The Women’s Enterprise Centre of Manitoba (WECM), Entrepreneurs with Disabilities Program (EDP), and Community Futures Manitoba have collaborated to create a travel guide featuring Manitoba women in business.
Supporting local small businesses is at the heart of the work we do, and these virtual adventures gave us an opportunity to highlight our incredible clients. We hope you enjoy these virtual snapshots of local woman-owned and -partnered businesses to support while traveling and exploring Manitoba!
Welcome to Eastern Manitoba
Snapshot #1 | J’em Bistro | St-Pierre-Jolys
J’em Bistro is the culmination of all entrepreneur Josée Curé’s passions – teaching, baking, cooking, event planning, and hosting. Her business has grown over the years to include not only a restaurant in Le Musée St. Pierre but also workshops, online classes, a storefront, and soon, year-round accommodations and guided fishing excursions.
Snapshot #2 | Prairie Homestead Weddings | Altona
From 3rd generation farm to stunning outdoor wedding venue, Prairie Homestead Weddings combines breathtaking views with rustic charm. The venue is owned by the Heinrichs family who are dedicated to delivering dream weddings to brides and grooms to be.
Snapshot #3 | Strawberry Lane Flowers | St. Norbert
Nothing says summer quite like a fresh flower bouquet. Strawberry Lane Flowers is a cut flower farm that supplies bulk blooms for events in addition to subscription bouquet services. You might also find owner Kirsten van der Linde selling her gorgeous flowers at the St. Norbert Farmers’ Market on Saturdays throughout the summer months.
Snapshot #4 | Maison Mabel | Ste. Anne
From blog to small online shop to brick-and-mortar, entrepreneur Sarah Gerylo has come a long way with her business, Maison Mabel. See the result of these efforts and browse a curated collection of local goods at the newly opened storefront in Ste. Anne, Manitoba.
Snapshot #5 | Prairie Pickers Cafe | Steinbach
There are so many treasures just waiting to be uncovered at Prairie Pickers Cafe! Located in Steinbach and owned by Amanda Kehler, Prairie Pickers Cafe combines Amanda’s passion of finding treasures and meeting new people! A visit to her store will give you the opportunity to try amazing food, while finding your next antique or rustic decor item.
Snapshot #6 | The Public Brewhouse and Gallery | Steinbach
With community at top of mind, The Public Brewhouse and Gallery takes a multifunctional approach to combine a microbrewery, tasting room and contemporary art gallery. Stephanie Klassen, Alexandra Ross, Jordan Kroeker, and Jordan Ross have succeeded in creating a unique, multifaceted community space where all who enter can feel a sense of belonging.
Welcome to Gimli, Manitoba
Snapshot # 1 | Sugar Me Cookie Boutique | Gimli, MB
When in Gimli, do as the locals do and grab a slice of Vinarterta from Sugar Me Cookie Boutique, a beautiful bakery owned by multi-business owner Michelle Wierda. In a town rich with Icelandic history and culture, the traditional layered cake is a must-try.
Snapshot # 2 | Thai Plaza | Gimli, MB
In between the shops and boutiques that dot the town of Gimli, you’ll find the colourful Thai Plaza owned by entrepreneur Sumalee Phanad, your shopping destination for Thai fashions, decor, and wellness.
Snapshot # 3 | Gimli Robin’s Donuts | Gimli, MB
Grab a coffee and donut from a familiar favourite. Owned by Cheryl Buhler, Robin’s Donuts is an excellent option for a quick refuel during your day’s adventure in Gimli.
Snapshot # 4 | Interlake Handmade Boutique | Gimli, MB
What started as a pop-up is now a full-fledged brick and mortar for entrepreneurs Anita and Robert McAlinden, Interlake Handmade Boutique carries all things handcrafted, promoting a variety of local artisans along the way.
Snapshot #5 | Boomers Funny Farm | Gimli, MB
From hobby farm to animal sanctuary, Boomers Funny Farm is just as exciting and FUN as it sounds. Janet and Jon Thordarson lead the venture which includes farm tours and seasonal events that are perfect for family outings.
