Manitoba Mondays – Neepawa
Staying close to home this summer? If you are planning on exploring our beautiful and vast province this season, why not show some love and support to our incredible entrepreneurial community of women?
#ManitobaMondays can help! It’s our second season of the series where we share weekly highlights of women-owned and partnered businesses to add to your must-see list while you #exploreMB.
Today we are taking you to a quaint town located on Treaty 2 territory, where exciting stories are just waiting to be written!
Known as the childhood hometown of the author Margaret Laurence, Neepawa is a beautiful community with a strong identity and a plethora of local businesses. The opportunities keep growing as well as the population which saw a significant 27% increase according to the 2016 census.
For outdoor enthusiasts, keep an eye open for The Great Trail wayfinding signs throughout town. Or visit the town’s newest attraction, the Hylife Back Forty Multi-Use Trail Park which is open year round with opportunities for cycling, fat biking, walking/running, tobogganing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
With many local activities to explore and multiple women-owned businesses to support, you can see why Neepawa is a place “where stories take a beautiful turn”.
Stop #1 | It’s Time Fashion & Gifts
Start your shopping trip with a stop in at the popular It’s Time Fashion & Gifts. With over 4,500 square feet, owner Ineke Mack prides herself on filling her shop to the brim with unique fashions that are selected specifically with her loyal customers in mind.
The store also has an array of giftware and wellness products, which in addition to the clothing selection, hints at owner Ineke’s Netherland heritage.
Stop #2 | Herbs for Health
Next, head over to 487 Mountain Avenue where you’ll find Herbs for Health. Owned by Janet Husak, here you can browse a variety of products curated for healthy living.
The wellness shop sells everything from natural shampoo and salt lamps to healthy snacks and specialty juices. If you’re not sure where to start, speak to any member of the friendly staff for advice and expertise.
Stop #3 | Rotor’s Bakery n’ Pizzeria
Curb your appetite with this hidden gem in Neepawa. Located at 337 Mountain Avenue and owned by Richard Rotor and Mercy Ramos, the bakery specializes in Filipino pastries and snacks.
With daily specials posted on their Facebook, you can look for dishes like Ube Chessy Ensaymada (ube is a Philippine dessert made from purple yam) or the star bread (dense bread roll sprinkled with white sugar).
Stop #4 | Venus Hair & Body Care
Whether you’re in need of a fresh cut or simply want to browse some great products, Venus Hair & Body Care is one of Neepawa’s top beauty salons.
Owned by master stylist Kelsey Wilson since 2001, the salon offers hair, skin, nail, and body services from a team that values continual learning and high-quality service.
Time for some shout outs!
With so many women-owned businesses in this town, we wanted to give a few more local shoutouts to:
1 – Two Barns Antiques – Owned by Lynne and Dennis Ranger – This antique shop may be closed for the season due to COVID, but you can still shop online and opt for curbside pickup for that perfect, one-of-a-kind find.
2 – Bead or kNot Studio – Also owned by Lynne Ranger and her daughter, this mother-daughter duo creates natural gemstones and handcrafted beadwork, available for purchase on their online store.
3 – BOA Dressmaking – Bespoke clothing is hard to find these days, making this business owned by atelier and Neepawa local Olga Boyko all the more special.
Thank you so much for tuning in to our fourth edition in the second season of our #ManitobaMondays campaign! Be sure to follow us every Monday this month as we highlight more women-owned and partnered businesses in rural and northern towns across Manitoba!
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