Calgary Business Spotlights

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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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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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