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As COVID-19 continues to shape our lives, I want to share local stories of the small businesses that make up our beautiful North Winnipeg neighbourhoods. It is important to continue supporting them throughout these difficult times.

Frootables, owned by lifelong Garden City resident Robin Paisner, has been handcrafting custom treats for the past eight years. Paisner specializes in hand-dipped chocolate covered strawberries and fresh fruit arrangements. Originally located on Academy Road, she recently moved her storefront to West Kildonan.

“I have lived in Garden City my whole life. I grew up here, I graduated from Garden City Collegiate. And now, I am proud to have my shop closer to home too.”

Photo by Daniel Guenther
Robin Paisner is the culinary wizard behind Frootables, a custom fruit basket business that recently moved to West Kildonan from River Heights.
Photo by Daniel Guenther Robin Paisner is the culinary wizard behind Frootables, a custom fruit basket business that recently moved to West Kildonan from River Heights.

After working 35 years in the Winnipeg broadcasting industry, Paisner attempted to enjoy retired life but it was not for her. She began channelling her creative talents into crafting custom edible treats.

“I always loved to decorate cookies for holidays and special desserts. Fruit arranging became a natural extension and I kept going from there,” she says.

Paisner is the one-woman culinary artist behind all the unique creations. She tailors each arrangement, ensuring it is perfect for the occasion. Fruit, cookies, chocolate and even vegetables are arranged into works of art.

“The arranging is where I get to have fun. Birthday bouquets, sympathy arrangements, and seasonal treats — I pretty much do it all,” she says.

Paisner’s most popular items are her signature chocolate-dipped strawberries, which are available year-round in milk, dark or white chocolate. In December she creates exceptionally festive fruit platters and arrangements — providing a welcome change to standard holiday desserts. Christmas strawberries are dipped in red, gold and green chocolate. For Hanukkah, she dips the strawberries in a custom blue chocolate. To make them extra festive, she offers sprinkles, shredded coconut or even edible glitter.

“The sky is the limit for my edible creations. I always tell customers that if they can think it, I can usually do it. I even have sugar-free, gluten-free and peanut-free options. I can meet just about any need,” she says.

Frootables offers citywide delivery, but customers can also arrange curbside pick up at the new store at 510 Airlies St. Because of COVID-19 retail restrictions, the storefront is currently closed to walk-ins but Paisner says delivery has always been the most popular choice for her customers.

“My husband is the handsome face who handles all the deliveries with a big smile,” Paisner laughs.

I am excited to be finding unique, local gift ideas and thrilled to share them with you. If you have a local business to share with your Garden City neighbours, please contact me.

Stay healthy and safe this holiday season.

Daniel Guenther is president of the Garden City Residents’ Association and a community correspondent for his neighbourhood. Email him at: gardencitywinnipeg@gmail.com

Daniel Guenther

Daniel Guenther
Garden City community correspondent

Daniel Guenther is president of the Garden City Residents’ Association and a community correspondent for his neighbourhood. Email him at: gardencitywinnipeg@gmail.com

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