoors at Pasquale’s. The St. Boniface area restaurant has a secluded rooftop patio perfect for winding down with a glass of wine and a hearty plate of lasagne.

  • 109 Marion St, 204‑231-1403

Take in an iconic Winnipeg intersection from above at Confusion Corner Bar and Grill. The smoky barbeque chicken pizza, drizzled in tangy bourbon barbeque sauce, is a prime patio pick.

  • 500 Corydon Ave, 204‑284‑6666

Artist Spotlight: Peter Sawatzky

Peter Sawatsky courtesy of Loch Gallery

Peter Sawatsky courtesy of Loch Gallery

Peter Sawatzky is an award-wining Manitoba artist who has earned international recognition for his lifelike bronze sculptures. A country boy raised in Southern Manitoba, Peter’s passion evolved from watching wildlife and birds into a career of carving these animals.

Inspiration for Peter comes from field drawings made during his many years of observing and studying animal movements. These sketches are eventually transformed into life size sculptures that can reach up to 29 feet long. The foundry process—from creating a metal frame to the empty shell being filled with bronze—can take up to a year depending on the size of the piece.

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Peter’s sculptures have become iconic Winnipeg landmarks, like the sculpture of James A. Richardson at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport, the monument of a mother polar bear and her cubs outside the Assiniboine Park Zoo, or “Seal River Crossing,” which stands at the city’s famed Portage and Main intersection. The impressive statue, which captures a herd of caribou crossing the Seal River, was inspired by a scene Peter saw from above while travelling to Churchill. While on the flight, he started to sketch the caribou and knew he had his next piece. The project, which took four years to complete, was commissioned by James Richardson & Sons Ltd. in commemoration of its 150th anniversary.

In addition to his public art, more than 25 pieces of Peter’s work are on display at the Loch Gallery in May and June.

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Walk, Bike, Run: 5 Ways to Get Moving in Winnipeg This Summer

So you’ve discovered Winnipeg’s incredible outdoor attractions and you’re looking for more ways to get outside and get moving. Have no fear! These fun tours and activities make getting active and exploring the city easy.

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ROUTES ON THE RED

A collection of self-directed walking, biking, and paddling tours along the Red River. Put yourself in the shoes of a voyageur and try out a half-day walking tour that follows the paths of the historic fur trade. Routes and maps found on routesonthered.ca

THE LOOP

Get a crash course on the city by walking this 3.5 hour self directed route that covers Winnipeg’s significant historic, cultural, and architectural sites. Download the route map at tourismwinnipeg.com

BEE2GETHER BIKE RENTALS

Find a willing partner and take to the streets on a bicycle built for two. Bee2Gether’s cute yellow campers can be found at The Forks and Assiniboine Park, with tandem, single rider, buggy, and surry bikes for rent. Visit bee2getherbikes.com or call 204‑298‑2925 for more information.

EXCHANGE DISTRICT BIZ WALKING TOURS

The entire Exchange District neighbour-hood is designated a National Historic Site, and there’s plenty of history to explore. Tours with themes like “Death and Debauchery” bring to light the dark secrets of Winnipeg’s early years—when it earned the nickname “the wickedest city in the Dominion”. Call 204-942-6716 to book.

DOWNTOWN BIKE TOURS

Pig out and get active at the same time on the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ’s Moveable Feast tour. Diners bike between 5 restaurant stops to sample eats at the neighbourhood’s prime restaurants. Visit downtownwinnipegtours.com to book.

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Free Things To Do in Winnipeg

Here & Now: What To Do In Winnipeg in May and June

Our picks for must-see and do activities during your stay.

Photo courtesy of Winnipeg Wine Festival

Photo courtesy of Winnipeg Wine Festival

WINE DOWN

APR 30-MAY 1 The 16th annual Winnipeg Wine Festival showcases wines from across the world. The year’s theme spotlights Canada’s 150th birthday with Canadian wine, featuring British Columbia VQA and VQA Wines of Ontario. Swirl and sip through homegrown vintages and discover the diversity of flavour that has earned Canada a reputation as the most exciting New World wine region. Tickets available at winnipegwinefestival.com. RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave

Photo by Matt Duboff.

