Calgary Business Spotlights

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Business Spotlight for Alberta Apparel

Alberta Apparel Showcases and Uplifts the Province

Clothing from Alberta Apparel

Alberta Apparel is made in Canada and designed and decorated right here in Alberta. This is clothing inspired by and designed for the active Albertan lifestyle.

"I saw that no one was producing a Made-in-Canada line of apparel to represent our beautiful province," explains President and founder, Thomas Mo. "I also wanted to start my own business and learn from the experiences of being an entrepreneur. I wanted our company to be an example of how to be local, source locally, and be ethical and sustainable, yet profitable too."

"I am determined to succeed," he continues, speaking to what sets his brand apart. "I have networked with many companies and individuals to learn from them, and to do

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Business Spotlight for Top Grass Cattle Co

Top Grass Cattle Co. leads the way with sustainable, ethical, grass-fed cattle.

Top Grass Cattle Co. ethically raises grass-fed cattle on the prairies just outside of Drumheller. The cows eat grass that is native to the area, and their cattle have plenty of space to roam freely under the bright blue sky. For Calvin Raessler, CEO and founder of Top Grass, launching this company was deeply personal.

"I wanted my life to have meaning and fulfillment," says Raessler. "I loved my ranch, loved working with my animals, and wanted to provide a product and/or service that was good for my family, friends, customers and future generations. We are raising our animals with the best care and respect that helps manage our land and environment to produce more

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Business Spotlight for YYC Growers in Calgary

Everyone is familiar with the sprawling land used by farmers in rural areas, but urban farming is also an important part of Calgary's agriculture scene — and a vital part of the growing farm-to-table movement. And within that movement, YYC Growers stands as a prominent figure in providing locally sourced food to Calgarians.

"YYC Growers began as a collective of urban farmers in 2013. We were looking for ways to save on costs as well as support each other in the tough business of farming in the urban context," explains Rod Olson, YYG Growers' general manager. "We really got going in 2014 with Dennis Scanland taking on the president role. We found our niche in offering a combined CSA (community supported agriculture) for Calgarians. This expanded so

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Business Spotlight: Deepwater Farms

Deepwater Farms brings a new look to sustainable farming in Calgary. With indoor farms that host crops as well as fish, around-the-clock farming and optimized crop cycles, the Deepwater Farms team is stepping into the future and combatting food scarcity here in Calgary.

The Creation of the Deepwater Aquaponic Farm

Farming fish at Deepwater Farms

During his university days, Paul Shumlich researched food security and became intrigued by Aquaponics, a system of aquaculture where waste from marine life fertilizes plants that are grown in water. Closing the loop, the plants purify the water in which the fish swim.

Shumlich thought that aquaponics was a forward-thinking solution for year-round food security. With co-founder Kevin Daniels, the two built prototype systems in

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Business Spotlight for Eau Claire Distillery in Calgary

Eau Claire Distillery: Making a Masterpiece with No Compromises

The Eau Claire Distillery pays tribute to everything that makes Alberta wonderful.

The distillery and its in-progress gardens sit on a historic site where MacLeod #1, #2, #3, #4 drilled for oil from the late 1920s until being decommissioned in 2018. For David Farran, founder and president, this connection to Alberta is just the beginning of the distillery's story.

Eau Claire Distillery frontage

"There are a few reasons behind the name," Farran says. "Firstly, Turner Valley was the operating area of the Eau Claire and Bow River Lumber Company during the early days of Alberta, and made a significant impact on the economy and town during that time. Secondly, "Eau Claire" means clear water in French. Since the

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Business Spotlight for Intelligently Nourished in Calgary

Intelligently Nourished Serves Up Adventures in Vegan Desserts

Calgary's entrepreneurs are known for their ingenuity, as evidenced by Carol Pierce, owner of Intelligently Nourished. When she, like so many others, were laid off during the energy downturn, Pierce turned her baking talents into a business — but she didn't create just any bakeshop. She created a company that delivers vegan baking kits so Calgarians can eat healthfully while still indulging in sumptuous desserts.

Double layer vegan chocolate cake

"I am a professionally trained chef and spent several years working as a pastry chef for restaurants and hotels long before I began working in the energy industry. While I still use many of the skills learned during those years, my focus is on creating whole food,

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Business Spotlight: Cluck n Cleaver

Interior of Cluck and Cleaver Restaurant

Director of Poultry, Francine Gomes, and Chief Chicken Officer, Nicole Gomes, cry fowl on anyone that thinks they find a tastier chicken in Calgary. The duo launched Cluck N Cleaver for one simple reason: they love chicken. It's their favourite food.

In addition to the outstanding menu items (southern fried chicken, classic rotisserie, and the Mother Clucker sandwich are just some of the delights), Cluck N Cleaver has found success by staying true to their core values for both product and service.

"And, more importantly," Francine adds, "staying true to the values of our employment culture."

Cluck and Cleaver Restaurant Mascot With Fried Chicken

She admits that opening and running Cluck N Cleaver is an ongoing learning experience, but the pair welcome the challenges by always cracking onto

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The Best Skate and Snow Equipment Stores in CalgaryWith the skateboarding season winding down and the snowboarding season just around the corner, it's important to know where you can get all your gear for both. Here are the three top shops for snow and skate gear in Calgary.

The Source Snowboard and Skateboard Shop

The Source provides five different locations with three in Calgary. The other two are found in Edmonton and Red Deer. All locations provide everything from the best boards to the right clothing accessories for skateboarding and snowboarding. You can order online or visit one of the locations any day of the week.

Calgary locations are found at:

  • 930 17th Avenue SW
  • 124 10th Street NW
  • 16061 Macleod Trail SE

All Calgary locations open at 10am Monday through Saturday and

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Business Spotlight: Monogram Coffee in Calgary

Many know it as that near-magical elixir that affords them the ability to function in the morning, but coffee is so much more a tasty drink enjoyed by two-thirds of Canadians. Coffee has a rich and varied history, and the coffee house itself, or the qahveh khaneh as it was known where it originated, became a place to socialize, enjoy music, play chess, and exchange news. Coffee has always been a social and economic driver that brings people together and fosters the exchange of culture and ideas — and this is why Jeremy Ho, co-founder of Monogram Coffee, helped launch the business.

"We saw that coffee companies were focusing exclusively on quality and forgetting about why we go for coffee in the first place — community. We wanted to be a coffee

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Cookie Occasion Business in Calgary AB

What is the perfect occasion to eat a cookie? How about any day that ends in "y" and has 24 hours? Cookies are little celebrations of life that are just as sweet when enjoyed with an afternoon tea as when they are wrapped up and gifted to make someone's day.

Kate Sawyer, owner and operator of Cookie Occasion, knows the power of these delectable morsels. She started working at Cookie Occasion at age 14. Her graduation from Mount Royal University coincided with the owner's decision to sell the business, and Kate and her mother's desire to purchase it. Today the gourmet cookies have been delighting Calgarians for nearly 30 years.

Cookie Obsession Cookies in Calgary

"The main driving factor behind our success is community," says Kate. "The support we receive as a local family

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