Arts & Life
Canstar Community News
Hey there, time traveller!
This article was published 25/3/2014 (2297 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
A new pilot project is giving seven small businesses a chance to see what it would be like to have a retail presence in downtown Winnipeg.
The Launch It! Youth Entrepreneurship Incubator and Pop Up Shop project is a joint initiative of the Downtown Winnipeg Business Improvement Zone (BIZ) and Portage Place Shopping Centre.
For the next three weeks, the seven businesses will share about 4,000 square feet of space on the second level of the Portage Place mall. The front half of the space will feature seven mini-shops where each business can display and sell their products and services to the general public. And the back half has been divided into small offices they can use while there.
"The concept today is all about engagement," Downtown BIZ executive director Stefano Grande told invited guests attending the late-morning official launch event. He said the entrepreneurs will have a chance to see how the public responds to their products and the BIZ and Portage Place will get feedback from the entrepreneurs on whether the incubator concept works and whether it could be improved.
If the project is deemed a success, the partners will then look at taking it to the next step.
"We’ll be looking to see if this could become a permanent spot for this kind of project," said Portage Place general manager Dave Stone.
Stone said one possibility is to have entrepreneurs stay in the incubator for six months or a year, after which they hopefully would be ready to open shops of their own somewhere in the downtown.
The seven participating businesses are: OI Furniture, Synonym Art Consultation, EPH Apparel, The Bannock Factory, Lennard Taylor, Delicious Kicks and DigiPlus.
Your support has enabled us to provide free access to stories about COVID-19 because we believe everyone deserves trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
Our readership has contributed additional funding to give Free Press online subscriptions to those that can’t afford one in these extraordinary times — giving new readers the opportunity to see beyond the headlines and connect with other stories about their community.
To those who have made donations, thank you.
To those able to give and share our journalism with others, please Pay it Forward.
The Free Press has shared COVID-19 stories free of charge because we believe everyone deserves access to trusted and critical information during the pandemic.
While we stand by this decision, it has undoubtedly affected our bottom line.
After nearly 150 years of reporting on our city, we don’t want to stop any time soon. With your support, we’ll be able to forge ahead with our journalistic mission.
If you believe in an independent, transparent, and democratic press, please consider subscribing today.
We understand that some readers cannot afford a subscription during these difficult times and invite them to apply for a free digital subscription through our Pay it Forward program.
Updated on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 4:26 PM CDT: current photo added