Shop Local: Guide to Women-Owned Businesses in Edmonton (and Area)

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Happy International Women’s Day! Today and every day, let’s Balance for Better. That’s the theme of 2019’s IWD, but it should be something we strive for year-round, every year. Let’s challenge gender stereotypes and bias. Let’s insist on gender parity. Let’s lift women up and celebrate women’s achievements.

A very specific thing you can do to help celebrate and support women is to shop at female owned or co-owned Edmonton and area businesses. 

And you can use this guide to help you do just that! As I developed the first iteration of the guide, with the help of my supportive, also female friend Diane Lee (@argenplath), I was blown away but how easy it was to come up with a list of businesses—in a range of industries—that were being led by women in the Edmonton area. This is so exciting.

What started as wanting to do a few shout-outs on my Instagram account has turned into a pretty solid directory.

Please note: I am in no way suggesting you don’t shop or support businesses that aren’t led by women. Absolutely support any and all businesses that sell what you’re looking for, provide great products, service and customer service, and whose values align with your own, regardless of whether they’re owned by women or not. But if your’e specifically looking for a way to find, celebrate, and support female entrepreneurs and business owners in the Edmonton area, particularly on International Women’s Day, or any day, you can use this guide to help you identify where some of those places might be. 

Note: This list as an ever-changing resource!

As I discover more businesses run by women in the area, I’ll update this directory. If you send me your suggestions on local, female entrepreneurs and business owners you think should be added to the list, I’ll add them. If YOU are a woman with a business in the Edmonton area and want to be on this list, please let me know! Either message me via email or on my social media. And if I got something wrong and a business listed is not owned or co-owned by a business, let me know that too. It’s an ever-changing resource.

Now I present to you:

Guide to Women-Owned Edmonton (and Area) Businesses!

The businesses listed below are either fully owned or co-owned by a woman.

I did my best to categorize but there maybe some businesses that could overlap into other categories too lol

ALSO: while I can personally vouch for a large chunk of the businesses in the directory, I have not shopped or used the services for each and every one of them so please do your research before choosing to visit, buy or hire anyone in the guide below!

Originally posted on International Women’s Day March 8, 2019. Last updated on March 13, 2019.

Entries listed in alphabetical order per category.