Photo by Matt Duboff.

SACRED SITE

MAY 17-21  The 12th annual Manito Ahbee Festival celebrates Indigenous arts, culture and music. Aiming to unify, educate, and inspire, the five-day event is filled with art expos, jigging and square dancing competitions, and an Indigenous marketplace and trade show. This cultural fest is famed for hosting one of the largest powwows in North America. Various Winnipeg venues. Tickets at manitoahbee.com or call 204-956-1849.

Pride Festival courtesy of Pride Winnipeg.

Pride Festival courtesy of Pride Winnipeg.

FULL OF PRIDE

MAY 26-JUN 4  The Pride Winnipeg Festival marks its 30th anniversary with a week full of events leading up to the signature parade on Pride Day. This year, the parade moves to Portage Avenue, retracing the steps of Winnipeg’s first Pride march, to celebrate this important milestone in the community. Visit pridewinnipeg.com for full list of venues and events.

Courtesy of Doors Open Winnipeg

Courtesy of Doors Open Winnipeg

EXCLUSIVE VISIT

MAY 27-28  Explore the fascinating architecture of more than 85 unique buildings during Doors Open Winnipeg. The two-day free event presents the opportunity to learn about the history of some of Winnipeg’s oldest buildings, including many heritage sites not typically open to the public. Discover hidden secrets and architectural quirks inside buildings like the Manitoba Legislature. Visit doorsopenwinnipeg.ca for more details.

CONCERT CALENDAR

MAY 12  DEAN BRODY
Popular Canadian country music artist returns to the MTS Centre.

MAY 19-20  INVESTORS GROUP STARS ON ICE PRESENTED BY LINDT
Three icons in Canadian men’s figure skating tour together for the first time during this award-winning show. MTS Centre

MAY 19  CHRIS HADFIELD
The first Canadian to walk in space celebrates the country’s milestone birthday with a discussion of our history and future. Burton Cummings Theatre 

MAY 19-20   WINNIPEG NIGHT MARKET
Discover and buy local products at this open-air market. Assiniboia Downs 

MAY 25  ROYAL CANOE WITH THE WSO
Winnipeg indie rock band teams up with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra for an extraordinary musical experience at the Centennial Concert Hall.

MAY 31  THE HEAD AND THE HEART
American indie folk outfit rocks the stage at the Burton Cummings Theatre 

Martin girard/shootstudio.ca (kurios - costumes by philippe guillotel, © 2014 cirque du soleil)

Martin girard/shootstudio.ca (kurios – costumes by philippe guillotel, © 2014 cirque du soleil)

INTRIGUING ACROBATICS

STARTS JUN 2 Enter into a curious world inside Kurios: Cabinet of Curiosities. This Cirque du Soleil show features a cast of otherworldly characters performing amazing acrobatic feats, with elaborate costumes, staging, and mechanical set pieces plucked from a world that can only exist in the imagination. Take a seat inside the immense big top tent and let the magic begin. Kenaston Blvd and Sterling Lyon Parkway, visit cirquedusoleil.com for tickets.

Courtesy Winnipeg International Children's Festival

Courtesy Winnipeg International Children’s Festival

JUST KIDDING

JUN 8-11 Long running festival of fun, the Winnipeg International Children’s Festival returns for a 35th year. Silly shenanigans and wacky entertainers thrill all ages. Returning favourite performers like Les Soeurs Kif Kif, Fred Penner, and Splash’n Boots delight with funny songs and goofy comedy. Circus workshops teach budding acrobats how to fly high. Tickets available at the gate or on kidsfest.ca. The Forks, 1 Forks Market Rd, 204‑958‑4730

Gregory Porter courtesy of Jazz Winnipeg

Gregory Porter courtesy of Jazz Winnipeg

ALL THAT JAZZ

JUN 15-25 A stellar line up of talented musicians converge on the city for the annual TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival. This yearly fest features a genre-spanning range of artists from pop to blues to bebop. Iconic songstress Mavis Staples headlines the festivities, joined by artists like Gregory Porter, one of the world’s most celebrated contemporary jazz vocalists. Also take in free lunchtime and evening open-air concerts in Old Market Square featuring local talent. Various venues. Call 204‑989‑4656 or visit jazzwinnipeg.com for full schedule and tickets.