Welcome to Southern Manitoba
Snapshot #1 | Other Brother Roasters | Winkler, MB
Located in Winkler and owned by Erin Plett, Other Brother Roasters will give you the pick-me-up that you need while exploring southern Manitoba. You’ll definitely taste the delicious difference of a coffee roasted in-house!
Snapshot #2 | Carman Florist & Gift Boutique | Carman, MB
Carman is one of the cutest towns in Manitoba, so it makes sense that it’s also home to a number of beautiful shops. Owned by Carly Boklaschuk, Carman Florists & Gift Boutique stocks its shelves with local goodies (including gourmet food products) and is the town’s go-to for specialty coffees.
Snapshot #3 | Rendezvous Brewing | Morden, MB
Providing a gathering spot to the people of Morden is the name of the game for Rendezvous Brewery and Taproom. Headed up by Caylie Nicholson, Grant Nicholson, and Mark Von Riesen, the brewery also serves up some yummy comfort food to enjoy alongside your new favourite brew.
Snapshot #4 | Apothecary of Morden | Morden, MB
Having served the Pembina Valley since 1999, Dr. Lisa Zaretzky is a trusted community member and Doctor of Pharmacy practicing in Morden. Those looking to improve their health can visit the Apothecary of Morden for services such as cannabis counseling, nutritional consulting and more.
Snapshot #5 | Enchanted Grove Alpacas | Portage La Prairie, MB
Based out of their farm near Portage la Prairie, Enchanted Grove Alpacas is home to a diverse selection of dual-registered alpacas. The farm also produces some of the softest luxury goods you’ll ever feel, of course made with alpaca fibre. Catch Sandra Brown at local craft and vendor shows happening this year throughout Manitoba. If you want to meet the Alpaca herd, call in advance to book your visit!
Welcome to Flin Flon, Manitoba
Snapshot #1 | Mugsy’s Deli (2005) | Flin Flon, MB
Beloved by locals and visitors alike, Mugsy’s Deli is a must for a great lunch in the northern city of Flin Flon. Owned by Natasha Daneliuk Ward, “your cozy warm spot” is known for its fresh sanduchi’s, fresh salads, wraps, pitas and its lovely patio along the city’s Main Street.
Snapshot #2 | The Orange Toad | Flin Flon, MB
Before a day’s adventure, be sure to stop into Flin Flon’s coffee shop: The Orange Toad. The inviting space is the perfect place to pick up your favourite specialty drink and fresh baked muffins and delicious cheesecake, also offering a small selection of local artwork to peruse.
Snapshot #3 | Studio 204 Tanning & Boutique | Flin Flon, MB
Looking for the opportunity for a little self-care in Flin Flon? Studio 204 Tanning & Boutique provides services such as UV tanning, spray tanning, red light therapy and fit body wrap, as well as a variety of beauty products and lines. Check out their website for their extensive product listing!
Snapshot #4 | Northern Rainbow’s End Gifts & Flowers | Flin Flon, MB
Chase this rainbow in northern Manitoba and you’ll discover a delightful little shop filled with gifts, flowers and souvenirs. Leona Kemp is the entrepreneur behind Northern Rainbow’s End, which also provides the town with excellent customer service and is a strong believer in giving back to the community.
Snapshot #5 | Nasselquist Jewellers | Flin Flon, MB
Nasselquist Jewellers is determined to help you pick the perfect gift for that special someone in your life. Whether it’s an important piece of jewelry, giftware and home decor, or simply a cherished momento, Nasselquist can help to celebrate every occasion.
Snapshot #6 | Ped’s Threads | Flin Flon
Featured on the WECM “Here’s How It’s Done” podcast, Cyndi Pedwell is one entrepreneur who exemplifies what resilience and collaboration is all about, having opened her brick-and-mortar retail location at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the business is a thriving retail fashion store located on Main Street.
Thank you for traveling with us today!
We hope the Manitoba Travel Guide: Women Entrepreneur Edition has given insight into the vibrant community of woman-owned and partnered businesses across our province and inspired you to support local small businesses on your next Manitoba road trip!
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