Shop local and keep your money where your heart is…

UPDATE: Since the original posting of this article, things have progressed to code red status here in Manitoba. HOWEVER, the GOOD NEWS is that all of these shops offer either online, Facebook or telephone shopping options with delivery and/or curbside pickup so you can still support local for the holidays! Please remember – Westman needs you more than Amazon does right now 🙂
With the holidays right around the corner (Gasp!), there is no better time to #shoplocal and discover what Westman has to offer!
Whether surprising a loved one with that perfect ‘one-of-a-kind’ gift, or treating yourself to some local treasures – Southwest Manitoba is home to a wide range of unique shopping experiences that are sure to surprise and delight even the most persnickety (that’s a fancy word for picky) of shoppers…
Here are twenty of our local favorites!  


Samantha’s Boutique – Elkhorn, MB











Samantha’s Boutique is a one-stop-shop for the community of Elkhorn and surrounding area, offering a wide range of made-in-Manitoba products, including  ladies fashion & accessories, home décor, giftware, gourmet food, florals designed by an experienced on-site florist and much more! Owner Samantha Cluett aims to empower each and every woman who enters her ‘trendy store with a pink door’ and provides a fun shopping experience that you won’t forget. This fully stocked boutique offers high quality products at an affordable price and is well worth the drive to find that perfect gift or outfit that makes you feel like sashaying down the sidewalk while stayin’ alive’ plays through your head on repeat – and everything in between! @samanthasboutique

It’s Time – Neepawa, MB











Boldly declaring themselves as Neepawa’s “Home for Retail Therapy”, It’s Time Fashion & Gifts takes pride in hand-selecting each of the items that they want to carry in their shop and offer to customers. Visitors can expect a comfortable, yet trendy, upscale and unique atmosphere. Whether you’re looking for the latest fashions from Alison Sheri, Lady Dutch, Tribal, and Mavi, or you’re looking for something from their wonderful selection of giftware, you’re sure to leave with something you’ll adore. The coffee and tea are also brewed fresh for those repeat customers that just want to drop by to hang out with the friendly staff as well! @itstime_ineke

Union Shoe Store – Brandon, MB/ TC Leather Co. – Brandon, MB











High quality footwear your thing? (and if it isn’t, ask yourself why the heck not) – This place has got you (well, your feet) covered! The Union Shoe Store has been in the Mehos/Pappas family for three generations, since it was purchased upon their arrival from Greece in 1929! The shop originally offered services for custom made shoes, repairs, shoe shine and blocking and cleaning hats. The retail aspect of the business was added in 1960 and continues to follow the core values carried forward from the first generation of the family by focusing on customer service and offering quality products from all over the world. In addition to the large selection of brand-name shoes, boots, sandals, slippers and other footwear, the shop is know to carry Smart Wool socks, leather mitts, purses as well as Pendleton blankets and towels. In 2015, the decision was made to give up the shoe repair department, however TC Leather Co. (A.K.A. The Shoe Repair Shop) moved in and continues to not only offer shoe repair at the same convenient address, but just about any kind of leather work, specializing in custom made belts.  Pop on in to have your feet professionally sized and try on some new kicks to put the pep back into your step! @unionshoes1929

The Green Spot – Brandon, MB











Well-known across Southwest Manitoba since 1978 for it’s plentiful selection of gorgeous and healthy plants; both for the indoors and outdoors – Brandon’s The Green Spot is much more than just a greenhouse.  The main space carries a wide array of home decorations, ladies and men’s fashion & accessories, kitchen wares, outdoor furniture, gift ware, travel bags, gourmet goodies (including Mordens chocolates) and many other items. Additionally, they are known to host indoor markets throughout the year that offer local produce, meat, baked & canned goods for sale, amongst other items. The Green Spot also hosts an annual fashion show where you can see a sample of their fashion offerings for the new year.  Now, back to that magnificent greenery… not only are they one of Westman’s top go-to spots in the warmer months for all those gardening needs, but they have an amazing selection of trees, live greens wreaths and decorations for the holidays! @thegreenspotbdn

