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Just when you thought that bars were restricted to only beer and wine-tasting comes along a concept store that makes you re-think this idea. Frescolio is a unique fine oils and vinegar store that lets its customers taste a cup of their wares before arriving at an informed decision. Inspired by stores of similar kinds in Chicago and Ottawa, Frescolio came up with this concept that took off excellently in Winnipeg. This phenomenal store stocks gourmet-quality oils, ranging from extra-virgin olive oils and specialty oils to balsamic vinegar and specialty vinegar. All wares are stored in air-tight stainless steel containers, from which one can test sample flavors. On the periphery, Frescolio is also known for its collection of specialty jams, teas, herbs, spices and honey.

Owner Nathalie Gautier takes pride in each of her creations, which is evident to all devoted fans of the A L'Epi de Blé bakery. Located in North End, this French bakery serves fabulous sweet and savory treats, ranging from phenomenally light macaroons to darling cupcakes and indulgent pastries. Baked goods with a French-Canadian touch such as the Québécois bread do wonders, while the Croque Madam, fresh quiches and meat pies keep first-timers hooked enough to come back for more. The cheeses come all the way from France, making a drive past this establishment even more irresistible. For a more personal touch and the right recommendations, talk to owner herself.

Stepping into this bright store on Corydon Avenue induces somewhat of a spiritual rush, with its dazzling array of healing objets d'art and divine cornucopia. The store centers around the mantra of healing and holistic wellness, and its wares reflect this philosophy. Find crystal encyclopedias, self-help books that double as life coaches, healing tools, saintly figurines, jewelry, tarot decks, talismans, meditation tools, wind chimes, incense sticks and everything in between. Purchase one of these items for gifting or simply hold on to them for a dose of positive strength. Or,indulge in alternate life therapy by participating in the store's many workshops, book readings and tarot-centric events.

Beautifully stacked packets of premium teas and coffees adorn the shelves at Cornelia Bean, the city's tea and coffee mecca on Academy Road. Named after her Dutch grandmother, owner Cory Krul brings some of the finest products to Winnipeg, all sourced from high-quality brokers and growers. While coffees include an A to Z array of blends sourced from Brazil, Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru and other major coffee-producing regions, teas include elegant infusions such as Oolong, Green tea, Black tea, Pu Erh, White tea, Yellow tea and the exotic Roobois from South Africa. Ardent fans can take a seat near the window and sample some fine blends at the shop itself.

As the name suggests, Generation Green focuses on an array of products that are environmentally sustainable and eco-friendly. These products are also sourced from local craftsmen, wholesalers and growers, in a bid to promote small businesses in Canada. Whether you are looking for natural bath and body care products, a safe remedy for general ailments, or organic food products, you are certain to find it under one roof. Located at the bustling Forks Market, Generation Green is known for letting food developers display their products in a demo set-up. Besides, there are also products such as home and garden supplies, pet-related food and accessories and local seasonal gems on offer. Store hours vary as per season.

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