Delicious Food and Drinks, Hospitality

  • 124 Street Grand Market, Edmonton’s ‘Grandest Farmers Market’ in the heart of 124 Street, owned by Kirsta Franke. (108 and 102 Avenue at 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Barking Buffalo Cafe, a coffee shop that also doubles as a store for Salgado Fenwick, co-owned by Kassie Burkholder, Linda Ritter and Shauna Force. (10842 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Belgravia Hub, a 46-seat neighbourhood eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, and very popular corn fritters, co-owned by Leslie Mcglennon and daughters Haley, Abbey and Lucy Laviolette. (7609 115 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Blue Plate Diner, a warm and cozy restaurant open for brunch, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week, co-owned by Rima Devitt. (10145 104 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Brown Butter Cafe, an adorable little cafe serving delicious breakfast sandwiches, rice bowls and drinks, co-owned by Heena Mak. (1528 91 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Caramunchies, delicious caramel treats, made by Alysia Lok. (Available at various locations and online)
  • Cartago, a neighbourhood pub with killer cocktails and pretzels, co-owned by Katy Ingraham. (8204 106 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Cavern, a retail cheese store and cafe/bar, co-owned by Cecilia Groblicka. (10169 104 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Chartier, an award-winning, rustic, Quebec French style restaurant in Beaumont co-owned by Sylvia Cheverie. (#102 5012 50 St. Beaumont, AB)
  • Chocorrant Patisserie & Cafe, a cafe specializing in croissants, pastries and other fine desserts, co-owned by Kai Wong. (10328 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Confetti Sweets, a ‘totally awesome’ cookie shop owned by Kathy Leskow. (Two Edmonton locations and Online)
  • Crum Coffee Bar, a cafe specializing in organic espresso and coffee, owned by Mila and Christine Gossain. (4640 Calgary Trail. Edmonton, AB)
  • Da Vinci Gelato, a luxury gelato shop creating batch handcrafted gelato from scratch, owned by Yvonne Irnich. (12 Rayborn Crescent, St. Albert and other locations)
  • Destination Donuts, a delicious donut shop owned by Heather Morris. (10548 124 St.)
  • Drift Food Truck, one of Edmonton’s best food trucks serving delicious sandwiches, hand-cut fries and more, co-owned by Kara Fenske. (Truck travels everywhere. Fall/Winter at Shamrock Curling Club, Edmonton, AB)
  • Duchess Bake Shop, an award-winning, chic, French Bakery serving macarons, tarts, cakes, lunch and more, co-owned by Giselle Courteau. (10718 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Epicurean Adventure Tours, offering food tours and ‘eatventures’, founded by Bryanna Kumpula. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Glow Juicery, offering freshly-made veggie and fruit-based juices, green juice cleanses, smoothies and more, founded by Marnie Ashcroft. (Locations across Canada)
  • Hansen Distillery, a craft distillery producing vodka, moonshine, gin and rye, co-owned by Shayna Hansen. (17412 111 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Honest Dumplings, a gourmet dumpling operation, co-owned by Ray Ma. (Dumplings available in many grocery stores or order online)
  • Huma Mexican Restaurant, a colourful and delicious Mexican restaurant, co-owned by Mariel Montero Sena. (9880 63 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Italian Centre Shop, an essential Italian grocery store and meeting place with a huge selection, fresh produce, bakery and more, owned by Teresa Spinelli. (Three Edmonton locations and a Calgary spot too)
  • JACEK Chocolate, an award-winning artisanal chocolate company, owned by Jacqueline Jacek. (three locations, Sherwood Park, Edmonton and Canmore, AB)
  • Kb & Co, a casual, conscious eats cafe focusing on healthy foods, owned by Kristina Botelho. (10224 104 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Kelly’s Pub, a lively downtown pub, owned by Kelly Smart. (10156 104 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • King Noodle House Pho Hoang, one of Edmonton’s longest-running Vietnamese restaurants specializing in beef noodle soup (pho), co-owned by Hoa Sen Dao. (10615 97 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • La Boule Patisserie + Bakery, serving artisinal breads, fine French pastries, chocolates and more, owned by Jennifer Stang. (8020 101 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • LOVEPIZZA, a tasty, fast-casual pizza restaurant, co-owned by Braede Harris. (Edmonton and St. Albert)
  • Mama Asha Cafe, an East African restaurant with delicious samosas, suqaar plates and Somalian breakfast, owned by Saharia Aden. (11745 95 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • McDonalds, South Common, South Common Walmart, Southbrook, Windermere and Windermere Walmart locations, all owned by Neeru Schippel. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Meat Street Pies, specializing in freshly baked-on-board meat pies, pastries and patties, co-owned by Thea Avis. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Molly’s Eats, selling cookies, pastries and more, owned by Susan Chin. (Farmers Markets and U of A SUB)
  • Paws the Cat Cafe, a cute cafe serving drinks and pastries, where you can hang out with adoptable cats, co-owned by Nicole Niska. (10588 109 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Revolution Ice Cream, offering delightful frozen treats, prepared by hand in small batches, co-owned by Jessica Steblyk. (Various locations and inquire online)
  • RGE RD, an award-winning, rustic restaurant serving Canadian, farm-to-table cuisine, co-owned by Caitlin Fulton. (10643 123 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Simply Supper, a meal prep business, owned by Monita Chapman. (2305 Rabbit Hill Rd. Edmonton, AB)
  • Splash Poke, Edmonton’s first quick service poke restaurant serving fresh, delicious raw fish, owned by Angela Wong. (Four Edmonton locations)
  • Sugared and Spiced, a lovely bakery offering creative cookies, scones, cakes and more, co-owned by Amy Nachtigall. (10334 82 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • The Art of Cake, a lovely cafe and bakery known for nostalgic, artisan baking, co-owned by Gloria Bednarz. (11811 105 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • The Tomato Food & Drink, a magazine celebrating Edmonton’s food and wine scene, owned by Mary Bailey. (Edmonton, AB)
  • The Violet Chocolate Company, an award-winning boutique chocolate company, owned by Rebecca Grant. (17515 10 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • TZiN Wine & Tapas, an awesome tapas bar with a huge selection of wine, owned by Kesley Danyluk. (10115 104 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Veg in YEG, a social entreprise growing vegetables, herbs and flowers for locals who ‘pay what they want’ for fresh, local goodness, owned by Nicole Spring. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Y’elod Ice Cream & Bake Shoppe, a Filipino and Asian-inspired ice cream and bake shop, co-owned by Ailynn Santos. (10152A 82 Ave. Edmonton, AB)