Dundee Designs – Alexander, MB











Art enthusiasts and those with an eye for distinctive home décor should keep an eye out for the sign at Alexander which signals that they are approaching Dundee Designs. This family-run gift store was opened by husband and wife team of local artists; Kelly Crosson and Shirley Loyd-Davies and features woodwork, carving, metalworks, painting, and jewelry as well as a creative line of clocks, lamps, and unique furniture pieces (many of which are designed and made by themselves!).  Surprising discoveries await around every corner of the two fabulously-filled floors of space that are sure to impress anyone (ahem, looking at you, persnicketies…)

Lagasse’s Studio of Fine Arts – Souris, MB











Over the past several years, Souris has seen a tremendous explosion of interest in art, which started as an opportunity for residents to learn about oil painting on canvas offered by local artist Kathleen Lagasse. Within a year, the program had grown so popular that it led to the opening of a commercial art gallery and store, Lagasse’s Studio of Fine Arts, owned and ran by Kathleen and offering a treasure trove of locally made goods, including home wares, clothing & accessories, jewelry, children’s books and clothing, moccasins, leather purses, self-care products and of course; a gorgeous selection of Manitoba-made art! Classes and workshops are still an integral part of the studio’s programming which runs throughout the year. @lagasses_studio_of_fine_art

Bromley’s Menswear – Brandon, MB











This one’s for you gents (in case the store name didn’t give it up already).  Bromley’s Menswear is THE spot in Brandon for quality well fitting men’s garments. They carry a full range of suits, dress shirts and ties as well as casual wear and accessories.  Brian Bromley, the store owner, manager and tailor will see you through the whole process; taking your measurements (don’t worry, with your permission…) and helping you choose the perfect fabric, color, sleeve style, buttons, stitching and lining to ensure a well tailored garment that offers style, comfort and the perfect fit! Their goal is to help you build a wardrobe with classic high quality pieces that you can mix and match to get several different looks that you feel like a million bucks in. @bromleysbrandon

Inspire Studio of Fine Arts – Minnedosa, MB











Inspire Studio of Fine Arts, opened in 2015 by already established tile mosaic artist Marlies Soltys. Her gallery, featuring local artists in a variety of art disciplines, has become a “must see” destination for the community of Minnedosa, known as Manitoba’s Valley Paradise!  Inside this space, you will find a wonderfully eclectic collection of home décor, fresh flower arrangements, leather goods, children’s wool toys, bath & beauty products, suuuuper duper cute planters (like, really really cute – to clarify) and even Minnedosa ‘Valley Life’ merchandise, just to name a few!  Art classes & workshops are also held throughout the year.  @inspireminnedosa

Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba – Brandon, MB

The Art Gallery of Southwestern Manitoba is a non-profit, public venue which offers contemporary art exhibits of regional, national and international significance. With an emphasis on Manitoba art, the gallery and gift shop features the wares of local artisans; featuring one-of-a-kind items that are perfect for adding a personal touch to yours or someone you love’s (hint, hint) home – the perfect place to pick up that special gift (the oooh and aaah kind) that will be treasured for years to come! The gallery, located in Brandon’s core, hosts exhibits, school tours and art classes and is open throughout the year. @agsmagram

Farmhouse 50 – Minnedosa, MB











Farmhouse 50 opened it’s doors in Summer of 2018 in the historic Chipperfield’s building in Minnedosa, offering a space that is part coffee house, part gift shop and all Manitoban; offering a plethora of products that are hand-made in the Province, many of which are even crafted in the Westman region!  The wonderful atmosphere, friendly staff and delicious food & specialty coffees are just the icing on the cake – so be sure to give those doggies a rest (which reminds us: have you upgraded that footwear yet?) after a tough day of shopping and enjoy a steamy cup of something sinful while you pat yourself on the back for all the calories you’ve burned supporting local today.  Feeling like resting more than just your feet? Farmhouse 50 also has a beautiful loft space for rent above the main floor… why not make it a weekend and spend time exploring all of the community’s quaint charms! @farmhouse50

