Winnipeg Businesses Win Big


March 14, 2013

Businesses Celebrated with Coveted Design Award

Downtown Winnipeg – Winnipeg’s first Commerce Design Winnipeg contest announced its inaugural set of winners on Friday, March 8th at The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s State of the City address.

Brought to you by StorefrontMB, City of Winnipeg, Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ and the,Ville de Montréal, Commerce Design Winnipeg rewards Winnipeg merchants for the exceptional quality of the interior and exterior design of their businesses and highlights the talents of Manitoba designers. Every year it will honour merchants who have called upon qualified design professionals to help them design or renovate their business premises.

The Jury Grand Prize Winners were selected by a jury of design professionals co-chaired by Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ and Dave Angus, President and CEO of The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce:

Arkadash Bistro & Lounge (268 Portage Avenue), designed by BIOS Architecture Corporation
Bijou Fine Jewelry (539 Osborne Street), designed by Local Architecture + Design
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar (115 Garry Street), designed by David Goyer Architecture Inc., Cheryl Watson, Keg Intl. and Hilderman Thomas Frank Cram
Manitoba Start (271 Portage Avenue), designed by 5468796 Architecture Inc.
My Beautiful Shoes (156-2025 Corydon Avenue), designed by IDEATE Design Consulting Inc.
Rooster (452 River Avenue), designed by Richard Prins
Rudy’s Eat & Drink (375 Graham Avenue), designed by 5468796 Architecture Inc.
Stella’s Café @ Plug In (460 Portage Avenue), designed by DPA+PSA+DIN Collective
Tall Grass Prairie Bread Co. (859 Westminster Avenue), designed by Syverson Monteyne Architecture Inc.

“I am thrilled that five of the nine winning businesses are located downtown,” said Stefano Grande, executive director of the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ. “Attractive storefronts are important elements for a vital city and essential for a bold and vibrant downtown. When businesses keep in mind the importance of these elements and prioritize well-designed spaces, both patrons and our city win.”

One business will be chosen by popular vote from the Jury Grand Prize winners. The name of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at a press event to be held in Winnipeg in June 2013. To vote (with a chance to win a spa getaway) and learn more about each of the winning businesses, visit Or pop into the winning businesses to check out the surroundings and vote in person.

First started in Montreal, Commerce Design competitions now run in cities across the world including Luxembourg, Marseilles, and New York. Businesses have reported improved visibility in their neighbourhood, an enhanced sense of pride on the part of their employees, and new customers. The designers of the businesses also enjoy greater visibility.

To further promote and spotlight architecture and design, Commerce Design Winnipeg welcomes initiatives like the World Interiors Day which takes place on May 25, 2013. The event actively engages professionals, national organizations, design enthusiasts and the general public to explore creativity, imagination, vision and passion in relation to the role of Interior Architecture/Design in society, culture and our future environments. For more information, visit:

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Rudy’s Eat & Drink

The Keg Downtown

Arkadash Bistro & Lounge