Winnipeggers prep for tonight’s whiteout


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Judging by the lineup at the MTS Centre's Jets Store Monday, Winnipeg is in for a white night, all right. Not to mention, local businesses are in for a little more green.

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Judging by the lineup at the MTS Centre’s Jets Store Monday, Winnipeg is in for a white night, all right. Not to mention, local businesses are in for a little more green.

 Dozens queued up around noon to snatch up last-minute buys of white tees, jerseys and accessories.

 Most would admit, bashfully, they were sneaking out of work to shop for clothes.

Jessica Botelho-Urbanski / Winnipeg Free Press Parker Stephenson shows off his new truck decal ahead of Game 3 of the Jets' playoff series Monday.

 “It’s a little slow, so I was able to take the day off,” said electrician Parker Stephenson after he left the Jets Store.

 Other business owners in Osborne Village are also turning a profit thanks to the Jets hooplah. Pinky’s Bakeshop and Nuburger, both on Strabrook Ave., are serving up playoff specials.

“A lot of people are coming in for Jets-themed cupcakes. We just did about 100 Jets medallions for orders for this weekend. Everything is all edible and hand-painted,” Pinky Fuentes, owner of Pinky’s Bakeshop, said.

Across the street, Nuburger’s kitchen is whipping up a new dish, the Smak Shot. The beef burger is named after one of its main ingredients, locally-produced Smak Dab mustard, and the hockey movie franchise, Slap Shot.

Nuburger will be screening all of the Jets’ playoff games.

“If they weren’t on the TVs, I would never get to watch them because I’m always here,” Marc Priestley, co-owner of Nuburger, joked.

The healthy burger joint has seen a boon in business since the return of the Jets, Priestley said.

“I just love that everybody has a common goal to cheer together for,” he said. “More people are out and about, celebrating, hanging out with friends. It’s great.”

Jessica Botelho-Urbanski / Winnipeg Free Press Marc Priestly, co-owner of Nuburger on Stradbrook Ave., holds up the healthy burger joint's latest creation, the Smak Shot. The new burger was made in honour of the Winnipeg Jets' playoff berth.

For another Jets Store shopper, Nita Jackson — who managed to snatch up tickets to Game 4 — being part of the Winnipeg whiteout is more important than whether the Jets win or lose.

Jackson was at the last Jets playoff game in 1996 and can’t wait to watch the home team Wednesday.

“You can’t walk or look anywhere without seeing Jets or hearing Jets on social media — everywhere. Even driving to get here on the street, everyone’s in Jets gear,” she said, weaving in and out of the cramped store aisles. “They’re totally bringing this city together.”


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