Carolyne Braid

Carolyne Braid

Crescentwood community correspondent

Carolyne Braid is a community correspondent for Crescentwood. You can reach her at carolyne.braid@gmail.com

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Apparel makers find audience with local themes

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Apparel makers find audience with local themes

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

For one local couple, what began as a desire to have a cool, Winnipeg-themed T-shirt has turned into a robust clothing line that now includes hoodies and tuques.

“Maroons Road Apparel started as a pandemic project,” said Heather Barkman, co-owner. “Like many other people, my husband Sid and I found ourselves with a lot of time on our hands. One day we were talking about how we wished we could find a T-shirt featuring the old Bombers stadium, and I said, ‘Well why don’t we make one!’

From there they embarked on trying to figure out what they wanted the designs to be, how to get them printed and how to build an online shopping site. They launched with just two designs — the old Winnipeg Stadium and the old Winnipeg Arena — which were situated across Maroons Road from one another in the Polo Park neighbourhood.

“These buildings meant a lot to us growing up and we wanted to create designs that would celebrate Winnipeg and remind people about the things that make our city special,” Heather said.

Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022

Heather and Sid Barkman show off the wares of their online clothing business, Maroons Road Apparel.

‘And they had a bar on wheels…’

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‘And they had a bar on wheels…’

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Jun. 17, 2022

Using reinvented horse trailers and an old Airstream-like trailer, Nomad Box Bar offers a mobile bar and beverage service that is sure to add a level of ‘Wow!’ to any event.

“My partner Brianna (Schofield) and I started with the idea of creating an experience for weddings and

parties like no other,” said Grant Forzley, co-owner of the company, which was established in 2018. “Caterers were commonplace, and many people offered services to pour a rum and coke or a beer, but beautiful and tasty craft cocktails, mocktails and draft beer being served from an elegant rolling bar was a completely new concept and we are so excited to bring it to Manitoba.”

Nomad Box Bar provides services to all types of people and for every occasion.

Friday, Jun. 17, 2022

Brianna Schofield and Grant Forzley started Nomad Box Bar, a unique bar and beverage catering service, in 2018.

The treasures of Yellow Door Art

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The treasures of Yellow Door Art

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

Celebrating a special occasion? Looking for that unique piece of art to finish off your garden or great room? Well, local artist Susan Hope can take your keepsakes and other everyday items and turn them into something truly beautiful.

“Growing up I never thought of myself as being artistic. It wasn’t until I was dragged to a fabric statue workshop that I discovered my artistic talent,” said Susan Hope, artist and owner of Yellow Door Art. “My inspiration comes from the things around me. I am a huge fan of hand-crocheted doilies, and I can instantly see how I can recycle it into something unique.”

Susan describes her art as whimsical.

“I create statues of people, animals and ‘things’ from wire, tape, fabric hardener, 100 per cent natural materials, hand-crocheted vintage doilies and tablecloths, as well as punto tagliato (Italian for cutwork),” Susan said. “I bling things up with vintage buttons and jewelry and give them a whimsical feel.”

Wednesday, May. 11, 2022

Artist Susan Hope creates one-of-a-kind fabric statues.

Children’s book shares elder’s teachings

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Children’s book shares elder’s teachings

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Mar. 25, 2022

When local writer Tarina Parisian heard of her elder’s passing, she knew it was time to share the children’s story that she had written almost 18 years earlier.

“My parents passed away years before my children were born,” Parisian said. “It was my responsibility to share my culture but unfortunately at the time knew little about it. I reached out to a place called Red Willow Lodge and became engulfed in learning through ceremonies and sweat lodges.”

During that time, Tarina received her spirit name, North Summer Wind Woman and first heard the seven sacred teachings.

“Learning about my culture was an awakening experience,” she said. “It gave me a sense of self I had never really experienced. It was at my first visit to the lodge, where they were having ceremonial fires. The elder, Jules, shared that you can see things in the embers and the flames of the fire. That child, spirit and fire are all one. To be mindful of what that experience was to bring. I had seen the images of the animals in the fire that night and asked what their meaning was. It was then I heard these teaching for the first time and I started to cry.

Friday, Mar. 25, 2022

Tarina Anne Parisian is the author of Nature Lives Within Me, a 24-page children’s book.

