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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Introducing Peggy’s Squad Contests!

Many of you know that I love contests and contests are even better when you can enjoy prizes with some of your favourite people. Peggy’s Squad Contests are just that! Enjoy a day or evening doing some of my favourite things downtown and invite your squad to come along.

Here’s how the contests work:

  • Every time you see the image below on my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you’ll know that there’s a new Peggy’s Squad contest.

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  • Follow the instructions provided in the post and you will automatically be entered to win an amazing experience including yourself and 3-10 of your friends (number of friends depend on the contest).

Stay tuned for my first ever Peggy’s Squad contest on Monday, April 24th. Hint: It involves amazing food!

See you downtown,

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Delicious Honey, Coming Straight from your Neighbourhood

For centuries, honey has been known as “nature’s gold” for its great taste and amazing health benefits such as the prevention of heart disease, reducing throat irritation, and the healing of wounds. How amazing is that! Honey is definitely a favourite of mine and when I found out that we had hives here in downtown Winnipeg, I was super excited to find out more!

Chris Kirouac, the founder of Beeproject Apiaries, started his company as an experimental project, as the bee community and the ability to extract a pure and natural food from them, piqued his curiosity. He now refers to it as his out of control hobby!

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Chris initially started out with five hives and he and his wife now maintain over 140 in the Gimli/Winnipeg area, including some in our very own downtown. Last year, Beeproject produced Neighbourhood Honey by beehives kept on the Manitoba Hydro Place rooftop, where they fit perfectly with the sustainability mindset that the building was created with. While downtown, these bees discreetly pollinated local flowers in their search for local pollen and nectar.

One of the many great things about Beeproject is that they promote urban beekeeping and are committed to using sustainable methods by using organic techniques of hive management whenever possible.

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With its great taste and amazing health benefits, it is sad to see that the honey bee population is globally declining with over a third of the population disappearing over the last five years. What this means is that our agriculture is in serious danger. More than 130 fruits and vegetables that make up a nutritious diet, depend on the cross-pollination of honey bees.

Urban settings such as the rooftop of the Manitoba Hydro Place are ideal for honey bees, as they are shielded from the many bee-killing pesticides linked to industrial agriculture, while also gaining more days for pollinating due to warmth and wind protection.

The Urban Pollination Project, an initiative created by the Beeproject, is generating awareness about these issues and continues to promote urban beekeeping which is so great for these honey bees and our downtown! Find out more by visiting their website at http://www.beeproject.ca.

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WHERE TO FIND BEEPROJECT HONEY: Beeproject’s creamed honey can be purchased at a number of retailers throughout the city, while their Neighbourhood Honey can only be purchased directly through their website or exclusively through Parlour Coffee and Chew Restaurant.

We also have some exciting news to share! Beeproject will be opening a storefront in the Osborne area this Spring (launch is TBA). Be sure to check them out!

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FUN FACTS:

  • Neighbourhood honey which is produced in urban settings has subtle fruity and floral notes and both the flavour and colour changes throughout the season as the dominant type of flower changes.
  • Natural raw honey will crystallize over time and if you prefer your honey to be softer or liquid in consistency, simply warm your honey to the desired consistency. You can also enjoy it in the solid form with all its flavour and health benefits fully intact.
  • If stored appropriately (with the lid on and only clean cutlery used in the jars), it should last forever!
  • Honey is great to include in hot beverages like tea or coffee, on fresh baking or paired with soft/ fresh cheeses. Raw honey easily replaces refined sugar in many recipes.

Craving some honey yet? I have the perfect solution. Share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag both @BeeProjectCa and @DowntownWpgBIZ. You will receive one free jar of Beeproject’s Neighbourhood Honey (produced on the rooftop of Manitoba Hydro Place) while supplies last!

See you downtown,

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#Finditdowntown for FIFA!

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Soccer fans, Winnipeggers, restaurant goers and people who love vacations: this is for you.

