THIRD WINNIPEG NIGHT MARKET OF THE YEAR BRINGS OUT ALMOST 40 VENDORS
BY ALEX NGUYEN
This year’s third Downtown Winnipeg Night Market on Aug. 31 was filled with people of all ages enjoying a mix of vendors, taking photos at the market’s Instagram alley and playing chess on an oversized board.
Many local vendors came to the year’s final market, including Pretty Plates, Capital K Distillery, Whipped Cosmetics, LeaBee Wraps and Yurkowski Family Farm.
Gwen D’Ottavio, owner of Pretty Plates, started her business after accumulating some mismatched china. “I bought some for my daughter’s shower,” said D’Ottavio. “I saw an idea on Pinterest, made a couple, and sold them on Kijiji.”/ALEX NGUYEN
Laura Yanez, a volunteer with the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, helps out at the market./ALEX NGUYEN
Gerry and Kroa Yurkowski, owners of Yurkowski Family Farm, make local raw honey year-round. “We’re a small family… My son comes and does chores with me, my other son likes to walk away with my tools, and there’s my 14-month-old daughter,” said Gerry Yurkowski. “It’s a whole family. It’s also exhausting — but it’s fun.”/ALEX NGUYEN
Jesse Hildebrand from Capital K Distillery has some recommendations for students looking to try the local distillery’s products: the Tall Grass Dill Pickle Vodka for caesars, the Tall Grass Strawberry Rhubarb Vodka with Sprite, or — if you’re studying — the Tall Grass Espresso Vodka./ALEX NGUYEN
LeaBee Wraps owner Charlotte Ehlers has been selling three different sizes of compostable beeswax wraps. “It’s really timely. I think a lot of us are realizing the mistake we made in investing so heavily in plastics,” said Ehlers./ALEX NGUYEN
Angela Filbert, owner of Whipped Cosmetics, has been in business for 18 years. “My grandma taught me how to make soap and bath products,” said Filbert. “I started doing it as a hobby.”/ALEX NGUYEN
Jo-Anne Peltz, owner of jojo bags, sews at her tent as she creates one of her signature bags./ALEX NGUYEN