Taking Friendly Manitoba to the streets

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Taking Friendly Manitoba to the streets

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Feb. 25, 2022

Two university students who graduated just as the COVID-19 pandemic hit and with job opportunities looking a little slim, decided to start their own clothing line celebrating Manitoba friendliness.

“We both graduated university into a global pandemic and with time on our hands, and with a lack of good news, the situation created the perfect storm to try and create some much-needed positivity,” said Cole Wielgosz, co-owner of Friendly People. 

“We tossed around a lot of ideas for our slogan, eventually landing on flipping the classic ‘Friendly Manitoba’ slogan to ‘People here are more than friendly, they’re Manitoba Friendly.’

“We began our journey with a hand-painted sign, sitting in public parks asking people to share stories,” Cole said.

Friday, Feb. 25, 2022

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Brady Chalus, co-owner of Friendly People, poses with his grandparents, who are modelling Friendly People clothing.

Scouts set Xmas tree sales record

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Scouts set Xmas tree sales record

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Dec. 31, 2021

The annual Christmas tree sale held by the 67th Winnipeg Scout Group lot saw record sales in 2021.

“We sold about 2,200 trees — far more than we have in any one year,” said Doug Strang, group commissioner. The group regularly holds its annual sale at the River Heights site of Corydon Community Centre.

“Overall, the tree sale was great, but a little strange,” Strang said. 

“There was a lot of talk about a tree shortage and, when we opened the sale on Nov. 27 a lot of people came on the first day and we sold almost everything we had on the lot at that time.”

Friday, Dec. 31, 2021

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The 67th Winnipeg Scout Group sold about 2,200 trees from its lot at the River Heights site of Corydon Community Centre.

Local gifts will please anyone on your list

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Local gifts will please anyone on your list

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021

The holiday season is well underway and if you still have people on your list, here are a few great local businesses which promote local products and creators:

• For the art lover on your list, Spaces n Places has a series of detailed pen-and-ink sketches by local artist Shaheer Mansour.

“My Winnipeg drawings covered the city’s most iconic historic and modern architecture, to celebrate the city’s diverse and rich architecture,” said Mansour, founder of Spaces n Places. “Drawings include St. Boniface Cathedral, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, and the Esplanade Riel Bridge.”

Visit www.spacesnplaces.net to see the full catalogue and to order.

Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021

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Shaheer Mansour’s Winnipeg drawings are available at www.spacesnplaces.net

This artist just happens to be an orthodontist

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This artist just happens to be an orthodontist

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

Local artist Kris Row is a practising orthodontist but said he considers himself an artist who happens to be an orthodontist and not the other way around.

“I was an artist before and will be one after when I am finished straightening teeth,” Row said.

Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has helped spur his creative spirit.

“My paintings and sculptures are often inspired by a story — usually something funny that has happened in my life,” he said.

Friday, Nov. 19, 2021

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Kris Row’s ceramic piece, COVID MAN, was inspired by the toilet-paper hoarding that occurred at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A prepared meal service for seniors

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A prepared meal service for seniors

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

Meal delivery services are not a new concept but until recently there wasn’t one strictly dedicated to meeting the unique needs of seniors. One area resident has changed that by bringing Heart to Home Meals to Winnipeg.

“I got involved after I visited a close friend who is struggling with her health the previous winter in her Florida home,” said Fred Pennell, owner of the Winnipeg franchise. “While there was a nurse who brought her lunch and dinner each day, when I saw the quality of these meals I was horrified. I knew I had to find something else, especially when she came back to Winnipeg.”

After an extensive search Fred found Heart to Home Meals and knew this would be the perfect solution for the seniors of Winnipeg.

“Heart to Home Meals is ideal for seniors who want and need nutritious meals and find it a struggle, a hassle or difficult to cook,” Pennell said. “It is also great for seniors who still want to cook for themselves.”

Friday, Oct. 22, 2021

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Fred Pennell delivers a Heart to Home meal package to area seniors.

Ag in the Classroom connects kids to farmers

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Ag in the Classroom connects kids to farmers

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Agriculture in the Classroom - Manitoba, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to teaching students about agriculture, is going virtual this year with the introduction of livestreamed virtual farm tours.

"To make farms more accessible to students, we are introducing the Follow the Farmers virtual farm tour program,” said AITC executive director Sue Clayton.

