Over the next few weeks, we’re filling Winnipeggers in on some of the niche places we’ve got in our neighbourhood. This week we’re talking about Wall Street!
This little pocket of the West End used to be a warehouse/industrial district. Wall Street was first developed in 1906 with lots going on sale in 1907 for $3000 apiece. The district was marketed as “Winnipeg’s future industrial centre.” While Wall Street’s manufacturing heritage is still pretty visible, some of the trendiest little establishments in Winnipeg are popping up along this street.
Start your day with a visit to Sleepy Owl Bread (751 Wall Street). This little bakery will take you back to the time before supermarkets when folks did their grocery shopping storefront to storefront.
Sleepy Owl’s dedication to quality breads and pastries is immediately discernible. Not only does the bakery carry the familiar, delicious aroma of fresh-baked goodies, the bread itself just looks so darn good.
Obviously, bread can’t just look good; it has to taste good too. And, well, they have that end covered as well. Stories like this one from the Winnipeg Free Press tell of first-time visitors tasting their pastries on the way out only to turn around and get right back in line to order more. The breads are so delicious on their own, they’re almost best eaten without any garnish at all.
So stop in and grab a bread or pastry for the road – don’t worry, there will be time to dig into these in a bit.
The second stop is Faveri’s Wood Furniture (625 Wall Street) to browse through their spacious showroom.
This isn’t your ordinary furniture store. The moment you walk in, you’re struck by the sheer dynamism of the colours and designs that fill the showroom. From tables to chairs and armoires to sideboards, the options run from rustic to modern. The products are all wood-crafted and often unique – many pieces are custom-built by in-house craftspeople. The showroom is brimming with neat pieces, staged dining rooms and bedrooms and funky wall pieces. It’s not just about browsing for furniture, it’s also a great place for home décor ideas.
If you’ve already got the wood furniture but you need some ideas for sprucing it up, Faveri’s has specialists ready to answer any questions you might have. If you’ve been thinking about undertaking a refinishing or restoration project, they will have the tips and the products to help you do it right.
If you do find something you like but can’t take it with you, have no fear, Faveri’s can arrange delivery.
The final stop is Barn Hammer Brewing Company (595 Wall Street).
This brew pub’s eclectic interior is a joy to chill out in and enjoy a beer. All beers are on tap and made in-house. You can actually watch the beer-making process through the giant viewing window in the tap room.
Barn Hammer is the perfect place to unwind after all that furniture perusing and bread and pastry buying — Oh yeah, the bread! Pull that out and enjoy it with your drink. Barn Hammer doesn’t have a kitchen so they welcome outside food. Feel free to bring a game from home to while away the remaining hours of your afternoon.
On your way out, don’t forget to look south toward Portage Avenue to check out the former Ford manufacturing plant. It now serves as an office building for the Government of Manitoba.