To the women who made us, raised us, supported us, taught us, empowered us, and paved the way, Happy International Women’s Day! This week, whether you’re in need of (or want) something sweet, something fresh, something to wear, or something to gift, why not check out one of these women-owned businesses in Calgary and show our local entrepreneurs some love? Let’s go!
Who doesn’t love a good consignment shop? Joyce’s Closet is the place if you’re looking for luxury fashion at a fraction of the price. Everything has been carefully selected, well taken care of, is in season, and is in style.
Need a little RNR? Founded in 2004, Calgary’s Urban Texture Salon Hair Studio now offers a ton of contemporary services and add ons for a reasonable price, plus with years of experience under their belt you’re almost guaranteed to get incredible advice and a quality cut or colour.
Where: #320 12024 Sarcee Trail NW, Calgary
Made Local Marketplace in Westman village is an innovative, proud-to-be-local market that carries a ton of Alberta-made goods from coffee mugs to jewellery, art, candles, and more. Check them out online above, or in-store at the address below!
Where: 117 Mahogany Centre SE, Calgary or online
Have a special occasion coming up? A box of something tasty from Pretty Sweet is guaranteed to do the trick. From donuts, cakes, and cookies their desserts are as beautiful as they are delish. Place a custom order or check their website for some of the prettiest goodies in Calgary’s southeast.
Where: 536 42 Avenue SE, Calgary
Tish Jewelry has some unreal pieces. Everything is pretty, simple, elegant, and will honestly go well with practically every outfit. Their quality is top-notch and of course, like every other business on this list, you can browse knowing that you’re supporting a female-owned business.
Fashion-forward trends meet well-articulated feminity at this female-owned Calgary business. Bringing styles ahead of the curve to the Calgary scene, Blondie Boutique will make wearing real clothes fun again – something that after a year of wearing sweat pants may sound impossible.
Where: 1019 17th Ave SW
Cookie Mama does the absolute most when it comes to sweets. This bakery is a dream come true for anyone with a dietary concern, as they accommodate literally everyone by substituting traditional ingredients with things like carrots, lemon juice, fruit and agave syrup. Don’t get it twisted though, just because they use ‘good-for-you’ mixins, DOES NOT mean that you’ll be left disappointed.
Where: 1508 14 Street SW, Calgary
From seasonal scents to everyday nose-pleasing favourites, charity work, and a sustainable model, Calgary’s Milk Jar Candle Co., has become a YYC staple and it’s pretty clear why. Check out their website above and get something special for every room in the house.
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Looking for something beautiful, original and on point to freshen up your living space or tie an event together? Check out The Series by Court, an Insta-friendly, modern flower service that only sells what’s in season and in style.
Where: Online above
Pinnovate is the first and only do-it-yourself freestyle studio in Calgary. Drop-in, creatively pop off, and then maybe even leave with a sense of pride. This place also offers tasty treats, because you’ll most likely work up an appetite which honestly makes it the ultimate afternoon or evening out.
Where: 137 Mahogany Plaza SE, Calgary
Calgary’s Coutukitch has a ton of super trendy handcrafted earrings, necklaces, rings, and charms made for gift giving… whether that gift is for someone else, or just yourself. Looking for something super special? Check out their custom-made pieces!
Not everyone is comfortable hitting the salon right now but never fear. Get a set of high-quality, luxury press on’s from a Calgary’s own! From every style, length and occasion, Nails by KDang will almost definitely have something fun, bright, or fabulous just right for you.
There you have it, Calgary, 12 women-owned businesses you have to check out in celebration of International Women’s Day. Have a favourite that didn’t make the list? Let us know your favourite female-run spot!