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The new owner of Sheena’s Gallery is sewing up the hole in Winnipeg’s cross-stitch community. Barbara Parnell-Best reopened Sheena’s Gallery on May 22, five months after the store — the only specialty cross-stitch art shop left in the province — closed. The Free Press previously reported Sheena Buckner, the former owner who ran the craft and framing store for 25 years, was closing the store at the end of 2017 because she wanted to retire and couldn’t find a buyer. Then, a few weeks into 2018, Buckner received an unexpected offer. "It was my mom’s favourite store and she was so sad that it closed, so I thought, ‘Well, I’ll buy it then,’" said Parnell-Best, the 47-year-old Winnipegger who bought the shop at the end of January. "Of all the stuff we sell here, the only thing I know how to do is crochet, but my mom cross-stitches enough for the whole family."
Alcohol has long been a problem in northern Saskatchewan, but the Town of La Ronge plans to go to the electorate to help put a cap on the issue.
In a world overrun with the likes of Nike and Adidas, the Vancouver-based entrepreneurs say they struggled to find an option that could easily go from the office to their after hours. “We were frustrated by the lack of shoe options on the market,” Reid says. And, apparently, they weren’t alone in their footwear frustration. “The more we talked about it with peers, the more we recognized a need for functional, versatile everyday footwear,” Reid says. “Increasingly, our community wants smarter, more adaptable products so that they can consume less.” So, they decided to create them...