By Eden Ramsay (@EdenRamsay)
Your answer to a great cup of coffee, delicious slice of pizza, or intimate hangout spot and music venue can all be found at The Good Will, which opened its doors at 625 Portage Avenue a couple weeks ago, right beside the University of Winnipeg.
Named after the Winnipeg thrift store chain, one instantly feels at ease walking into The Good Will. The decor is minimal in design with vintage chairs as well as modern wooden benches and tables in another room. Two pinball machines and the now retro, The Simpsons arcade game, line the back of the place, while a performance stage faces the bar and coffee area. There is even a collection of VHS movies you can play on a large, flat screen TV. During less busy hours, it’s a great atmosphere for the college crowd to catch up on studying.
The Good Will is many things. For one, it’s a great place to get an amazing cup of coffee at an extremely reasonable price. I ordered a latte to-go and was even asked if I wanted chocolate on top. How could I say no? The coffee flavours were rich and creamy and was comparable to a latte from many other of our city’s trendy coffee establishments. For early-risers, The Good Will is open at 7 a.m. on weekdays, just in time to get your before-work caffeine fix or something baked and delicious from Tall Grass Prairie.
What is good news to many who love the place, The Good Will is home to A Little Pizza Heaven‘s second location. As I took a bite into my tomato feta pizza slice, I thought to myself, “What is it about A Little Pizza Heaven pizza that makes it good?” Most would agree it’s the extra kick of garlic flavour that keeps customers coming back for more. With a full menu and a slew of tempting specialty pizzas, you’ll have your pizza cravings covered here. As an added bonus, chips & dip and nachos are available only at the Portage location, perfect for social gathering snacking.
During evening hours, The Good Will transforms into a lively music venue catering to all kinds of music genres. One night you may find a group of folk musicians on stage while the next will be an eclectic, DJ dance party. The venue is the new host of the popular, Smithfits nights from its previous home at Union Sound Hall. The DJs will have you shaking what you got as they spin an energetic mix of punk, new wave, and Brit pop.
Is The Good Will a dive bar, pizza joint, coffee shop, or music venue? The answer is all-of-the-above. But first and foremost, it’s a social club that provides its patrons a social setting for comfort and fun, in whichever form they may be seeking.
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Eden Ramsay is a Creative Communications graduate from 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.