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Industry Insider: Pam & Voula Sarlas

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WHO: Pam and Voula Sarlas
WHAT: Specialty Boutique Owners, Soul Shoes
WHERE: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ever wondered what the perfect day in Winnipeg would entail? We asked Pam and Voula Sarlas who own Soul Shoes in Winnipeg to pick four of the best places to shop, eat and get your hair done. We do consider them experts as their boutique carries some of the most fashion forward shoes from around the world and while Soul Shoes is not on their list, we think it’s definitely worth stopping by.

Where to eat… Wasabi is a locally owned sushi restaurant which has 3 locations that all have a different feel. Depending on what mood you are in. Whether you are feeling, laid back and casual, trendy, and wanting something more intimate you have 3 locations to choose from. We cannot forget dessert. Recently for my 30th birthday I discovered chocolate raspberry cupcakes from Dessert Sinsations…I’m hooked.

Where to get your hair done… My sister and I both get our hair done down the street from our store at Angles by the fabulous Hanna. I have a slight obsession with my bangs and get them trimmed every 2 weeks. So having Hanna down the street is quite convenient.

Where to shop… Winnipeg has several locally owned boutiques where you can find unique one of a kind pieces. I also like shopping at the newest addition to Winnipeg Aritzia and am very excited for Sephora to open in the spring.

Where to score haute vintage… I love all kinds of jewelry especially vintage. My most recent gem was found at Things, a black and white cameo ring. I love it so much. Things has all sorts of great vintage finds.

Aliyah Shamsher, The Style Spy
aliyah@thestylespy.com

Reader's Comments

  1. Looks like they have a great variety of shoes at there store. If I ever go to Winnipeg I want to check their picks out!

  2. That’s great you chose to feature Winnipeg and Soul Shoes, but I don’t think the Sarlas sisters really gave enough insight into what else the city has to offer.

    They didn’t actually specify any of the “several locally owned boutiques”, nor did they embellish on the vintage finds!

    A few of many that can’t be missed:

    Swank – 1170 Taylor Ave – http://www.swankboutique.ca/
    Winnipeg’s best boutique for designer finds

    Para-Mix – 100 Osborne Street
    and F&Q Boutique – 75 Albert St
    Fashion, jewelry and handbags imported from Japan, Hong Kong, and Italy — only 1 of each item so you’ll never catch someone else wearing your dress!

    Moul̩ Р443 Academy Road
    Vancouverites may also be familiar with this fab boutique that carries both fashion and home decor as they have four locations in total, one of which is on West 4th in Kits.

    And some vintage:

    Hoopers Bazaar – 70 Albert Street
    Funky retro antique furniture and decor plus a great selection of vintage clothing and accessories

    Ragpickers Antifashion Emporium – 216 McDermot Ave
    I think it can be said it’s Winnipeg largest collection of vintage clothing, but they also have amazing period costume rentals

    The Ruby Slipper Vintage Shoppe – 970 Sargent Ave
    My personal favourite! I find beautiful vintage jewelry and designer items there for very little $. To preserve the garments, you remove your shoes in the lobby and put on…red satin slippers! Hence the name of the shop. Check out Winnipegger Sarah Blondin’s video blog entry for Fashion Magazine on The Ruby Slipper!
    http://www.fashionmagazine.com/blogs/fashion-reporters/2009/03/20/winnipeg-fashion-on-a-dime/
    Unfortunately the slippers weren’t shown in the video as the girls brought in heels for the sake of modeling the clothing.

    PLUS: Winnipeg has the Costume Museum of Canada at 109 Pacific Avenue, http://www.costumemuseum.com/

    The Costume Museum not only has amazing exhibits, a fabulous library stocked with decades-old editions of Vogue, but also a boutique which showcases local designers and some great vintage finds. On my first visit I picked up a gorgeous Schiaparelli scarf!