#ManitobaMondays can help! It’s our latest series where we share weekly highlights of women-owned and partnered businesses to add to your must-see list while you #exploreMB and stay safe within the Manitoba border this year.
Situated in Treaty 2 territory and in the Asessippi Parkland region of Manitoba, Russell is “Your Place to Prosper and Grow.” Home to The Russell Beef and Barley Festival, this region has strong agricultural traditions, and grain farming and cattle ranching are extensive in the surrounding areas. With no shortage of accommodations while you visit and a growing community of entrepreneurial women to support, Russell is a perfect stop to visit while you get out and #exploreMB!
Before you plan your travels, please note that as of Monday August 24, 2020 the Prairie Mountain Health Region is now at a restricted level orange according to the Manitoba Restart Pandemic Response System. Masks will be mandatory in all public indoor places and outdoor public gatherings in the region. Public gatherings will also be restricted to 10 people, both indoors and outdoors.
Photo Credit: Mark Keating
Start your day off with a delicious treat from Bin 22, a specialty coffeehouse owned by Mark and Claudia Keating. This business serves up high quality espresso-based beverages, an assortment of baked goods and other drinks where you have the option of pre-ordering online with pick-up at their Russell, MB location. Customers are also able to come into the shop and order at the counter, provided they use the hand sanitizer available in the entryway and are wearing a face mask.
Once you get your coffee fix, head next door to Jessica Davies’ Hometown Glory retail shop! This local favourite offers consciously curated, quality goods for self and home. Upon entry, make sure you put your face mask on and use the hand sanitizer station before you start perusing.
Owned by Shayla Stewart, Dollhouse Beauty Boutique is Russell’s newest aesthetics business, offering a variety of services like teeth whitening and eyelash extensions. Make sure to add a visit to this women-owned business during your next visit to Russell, MB! During this time, wearing masks is required for all services.
There’s nothing like a bouquet of flowers to brighten your day! Russell Flowers Cut & Dried owned by Heather Lowe not only specializes in fresh and dried flower creations for every occasion, their 2,600 square foot store also sells plants, home décor, jewelry, kitchenware and much more! If you plan on visiting soon, make sure you bring a mask while you shop around!
A visit to this small town wouldn’t be complete with a visit to Russell’s antique and artisan handiwork store – Prairie Collective Co.! Owners Jessica and Jeremy Jamieson are passionate about supporting the creativity in local artisans and seeing antiques preserved while reducing their waste footprint. Be safe if you plan a visit soon! Masks are currently required to enter the shop.
Our next stop is technically not in Russell but only a short drive South to a restaurant and venue known as Arbuckles Fine Eatery in Binscarth, MB. The restaurant run by co-owner and head chef Brenda Christie and partner Bob Christie offers finely crafted cuisine inspired by a collection of family recipes. Their After Dark venue has become host to a multitude of live entertainers. You surely don’t want to miss out on this food and entertainment option while you visit the area. Reminder: masks are required in order to be served.
Did you know that Russell is located only 27 km from Asessippi Provincial Park? This site is home to the Asessippi Ski Area & Resort which is a world-class ski facility and year-round family park. This provincial park also contains the Lake of the Prairies, a 64 km-long lake known to be one of the premier walleye sport fisheries in North America.
Photo Credit: Mark Keating
Looking to open a business in this area? Here are some additional resources to get you started: