Celebrating National Coffee Day

Let’s have a quick discussion about coffee. Actually let’s have a really long, drawn out discussion about. I’m not sure if I’m the only one who walks the streets of downtown and realizes we have a lot of amazing, world class coffee places.

Just today, I drove for five minutes and passed by four amazing spots, Second Cup, Fools and Horses, Thom Bargen, and The Fyxx. It’s a long story, but I was touring the downtown in this cute BMW convertible from NOTT Autocorp as they are really supporting a push to explore the downtown. It hit me as I was deciding to grab a little “pick me up” that there’s a lot of options of a caffeine fix downtown!

I’ve come to the conclusion that our growth in coffee houses, breweries, and our outstanding restaurants is what’s leading the way for Winnipeg to get all sorts of international attention. For me, the thing that puts a place over the top is if the coffee tastes good black. I’m also a fan of great art on the wall, a cute corner to sit in, and the ability to people watch as I sit and write my blogs and tweet about life downtown.

You’ll typically find me on a Monday afternoon at Fools and Horses on Broadway sitting on the patio in summer. As the season changes I’ll move inside and enjoy an Americano while sitting in the back of the coffee house.

Wednesday I frequent the Second Cup on Graham. I love that it is a locally owned franchise and all the flavoured coffees are delicious. It’s a great place to meet outside the office as the place is massive, and it’s perfect for brainstorming and coming up with strategies to improve business. It’s been a hot spot for me to come up with blog collaborations.

On Saturday morning, there are few places that I love as much as Thom Bargen. You can sit back, relax and reflect on a great week. The coffee tastes great black and you can sit in the corner on their long bench and read a book, surf online, or simply pull out your laptop and write.

Every single coffee house in this city has amazing home baked options for snacks. I won’t even begin to list off the things I love at each place. If you need a doughnut, piece of cake, a muffin, toast or anything delicious you can find both your snack and a place to sit, any day of the week.

So I’m curious Winnipeg, where do you go?

Let’s take this conversation to social media, tag @downtownpeggy and tell me where you go, and why it’s special. I’m looking for surprises! We have Stella’s at Plug In, Fools and Horses at The Forks, Starbucks, Tim Hortons and so much more. I’ve even had a great cup of coffee at the Hotel Fort Garry. So let’s chat about your spot! You know I love spreading the word about the great places in downtown Winnipeg.

Surprise me with your favourite downtown coffee shop, or tell me why you love the spots I’ve mentioned and you may just win a gift card from your favourite spot!

See you downtown,

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Thick Cut Bacon And An Epic Concert – That’s Downtown Living

If you are into delicious food, a brand new restaurant just opened up at 285 Portage called Tipsy Cow. I’m not telling you that you have to eat there, but I’m telling every person I meet how amazing the Thick Cut Candied Bacon is. It’s where I fueled up before Interstellar Rodeo, and I’m trying to figure out if I can somehow eat there twice a day for the rest of my life. Pro tip, try combining Little Brown Jug 1919, TC Candy Bacon, and the Winnipeg Burger; that’s the good life and you can only find it downtown.

When you walk into Tipsy Cow you know it’s going to be good. There’s a bar in the front ready to get you started with a local drink, or you can get seated right away and get some amazing starters for you and your group/date. Tipsy Cow is a simple place to get a good burger, and a beer and then get on to an amazing venue downtown.

I personally went from a burger to watching Beck rock the house at the Forks. This is an artist I’ve been waiting to see since 1997 and he lit up the stage and the crowd. Even the hipsters said he was cool and couldn’t help but dance a little as this master of the stage entertained a full house.

The Forks is always an option for entertainment. If you missed Interstellar Rodeo this year, make sure you plan to be there next year. Also, add The Forks to your favourites list and follow them on Instagram and TwitterThe Forks always has something going on in their events section. 

Add Tipsy Cow to your Winnipeg “must eat” list, perfect before a game at MTS, a concert, or just because your working downtown and working makes you hungry. I’m certain this restaurant will make your day complete; they have beer and bacon, the rest is a bonus.

SHARE this post on Facebook or Twitter and you will be entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Tipsy Cow (enter by August 27 to be entered to win).

See you downtown,

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Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas That You Can Find Downtown

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 18th and if you’re still having trouble figuring out where to take/what to buy your dad, take a look at some of these great ideas that I’m sure he’ll love!

Blacksmith Parlour

Located at 289 Garry Street, Blacksmith Parlour is the first of its kind in Canada specializing in men’s grooming needs.

