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Uptown Emporium gets nomination for economic development project of the year

Local artisan shop up for award from Economic Developers Association of Manitoba
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The Uptown Emporium on Main Street.

The Uptown Emporium is one of seven Manitoba businesses that have been nominated for a provincial economic development award.

Flin Flon’s latest art and craft seller has been nominated for the Economic Developers Association of Manitoba (EDAM) Economic Development Project of the Year award, the only northern Manitoba entity to be nominated. Other businesses in Carman, Grandview, Reston, Richer and St. Adolphe were also nominated.

“We’ve been nominated - how exciting!” said Crystal Kolt, cultural coordinator for the Flin Flon Arts Council. The arts council has played a key role in the creation and operation of the Uptown Emporium since it began last year.

“The purpose of the Uptown Emporium is absolutely for economic development and for building up our tourism and cultural sectors. We’re truly honoured that we were nominated for this. I hope that this shines a light on what is possible in the north and by the north through this type of project.”

The Uptown Emporium sells goods from local artisans and artists, providing both an online store and a physical storefront on Main Street for sales opportunities.

“We know that there is so much talent in the north, whether it’s the artisans that the emporium strives to support and develop, or all the other pieces of the puzzle that hopefully it can play a role in supporting,” said Kolt.

The Uptown Emporium location on Main Street officially opened its doors in April, including items ranging from small wooden birds and jewellery to handmade violins.