First customers after re-opening
Our first customers arrived just before the 7 AM opening on
Febraruy 25th, following months of extensive renovations to our
Wolseley bakery. Corey Clement, Annie Janzen and Jake
Harms (from left) started their day with fresh baking and
big smiles. Read
back - Tall Grass in Wolseley!
"Welcome Back!" is what we're saying to one another as our
customers, friends and neighbours return through the new front
door of Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company in Wolseley.
The home of our original organic dream, this small Wolseley
community bakery had long outgrown its original space. The plans
for renovation took many years, and we seriously considered
every detail for you, our customers.
We opened at 7:00 AM Thursday, February 25th with fresh bread
and cinnamon buns from our brand new rotary oven.
A hearty welcome back to Tall Grass from all the staff and
co-owners Lyle and Kathy Barkman and Tabitha and Paul Langel
[WINNIPEG, February 2010]
House in Wolseley bakery February 20th
renovations are coming along quite nicely and we are excited to
invite you to our Open House!
Neighbours, customers & friends, come and join the Tall
Grass Bakery Blessing & Open House Celebration!
Saturday, February 20, 2010 - 859 Westminster Avenue
- 3:30 pm Blessing of the renovated building
- 4 to 6 pm Open House
Enjoy cinnamon buns & beverages. Let’s celebrate!
Renos at 859
It was at 859 Westminster that the story of Tall Grass Prairie
Bread Company began, established itself as a beloved quality,
organic neighbourhood bakery and grew.
After nearly 20 years, an extensive expansion and addition to
the bakery began in the fall of 2009. The past months have been
an exciting, and hard working journey.
Led by Tom Monteyne, of Winnipeg's Syverson Monteyne
Architecture Inc., the renovated structure features beams from
the old Winnipeg Arena, ceilings of salvaged Manitoba scrub oak
wood, and a mezzanine full of natural light as part of the
customer area. The production and sales spaces are larger, but
still cozy. And customers will find favourite and new bakery and
deli items waiting.
So what is the exact date? That's being worked on.
In the meantime, check the website, and this web page for
updates, or call the bakery line at (204) 783-5097 for a
Before all that, however, following is a pictorial story of our
renos at 859 Westminster. Enjoy.
neighbours have been watching the new building emerge from the
ground and grow as part of the community, even before it opens!
And we are appreciative of the opportunity to distribute our
fresh baking from another neighbourhood store, Humboldt's
Legacy, throughout the renovations process. (See next
news item, below).
renovations photo album
[June 12, 2009] We gathered members of our
community to officially announce our renovation
plans and bless the project as we embarked on this
major undertaking. We thanked the building for all
it has provided and inspiration it has afforded us
all. Tom Monteyne. our architect, showed an early
concept model of the building and spoke of the
thoughful process that led to the detailed plans.
Tabitha Langel, one of the four co-owners of Tall
Grass Bread Company, introduced speakers marking the
beginning of the journey. We all enjoyed
refreshments including everyone's favourite,
cinnamon buns. Naturally!
[July, 2009] Demolition took place toward
the end of June and within the first week of July
the basement forms were in place and the concrete
was being poured. The timbers arrived in the second
half of July, allowing the structure to take form.
Timbers arrive, get notched and emerge into a new
[August 2009] The upper storey of the new
structure reveals itself as a bare grid, then snug
with insulation and finally the outer surfaces.
[September / October 2009]
As work continues outside, we move our baking to The
Forks, allowing interior work to commence.
Clearing the original production space in Wolseley.
Sale of our fresh goods continues through Humboldt's
Legacy, just down the street.
[November 2009] We are blessed with a very
warm autumn. Great weather for outdoor work on the
WIth the beams in place, the brickwork can be
Drilling for eco-friendly geothermal heating,
installing windows and electrical services for the
[December 2009] We're nearly finished!
Here is how Tall Grass Bread Company at 859
Westminster in Wolseley
looked before the snow arrived in mid-December.
Watch this space for updates!
Photos by Kathy Barkman, Brian Hydesmith and Tom
[WINNIPEG, Nov 24, 2009]
renovations you can still get Tall Grass bread at Humboldt's
Tall Grass Customers,
After nearly 20 years of producing quality, organic baked goods
for our neighbourhood, Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company has
finally embraced a renovation of the original building. This
icon of neighbourhood whole food has thrived and it has become
difficult to fit production and customers into the building. The
new space has been thoughtfully designed to blend old and new,
while respecting what we stand for as an integral part of our
We are grateful for the generous and enthusiastic welcome we
have received from our neighbours at Humboldt’s Legacy (just
down the street at 887 Westminster in Wolseley) during this next
step of the Tall Grass Prairie Bread Company renovation.
The next few months of the project will unite the old and new
buildings and transform them into a beautiful new space to serve
you better in the future.
Freshly baked Tall Grass products are arriving daily for you at
Humboldt's Tuesday through Saturday, 7 AM to 7 PM, where we will
do our best to have the following products on hand. On Sundays
and Mondays, visit us at The Forks for the full range of your
Tall Grass favourites.
Special orders can be placed and picked up at Tall Grass
Prairie Bread Company at The Forks. Call us at (204)
957-5097. We thank you for your patience and
understanding as we proceed with this exciting development.
We look forward to serving you in a fuller capacity when we
open in the newly renovated building and thank Humboldt's for
their community spirit and cooperation. We hope you take the
opportunity to look around this unique little store!