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Wouldn’t Exchange the urban lifestyle for anything

Besides its heyday in Winnipeg’s boom years, there has never been a more exciting time to be part of the Exchange District.

Pulling in a mix of new endeavours and established, innovative businesses, the area is constantly abuzz with fresh concepts and experiences – making it an urban homeowner’s dream.

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New eateries

Chosabi Asian Eatery, scheduled to open on King Street this month, is the highly-anticipated restaurant from a revered creator of Wasabi – one of the most celebrated sushi franchises in Winnipeg.

Chosabi will run the gamut from sushi, Thai and Chinese food, to Banh Mi sandwiches. The food will be quality served fast – like an upscale fast-food destination for those who don’t have time to break for a full-service lunch.

Offering its own brand-new dining experience is PEG Beer Co., set to open in January. The brewpub concept is new to Winnipeg due to loosening liquor laws, and PEG Beer Co. will be among the first to expose Winnipeggers to the format in a former warehouse building on Pacific Avenue.

Making use of the nostalgic Ragpickers Anti-Fashion Emporium location, The List is a nightclub – with a food focus. Pairing with local celebrity chef Rob Thomas, The List hopes to host diners throughout the lunch hour as well as a happy-hour crowd – and then dial it up on weekends – in the painstakingly renovated heritage building.

Shop ‘til you drop

From Dec. 10 to 12, many participating Exchange District businesses will hold their doors open longer for your gift shopping needs.

Established by gift and stationery shop, Tiny Feast, and Tara Davis Studio Boutique, Shop the Exchange has grown in scope this year, with many more shopping destinations united – plus the stakes are higher, with the chance to win a shopping spree to all the collective shops.

An exciting newcomer for shoppers is Kit and Ace. Established by the family behind Lululemon Athletica, the brand specializes in luxury clothing with casual comfort. Lennard Taylor, local fashion designer, has also established a permanent storefront on McDermot Avenue.

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After dropping dough on amazing finds and gorging on delicious food, there’s a one-of-a-kind viewing of Home Alone with accompaniment from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra to take in Dec. 11 to 13.

Call the Exchange home

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Visiting the Exchange is fun for any Winnipegger – but a lucky few call the exciting area home.

Limited move-in-ready suites remain in the historic buildings at 110 James Ave. and 132 James Ave., repurposed for modern loft living by StreetSide Developments.

For more information on the available suites, visit www.districtcondos.ca.

—STREETSIDE DEVELOPMENTS