Courtesy of Red River Exhibition Association

Courtesy of Red River Exhibition Association

RIDE OF YOUR LIFE

JUN 16-25 Dreams of carnival treats, live music and heart-pumping rides draw a crowd to the Red River Exhibition. Nightly concerts, agricultural exhibits, and the world’s largest travelling midway are all a part of this classic summer event. New this year, see a motorcycle stunt show, up close farm animal exhibit, and fireworks to celebrate Canada’s 150th. Visit redriverex.com for tickets, or purchase at the fair gates. Red River Exhibition Park, 3977 Portage Ave, 204‑888‑6990

CONCERT CALENDAR

JUN 3  JON MULANEY
Comedian sheds his Oh Hello on Broadway persona for sidesplitting stand up. Burton Cummings Theatre

JUN 7  TIM MCGRAW AND FAITH HILL
Country powerhouse duo join forces for the Soul2Soul world tour. See them perform at the MTS Centre

JUN 8  INTERNATIONAL SOCCER: CANADA VS COSTA RICA
Canada’s Women’s National Team faces off against Costa Rica at Investors Group Field.

JUN 13  BONNIE RAITT
Roots and blues icon is still going strong with Grammy-nominated 20th album, Dig in Deep. Catch her at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

JUN 9-16  AGASSIZ CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Celebrate Canada’s 150th with gorgeous chamber music and the premiere of new work that pays tribute to Manitoba’s 100,000 lakes.

JUN 17  THE FAB FOUR
Emmy-winning Beatles tribute band takes the stage for note-perfect renditions of classic hits. Club Regent Casino and Event Centre

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Now Open: Brazen Hall

Courtesy of Brazen Hall.

Courtesy of Brazen Hall.

Winnipeg’s craft brewing scene has exploded recently, with new breweries popping up all over the city. Brewpub Brazen Hall is the latest joy for homegrown hopheads. This well-designed Fort Garry spot styled with rustic wood, plush leather, and gleaming geometric fixtures opened to instant approval from pub lovers who now fill the space with lively chatter. A crisp blonde ale and peppery bière de garde are now on tap with more varieties brewing in the tanks on site. Superb suds are complemented by a fun menu of twists on pub favourites, like gussied-up burgers and wings, as well as filling pastas and brawny meat dishes.

  • 800 Pembina Hwy, 204‑453‑7980

Discover Secrets at 7 Incredible Winnipeg Attractions

By Joelle Kidd

Though it is the province’s largest city, Winnipeg has plenty of green space. Immerse yourself in nature and discover the secrets of Winnipeg’s outdoor attractions.

Courtesy of Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

Courtesy of Assiniboine Park Conservancy.

PLAYING WITH POLAR BEARS

For up close animal sightings, the Journey to Churchill Exhibit at Assiniboine Park zoo is the place to be. The main draw is a chance to come face to face with a swimming polar bear, separated by only 15 cm of polymer. This massive exhibit covers 3,714 square metres, and is home to caribou, muskox, snowy owls, arctic foxes, and, of course, seals and polar bears, whose aqueous environments are constructed side by side to encourage interaction—buffered by another polymer wall of course.

The secret to catching polar bears at play is to visit in the morning when the animals are most active. Arrive before 11 am to get the best view of the bears frolicking and swimming. The bears’ underwater enclosure is placed over a tunnel, called the Sea Ice Passage, so the curious can get an up close look at bear bellies swimming above. Get your phone ready; you’ll want to snap a selfie when a polar bear comes to check out the crowd.