Purveyors of Cool Things (Home/Decor/Cards/Crafts/More)

  • 3 Leafs Homes, providing modern recycled shipping container homes, owned by Som Sourachit. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Blue Lamp Books, an independent bookshop specializing in mystery, detective and classic crime fiction, owned by Kristy Hollingshead-Rumsey. (10008 82 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Escape City, offering some of Edmonton’s best escape room, co-owned by Pamela Woolger. (5916 104 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Fern’s School of Craft, a crafting school owned by Jessica Fern Facette. (10350 122 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Fox and Tux, a pet boutique owned by Naomi McFee. (12523 102 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • habitat etc., a lifestyle store selling home goods, accessories, paper and gifts, owned by Annie Parent. (10187 104 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • HauteCoton, selling luxury, organic bedding, sheets, duvet covers, crib sheets and pillow cases, inspired by nature, owned by Nimi Kelloway. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Heart of the Home, a kitchenware store specializing in beautiful collections of everyday and special occasion cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools and unique accessories, owned by Katryna Springer. (12539 102 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Henry’s Interiors / Purveyor’s of Fine Things, offers an eclectic range of furniture and home decor, styling, staging, space planning and more, co-owned by sisters Janice Funston and Kirsten Proulx. (10247 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Justine Ma Design, a talented designer and hand letterer selling everything from cards to ornaments and more, owned by Justine Ma. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Made Social Co., a modern crafting community putting on workshops and craft kits, led by Christine Shankowsky and Andrea Hanki. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Majesty and Friends, a modern design boutique offering a curated selection of local and Canadian artists, designers, and makers, owned by Julie Morrison. (6241 112 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • parcel + prose, a cute shop selling greeting cards, stationerys, and unique gifts, owned by Tracy. (10524 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Plum Home + Design, an awesome interior design and home decor boutique, owned by Jenna Pryor. (101. 12021 102 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • The Suburban Edit, curating lifestyle essentials for modern suburban living, owned by Kathy Heath. (Online)
  • Whimsical Vintage Creations, specializing in home decor, restoring, refinishing and redesigning vintage furniture, co-owned by Kendra and Kyla Tetley. (Bay 101 3919 49 Ave. Stony Plain, AB)

