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entrepreneurs | SMART A new place to Feast in Winnipeg's West End

The newly opened interior of Feast Cafe Bistro. Derek Gagnon

of its kind in Winnipeg, a licensed First Nations café bistro. Te grand opening ceremony ushered in a new era for the former Ellice Café and Teatre. “We are so excited to finally have our


doors open, to welcome in the community, and to start this new journey in the West End,” said Feast owner Christa Bruneau- Guenther. Te grand opening ceremony featured

a traditional First Nations honour song to bless the building. It also included a Christian blessing ceremony and ribbon cutting. Live music played throughout the evening, with acoustic performances by local musician Rena Semenko. Following the formal program, Feast hosted a public open house where guests got to sample menu items, enter a draw, and meet Bruneau-Guenther and her staff. Feast is 100% First Nations owned and

operated, and is located in the same build- ing as the Adam Beach Film Institute and

Owner Christa Bruneau-Guenther has a laugh in the kitchen.

Bandwidth Teatre. Bruneau-Guenther is co-owner of the entire building with Adam beach, Jim Compton and Jeremy Torrie. Beach, who is known for his roles in Hol- lywood, was among those in attendance at the opening. Te building owners are committed to

carrying on the legacy of Ellice Café and Teatre owner Harry Lehotsky and New Life Ministries. Lehotsky opened the El- lice Café and Teatre in 2005, and died

Feast's Bison Indian Taco dish.

of cancer in 2006. His wife Virigina was there at the opening to help open the new venue. Tey intend to give back to their community with a special focus on youth, mental health and nutrition. “Te Ellice Café was a community meet-

ing point, and we hope Feast can bring that sense of togetherness back while celebrat- ing the great food and traditional culture of First Nations people,” says Bruneau- Guenther. “What’s more Canadian than

food grown right here in this province for hundreds of years?” Feasts menu consists of familiar com-

fort food infused with traditional First Nation ingredients like wild rice, berries, wild game and bannock. Feast is open Monday to Thursday 8-4, Fridays and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and is closed on Sundays. Feast also plans to open for special events and private functions on weeknights.

Massage spa helps customers to Live Right T

hroughout the holiday season and into the New Year, many people al- low themselves the luxury of relaxing

and treating themselves. One such way is through massage and other related spa treatments. Massage has long been proven to be good

not only for the body, but the mind as well. Daryn Chernick, president and owner of Live Right Massage & Facial Spa says that too often, people wait too long before seeking massage treatment. “Normally when you go to a spa, clients

just book in for a single appointment,” said Daryn. “Tey don’t end up feeling healed, because they wait until they hurt, which is too late. Te reason that employers give benefits to their workers is to allow them to get regular maintenance and to prevent them from getting sore or injured. Tis al- lows them to feel better, have more work days and have more enjoyment out of life. With our membership program, we help you get more massages out of the same amount of benefits in one year so you feel your best.” Live Right offers a membership package

unlike any other spa in Winnipeg, allowing customers to use their pre-paid services towards any spa treatment of their choos-

ing. Focusing on body and skin care, the spa offers massage, facials, waxing, sugar- ing, steam and other some special body treatments. Many of Daryn's clients have been book-

ing in for the holidays as a way of using up their benefits. Many work places, and most colleges and universities in Manitoba, in- clude massages in their benefits packages, but they don’t roll over from year to year. Catered to your needs and schedule Born and raised in Winnipeg, not far from

Live Right’s Taylor Avenue location, Daryn had used the benefits of massage for a while, but it wasn’t until recently that he saw the potential to make his own business in the industry. After living and going to school at DeVry in Calgary for a while, Daryn returned to Winnipeg. He worked with his family with Westco for a number of years, before seeking a career where he could help people and con- tribute to their overall wellness. He opened Live Right in November of 2014. “I love it here. I love the changes in the

seasons, I love the people, I love the small town in a big town mentality.” Live Right came to be with help from the

Manitoba START program and the Manitoba small business loan program. Live Right also

 Creative types Continued from page 7 Te Contemplator

You find the first part of prob-

lem solving is taking the time to understand the problem. You take your time, reflect and process the information, mull a bit, and gain a new perspective before moving forward. Your ideas percolate and come together with time. How to identify: Your best ideas

often come to you on your own after you’ve left the brainstorming room. You don’t speak much in brain-

storms. You find you take things in first and then come up with ideas on your own. When to step forward: You’re best involved once the initial “bang” has

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happened. Take the ideas, process them, shape/change them, scrap them and come back with some- thing brilliant. When to step back: If you feel

like the problem is something that needs a quick diagnosis and action, you may want to duck out. Te Inventor

You’re fast on your feet and

ideas come quickly. You’re able to envision creative solutions to any challenge you face. You’ve got ideas you want to get out of your brain and into the universe. How to identify: Before you’ve

even fully read the brief, you’re talking about ideas you have to

takes on apprentices through Apprentice- ship Manitoba. Live Right was the first spa of its kind in

Winnipeg to utilize the membership pro- gram, where people can sign up and use their membership fee towards any number of specialized treatments. “We give a loyalty discount through the

membership, and allow our customers to contribute for as long as they want without having to worry about coming in every month. Your monthly pre-paids do not ex- pire, so you can save up a few and have a really great spa day if you wish.” “It’s very flexible, and we’ve made it as

easy as possible for people to come to a place where they’re seeing the same therapist that clearly understands their needs, and can put them on a treatment plan. Tat helps them to feel better with whatever issue they have. Tey also remind them to come more regularly so that they don’t only come after they’re already feeling bad, it keeps them feeling good and productive.” Live Right Massage &Facial Spa is located

at 1-1190 Taylor Avenue. To learn more about their services or to book an appointment, visit or call (204) 284- LIVE (5483)

east Café Bistro, at 587 Ellice Avenue, hosted its grand opening celebration on December 10. Feast is the first

solve the challenge. You like the pressure of fast idea-

tion and a quick concept. When to step forward: You should

step up in initial brainstorming sessions and in group meetings, pushing for multiple concepts. When to step back: Chances

are you’re a sprinter and less of a long-distance runner. Come in throughout, but be clear on when you’re in or out. Te Maker

You’re a long-distance runner

and an expert at keeping ideas moving through the process. You are great at building support and love to keep building off your own

and others’ ideas. You love the process of ideation and thinking of where things could go. You love to get to the work phase of concepts, bringing things to life through dif- ferent media. How to identify: You find that af-

ter the dust has settled, you’re there holding the torch and reminding people there’s still an idea mara- thon to finish. You love the process. From be-

ginning to end you revel in the making of ideas. It doesn’t neces- sarily matter what you end up with, your favourite part is the process. When to step forward: You should take the reins once we’re out of

the gate. Your best work will come through when it’s time to think about how to make the idea a reality. When to step back: You should be

involved throughout the process, but because you see the beauty in all ideas, it may make it hard to land. During concept selection you might want to step back a bit. Figure out your own profile and

encourage those on your problem- solving team to look at theirs. If we match people to the environment and role best suited to them and make sure we have a good cross- section of creators, we’ll see much better results.

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