As we all know, Winnipeg is playing host to the biggest soccer tournament Canada has ever hosted – FIFA Women’s World Cup 2015!

Now, sports are not totally my thing – I love a good Jets game (and Jet dog) or Goldeyes game (Goldie is very handsome, plus who doesn’t love those refreshing lemonades you get at Shaw Park?), but this FIFA thing is bringing people from all over the world to our city – all the hotels are sold out(!!!) and there’s definitely a huge buzz of excitement all over town – can you feel it?!

Even I can’t help but fangirl a little when I spot the teams meandering the streets of downtown, and it’s exciting to see groups of fans loading onto buses all dressed up in their teams colours and flags. Welcome to Winnipeg!

But getting back to the point here.

We want to give you tickets for two to an Air Canada travel destination!!!

Check out this following list of restaurants, their special FIFA deals, and most importantly, go visit and enter to win!

Nick’s on Broadway – 287 Broadway
The Rachel is new just in time for FIFA! Try this hottie (it’s a hot sandwich) featuring pastrami, Swiss cheese and coleslaw, served Panini-style.

Shannon’s Irish Pub – 175 Carlton St.
Lunch specials range from $6.99 – $9.99. Every day 4-7pm wings are 55 cents. Weekends and Thursdays… Select Import draft specials $6 & $8. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays – live music featuring local singer-songwriters and bands. ALL IN SUNDAYS a  live, unmiked Celtic jam from 6-9pm.

Hy’s Steakhouse – 1 Lombard Pl.
Happy hour menu from 3 – 6PM includes appetizers (jumbo prawns, onion rings, meatballs, fresh oysters) from $2.50 – $4, and drink specials including Sleeman’s Honey Brown Lager, Hy’s select red and white wine, Ceasars and champagne cocktails for $5.

Boston Pizza cityplace – 333 St. Mary Ave.
Drop by for happy hour between 3 – 6PM everyday and a free bus ride to the first 48 customers who are off to the game (with purchase of a meal), and a bunch of great contests and giveaways throughout the games!

Totally Confused Café – 2nd floor, 294 Portage Ave.
Get a free can drink or coffee or 30% off a smoothie with the purchase of any sandwich.

The Fyxx – 310 Broadway
Stop in for 10% off your purchase!

Carbone Coal Fired Pizza – 260 St. Mary Ave.
My personal fave – drink your way to free pizza! Any amount you spend on draft beer during happy hour gets taken off your pizza bill. Challenge accepted.

Waves Restaurant & Lounge – 330 Kennedy St.
Have you tried this Indian buffet? It’s all the curries you’ve ever dreamed of. Lunch buffet is offered Monday-Friday, 11AM – 3PM, and dinner is offered Monday – Saturday from 5PM – 9PM. Both are $12.99 and include naan bread and fountain drinks.

 

Air Canada contest details available here.

 

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And don’t for get to make use of the Free-fa Downtown Circulator!

On FIFA game nights in Winnipeg, hop on the Free-Fa (for free) and hop off close to downtown hotspots.

More info here.

 

 

 

Show downtown some love!

Whether you have several, one, none or only potential Valentines this Valentine’s day, why don’t you take a little time out of your day and show a little love for the heart of the city, my home and yours: downtown.

This week, swing by my Valentine-making space on the second level of Portage Place (where the Lennard Taylor Launch It! shop used to be). There you’ll find all kinds of Valentine’s Day activities including craft supplies, retro love songs on vinyl and a bunch of contests to enter.

Stop by and make a Valentine and let me know what you love most about downtown Winnipeg, or make one ahead of time and drop it off.

For all the details, click here.

