David Sanderson, Winnipeg Free Press

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Recent articles by David:

Ciao magazine celebrates 25 years

A recent issue of Ciao magazine toasted Winnipeg dining establishments that have stood the test of time, a rundown that included Bailey’s Restaurant and Lounge, Rae and Jerry’s Steak House and the Red Top Drive Inn, the latter of which has been dishing out some of the city’s tastiest burgers for 62 years and counting. → Read More

There’s something fishy going on here

Sales of aquariums, fish and fish-related accessories shot up during the pandemic, a set of circumstances consumer analysts attributed to people staying home more often and, as a direct result, angling for new and interesting ways to occupy their time. Professional aquarist Rick Banack has been in the fishkeeping biz for more than four decades. → Read More

‘Plogger’ picks up trash on his regular neighbourhood runs

One person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and now, thanks to Tim Coombs, said rubbish can also result in a year-long, family membership to Fort Whyte Alive, four tickets to a performance at Rumor’s Comedy Club or a $25 gift card for Chaeban Ice Cream. → Read More

After 114 years, Western Paint adds new lines of business to its traditional model

If you haven’t visited Western Paint at 521 Hargrave St. in the last, oh, 100 years, you may not recognize the joint. The family-run operation, which opened on Smith Street in 1908 before relocating to its long-standing digs in the Exchange District three years later, recently underwent a bit of an overhaul. → Read More

Fancy Infusions raises the bar with flavour-packed pepper jellies

Hayley Williams doesn’t take it personally when somebody tells her they’re not much for spicy food. Instead, the founder of Fancy Infusions, a venture that turns out close to 30 varieties of pepper jelly including cranberry-spice, Thai red pepper-garlic and jalapeno-raspberry, spreads a spoonful of one of her signature flavours onto a saltine, then lets her detractor know they’re about to be… → Read More

Little Nana’s offers traditional, simple southern Italian fare with a side of quiet

If you haven’t eaten in a restaurant in the last two years, you may have forgotten how loud in can get out there; so cacophonous, in fact, that an online search instantly turns up articles carrying headlines such as, “Why are restaurants so noisy?,” “Restaurants are too freaking loud” and — ooh, doesn’t this sound appetizing? — “Can’t hear your dinner date? How noisy restaurants may be harming… → Read More

Ticket stub collecting intense, lucrative

Last month, an hour after somebody paid a record price of US$468,000 for a ticket stub from basketball legend Michael Jordan’s first regular-season game with the Chicago Bulls, that benchmark was broken when a person at the same sports-memorabilia auction successfully bid US$480,000 for a ticket stub from baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson’s big-league debut with the 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers. → Read More

Entrepreneur sets up online commerce platform for city’s Filipino community

He’s calling it the Filipino Amazon. Adonis Fernandez — Don for short — is the brains behind Bentahan. → Read More

After 20 years, Frig’s Natural Meats & More is a West St. Paul mainstay and it's not going anywhere

‘W e weren’t expecting you yet, you’re gonna have to give us a few minutes,” Linda Frig shouts from a back area where’s she busily cutting chicken breasts, when a reporter arrives early for a scheduled interview at Frig’s Natural Meats & More, her and her husband John’s namesake butcher-and-grocery mart at 3515 Main St. in West St. Paul. → Read More

Top (kitchen) drawer bling

LANDMARK — Valentine’s Day is practically upon us, so let’s kick things off with a yarn sure to warm your pulmonary arteries. Gimli resident Pat McCallum was attending a craft show in her community a few months back when she happened upon a booth belonging to Gail Penner, an artist whose area of expertise is fashion jewelry made out of upcycled cutlery. → Read More

Couple brings cobbling expertise from Bulgaria to a little shop in St. Vital

‘Shoe repair stores used to be a good way to make a living. Then the pandemic sent corporate workers home,” began a recent online news article. → Read More

Métis brothers put Thompson-style pizza on the map

Winnipeg’s pizza crowd is well-served when it comes to varied approaches to their preferred pleasure. Shorty’s Pizza on Maryland Street offers fold-over, New York-style ’zas, Tommy’s Pizzeria on Corydon Avenue specializes in rectangularly-shaped, Detroit-style fare while Donald Street mainstay Chicago Phil’s, in keeping with its moniker, renders the same sort of deep-dish pie you’d expect to… → Read More

Surprised entrepreneur savouring sweet success

The Einstein Test refers to the manner in which physicist Albert Einstein reportedly invited potential research assistants out for a bite, only to dismiss them on the spot if they seasoned their meal ahead of tasting it, his rationale being anyone who assumed an untouched bowl of soup required a dash of this or that lacked an open mind. → Read More

COVID delays grand opening of South Osborne barbershop — and its owners' wedding

COVID delays both grand opening and their wedding, so couple goes with the flow — or anything else a client wants — at their welcoming, inclusive South Osborne barbershop → Read More

Puzzle enthusiast’s home-based business offers perfect family time activity

Marla Aronovitch is the Marla behind Marla’s Puzzle Pantry, a home-based venture that markets jigsaw puzzles sourced from across North America, everything from 20-piece kids’ starter sets to 6,000-piece enigmas that cover nearly 20 square feet of real estate when all is said, done and snapped together. → Read More

Winnipeg jazz legend Ron Paley forced again to ring in the new year quietly

New Year’s Eve was always a fairly big deal in the Paley household. Ron Paley, the longtime leader of a 22-piece jazz ensemble that carries his name, guesses he was five years old when his parents Walter and Ann first coaxed him and his two sisters to stay up with them until midnight, to sing along with Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, playing on a living room radio. → Read More

After 43 years, Creative Audio is still pounding out high-end equipment

Boxing Day has long been synonymous with door-crasher sales at places peddling electronics, to the degree local bargain hunters willingly wait in line overnight, almost always in sub-zero conditions, to score a deal on a new pair of headphones or a big-screen TV. → Read More

An ear for sound

Boxing Day has long been synonymous with door-crasher sales at places peddling electronics, to the degree local bargain hunters willingly wait in line... → Read More

Cards — even the really valuable ones — on the table

You might want to untie your skates and sit down for this one. A 1979 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie card made headlines in May when it fetched US$3. → Read More

Taking a new concept out for a spin

If you haven’t visited Osborne Village mainstay Urban Waves lately, don’t be alarmed when you’re met by thousands of vinyl albums, the next time you poke your head through the front door. Pivot has become a bit of a catchword during COVID, what with scores of people switching careers, addresses… even partners. → Read More