Their staff offers a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere where men can receive a variety of services including hair removal and hand and foot treatments. They also use quality, industry leading products that enhance the personal hygiene and appearance of the modern man.

Enjoy a day out with your dad or purchase a gift certificate in store at their downtown location.

For more information about their services, visit blacksmithparlour.com.

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Goldeyes vs St. Paul Saints

The Goldeyes play the series finale against the St. Paul Saints at Shaw Park on Father’s Day! Bring Dad to the ballpark for an afternoon of Goldeyes baseball. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Goldeyes cap courtesy of Boston Pizza. Plus, after the game you can bring Dad on the field to play catch!

For tickets, visit goldeyes.com/tickets/.

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Dinner at Prairie 360

Prairie 360, located at 83 Garry Street, is cooking up something delicious for Father’s Day this Sunday. Celebrate with one of the best views in town!

Book a dinner reservation today!


Dad’s Special Day at the Children’s Museum

Calling all dads! The Children’s Museum is offering half-price admission for all dads on Father’s Day. Dads and their children can explore the galleries together and make memories that will last a lifetime. It’ll be a dad-tastic day!

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Happy Father’s Day!

See you downtown,

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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Canada Day 150 in Downtown Winnipeg

Every July 1st is special as we celebrate Canada Day and this year as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation, Canada Day holds extra meaning.

If you’re looking for ideas on how you can celebrate Canada Day in Downtown Winnipeg, read on!

201 Portage Canada Day Living Maple Leaf 

Portage & Main, 8am-10am

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Tens of thousands of people have come together over the past years to create the Canada Day Living Flag in several locations around the downtown on Canada Day.

This year, the annual Canada Day event takes over the iconic Winnipeg intersection of Portage & Main from 8am-10am on Saturday, July 1.

Everyone is invited to start your Canada Day with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ in the heart of Winnipeg as together we create a living maple leaf. This family-friendly event is open to everyone and we know you’ll enjoy being a part of this special event! The Dirty Catfish Brass Band will once again entertain the crowd, plus we look forward to hosting some special guests, so come for 8am to dance and enjoy!

The first 2,500 people will receive an official 201 Portage Canada Day Living Maple Leaf shirt and we ask that you please wear a red to this event.

Click here for more information and how you can participate!


Winnipeg Goldeyes vs. Sioux Falls

Shaw Park – 1 Portage Ave E., 4pm

The Winnipeg Goldeyes host the Sioux Falls Canaries on Canada’s 150th Birthday at the ballpark with a special start time of 4pm.

Via Rail Canada will also be giving away a train trip for two to Jasper, Alberta.

Come and cheer on your Winnipeg Goldeyes, the 2016 American Association Champions! Check out their website for ticket information.


Canada Day at The Forks

The Forks, all day/evening

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The Forks has been a meeting place for over 6,000 years, so you can bet the Canada 150 celebrations on site will be spectacularly festive!

Tons of free, family-friendly programming is on the line-up with five stages offering entertainment all day long under the canopy, on the barge, in the skatepark, Oodena Celebration Circle and of course, headliners at the Festival Stage. A stunning fireworks spectacle will cap off the day of celebrations at 11PM.

Bonus: Bike valet will be on site all day for you to store your bikes, helmets and gear.

Check out The Forks website for more details about Canada 150 celebrations.


Canada Day Rooftop Party at the MET – June 30

The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, 9:30 pm – 2:00 am

Come in your best white outfit and kick off Canada Day Long Weekend at the MET on June 30th.

This all-white affair themed party will start at 9:30 pm and feature samples from Torque Brewing and music by Jamil the DJ, winner of the Winnipeg Night Life Award for DJ of the year!

You purchase tickets today by clicking here.


Carbone Block Party – June 30 and July 1

Carbone – 260 St. Mary Avenue, 8pm-1am

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You’re invited to the second annual Canada Day Music Festival & Block Party at Carbone Downtown.

There’s a 500 person Beer Garden, live DJs, Live Bands and of course, great pizza and you’ll find it all in the entire block behind their building.

Entry is free before 10pm and $10 after.

Check out their Facebook page for more details and updates!

Hope to see you at one of these exciting events to celebrate Canada 150!

See you downtown,

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Top Downtown Winnipeg Locations for Wedding Photos

Summer wedding season is right around the corner.  Your social media feeds will soon be caked with photos of blushing brides and wedding hashtags.

If you or someone you know has upcoming nuptials in the heart of Winnipeg here are some great downtown locations for wedding photos courtesy of my friends over at Black & Gold Photography:

Legislative Grounds

This Winnipeg staple is really popular for wedding photos so we suggest booking in advance.  This will give you access to the main indoor staircase as well as some of the upper floor hallways and pillar window areas.  Outside you can pose in front of the fountain or have your bridal party spaced out over the carefully landscaped greenery.

