Shopping at the mall at this time of year is frazzled, frenzied, and let’s face it – frustrating. So forget those jam-packed parking lots and those overcrowded big box stores, and do your shopping on Main Street. Whatever city or town you find yourself in, you’ll find cute shops and cozy stores offering a pleasant shopping experience to get something for everyone on your nice list.
Main Street, Russell
Russell’s Main Street is one of the prettiest in the province. Enjoy a shopping trip here, with its lit wooden arches that line the street and storefronts that ooze old-world charm.
For a real conversation starter, pick up some art that comes with its own story. This shop sells unique pieces of art created by Tyler Kilkenny. The salvaged tin ceilings are thoughtfully framed, and the story of the tin – and the building it came from – is found on the back.
Whether you’re searching for him or her, this cute boutique stocks super hip clothing and accessories. From cozy knits to bamboo leggings, funky boxers to trendy ties, stop here to shop for the fashionista on your list.
Reduce the emphasis on materialism this holiday season, by taking someone in your life – your grandma, your best friend, or even just yourself – out for a cup of coffee. Priding themselves on serving the “best coffee ever”, enjoy a classic cappuccino and some delightful conversation – or silence!
Fill the holidays with cheer with a wine, beer, or cider-making kit. This fun shop also has bar accessories, glasswear, plus locally roasted Red River Gypsy Coffee.
Main Street, Stonewall
This town just north of Winnipeg offers a friendly, quiet place for some relaxing holiday shopping.
Take a couple of pals for an afternoon of shopping and catching at this beautifully restored turn-of-the-century home. The gift shop features clothing, jewelry, accessories, giftware, and a large selection of packaged food items like apple butter or red pepper jelly – perfect stocking stuffers!
You might not be sure what you’re looking for, but when you see it, you’ll know it at this eclectic shop filled with treasures from the past. They’ve got vintage and new artwork, jewelry, clothing, and more.
Main Street, Winnipeg
From Queen Elizabeth Way to the north Perimeter Highway, Winnipeg’s Main Street is 11 km long, with end to end shopping options. Here are a few suggestions:
Stop in for some beautiful handcrafted products, including leather mitts and dream catchers. Or, crafters can browse their huge selection of beads, leathers, and other supplies to make their own mukluks.
The bright blue storefront and colourful window displays should be good clues that this is a fun place to shop! They carry classic and hard to find toys, and also a large selection of puzzles for all ages. Take advantage of their emergency gift service – they’ll pick out something perfect, wrap it, and even deliver it!
This open air theatre located in Main Street’s Kildonan Park is presenting two great shows next summer. Your parents would love tickets to Cash: Ring of Fire and the kids would surely get a kick out of Shrek The Musical.
Saskatchewan Avenue, Portage la Prairie
The Trans Canada Highway turns into Saskatchewan Avenue, where you’ll find a great selection of shopping in this city of possibilities.
This shop has loads of Christmas décor, along with a wide selection of giftware – from mugs to mitts, and candles to chocolates.
Start your New Year’s resolution off on the right foot with a trip to Honeybee Health Foods. Find vitamins and supplements, sugar-free candies and gluten-free foods, and a wide range of healthy teas.
Give the gift of original art, created by local and regional artists. Stop by the gift shop at this gallery for unique pieces, including stained glass, ceramics, beadworks, and rugs. They also carry a large selection of art supplies, including paints and brushes for the budding artist on your list.
Main Street, Flin Flon
As a thriving mining community, you’ll be able to “dig up” some great gifts along this town’s Main Street.
Stop here for a gift she’ll love. From diamonds to pearls, pendants to earrings, gifts from here will get you out of the dog house and under the mistletoe.
This gift/flower shop offers gift baskets, flower arrangements, along with gourmet products, babywear, and candles. And with their free wrapping service, your holiday to-do list just got a little shorter!
For the best dressed baby on the block, check out this shop. From clothes to shoes, teething necklaces to booties, nursery décor and toys, you’ll die from the cuteness!
Main Street, Steinbach
Thousands of lights turn this city’s Main Street into a dazzling wonderland, making it the perfect setting to do some holiday shopping.
This store has five locations in Manitoba, including the one on Main Street in Steinbach. Shop for fair trade items – décor, accessories, and giftware – created by artisans from around the world.
Start a family tradition at this family-owned store. Stay cozy with new socks and slippers for everyone!
This where you need to go to shop for the crafter on your list. We’re talking paper, stickers, stamps, die cuts, and so, so much more! If you’re not sure where to start (i.e. you’re a man shopping for a woman), pick up the “Cottage kit of the month”.
Rosser Avenue, Brandon
We’re taking a jaunt down Rosser Avenue for this shopping spree in the Wheat City.
Art, books, clothes, accessories – both vintage and new – this shop has two floors of pretty things. Pick up some boots socks – they make for great stocking stuffers. All gifts are artfully wrapped in a complimentary gift bag.
The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba exhibits the best in local art, and you can select a piece (or more) for under the tree at the gallery’s shop. Choose from framed watercolours or acrylics, ceramic table wear, handcrafted jewelry, or handwoven scarves made right here in Manitoba.
Make this your place to go for holiday greenery – including trees, poinsettias, wreaths, and more. Sign up for a workshop to learn how to make your own festival centrepiece. You’ll also find a great selection of furniture, giftware, and non-holiday décor for the home and garden.
You know you love to give dad a new tie for Christmas, so pick one up here, along with a new shirt, sweater, or cufflinks. Top if all off with a stylish hat, and dad will be looking mighty fine at Christmas dinner.
Have a favourite shop on one of Manitoba’s Main Streets? Let us know where you do your holiday shopping in the comments below!