There's an Osborne Village version of Monopoly and we're totally here for it

It’s ruined friendships, destroyed family nights and fueled lifelong rivalries. Yep, we’re talking about Monopoly.

But even though the classic game has seen its share of buyouts, bankruptcies and board flips, it’s become a rainy-day staple in households across the world. And thanks to the Gas Station Arts Centre, there’s an adaptation that Winnipeggers can truly appreciate.

Villageopoly is the Osborne Village version of Monopoly, with each spot named after a business or GSAC supporter in one of the city’s favourite neighbourhoods. Featuring stops like Wild Planet, Little Sister Coffee Maker, The Village Pet, Baked Expectations, Nuburger, The Toad in the Hole (free beer money, anyone?!) and more, a roll of the dice truly feels like a weekend stroll through the Village.

While organisations across Canada have tailored Monopoly boards to particular neighbourhoods, Nick Kowalchuk of the GSAC says Osborne’s longstanding popularity and recognizable landmarks make for a perfect backdrop and evoke a definite sense of pride among locals.

“It has the heart of a well-established community,” he says. “I work in this area and I would love to live in this area. It has many of the daily stores that one needs, along with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene.”

Since its release around this time last year, Villageopoly has sold about 400 copies with 600 still available. And with Christmas right around the corner and proceeds going towards the GSAC’s redevelopment plans, it makes a great gift for a great cause.

“This is a fun family game that everyone can play,” Kowalchuk says. “Folks can reminisce about times in the past and the vitality of the current Village. It’s good for ex-pats, families and as a fundraiser.

“It’s a win, win, win for everyone.”

Villageopoly retails for $50 and is available at Wild Planet, Tea Story, Silver Lotus, Out of the Blue, Unique Bunny, University of Winnipeg Bookstore, Book Fair Comics, Forth, Coles, Chapters, McNally Robinson, Friends of the Library, Cobra Collectibles, the Manitoba Museum gift shop, Forks Trading Co., and the Gas Station Arts Centre.

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