Flower Attic & Gifts – Virden, MB











Flower Attic & Gifts, a full- service and gift wares shop, serving the Virden area offers only the finest floral arrangements and gourmet gift baskets for any occasion.  But make no mistake, this is not your average florist shop – as it is offers so much more! Two colorful floors filled with gorgeous goods for patrons to peruse; ranging from fun kitchenware to funky textiles.  A family owned and operated business that always goes the extra mile to help you find that perfect item and ensure a positive experience. We challenge you to go into this shop for flowers and leave without picking up ‘just a few’ more items on the way out 😉 @floweratticandgifts

Shari Lyn Fashions – Virden, MB











Shari Lyn Fashions has been helping women feel confident and bringing the best big city designers and fashions to their faithful customers in Virden since 2011. Pulling together the perfect outfit for any occasion is a breeze in this place, as there are exceptionally cute pieces everywhere you look!  Expect to find a large selection of brands such as Free People, California Moonrise, Papillon, Matt & Nat, Joseph Ribkoff, Kut and more.  This shop carries sizes ranging from XS – 3XL, so you won’t be stuck having to settle for something that doesn’t make you feel amazing in your own skin! The hardest decision you will have to make here isn’t “should I get it” but rather  “should I get one IN EVERY COLOR” ? An online shop was also opened in 2018 to better serve their shoppers across the prairies and beyond. @shari_lyn_fashions

It’s Charlow, darling! – Brandon, MB











Inspired by the intoxicating aromas during a visit to a seaside village on the Adriatic Sea, the founders of  Charleston & Harlow candles (named after their two Frenchie-pups) wanted to bottle the distinct fragrances that would transport customers to a place and time where they’ve once traveled or yearn to experience in person.  The high-quality candles have earned them quite the accolades; with the prestigious honor of being included in the Oscars swag bag of goodies in 2018. With a hands-on approach, the founders are the fragrance engineers, mixologists and production crew as well as being the faces to greet guests in their bricks & mortar store, It’s Charlow, darling!, located in Downtown Brandon, where you can find a selection of their candles as well as Canadian-crafted home goods, accessories, cheeky jewelry (see photo above – how fun are those?!), cards, clothing & more. @itscharlowdarling

Studio 83 Gallery & Gifts – Miniota, MB











Studio 83 Gallery & Gifts, named aptly after the highway it can be found on, is a hidden gem located in a converted church building that passes through the town of Miniota. Carved wooden vases, handcrafted jewelry, sculptures, soft toys, home goods and local art are attractively displayed under high ceilings and lit by huge windows.  The quality of merchandise and curated collection of  unique hand-made items you can expect to find here will not disappoint! Local artist and owner, Jennifer Copet, carefully selects each item to ensure every piece is something you aren’t going to easily find anywhere else. Over 30 artists are represented at the studio and the list is ever expanding! @studio83galleryandgifts

Lady of the Lake – Brandon, MB











Make time to wander through this “Best Gift Shop in Canada” award-winning store with its artful displays filled with trendy home stylings, vibrant personal accessories and countless other items!  Lady of the Lake is a 5,000 square foot space, bursting at the seams with fabulousness. With vintage furnishings being their specialty; they are always collecting, painting or distressing a piece and breathing new life into it. If you are looking for a piece to accent your modern décor or highlight your shabby chic home, go check them out and see what they have in store! Staff is always available to help with your decorating project or gift selection and as an extra added bonus: gift wrapping is complimentary and awfully darn purdy :p  Also a renowned Café & Pub, be sure to hop on over to the other side to indulge in a delectable slice of New York style cheesecake and cup of gourmet tea. Which, speaking of – be sure to visit Talia the teacup truck on your way out – a vintage farm truck beautifully decorated in a tea cup mosaic and dedicated to the love of tea! @ladyofthelakeb

