Design Quarter Winnipeg

Badge of Awesome Communities invites you to share your favourite things to see and do in cool destinations around the world. We caught up with the folks from Design Quarter Winnipeg — one of our featured attractions from Winnipeg — to learn about what they have to offer.

What makes Design Quarter Winnipeg awesome?

DQW: DESIGN QUARTER WINNIPEG is a curated destination experience within a walkable area of central Winnipeg, creating a community of authentic, local retail and design culture. We are a non-profit, member-based organization aimed at providing an accessible resource for design-conscious consumers and local businesses to experience and connect with Winnipeg’s central hub of creative and innovative destinations!

Come experience a diverse range of design culture across three of Winnipeg’s core communities – the historic Exchange District, the Downtown, and The Forks. As a design-conscious consumer visiting central Winnipeg (as a local or a tourist), you are able to pick up a map, follow us via social media, visit our website to check out member profiles, blog features, special events, or navigate our interactive, online map via GPS, to pinpoint all of the authentic, local, design-driven experiences our city has to offer! You can expect to take in the best in our city’s local design retailers/studios, restaurants, fashion boutiques, art galleries, cultural events and much more by participating in the Design Quarter’s curated experience. Our connected community of creative retailers and makers are highlighted in this one, navigable and walkable area of diverse design culture.

All of our members are unique, local businesses within the general area of the Exchange District, Downtown, The Forks, or within walkable routes in between, who embody a strong focus and leading standard in design culture. They represent the most creative and authentic, Winnipeg experiences! Having just launched in May 2017, we are already up to 54 members-strong!

Ultimately, the goal of Design Quarter Winnipeg is to create awareness, provide support, and facilitate diverse connections amongst Winnipeg’s talented, creative community. As is evident by the positive response we’ve received, this progressive initiative comes at no better time. It builds off the foundation of Winnipeg’s growing status of an arts, design, and culture hub, the importance of supporting local, and investing in downtown development and walkability.

Design is a culture in and of itself; it is a way of life. Our city and beyond craves exactly what Design Quarter Winnipeg offers – an accessible, consumer-focused perspective of design, and its many integrations and applications. Our long-term goal is to see even more local design entrepreneurs situate themselves in our downtown area, and provide the support needed to thrive. In this cyclical manner, we provide the benefit of an accessible, connective platform to both the public and our unique, Winnipeg businesses. Connecting these different groups fosters the cross-pollination of ideas and collaboration amongst various disciplines integral to innovation. It is through connection and innovation that Design Quarter Winnipeg hopes to not only ignite, but sustain a dialogue about the importance of design culture in our everyday lives.

Want to learn more? Check out the Design Quarter Winnipeg website.

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Josh Martin
Josh Martin is the creative force behind Badge of Awesome. He lives in southwestern Ontario, Canada and is the author of "Misadventure Musings: Lessons learned from life's awesome and absurd moments" and "The Overcoming Obstacles Handbook."

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