“We are continually finding new ways we can help teachers and students have engaged conversations about agriculture and we feel the virtual tour will give students a unique inside look into Manitoba farms.”

During the tour, students will be able to talk directly with host farmers during a live, question-and-answer webinar.

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

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Samantha Clemis, a University of Manitoba agronomy masters student - and an AITC volunteer - visited a Grade 3 classroom in Bairdmore School in March 2020, just before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, during Canadian Agriculture Literacy Month.

Plan ahead, get your trees banded this fall

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Plan ahead, get your trees banded this fall

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

To ensure the health of your trees and keep our beautiful, forest-like canopy intact, you should be sure to add tree banding to your fall list of chores.

“When trees are not banded the cankerworm population will continue to build up year after year,” said George Jarvis, past-president of the Earl Grey Neighbourhood Safety Association (EGNSA).

“In worst cases, boulevard and ash trees will be defoliated and nasty worms will be dangling over streets and sidewalks for up to three weeks. The trees will not die but will certainly be weaker and prone to disease and the elements.”

The mission of the EGNSA is to promote safety programs that make our community better. It is a self-funded group of volunteers in the Earl Grey and Ebby/Wentworth communities and offers a number of community initiatives, including tree banding.

Friday, Aug. 27, 2021

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George Jarvis, past-president of the Earl Grey Neighbourhood Safety Association, bands a tree to help prevent canker worm infestation.

Fantasy Cakes business thrives in pandemic

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Fantasy Cakes business thrives in pandemic

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Jul. 23, 2021

Not having access to an oven until she was 26 did not stop one area resident from opening River Heights’ newest decadent bakery.

“I grew up in Israel and lived with my father, who is very basic human being, so I never had an oven,” said Luba Yurchenko, owner of Fantasy Cakes.

“After my military service at the age of 21, I got married and it was only after the birth of our first daughter that we got an oven.”

After trying a few other professions, Luba realized she had a passion for baking.

Friday, Jul. 23, 2021

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Luba Yurchenko, owner of Fantasy Cakes, shows off her shop and wares.

Exploring Manitoba, one burger at a time

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Exploring Manitoba, one burger at a time

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2021

What began as a casual drive in the country has turned into a fun search for Manitoba’s best small town drive-in restaurant.

“About four years ago my wife, Stephanie,  and I went for a drive one weekend, no plans or destination in mind,” said Kerry O’Brien, creator of the Manitoba Small Town Drive-ins Review Facebook group and YouTube channel.

“While we were out there, we saw a drive-in and stopped for a bite to eat. The next weekend we did the same thing but made a point to look for a drive-in. This happened again and again.”As this became a regular weekend adventure, they thought it would be fun to become amateur burger critics.

“We started videoing the ‘reviews’,” Kerry said. “My first few were terrible, short and lacking detail but over time I started to feel more comfortable. Soon we had over 25 reviews.”

Tuesday, Jun. 29, 2021

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Kerry O’Brien and his wife, Stephanie, have been having fun visiting and reviewing the offerings of drive-in burger restaurants throughout Manitoba.

50 years and still going strong

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50 years and still going strong

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Monday, May. 31, 2021

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has been serving the community for over 50 years and it couldn’t have done it without the help of some amazing volunteers.

“There can be upwards of 600 volunteers a year working for the betterment of sick and injured children,” said Kathryn McBurney, manager of communications and marketing for Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba.

“Volunteers help in a variety of ways from governance and counsel on the board of directors and board committees, to planning and executing our signature events like the golf tournament and gala.”

Barb McLean is a Children’s Hospital Foundation volunteer who has been helping the organization since day one - all the way back to 1971.

Monday, May. 31, 2021

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Barb McLean (far right) poses with Children’s Hospital Guild volunteers at a 1984 garage sale to support the hospital.

Neighbours helping neighbours

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Neighbours helping neighbours

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

Even though we can’t get together with our neighbours, one local group has found a way to continue to reach out and help one another.

The Mutual Aid Society (MAS) is an online Facebook group that connects neighbours with neighbours.

“Our aim is to provide community members tools and resources so they can self-organize their local communities by filling the needs and gaps that their family and neighbors may have to face,” said Oumer Kinnarath, a volunteer organizer with MAS.

The group page is filled with people who are either in need of something, those offering to help or others who have something of value to give away.