  • Assiniboine Park, 2595 Roblin Blvd, 204‑927-6000

Learn more about Journey to Churchill

Courtesy Travel Manitoba

Courtesy Travel Manitoba

JUST AROUND THE RIVER BEND

Winnipeg grew out of the meeting place at the Red and Assiniboine Rivers, as these waterways made trade and travel much easier. Though planes, trains, and automobiles have superseded birch bark canoes in modern days, it is still possible to take to the river by boat for a new perspective on the city. Splash Dash Boat Tours and Rentals opens mid-May, sending river adventurers off from its perch at The Forks. Take a guided river tour and hear historical insights on points of interest along the way. When the water is calm, canoe rentals are available for those who want to paddle the Assiniboine.

  • Main dock at The Forks Historic Port, 204‑783‑6633

Where to shop while at The Forks

Photo by Ian Carter.

Photo by Ian Carter.

AU NATUREL

FortWhyte Alive is a haven for adventurous outdoor fun and environmental education, all within city limits. Paddle or go fishing on one of five lakes, walk through the wetlands on a floating boardwalk, and hike the trails that wind through surrounding aspen forest. Eco-explorers can learn about Manitoba wildlife at the site’s interpretive centre, but the best way to get up close and personal is on a bison safari—throughout May and June, buggies roll out on Thursdays at 1:30 pm to join the herd of huge hairy bison that live on the prairie.

If visiting in May, you’re just in time to catch the spring migration. Join a weekly Birding and Breakfast event to take a hike led by experienced birding guides and compare finds over pancakes at the on site Buffalo Stone Cafe.

Photo by Dan Harper.

Photo by Dan Harper.

TIME CAPSULE

It almost seems as though time has turned back to 1815 … until someone pulls out a smartphone to snap a pic of the blacksmith at work. Other than its visitors, everything at Fort Gibraltar is meticulously reproduced and restored, from costumed interpreters that explain the ins and outs of the fur trade on the prairies to the cabins filled with bundles of animal pelts.

Take a tour of the Fort to learn more about the daily life of early settlers and voyageurs from the North West Company.

Want more St Boniface history? Follow the Louis Riel walking tour

Photo courtesy of Thermea.

Photo courtesy of Thermea.

SOAK UP SOME SUN

Getting outside doesn’t necessarily mean getting active—sometimes all one needs is some fresh air and sun. The perfect place to spend a day outdoors and horizontal is Nordic-style spa Thermëa, an outdoor oasis cradled unexpectedly in an old Winnipeg residential neighbourhood.

Deep relaxation involves cycling through treatments of heat, cold, and rest. First, a toxin-clearing sit in a sauna, steam room, or hot bath, then a dip in the cold or temperate pool, followed by a period of relaxation. After a soak in the luxurious outdoor baths, journey out to the “Forest Beach”, a secluded rest area filled with loungers, Adirondack chairs, and comfy hammocks, all tucked in a lush grove of trees—the city will seem miles away.

  • 775 Crescent Dr, 1‑855‑284‑3344

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MLL Heritage Wall at Upper Fort Garry Park. Photo by Pattern Interactive.

MLL Heritage Wall at Upper Fort Garry Park. Photo by Pattern Interactive.

WILD WALL

Upper Fort Garry was an important centre of the fur trade for the Hudson’s Bay Company in the late 1800s, and though only the Fort’s gate remains standing today, the recently completed Upper Fort Garry Park commemorates the site with historical markers and an interactive installation set along the site of the fort’s original wall. The Heritage Wall spans more than 400 feet and depicts the history of this land from First Nations communities to the fur trade and European settlement. Watch the wall light up with an artistic LED interpretation of the Metis buffalo hunt—come at dusk for the best view.

For total tech integration, download the park’s smartphone app which highlights points of interest and provides information on the symbols on the Heritage Wall. Historical facts hidden around the park turn each visit into a scavenger hunt.