Beauty, Fashion, and Artsy Folks

  • 4Cats Art Studio Summerside, a studio offering art classes, workshops and parties, owned by Michelle Weisgerber. (3. 1109 Summerside Dr. Edmonton, AB)
  • Bar OA Farms – Specialty Cut Flowers, an urban micro, sustainably-managed cut flower farm, owned by Bryanna Kumpula. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Bamboo Ballroom, a fashion-forward Alberta shopping destination, co-owned by Kyla Kazeil. (8206 104 Ave. Edmonton, AB, online and Calgary)
  • Blue Gemini Hair Studio, an award winning hair salon co-owned by Samantha and Paulina Truong. (14115 23 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Crystal Driedger, an artist specializing in carvings, paintings and illustrations. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Deborrah Hughes-Gahr, an artist specializing in handmade, functional and decorative pottery like dinnerware, yarn bowls, patio water fountains and more, owned by Deborrah Hughes-Gahr. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Dog Dog Goose, a custom, hand-made dog collar shop owned by Lauren van Keulen. (Availabel at various stores and online)
  • FabHab Interiors, offering functional and accessible home and interior design, owned by Navin Sidhu. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Flannel Foxes, an ethically-made, socially conscious, nostalgic clothing brand, co-owned by Brittni Goshulak. (Available at various stores and online)
  • Floc Boutique, a boutique women’s clothing store that is “For the Love of Clothing” with a focus on Canadian fashion, offering wardrobe consults and styles as well, co-owned by Janelle Rocher and Sandra Correia. (10106 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Gravity Pope, an independently-owned boutique offering carefully chosen, beautiful unique and handcrafted shoes, clothes and accessories, owned by Louise Dirks. (10442 82 Ave, Edmonton. AB, plus multiple locations across Canada and Online)
  • Girls Club DJs, a female DJ duo specializing in disco, house, pop with some hip hop, owned by Suzy Kenny and Jaclyn Panylyk. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Gus Sloan, a little black jumpsuit clothing brand designed with women in mind, owned by Lauren Dary. (Online, or 323 Bulyea Rd. Edmonton, AB)
  • Lisa Rattai Nails, an independent nail technician serving south Edmonton clients, owned by Lisa Rattai. (Windermere, Edmonton, AB)
  • LUX Beauty Boutique, Edmonton’s original apothecary devoted to hot and hard-to-find beauty brands, owned by Jennifer Grimm. (12515 102 Ave, Edmonton AB)
  • My Favourite Aunt’s, a consignment store selling a wide variety of clothing ,shoes, handbags, jewelry and more, co-owned by Larissa Love and Holly Hawryschuk. (5212 86 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • My Sunshine Creations, a baby clothing company specializing in waterproof bandana bibs, grow with baby pants and cardigans, mocs, and more, co-owned by Kimberly and Jennifer Mah. (Online)
  • Peter Robertson Gallery, a large contemporary art gallery, co-owned by Camille Robertson. (12323 104 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Poppy Barley, a designer shoe company focused on polished, everyday essential footwear and chic functional accessories, co-owned by Justine and Kendall Barber. (5015 111 St. Edmonton, AB and Online)
  • Portage and Main, a comfortable clothing brand for families and kids, owned by Trish Reeves. (11. 1004 Parsons Rd. Edmonton, AB and Online)
  • Pura Botanicals, a green beauty apothecary and perfumery, owned by Lane Edwards. (10120 124 St. Edmonton, AB and Online)
  • Red Pony Consignment, a fashion-forward consignment store specializing in alternative, independent, fashion-conscious clothes, shoes and accessories, co-owned by Yannick Vienne. (9940 82 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Seam Beneath the Stairs, offering quality, hand-created clothing for children, owned by Jessica Kennema. (Edmonton, AB/Online)
  • Sweet Jolie Boutique, a boutique clothing store empowering women to feel their best, owned by Nicole Rice. (10914 105 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Shop the Skinny, a lifestyle brand and clothing store owned by Erinn Trebaczkiewicz. (5015 – 111 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Shop New Classics, a sustainable, ethical fashion brand co-owned by Alyssa Lau. (Shop Online)
  • Smithstine Copper, selling handmade copper jewlery and accessories, owned by Kristine MacDonald. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Somewear Consignment Boutique, a travelling boutique consignment store, owned by Jacqueline Kitzan. (It’s mobile!)
  • So Pretty Cara Cotter, a handcrafted, modern sterling jewelry boutique owned by Cara Cotter. (10120 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Sylvia Soo Leather, an artisnal leather goods studio, owned by Sylvia Soo. (Online)
  • The Beauty Parlour, an organic beauty salon designed and built primarily with recycled materials and carrying eco-sensitive products, owned by Desiree Liley. (10011 82 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • The Nail Keeper, a beauty studio offering manicure, pedicure, nail extensions and waxing services, owned by Van Vo Kim. (10381 112 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Tuft Sprout, creators of meaningful children’s blankets and books, with some proceeds going back to the Stollery Children’s Hospital, co-owned by Cristina Fehr. (Edmonton, AB/Online)
  • unbelts, equitably made, and made to last genderless belts, owned by Claire Theaker-Brown. (Available at various stores and Online)
  • WORKHALL Studio, a boutique clothing studio, owned by Nicole Campre. (Two Edmonton Locations and Online)

