A special family Friday! One of my fav things about #yyj is how much our city ? local. Here are a few and a bit about what they say about us!

Smoke and Mirrors Cofee – This social enterprise makes coffee… for a cause. A group of SCIENTISTS use their skills to roast fair trade, organic beans and focus on equity, accountability, and responsibility throughout their coffee process. And, wait for it, half of all profits are donated to four local not-for-profits – no strings attached. If you know me, you know I love coffee & do-gooders.

Kids consignments stores run by local moms! Thistle and Wren has been open in #Fernwood for 2 years and is stocked with local goods &  beautiful second-hand clothes that are good for my budget and the planet. Sailor Jack has been a staple in #VicWest for 14 years and was bought by current owner Marnie four years ago. The business helped ensure Marnie could adopt her two foster daughters. It is all about family – serving families, protecting the planet, and building community. Both also help local families by donating a ton of clothing.

Ola Dubois is a new obsession of mine. Run out of her home in the Beacon Hill area, the owner of this fab clothing company, designs, and sews beautiful dresses. The best? The fabric is all thrifted, recycled, and sustainable. These dresses are beautiful, hyper-local, ethical, and sustainable.

Ten Fifteen Beauty Bar –  this salon is owned and run by two young women who wanted to create a safe and inviting workspace in the industry they love. They have built a business that focuses on people and community, accessibility and sustainability. I love every bit of this place, from my haircuts to the chitchats, to the philosophy that underpins it.

Fix it Fernwood – to tell you the truth, I’ve never met the owner, but I see and admire her work all over my neighbourhood. She’s sprucing up Fernwood and leaving little place-making notes along the way – “Fix-it-Fernwood – project complete!”.

I am committed to the entrepreneurs & artists who create and build the local businesses that our city wants and loves!