Tuesday, May. 4, 2021

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Oumer Kinnarath of the Mutual Aid Society and fellow organizer Ryan Beardy sorting clothing for the organization’s spring clothing redistribution.

Highlighting male infertility

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Highlighting male infertility

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Apr. 9, 2021

Infertility is often seen as a “female condition,” but the reality according to the Government of Canada, is that, when couples are unable to conceive, men are the main factor 30 per cent of the time and 20 per cent of the time it is a combination of both partners.

 Local author Jon Waldman sheds light on the struggles of male infertility in his new book, Swimming Aimlessly.

“One in six men struggle with infertility. The inability to conceive naturally can be extremely painful for men,” Jon said.

“They often have feelings of inadequacy, shame and isolation.”

Friday, Apr. 9, 2021

Learn to beat the COVID blues

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Learn to beat the COVID blues

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

Are you feeling sad or restless? Are you angry or withdrawing from things you used to enjoy? You could be suffering from COVID blues.

Not to fear, there are things you can do to lift your spirits during these unusual times.

According to Ryan Anderson, a life and performance coach with Motiv8 Coaching, one key to managing is to focus on what you can control instead of stressing out about what you can’t.

“Most of the time, the ‘what ifs’ never happen,” Anderson said. “Be grateful for everything you do have. Establish new healthy routines, start a new project, foster a dog, and explore new creative hobbies.”

Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

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Ryan Anderson, pictured here with his dog, Mavrick, says exercise is a fantastic way of lifting your mood.

Be prepared for an online job interview

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Be prepared for an online job interview

Carolyne Braid 3 minute read Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

Online meetings have become the way things get done - including applying for a new job.

Whether you’re seeking an entry level position or a senior executive role, putting your best ‘background’ forward during a video meeting on Zoom, Teams or another platform is part of the new normal.

“While it’s tempting to just dress up the top half of yourself while on video, get out of your pyjama pants and into full work attire just as you would in a face-to-face interview,” said Gail Eckert, director of recruitment at Summit Search Group.

“Apart from feeling put together and professional by being fully dressed, there is always a risk that your audience might become aware of your casual lower half.  I heard of someone who, without pants during a video call, received a text from a participant to let them know that the mirror on the wall behind the person clearly displayed to the entire group that they were sans pants.”

Tuesday, Mar. 9, 2021

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In the pandemic world, job interviews are being conducted on a variety of online video platforms. Gail Eckert of Summit Search Group (bottom image, above) says interviewees should consider their backgrounds and conduct practise calls when preparing.

Time to review spending, debts?

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Time to review spending, debts?

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

Now that the holiday season is gone, the credit card bills are soon to arrive. Paying down debt while saving money can be a balancing act. Taking an honest look and developing a plan is key to ensuring good financial health.

“Given pandemic restrictions, I think a lot of Manitobans who have the means — or the available credit — have shopped online like never before,” said Michael van Lierop, president and CEO of New Outlook Wealth. “The ease of making instant purchasing decisions, sometimes ones with large price tags, makes it difficult for most consumers to control their spending.”

Most online retailers have reported that their sales rose dramatically in 2020.

 “Even if you made some purchases on Amazon in 2019, you likely did the rest in the mall or at a local shop,” van Lierop said.

Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021

Now that the holiday season is gone, the credit card bills are soon to arrive. Paying down debt while saving money can be a balancing act. Taking an honest look and developing a plan is key to ensuring good financial health.

“Given pandemic restrictions, I think a lot of Manitobans who have the means — or the available credit — have shopped online like never before,” said Michael van Lierop, president and CEO of New Outlook Wealth. “The ease of making instant purchasing decisions, sometimes ones with large price tags, makes it difficult for most consumers to control their spending.”

Most online retailers have reported that their sales rose dramatically in 2020.

 “Even if you made some purchases on Amazon in 2019, you likely did the rest in the mall or at a local shop,” van Lierop said.

Children’s Hospital Foundation needs your help

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Children’s Hospital Foundation needs your help

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

“Illness and injury don’t wait for COVID-19 to be over,” said Kathryn McBurney, manager of marketing and communications at the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. “The very sick and injured children continue to need the services of the hospital, despite people staying home to help flatten the pandemic curve.”

The hospital has seen many changes over the past few months. Its in-patient playroom has been limited so staff now bring toys and games directly to patients’ rooms. But, while much of the hospital has visitor restrictions in place, parents are still able to visit their children.

