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:

WHO 1
We got her a new winter coat, and Warehouse One generously threw in a bonus pair of jeans! What a great BFF!
HBC mitts
Thanks for sharing this cute photo!
shoppers makeover
Shopper’s Drug Mart makeovers are actually free! But we got her a GC so she could get a few new fave products.
Lennard Taylor
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!
upbeat
A Christmas wish come true – gifts for mom! 🙂
mushroom platter
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! 😉
belly dance fabric
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!
GlobalStellas
Thanks for bringing us the news and weather everyday! Sure, let’s do brunch!
parking pass
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!