When Lane Edwards was pregnant with her first child, she developed a sensitivity to the perfumes and beauty products she loved. A heightened sense of smell rendered their chemical components unbearable, so she began concocting natural alternatives for herself and her growing family.
Keith Walker volunteered with a local glass-blower for eight years before making the leap from hobbyist to professional.
Oliver Apt. began as a home improvement project. A third-generation carpenter, Landon Schedler began crafting custom-built decor and furniture for his apartment in Edmonton’s central Oliver neighbourhood.
Sylvia Soo was battling Stage 2 breast cancer when she fell in love with leatherworking. There was something healing about the process of punching, stitching and cutting the raw, delicate hides.
Token had no intention of creating a bitters line in the early days of the company. The experiment was a way to keep chemical engineer and free spirit Cam O’Neil occupied while he and co-founder Keenan Pascal waited on a cannabis production licence.
Unwilling to contribute to today’s throwaway culture, recent graduate Anson Wong challenged himself to create an all-natural, heirloom quality product, as part of a qualifying project for the University of Alberta’s postgraduate design program.
Marc Nipp can often be found ambling through the Old Strathcona Antique Mall or thumbing through issues of 2000 AD at Warp 1 in search of visual stimulation.
Reanna Sokolovic wants pets to reduce their pawprints while eating healthy. The self-proclaimed crazy dog lady created a line of single ingredient dehydrated dog treats that come in biodegradable bags after getting her second dog — a boxer named Bruno