“Parents have to go through a screening process but as they frequently provide essential child-care support and are the substitute decision–makers, they can visit every day and even stay overnight,” McBurney said.

One other noticeable change is how the Children’s Hospital Foundation is raising funds.

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020

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Brady (centre) is 2020 Children's Hospital Foundation's Champion Child. He had serious spinal surgery in the midst of COVI-19 and all his nurses gathered to say farewell when he was ready to go home.

‘The tank on Roblin’

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‘The tank on Roblin’

Carolyne Braid 3 minute read Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

More commonly known as “the tank on Roblin Boulevard,” the M4A2 Sherman tank standing outside Charleswood Branch No. 100 of the Royal Canadian Legion, was one of the last models built during the Second World War.

The tank was built by the Fisher Tank Division of General Motors in Detroit, Mich., in April 1945. It was intended for delivery to Russia under a lend-lease program (an agreement between the Allies to supply food and supplies) but the war ended before it was delivered.

The tank was eventually deployed to the Fort Garry Horse Regiment of the Canadian Armed Forces, which was established in Winnipeg in 1912. The cavalry regiment saw combat during the First World War, volunteered during Winnipeg General Strike and also saw action as an armoured unit in the Second World War. Nowadays, the regiment is employed in reconnaissance tactics such as driving tactics, weapons and navigation.

“According to legend, the tank was acquired around 1969-70,” said Spencer Ready, president of the Charleswood Legion.

Monday, Nov. 16, 2020

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This Sherman M4A2 tank was used by the Fort Garry Horse Regiment before being acquired by the Royal Canadian Legion, Charleswood Branch No. 100.

Trouble hearing? Get audiological assessment

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Trouble hearing? Get audiological assessment

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

If you or a loved one is frequently asking others to speak more slowly, loudly and clearly; withdrawing from conversations; or avoiding social settings, you or they may be suffering from hearing loss.

Kristy Tarasoff, owner and hearing instrument specialist at Ear Architects Hearing Care (3412 Roblin Blvd.) said that people with hearing loss will often avoid public or group settings and isolate themselves from others in order to hide their hearing loss.

“Many people are afraid of the stigma associated with hearing aids,” she said. “People need to know that hearing is for everyone, and so are hearing aids. Individuals of all ages and from all walks of life can benefit from hearing aids. My niece is 17 years old and has worn hearing aids since the age of two.”

The first step in determining if someone has hearing loss is an audiological assessment, which measures a person’s ability to hear different sounds, pitches or frequencies. 

Friday, Oct. 30, 2020

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Kristy Tarasoff, owner and hearing instrument specialist at Ear Architects Hearing Care, says many people suffer needless with hearing loss because they are afraid.

Working together, staying apart

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Working together, staying apart

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Friday, Sep. 25, 2020

Do you work remotely? Is a coffee shop your ‘office’? Looking for engaged interaction with someone beyond your pet? Then Launch Coworking Space may be the answer.

Launch Coworking Space is a shared workspace environment that offers dedicated office space, mail service, conference rooms and even beer on tap. 

“Launch is a... space where remote workers can work, meet, connect and collaborate,” said Jason Abbott, CEO and founder.

“But we’re so much more than a space. It’s a place where people can grow their ideas, businesses, professions or passion projects through community, collaboration and collective wisdom. It’s more than a shared office space, it’s a safe and predictable place where you’ll be inspired by the community of others.”

Friday, Sep. 25, 2020

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Launch Coworking Space has two locations in Winnipeg and is about to open a third in Osborne Village.

Still radiant after 25 years

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Still radiant after 25 years

Carolyne Braid 2 minute read Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

Located in the heart of Little Italy on Corydon Avenue, Radiance Gifts is celebrating 25 years of being Winnipeg’s metaphysical headquarters.

Radiance provides a broad spectrum of resources from humanity’s spiritual, healing, and earth-wisdom traditions.

“We are an oasis of ancient and current discoveries and syntheses,” said owner Lisa Tjaden.

“We’re in the business of celebrating love, wisdom, science, lifecraft, healing, visioning, religion and psychology.”

Monday, Jul. 27, 2020

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Lisa Tjaden has been owner of Radiance Gifts since 2007. The business has been open for 25 years.