Business Features

Strathcona Spirits

Rogue-picked River Valley seaberries, wild-foraged Badlands juniper and virgin American white oak barrels round out Strathcona Spirits’ Barrel Aged Gin, which won Edmonton Made’s Gifted cover contest.

Pura Botanicals

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.

Blow In The Dark Glassworks

Keith Walker volunteered with a local glass-blower for eight years before making the leap from hobbyist to professional.

Oliver Apt.

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 Leather

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 Naturals

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. 

Keep Design

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.

El Designo

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.

Farm Wife Style

Every summer a swarm of bees takes over the abandoned dairy barn on Kim Ducherer’s Leduc County farm. Announcing their arrival with a distinctive hum, they sculpt delicate honeycombs that hang precariously from the wooden window sill.

Illustrating Edmonton

Jason Blower (of Snow Alligator) and Amanda Schutz illustrate Edmonton from two very different perspectives.

Karve Shaving

A mechanical engineer by trade, Chris Kirchen uses his machines to manufacture a nearly 150-year-old invention — the safety razor

Glass Buffalo

With no literary magazine to submit to, students in the University of Alberta’s creative writing program took it upon themselves to create one in 2012

Smithstine Copper

More likely to line the inside of power cables than to delicately hang from a woman’s neck, copper is jewelry maker Kristine MacDonald’s medium of choice.

The Woofery

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