Farmery Estate Brewery, Neepawa – MB











While you may know them best for their famous range of Farmery beers; conjuring up images of a hot Summer Saturday at the lake in July with cold can in hand, preparing for that first refreshing sip after a hard day of relaxing in the sun… Oh! Now, where were we… ah, yes – righto.  Farmery Estate Brewery offers much more in store than the selection of beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) that they are well-known for. Farmery t-shirts, hoodies, hats, tuques and mitts are a cute addition to the wardrobe and available for purchase as well as a nice selection of culinary products (flapjack, chocolate cake and beer bread batter) made with their malted barley; grown right outside of Neepawa!  You can also find hemp oil-infused Lip balms, lotions and dreamy scented pillow sprays as well as glassware, beer cozies and other goodies. Farmery Gift Packs are usually available in a few different themes and make a nice holiday present! @farmerybrewery

Cinnamon Tree Boutique – Brandon, MB











Shopping for clothes can be quite the pain in the @r$e, are we right? Enter The Cinnamon Tree; a cozy ladies’ clothing boutique in Brandon that carries a wide range of brands for any occasion and all of the essential accessories to complement any outfit! The knowledgeable & helpful staff here lend a keen eye and sound advice on styles that will look good on their customers.  First timers usually don’t realize that when a garment is suggested to try on, it will be perfect for them; with the item often being something they would never think to choose on their own.  Building confidence through fashion is their goal, and so far they are crushing it! @cinnamontreebdn

Toymasters – Brandon, MB










Established in 2013, Toymasters is a locally owned independent toy store that offers Brandon’s biggest selection of LEGO, Playmobil, Calico Critters, Schleich, Melissa & Doug, puzzles & board games, crafts, Bruder, Science kits and soo much more. Just one quick browse of their website yielded a pretty long laundry list of ‘must have toys’ for everyone in the family; including some very cool hard-to-find retro toys and programmable Harry Potter wands that can magically control any TV or infrared controlled device – WHAAAT?! Sign us up! In addition to the amazing selection of children’s toys, they carry a fantastic selection of games for all ages (over 500 different kinds!) – which include gorgeous crokinole boards made here in Manitoba as well as board games in the escape room, party, strategy, co-operative, card, storytelling, parlour & more genres. Go play awhile & build those happy childhood memories or re-live your own! @toymastersmb
Ten Thousand Villages – Brandon, MB











Ten Thousand Villages is more than a store. It is a place where shoppers can explore and connect with their global village.  From communities throughout the developing world, every inspired design is crafted with love using local materials (usually natural or recycled) and time-honored skills by makers they have known and worked with for years. Every purchase improves the lives of makers by supporting their craft and providing a fair, stable income.  From beautiful hand-woven baskets, fair-trade coffee, unique children’s toys and books, intricately detailed tapestries and more – Ten Thousand Villages offers a way for you to become part of the story and give gifts with meaning. @villagesbrandon

Baby Bump – Brandon, MB










Baby Bump store owners Stacy and Adrienne decided to open up the type of shop that Brandon & area parents have been wanting for quite some time and did so with aplomb; providing a stylish and welcoming space that serves as a ‘one-stop-shop’ for first time parents (or any parents, really).  They carry top quality items such as strollers, car seats, baby shoes and headbands, teething toys, nursing bras and other products that you can’t won’t find anywhere else in the city. Attending a baby shower sometime in the near future? This is definitely the go to spot for that adorable gift to welcome the wee one into the world! A shop that strives to cater to their clients needs; they offer a cozy changing room which can sometimes doubles as a breastfeeding room, if the need arises. Additionally, these gals really know their stuff (both are maternity nurses) and are there to help with any questions you may have or advice you may need on products. But that isn’t all…  Baby Bump also offers Prenatal classes as well as Me & Mini Me Yoga Fit Classes!  From bump to baby; it truly is a one-stop-shop for education, support and shopping. @bdnbabybump
So…feeling inspired yet to get out there and do some shopping in Westman? We know we certainly are – hope to see you there and share an appropriately distanced air high-five with you all 🙂

*While Tourism Westman strongly recommends that all tourism businesses adhere to the operating protocols and capacity restrictions allowed by the Manitoba government, we cannot guarantee the compliance of any business or attraction featured in the content above. Please contact the business directly for operating hours and policies.  Throughout the province, please continue to practice safe physical distancing and adhere to all recommended guidelines.