By Eden Ramsay
Who says print is dead?
Tiny Feast opened up just a couple of weeks ago and is a very welcome addition to the Exchange District. The stationery and supply shop, located at 217 McDermot Avenue, specializes in high quality stationary and supply.
Tiny Feast sells objects that offer a tiny feast for the senses. Simple things we take for granted such as a good pen or pencil, a trusty notebook, gift wrap, or a greeting card, takes on a greater meaning here. The store revels in simple pleasures such as sitting down and jotting something down on paper or wrapping a present for someone.
The place is warm and inviting with hardwood floors, soft lighting, and a modernly-furnished seating area where one can catch up on the latest copy of Uppercase magazine.
One of the first things you notice when walking into the shop is a wall displaying a collection of lovely handmade greeting cards. One of my favourites was one that read, “Thanks! You’re a peach!” with a cute, retro-looking, cartoon peach holding up flowers on the cover. There is a playful and vintage quality to many of the products that makes me believe they would be a perfect fit in any Wes Anderson movie.
Through Tiny Feast, Winnipeg now has a supplier of the Field Notes brand of notebooks. The brand is known for its simple, limited edition notebooks. The current Field Notes collection is titled Drink Local and is inspired from different kinds of beer. The notebooks even come with a coaster to rest your barley and hops on.
The store also offers patrons other products that can add a touch of class and whimsy to their home or office such as art prints, calendars, fancy office and gift wrapping supplies, pillows, blankets, coasters, flasks, backpacks and tote bags.
In art school, I learned design is not art — good design has both form and function. Art doesn’t have to serve a purpose, while design must. Tiny Feast offers its customers goods that are full of well-designed form, function, and timelessness.
With the Christmas season coming up, I would highly suggest Tiny Feast as one-stop destination for beautiful cards, gift wrap, and other odds and ends for design-loving friends and family.
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Eden Ramsay is a Creative Communications student at Red River College. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Honours) from the University of Manitoba and majored in graphic design. She loves culture, design in its many forms, and exploring the world around her. Follow her on Twitter: @EdenRamsay.