Downtown BIZ Welcomes Thom Bargen’s Expansion Into Downtown: Opening March 2016


December 14, 2015


Downtown Winnipeg – Winnipeg’s best kept secret was unveiled on social media today – good news that is quickly being shared, as Thom Bargen, one of Winnipeg’s beloved coffee shops, expands their services into the downtown. Located on the corner of Graham and Kennedy (250 Kennedy St.), the second location for this popular coffee shop builds on the emerging entrepreneurial activity of young business owners like Chris Watchorn of Oak and Oar, a clothing line with Manitoba’s outdoor weekends in mind, and Wouter Gorter of Sana SoupHouse, a business that’s been on the block for just over a year, serving Chilled Strawberry, West African Peanut, and Pumpkin Apple Spice soups.

“Opening up a shop downtown was a very exciting prospect,” says TJ Hiebert and Graham Bargen, owners of Thom Bargen. “The tide is turning and more and more people are heading downtown. We’re excited to bring a specialty coffee experience in a well-designed space to this exciting neighbourhood. We couldn’t be more excited to join businesses on Graham Ave. as their new neighbours.”

Thom Bargen’s building façade was supported with the Façade Improvement Program, developed by CentreVenture, City of Winnipeg, Province of Manitoba and Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, adding to the ongoing efforts to continue to beautify the public realm and to strengthen local downtown businesses by supporting the visual appeal of their buildings.

“Something exciting is happening on Graham Ave.,” says Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Young people and businesses like Thom Bargen are gravitating to Graham Ave. and in their own way are helping to transform the area into a hip and cool place for people to visit.”

According to a market research report, Downtown Trends (, visitors to the downtown frequently access wireless cafes and spend their money on coffee. Graham Ave. is quickly transforming into an exciting pedestrian-friendly area of the downtown, with local shops and business owners adding an intimate feeling to the block. Murals are tucked in between buildings, farmers’ markets activate courtyards like at the Manitoba Hydro Building, and businesses with history like Bison Books and The Urban Bakery and pop-up shops are giving Winnipeggers reasons to find rare finds and unique local treasures.

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For more information, contact:

Jason Syvixay, Managing Director, Downtown Winnipeg BIZ
(204) 958-4635;

Graham Bargen & T.J. Hiebert, Owners, Thom Bargen

(204) 688-0654;