Take a guess at how many candies are in each jar for a chance to win daily prizes including:

Monday:

Bouquet courtesy of Freshcut Downtown

Two tickets to Winnipeg Mardi Gras

 

Tuesday:

Two tickets to Vinyl Love at the Garrick Hotel

Betsey Johnson sparkly owl bracelet (HBC)

Saucy Jack Butter London Nail Polish (HBC)

Bobbi Brown lip gloss trio (HBC)

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Wednesday:

Two tickets to Winnipeg Mardi Gras

Pearl necklace and bracelet (Flash Boutique)

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Thursday:

Two tickets to Vinyl Love at the Garrick Hotel

Selection of craft beers

Mama Pacha’s Brilliant Beard Balm (Flash Boutique)

Paper Chess Set (Best of Friends)

Space Invaders Playing Cards (Best of Friends)

5 Classic Bond Stories (Coles cityplace)

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Friday:

Black and Sparkly

Anne Klien ankle boots (HBC)

Butter London Nail Polish (HBC)

Smashbox Lipgloss (HBC)

Timex watch (HBC)

Two Saturday Swing Out passes

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And that’s a #downtownwishlist wrap!

The holidays may be over and the “New Year” is getting older by the moment, but I must say one way to keep the merry and bright going is to grant a whole bunch of people’s wishes. I had no idea how fun this would be!

In case you missed it, (and I’m sorry if you did!) I spent the month of December asking people to take photos of items or experiences they found downtown, for themselves or on behalf of someone special, and get them to me via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #downtownwishlist.

I got to sit here, watch the (over 200!!!) entries roll in, and then grant some wishes!

Thank you so much for participating! I loved seeing what you were wishing for and hearing your stories – I’m sure I wasn’t the only one on social media who came away with a bunch of great Christmas gifting ideas!

In the end, and thanks largely to the generosity of the businesses in the downtown, I was able to grant 30 wishes in total!

Here are a handful of highlights:

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We got her a new winter coat, and Warehouse One generously threw in a bonus pair of jeans! What a great BFF!
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Thanks for sharing this cute photo!
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Shopper’s Drug Mart makeovers are actually free! But we got her a GC so she could get a few new fave products.
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I also kickstarted my modelling career over the holidays! Not. But this was fun!
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We got her some tickets. 🙂
WAG
As if she could choose JUST ONE thing from the WAG gift shop. Everything is SO NICE. It was a good choice though, I must say!
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A Christmas wish come true – gifts for mom! 🙂
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Love all the artwork at Upbeat Artworks in Portage Place, and love to support an initiative that supports mental health recovery and awareness.
Era
Dinner at Era it is! Hope you don’t mind a third wheel! 😉
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She promised photos of the new dress she sews!!!
HBC watch perfume
Spotted this gal in the skywalks all the time! She has great taste and loves downtown. We might be soul sisters.
Moccasins
Loved meeting this thoughtful gal!
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Thanks for bringing us the news and weather everyday! Sure, let’s do brunch!
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Huge thanks to cityplace for the parking pass! That ought to make these frigid months a little more bearable!

 

Special thanks to Carbone Coal Fired Pizza, True North, The Fort Garry Hotel/Ten Spa, Era Bistro, The Fairmont Winnipeg/The Velvet Glove, cityplace, Prairie 360 and the Winnipeg Art Gallery for your generous wish-granting contributions!

Next year I want to grant even more wishes – so keep your eyes peeled and send them my way!

 

 

Granting wishes is fun!

Thanks so much for sharing your #downtownwishlist wishes with me! I love seeing the products you spot and love downtown!

What do I love more than that? Giving this stuff away! Here’s a roundup of #downtownwishlist winners so far! And remember, if you’ve shared photo of your wish, I’ll contact you if you’ve won, so keep your eyes peeled!

Keep the #downtownwishlist wishes for yourself or someone special coming my way! Get at me on Twitter @downtownpeggy, Instagram @downtownpeggy or post on my Facebook wall, and your wish just might be granted. Remember, you have to find it downtown!

 

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From The Urban Bakery, to keep her bros lookin’ good and reppin’ the 204!
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A nice, warm winter coat for her husband!

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