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Courtesy of Assiniboine Park Conservancy

Courtesy of Assiniboine Park Conservancy

A WALK IN THE PARK

Assiniboine Park, the city’s largest urban park, becomes a hotbed of activity in the spring and summer months. Beautiful blooms grow in the English gardens and Leo Mol sculpture garden, which also displays bronze figures created by the renowned artist. With winding paths and benches set in shady nooks, these gardens are a perfect place to while away the afternoon. Those itching to get active can start up an impromptu game of frisbee or fly a kite on the park’s manicured lawns.

The best way to take a tour of the park is to hop on board the miniature train that has been operating, run by the same family, for more than 50 years. This little locomotive runs daily from noon to 6 pm, and for $3 will take you on a spin around the park’s perimeter.

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Hot Art: May & June

Exhibits worth seeking out during your stay.

Dove with Olive Branch by pablo picasso, 1962, lithograph on paper. 55.1 x 75.6 cm. From the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2007-067. Photographer: Stephen Topfer ©Picasso Estate/SODRAC(2016)

Dove with Olive Branch by pablo picasso, 1962, lithograph on paper. 55.1 x 75.6 cm. From the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2007-067. Photographer: Stephen Topfer ©Picasso Estate/SODRAC(2016)

PICTURING PICASSO

STARTS MAY 13

A pair of exhibits give a rare glimpse at one of art history’s most iconic figures at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Picasso in Canada features more than 30 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and ceramic works drawn from collections across the country. Also on display is a collection of 100 etchings and drypoints, presented in its entirety for the first time in 60 years. Named Picasso: Man and Beast, this exhibit showcases the artist’s preoccupations with the civilizing nature of art and the “beast within”. Winnipeg Art Gallery, 300 Memorial Blvd, wag.ca

Lakeside Ritual (bc) by Matthew Gardiner, 2013, courtesy of aceartinc

Lakeside Ritual (bc) by Matthew Gardiner, 2013, courtesy of aceartinc

OTHER EXHIBITS

MAY-JUN: Graffiti Gallery presents a retrospective featuring works by artists involved with the gallery since its inception in 1998. 109 Higgins Ave, graffitigallery.ca
TO MAY 19: Matthew Gardiner explores modern society’s relationship with the natural world in You Can’t Go Home Again at aceartinc. 290 McDermot Ave, aceart.org
TO MAY 28: Through the Eyes of A Child exhibits the work of young artists at WAG@The Park inside the Assiniboine Park Pavilion. 55 Pavilion Cres, wag.ca
TO MAY 30:
Love of gardening and painting runs in the family for Gerd Behrendt and Angela Lillico. See Floral Frenzy: The Love of Father and Daughter at the Wayne Arthur Gallery. 186 Provencher Blvd, waynearthurgallery.com
MAY 5-28: The MAWA (Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art) Artist Mothers Group shows a mother-child collaborative exhibit. 611 Main St, mawa.ca
MAY 5-16: See Sari Habiluk’s The Golden Hour, a collection of vibrant and abstracted acrylic paintings, at cre8ery. 125 Adelaide St, cre8ery.com
JUN 2-28: Turqoise Gem/Pale Blue Dot is a collection of mixed media works by Bonnie Taylor at the Wayne Arthur Gallery. 186 Provencher Blvd, waynearthurgallery.com


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Hot Dining: French Twist

Photo by Ian McCausland.

Photo by Ian McCausland.

It has been a long journey leading chef Cam Tran of Café Ce Soir to his petit Portage Avenue bistro. A child of Vietnamese immigrants, who escaped their country by boat, Tran began working in kitchens with his father as a teenager. A winding career path eventually led him to move to France to study as a pastry chef at the Michelin starred Gastronomicom near Montpellier. Today, in his welcoming 23-seat café, chef Cam whips up marvelous pastry creations, crème brûlées infused with flavour, and classic French cuisine. A member of the slow food movement, this passionate chef makes everything from scratch in the kitchen with local ingredients. 937 Portage Ave, 204‑414‑7647, cafecesoir.ca

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