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For those with an eccentric sense of style, a visit to Ragpickers is a must. Opened in 1984, this quirky store had a humble beginning and was mostly associated with Winnipeg's theater and other arts-related activities then. Since 2013, the store has a brick and mortar form where they sell as well as rent unconventional and dramatic clothes. Whether it's a Halloween party that you need to be at or it's a play, Ragpickers Anti-Fashion Emporium will surely complete your look. The store is open to all by appointment only.
Its archaic exterior and old-world charm makes it impossible to miss The Old House Revival Company on Young Street. This four-story building is home to beautiful antiques that are sure to mesmerize art, history and culture aficionados. Each floor of The Old House Revival Company has something unique on offer. Decorate your home with stained glasses and furnish it with carved chairs. Even those wooden fireplaces from old story books can be found here along with wonderfully large pianos, chandeliers and book racks. The kitchen section at The Old House Revival Company looks nothing less than a page out of Julia Child's life and the patio decorations create a mini paradise in your garden. With lamp shades, ceramics and even clothes, at The Old House Revival Company it cannot get any more vintage.
Mercadito Latino is the place to come to for all things Mexican and Latin American. A shop and restaurant rolled into one, this establishment offers both authentic Mexican dishes as well as produce and packaged food products from Latin America. In fact, this supermarket has one of the most varied collection of Latin food products in the entire city. Each dish prepared in the restaurant section is made according to old family recipes and retain a home-cooked, authentic Mexican taste. Tacos de Pollo, Pupusas, Quesadilla de Pollo and Flans are some of the dishes which are popular with diners here. If you wish to learn a new language, you can also sign up for the Spanish classes which are held here from time to time.
Winnipeg is big on farmers' markets during summers and its not surprising to see every neighborhood have their own. Main Street Farmers' Market takes place in a parking lot and is a bustling spot every Friday from July to mid September. Besides farm fresh goodness, you will also find local artisan craft products which are worth buying as souvenirs.
Osborne Village is located close to the confluence of Assiniboine and Red Rivers, and forms the dream neighborhood of many a Canadian. Winner of the title “Canada's Great Neighbourhood” conferred by the Canadian Institute of Planners, it offers an idiosyncratic mix of historic and modern architecture. Quaint churches stand alongside high rises, and this neighborhood even boasts one of the city's tallest buildings. It is also one of Winnipeg's oldest and most populated localities. Today, it has emerged as a major shopping destination, offering everything from jewelry showrooms and fashion boutiques to music and kitchenware stores. Culturally, it is not far behind either and it usually has violinists strumming popular tunes at street corners during touristy seasons. Its streets don a colorful look and offer a blend of good food, music, shops and architecture. Osborne Village is best known for its annual Canada Day Celebration, where you can find the best local food and art, live music events, and activities for both adults and kids.
If you are bored of following the diktats of recurrent fashion seasons and want to create your own distinctive style, head to Out Of The Blue. This boutique is all about mix-and-match: a trench coat with vintage plaid pants, a golden pleated skirt with a halter top, or a floral dress with a wood button cardigan. This store started as a vintage shop and expanded to curate a selection of rare fashions that have an instant wow factor. Earrings shaped like porcupine quills, a heritage oak wood watch, glittery owl-shaped mugs, vintage plaid skirts and Aztec-print tops are just a few of the wonderful items in its eclectic collection. You will find plenty of quirky decor to brighten your home and stunning accessories than add glam to any outfit.