Marketing, Photography, Video, Design and Other Professional Services

  • Beverley Theresa, a social media consultancy, owned by Beverley Theresa. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Box Social Event Planning, focused on creating fun, family-friendly events, owned by Deanne Ferguson. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Chatty Girl Media, a social media marketing firm, owned by Ashley Sexsmith. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Cultivate Digital Media, a social media and content firm, owned by Nicola. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Dianna Man Photography, a wedding and lifestyle photography business owned by Dianna Man. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Edmonton Area Family Doulas, providing guidance and support for families before, during and after childbirth, owned by April Fermaniuk. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Emilie Iggiotti, a portrait photography business owned by Emilie Iggiotti. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Focus Communications, a marketing, social media, PR, graphic design and video and writing company, co-owned by Sue Heuman. (10004 104 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Harper PR, a public relations consultancy owned by Natalie Harper. (Edmonton, AB)Bangel PR, a boutique public relations agency specializing in media relations, owned by Catherine Bangel. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Henryk Branding Co., a boutique branding business, owned by Carina Ludgate. (129. 10531 117 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Hoopla Media, an award-winning corporate video production team of creatives, directors, editors and storytellers, co-owned by Colleen Nuc. (5420 82 Ave, Edmonton AB)
  • Kaden Ave Communications, a boutique social media marketing firm co-owned by Kady Hobbins and Avery Johnson. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Katch Studios, a wedding photography business owned by Kat Gill. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Karly Ford Photo, a wedding and lifestyle photography business owned by Karly Ford. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Kick Point, a digital marketing agency co-owned by Dana DiTomaso and Jen Salamandick. (10620 Jasper Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Little Paws Inn, a pet daycare, grooming and overnight boarding service, owned by Morgan Budinski. (6908 82 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • Minted Photography, a wedding photography business owned by Lyndsay Touchings. (Edmonton, AB)ME! LINDA HOANG, an independent social media consultant. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Monica Patt Acupuncture, providing massage therapy and acupuncture (with a fertility focus), owned by Monica Patt. (10118 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Natasia Designs, a web design and graphics business owned by Natasia Martin. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Plaid Collar Films, a video production company co-owned by Kim Onciul. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Publicity Room, a public relations agency focused on fashion and lifestyle, owned by Janis Galloway. (#205. 10110 124 St. Edmonton, AB)
  • Pumpkin PR, a public relations and marketing firm, owned by Holly Roy. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Reel Story Communications, a video production company that tells inspiring stories, owned by Ruth Juliebo. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Sarah Mavro, a wedding and lifestyle photography business owned by Sarah Mavro. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Shawna Randolph Communications, a media relations and crisis communications training, coaching and consulting company, owned by Shawna Randolph. (Edmonton, AB)
  • The Creative Hive & Storyteller Productions, a co-working and event space, and video production company, co-owned by Dez Melenka. (16819 111 Ave. Edmonton, AB)
  • The Complement, offering training and styling services to help your business create a five-star experience and reputation, owned by Amanda Wagner(Edmonton, AB)
  • The Momoirs, a lifestyle photography business owned by Hannah Hamilton. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Tracey Jazmin Photo, a wedding and branding photography business owned by Tracey Jazmin. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Wild Heart Collective, providing event production, programming, community engagement, place making, marketing and more, owned by Krista Franke. (Edmonton, AB)
  • Worry Free Plumbing, your worry-free experts providing round the clock plumbing services, owned by Joelene Mackey. (Edmonton, AB)
  • YEG Inspired, a parenthood magazine for Edmontonians, sharing personal, relatable stories and narratives, owned by Lorraine Marie. (Edmonton, AB)
  • zag creative, a strateegic marketing firm owned by Alyson Hodson. (301. 10154 104 St. Edmonton, AB)

… and the list goes on and on.

Literally, there are so many more women-owned businesses and entrepreneurs in the Edmonton area than what’s listed here, I know that. And I can’t wait to see how big this directory grows!

As I mentioned, I’ll be updating this guide as I discover more women-led businesses and Ii you send me your suggestions on local, female entrepreneurs and business owners you think should be added to the list, I’ll add them too. If YOU are a woman with a business in the Edmonton area and want to be on this list, please let me know! Either message me via email or on my social media. And if I got something wrong and a business listed is not owned or co-owned by a business, let me know that too. Remember, it’s an ever-changing resource.

Happy International Women’s Day and be sure to share this post and support women not only today, but EVERY DAY!

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6 Comments

  • Avatar Rhianna says:

    Big omission is Gravity Pope. A woman-owned store that has been around for more than 25 years; a trailblazing business in this city with international recognition.

  • Avatar Linda Hoang says:

    Thanks Rhianna !! I’ve added Gravity Pope! 😊

  • Avatar Rhianna says:

    Thanks, Linda. The Artworks is another big omission given its history and influence in the city. Other long-standing businesses I think of that I’m positive are women-owned or co-owned are Blue Plate Diner, Swish, Mousey Brown’s. It would also be interesting to know how many businesses are actually co-owned by couples, but the public face is only the husband.

  • Avatar Jill says:

    And don’t forget Kathy Sharp of Maven & Grace and Mill Creek Picture Framing.

  • Avatar Jill says:

    And Juanita at Color de Vino!

  • Avatar Ashley says:

    Don’t forget all the handcrafted markets that are run & organized by women! On the Spot/Etsy Made in Canada, hello local market, Curated, The Fibre Shindig, Wholly Handmade, Hand2Hand, The Witchery Market, and Make It for sure!
    And everything YEG Boss Babes does (obvi)!

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