Calgary Business Spotlights

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Discovering the Knifewear Group Knife Shop in Calgary

When a seven-year-old Kevin Kent, who is now the CEO and founder of Knifewear Group, received a pocketknife from his uncle with cheeky instructions to "not tell mom," it sparked a lifelong passion for knives. He compounded this obsession with his first Japanese knife that he bought while working as a chef in London's famous St. John Restaurant.

When he returned to Canada, Kevin started his business by selling Japanese kitchen knives — from a backpack while travelling on a bicycle! Today, however, he is proud to own five knife shops across Canada. This is in addition to a chain of stores called Kent of Inglewood (which primarily sells axes and straight razors), a book (The Knifenerd Guide to Japanese Knives), and producing an award-winning

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Yann Haute Patisserie

There is, in Calgary, a colourful little house that is bursting with history. It was built in the early 1900's and spent some time as a family home. Later, it housed a few professional businesses. When Yann and Jeraldine laid eyes on it in 2006, they knew they found the perfect home for their business: a quaint and authentic French pastry boutique. Yann Haute Patisserie opened in this house in 2009 and has been delighting Calgarians with French pastry ever since.

Macarons at Yann Haute Patisserie"We felt the Calgary market was ready to add the same French pastry concept I grew up in," says Yann Blanchard, co-owner and pastry chef, of the decision to bring the brand to market.

He was right. We just can't get enough of the cakes, macarons, petit gateaux, wedding cakes and more.

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Business Spotlight: Bike and Brew in Calgary

Bike And Brew is unlike any bike or coffee shop you've visited before — because it's a combination of both!

"Weston (co-owner) and I have been fortunate enough to have spent many years in the cycling industry, ranging from the grom who would clean bikes to sales to ownership," says co-owner Travis Ferguson. "Having been involved in opening up a more traditional style of bike shop, we both recognized that our hearts were somewhere else. We knew Calgary was ready for a new style of bike shop that meshed the two amazing cultures of coffee and cycling. We wanted to bring back the old school vibe of the mom- and-pop bike shop and detune the cycling shopping experience. Bike shopping can be a pretty intimidating experience, even for an experienced buyer,

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The Cookbook Co. Cooking Business is Providing Cooking Lessons For Calgary

The Cookbook Co. Cooks satisfies your hunger for all things culinary. It's a destination to purchase specialty ingredients, quality cookware, and chef-inspired cookbooks. It's also your source for corporate and gift baskets for the foodie, chef or baker in your life; and let's not forget about their cooking classes, culinary vacation escapes, and catering.

"Back in 1984, we were selling cookbooks, so the name [The Cookbook Co.] seemed like a natural fit, says owner Gail Norton about the start and evolution of the company. "When we moved into our current space, we were dreaming up new and unusual names, but a good friend suggested adding the word 'cooks' on the end to embrace the expanded aspects of the business — selling specialty cookware and

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Distilled Beauty Bar Business in Calgary

Distilled Beauty Bar & Social House brings together three very important things: pampering, delicious treats, and social gathering.

Distilled Beauty Bar

"A passion for travel is where the idea started: seeing amazing ideas from around the world, as well as my passion for coffee and wine!" says founder Lisa Maric. "It all came together when I saw this amazing space in Marda Loop, and the dream took on a life of its own. I wanted to create a social space in Marda Loop. I raised my family here and we have a great community. Our space was designed with our community in mind. It's a place for everyone. It's social house and a wee bit more."

At Distilled Beauty Bar, guests can get their hair or nails done, have their brows sculpted, their lashes extended, and their

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Morin Music Business in Calgary

Morin Music is a private studio that specializes in high-quality musical education. What started as a collective of classical musicians offering lessons in Calgary has cumulated in Morin Music becoming one of Calgary's leading musical education centres.

"Since opening our doors, we have had a very strong and clear vision for what we believe is best for our students and their learning, and I believe our company has been successful because of our commitment to our principles and philosophy," says Carmen Morin, owner and executive director.

The Role Morin Music Serves

Child Practicing Xylophone at Morin MusicCarmen explains that their programs are dedicated solely to classical music training, with emphasis on character development through musical training. "We could have adjusted our

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Find Quality Craftmanship at Black Forest Wood Company

Black Forest Wood Company is a woodworking supply store that also sells custom tables and doors. They stock the largest variety of lumber species in Canada and are dealers for woodworking tools and supplies from top brand names such as Laguna, EcoPoxy, Tuff Tooth, King, PROXXON, Powermatic and more. Black Forest also teaches courses in woodworking, wood turning, and carving.

What is the Secret to Success for Black Forest Wood Company?

Hand Crafted Wooden Table at Christmas"The two main driving factors behind the success of our business include our unmatched knowledge and skills in the woodworking field combined with organic social media marketing," says Dylan Thomas, manager of marketing and design.

However, woodworking is a traditional medium, while social media is part of an

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The Living Room Restaurant in Calgary

Living rooms. They are about being cozy, welcoming, and a place where you always feel at home. You will get that feeling when you dine at the Living Room, Calgary's destination for award-winning, contemporary, interactive cuisine.

With so many wonderful places to eat in Calgary, what has set the Living Room apart for 18 years, and why does it have close to a perfect 5/5 rating from nearly 200 people on Google? John Gignac, general manager, tells us why.

"It's about doing the right things right, with the right kind of people," he smiles. "We put a strong focus on our customers and have high expectations on delivering an exceptional experience."

The experience includes a chef tasting menu, small plates, sharing plates, full dinners, and

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