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Hydro Building

If you want a more modern feel for your wedding photos we suggest booking the hydro building for a one hour timeslot.  This building has a lot of natural light, a black rainfall backdrop and chic red leather couches.  The glass stairwell and mural in front of Ruby’s Restaurant can also be used for a different backdrop to your photos.

The Forks

There are several indoor and outdoor locations at the Forks to show off those freshly celebrated “I Do’s”.  Ride to the top of the market elevator for a cityscape backdrop or walk hand in hand along the red river side.  At just the right angle you can also catch the Esplanade Riel Bridge or beautiful architecture of the Human Rights Museum in the foreground.

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Via Rail

If the forecast calls for rain on your big day no worries.  Via rail’s indoor main lobby offers a stunning photo area with high ceilings and structural design.  The outside tunnel under the train track bridge is decked with a cobblestone road.  This rough texture looks great with formal wedding attire.

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Millennium Library Park

A small patch of serenity is found behind the Millennium Library.  Who wouldn’t want the emptyful structure with cascading water and fog in their wedding photos?  This location is a great place to choose if you want some flowers, plants and green for your downtown photos.

These are only a few of our favorite downtown wedding photo locations.  Of course there are some non-traditional locations but that’s something to discuss with your wedding photographer.

Still need a wedding photographer?  Black & Gold Photography would love to meet with you! For more information about their services, visit www.blackandgoldphotography.com and tell Joel & Cheryl that Peggy sent you ;).

See you downtown,

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Top Highlights of the 12th Annual Manito Ahbee Festival

The 12th annual Manito Ahbee Festival presented by Casinos of Winnipeg was once again a successful celebration of Indigenous music, arts and culture. This year the Festival reached new and exciting milestones that included the Kick Off & Lighting of the Sacred Fire, the Indigenous Music Conference, MTS Youth Education Day, the Indigenous Music Awards and the International Pow Wow.

Here are the top highlights of the 12th Annual Manito Ahbee Festival:

MTS Youth Education Day

A thousand students from across the city filled the University of Winnipeg RecPlex for MTS Youth Education Day where they learned about the Seven Sacred Teachings (love, respect, courage, honesty, wisdom, humility and truth) and Indigenous tradition, culture and art.

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The Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Northern Cree

At the Indigenous Music Awards Show, twenty awards were given to the top indigenous talent in categories ranging from rock to traditional Pow Wow and included the Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Northern Cree.

The Northern Cree singers are one of the most respected and influential groups on the Pow Wow trail and have won hundreds of championship signing titles from every major Pow-Wow including the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, New Mexico and the Julyamsh Pow Wow in Post Falls, Idaho.

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Chante Speidel Crowned as New Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador

The title of Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador honours the memory of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls and every four years an Indigenous woman, who was taken much too soon, is honoured by the Manito Ahbee Festival

This year the Festival crowned Chante Mikwan Caroline Speidel from Saptoweyak Cree Nation Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as the new Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador.

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Honouring the Founder & Visionary of the Manito Ahbee Festival

The Pow Wow community honoured the founder and visionary of the Manito Ahbee Festival, Lisa Meeches, who is also set to receive the Order of Manitoba on July 13, with a dance, offering her healing, support and well wishes.

The Order of Manitoba honours any current or former longtime resident of Manitoba who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement.

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First Place Art Challenge Winner

The Art Challenge was an exciting competition where artists painted live before an audience during the International Pow Wow. The competition consisted of two rounds of 20 painters where each participant was given 30 minutes to produce a painting.

Patrick Ross took home first place in the Art Challenge competition for his incredible painting of Indigenous art.

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If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Manito Ahbee Festival this year, don’t worry, the Festival will be back next year from May 16 – 20, 2018!

See you downtown,

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Top 7 Things to Do in Downtown Winnipeg This Summer

Here in Winnipeg, we know that summer certainly doesn’t last forever and that getting the most out of the few summer months, starts with planning early and enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

The Downtown Winnipeg BIZ offers a variety of things to do for every age, which will give you the opportunity to meet the community, have fun and discover new or hidden spots. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the tastes and flavours of a diverse selection of restaurants, dance the afternoon away, get fit in the park or spend quality time doing family-friendly activities, downtown is definitely the place to be this summer!

