So glad I jumped into this venture with both feet, and tomorrow is opening Day of the Exchange Uporium at 264 McDermot in the Exchange District of Winnipeg. Last night was the soft opening and I was really impressed with how great everything looks. I am hoping to get there for the ribbon cutting tomorrow and Grand Opening. Here is the press release.....
Winnipeg’s newest Pop-Up Shop is opening soon in the historic Exchange District. In
conjunction with Centre Venture’s PUSH program, this diverse retail experience will wow
Winnipeggers with the amount of amazing and beautiful talent found in Manitoba.
The name of the new Pop-Up Shop? The Exchange Uporium! Founded by entrepreneurs
Patti Henderson and Eve Wowchuk, this is the first retail location for Patti and Eve with
plans for other pop-up locations to be announced in the future.
Exchange Uporium is Volume 1 of the PUSH program. Push is a year-long pilot-project
modeled after similar pop-up retail concepts seen in other major cities. The project pairs
start-up retailers with vacant downtown storefronts on a short-term, low-risk basis.
Winnipeg Minister Kevin Chief has this to say about the project:
“Patti and Eve’s vision for Exchange Uporium is a triple-win situation, revitalizing underused
retail store fronts in downtown Winnipeg while supporting more Manitoba artisans by
getting their goods into a store front and offering the 100,000 Winnipeggers who come
downtown every day more reasons to stay and shop,” said City of Winnipeg Minister Kevin
Chief. “This is where we should all be coming the next time we are getting a gift for
Minister Chief will be cutting the ribbon for the store opening at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May15th.
You need to go and see the setup. I will try to get there tomorrow, it was full of people last night, but everybody's display is original and unique. Super fun and a great representation of the creativity of Winnipeg. Friday is the 2nd Anniversary party for TaraDavisStudio Boutique, the Exchange is really alive with shopping and socializing fun.