Take a look at the top seven things to do in downtown Winnipeg this summer:

Downtown Farmers’ Market

Here’s a chance to get all your favourite, fresh and local items. With over 70 unique vendors, the Downtown Farmers’ Market provides a variety of fruits and vegetables, baking, preserves, meat, cheese, crafts, jewelry, and other food and artisan items.

Markets run every Thursday from June to September at Manitoba Hydro Place from 10 am – 3 pm.

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Canada Day Living Maple Leaf

As we celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year, Winnipeg will come together once again and for the first time ever, create the Canada Day Living Maple Leaf. This annual event has become a multicultural mosaic and snapshot of how welcoming, inclusive and accessible our downtown community truly is.

Join in on this free event on July 1st at the Portage & Main intersection from 8 am – 10 am.

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 Downtown Tours

Discover downtown like never before with six unique tours that showcase the incredible selection of restaurants downtown has to offer. Learn more about downtown’s history while also getting to see the new developments that are changing the city’s core.

Tours include the Breakfast Club Tour, the Moveable Feast Tour, the Patio Crawl Tour, the Tap In Tour, the Wine Tour and the Downtown Flashback Tour.

Special tours to look out for this year are the Our Doors Open edition of the Breakfast Club Tour, the Nuit Blanche edition of the Moveable Feast Tour, and the exciting new partnership with local downtown art galleries for the June 23rd Wine Tour.

Tours are run at various locations and times. For more information about Downtown Tours and to register, visit downtownwinnipegtours.com.

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Downtown Fitness in the Park

Fitness in the Park has attracted thousands of office workers and residents who want to include some much-needed activity and relaxation amidst the hustle and bustle of their everyday lives.

This year Downtown Fitness in the Park will kick off on June 1st and run until August 31st. The series will offer free yoga, Zumba, Pilates and boot camp classes from noon – 12:45 pm at different downtown locations.

Take a look at the complete Fitness in the Park schedule and start planning your workouts today!

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Downtown Concert Series

Winnipeg is definitely a festival-friendly city and the Downtown Concert Series brings that energy to the city centre. This year, free concerts will be held on the Cityplace terrace, on Edmonton Street presented by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and at Portage Place from June – August. Concerts will run from noon – 12:45 pm and will feature new local artists and returning favourites.

A complete list of artists, dates, and locations can be found on the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ website.

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Movies on Memorial

Hundreds of Winnipeggers voted online to determine what the 2017 Movies on Memorial theme would be. After calculating all the votes, 90s favourites was our winner!

Enjoy 90s favourites, including The Little Rascals, Spice World, Jumanji and others, every Tuesday in August at Memorial Park. Movies start at dusk.

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Manyfest

Downtown’s biggest street festival returns this September 8 – 10 on Broadway and Memorial Blvd. Manyfest brings an energetic atmosphere of arts, entertainment and delicious cuisine and since its inception, has attracted well over 250,000 people to the heart of the city. This open, outdoor showcase of talent, community and healthy living is a must-attend event that brings the incredible summer to a close.

Enjoy your all-time favourites, including Food Truck Wars, live concerts, MiniFest Kids’ Zone, the Wine & Beer Garden, Farmers’ Market, movies and so much more!

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For more information about any of these events, please visit downtownwinnipegbiz.com.

See you downtown this summer!

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Peggy’s Squad Contest Winners

I had such an amazing time on the Breakfast Club Tour with my Peggy’s Squad Contest Winners!

We had the opportunity to visit three incredible downtown restaurants, including Prairie 360, Blaze Restaurant at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel, and Café Bella. Each stop provided us with a delicious breakfast/brunch feature, which we all really enjoyed.

We also discovered and learned more about downtown Winnipeg’s history at Upper Fort Garry!

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Be sure to watch out for the  next Peggy’s Squad contest coming soon!

See you downtown,

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Mother’s Day 2017: Meet You Downtown

This weekend is Mother’s Day and there are wonderful ways to celebrate the moms in your life at one of these events happening around downtown Winnipeg.

The Return of Evelyn Hart in Vespers

Internationally-acclaimed Canadian ballet icon Evelyn Hart joins the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in the world premiere of James Kudelka’s Vespers, a new ballet choreographed to Claudio Monteverdi’s ‘Vespers, 1610’.

Vespers means “evening prayer” and has stood the test of time for over four hundred years- a true testament to the music’s remarkable power. Vespers combines dramatic atmospheres with creative classical ballet technique, contemporary styles and perspectives on relationships, nature and the spiritual world.

Claudio Monteverdi’s stunning score is performed by a live choir accompanied by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Vespers is alive with vibrant character, colour and texture with all the richness of a renaissance painting. This emotionally powerful ballet features iconic ballerina Evelyn Hart in a role created especially for her.

I recently had the opportunity to see this wonderful show and was thrilled to see the iconic Evelyn Hart make her return to the Royal Winnipeg Ballet for this world premiere. This show will leave you in awe and will even provide you with a little bit of laughter!

Vespers runs May 10-14. For show times and ticket information, please see the RWB box office and website.

 

Picasso in Canada

Opening this weekend–get ready for Manitoba’s first major showcase of work by Pablo Picasso in over 40 years. This summer, the WAG presents Picasso in Canada and Picasso: Man and Beast, two exhibitions highlighting the many sides of Picasso, who remains one of the greatest artists of all time.

As part of the WAG’s Canada 150 celebrations, Picasso in Canada brings together 35 artworks by the artist, including paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, and ceramic works. Drawn from art museums across Canada and private collections, the exhibition spans five decades of Picasso’s artistic production, offering a range of well-known themes and images, including intimate portraits of five of Picasso’s lovers. Among these pieces is Seated Woman, arguably the most renowned painting by Picasso in a Canada.

For show details and tour information, please visit picasso.wag.ca.

Meet You At The Library For A Movie

On Sunday, May 14, at the Millennium Library treat yourself and mom to this much talked about film based on Rosalie Ham’s bestselling novel of the same name. The Dressmaker is the story of femme fatale Tilly Dunnage who returns to her small hometown in the country to right the wrongs of the past. A stylish drama with comic undertones about love, revenge and haute couture. 119 min. Rated PG. Showtime is 2:00PM – 4:00PM.

BONUS IDEAS:

If you and mom are working on your FitBit competitive levels, consider lacing up those walking shoes and taking in The Loop as presented by Tourism Winnipeg. This fantastic tour takes you through Winnipeg’s best and most iconic spots and at your own pace. Download the map here, plan your noshing spots, and get out and enjoy this beautiful city with mom on her special day.

Artisan Craft Sale at the Marlborough Hotel

Sure you’re invited to brunch but then stay and shop at one of Canada’s historic landmarks in the heart of city.

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Downtown Winnipeg Welcomes Third + Bird!

Third + Bird puts on two major markets a year during the Spring and Fall and this year’s markets are headed to the Hudson’s Bay downtown for the first time ever!

Their markets are a juried show, selecting the best, top, local brands which provide products from local vendors for every demographic including: men’s, ladies, kids, accessories, home decor, art, skin care, and so much more!

Spring Market –  May 6th between 10 am – 6 pm (general admission at the door)

Fall Market – Last full weekend in November, this year November 24 – 26

Third + Bird has brought out over 6,500 people to recent markets and they are now ready to bring that energy downtown! Join the community and enjoy the Third + Bird market this Saturday where you’ll see over 110 local businesses and their amazing products.

I recently visited their new location at the Hudson’s Bay Downtown and got a sneak peak of some of  vendors that will be joining the Market this weekend! Here are just a few of the ones that you can expect to see:

Tiny Inspirations

Stylish necklaces for mom and safe teething accessories for baby. Modern designs for the modern family. Teething rings, pacifier clips and more.

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Kate + Norah Co.

Kate + Norah Co. makes handcrafted products which follow a minimalistic approach with a conscious effort to be sustainable, natural and eco-friendly.

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Little Box of Rocks

Little Box of Rocks sells thoughtful gifts for every occasion – thinking of you, words of encouragement, birthday gifts, anniversary gifts and much more.

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Naked Skincare & Apothecary

Naked is a small batch apothecary production founded by Amber Magus. Inspired by the simplicity and beauty of nature, she has created a minimalist, all natural, 100% good stuff line and believes that when it comes to your skin, less is more.

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Huron Woodwork

Huron Woodwork, a tribute to the places we call home. Whether it is their flagship Manitoba pieces or that unique piece that adds a special touch to your own home, their hand-cut, handcrafted products are made with love.

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Barletta Beeswax

Barletta Beeswax specializes in quality, hand-dipped and poured, 100% pure beeswax candles and related products using locally sourced wax and fine cotton wicking. Offering beeswax candles in all shapes & sizes: the classics (tea lights; votives; tapers; pillars); and lots of fun & elegant shapes (swirls; animals; flowers and pinecones,etc).

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In addition to all these amazing vendors, Third + Bird will feature beautiful art installations, a cafe with good food and eats, womens co-op from Nepal table, and cookie + raffle tables!

For a complete list of vendors at this year’s Third + Bird markets visit, Vendors – THIRD + BIRD.

See you downtown,

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