Meet the Makers

Our exclusive Welcome Box and Seasonal Gift Boxes are filled with some of our fave products from women-owned businesses across North America. Learn more about each of the women behind the products and the inspiration that drives their businesses, and be sure to show them some love!

Please note, each box is uniquely hand-packed and will feature a variety of, but not all, products from those listed below.
Carrie Ismail - Hand to Heart Jewelry

Carrie Ismail of Hand to Heart Jewelry

Carrie Ismail is the owner of Hand to Heart Jewelry. After working for almost 15 years in social services, trying to grow her small business and be present at home for her 2 daughters and husband, Carrie was always seeking more of a work/life balance. She wanted more AND less. More flexibility, more creativity, more time with her family, more time to pursue the things she wanted to do. Less stress, less anxiety, less busyness. In 2018 Carrie made the decision to quit her…

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Nikky Starrett of Pomp & Sass

Nikky Starrett is the founder of Pomp & Sass, a Canadian social enterprise. When the pregnancy with her daughter Fern cured her of a neurological disability, she had a second chance to live her best life, pain free. Her mission is “to be a positive influence in the world” as a way of being grateful. Now she’s building the business she always wanted to run and helping others choose sustainable, consciously made towels along the way. pompandsass.ca  |  @pompandsass Featured in our…

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Three Farmers - Natasha and Elisia Vandenhurk

Natasha & Elysia Vandenhurk of Three Farmers Foods

Natasha Vandenhurk is CEO and one of the initial founders at Three Farmers Foods. She studied Economics at the University of Saskatchewan before partnering with three farmers from Southeast Saskatchewan to realize a dream of taking healthy wholesome foods to the marketplace. Elysia Vandenhurk is Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) and one of the initial founders of Three Farmers Foods. Elysia is a Red Seal Chef and has practiced with many well accomplished chefs, including globally renowned Chef Susur Lee. Elysia’s passion for the culinary…

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Stef & Katie of Welo Probiotics

Stef, Katie and Jack met while studying business at McMaster University. After personally experiencing the benefits of probiotics, Stef was determined to find a way to incorporate this gut-friendly benefit into everyday snacks and beverages. Founded with love in Toronto, all of Welo’s (short for we love) products are made in Canada using clean, plant-based, non-gmo ingredients. Welo’s mission is to provide super awesome products that do super amazing things for your body and make a super big difference worldwide, with proceeds…

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Jennifer Lewis of Urban Spa

Since the inception of Urban Spa, Jennifer has been committed to building a business with integrity and compassion. She was raised with an awareness of social justice from her Anglican minister mother, and a strong business sense, from her banker father. They inspired her to create social change through business. Jennifer’s early experiences made her aware that there were global problems that needed solving. As a teenager, she sailed from the Bahamas to Florida and witnessed the world’s plastic pollution…

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Brandi Leifso of EVIO Beauty

At the age of 21, Brandi Leifso was living in a women’s shelter when she founded the concept for Evio, a Canadian clean beauty company that is redefining luxury beauty to be kind, conscious and affordable. Evio’s line of cosmetics and skincare products are affordable, inclusive, vegan, cruelty-free, toxin-free, gluten-free and paraben-free, and are ethically and consciously produced. Evio’s mission is to create a more conscious and kind future with products and packaging that are made with good-for-you, sustainable ingredients, including hemp, avocado, rosemary, elderberry and cocoa seed…

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Paola Girotti of Sugarmoon

Paola Girotti of Sugarmoon

Paola Girotti founded Sugarmoon in 2002 as she wanted to bring a fresh approach and natural solutions to the hair removal and beauty industry. She saw a niche in the market, having an up close and personal view of having sensitive skin and a lot of hair growth as a teen. It is her passion to help people and bring natural alternatives to the market. Sugarmoon’s product focus is the ultimate expression of commitment to this process, formulated in a completely pure…

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Katherine Vellinga of Zirkova Vodka

Katherine Vellinga of Zirkova Vodka

A proud Canadian-Ukrainian, Katherine Vellinga is co-founder and visionary behind Zirkova Vodka – an ultra-premium spirit made in her parents’ homeland of Ukraine with a uniquely Canadian flare. Katherine’s journey into the world of fine spirits began by chance when a decision to move to Ukraine in 2005 brought her to the doorstep of a small vodka factory in the Cherkasy region. Katherine knew then that her calling was to bridge her homeland of Canada with her beloved Ukrainian roots, and so she along…

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Neetu Godara of SoCIAL LITE Vodka

Neetu Godara is the Co-Founder of SoCIAL LITE Vodka, the first unsweetened pre-mixed drink in North America. The brand pioneered a new category of unsweetened drinks in the RTD segment that is now exploding across Canada. After 10 years of marketing various food and beverage products at Pepsico Canada, Neetu saw an opportunity for disruption in the RTD market with a zero sugar, zero carb beverage. As the Chief Growth Officer for SoCIAL LITE, Neetu is responsible for the brand’s marketing and sales strategy.…

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Tonia Jahshan - maker, Sipology by Steeped Tea

Tonia Jahshan of Sipology by Steeped Tea

It all started with a cup of tea. In just ten short years, Tonia Jahshan, with her family by her side, has made premium loose-leaf tea the daily norm, by turning tea lovers into business owners through her direct sales company, Sipology by Steeped Tea Inc. Her journey started in 2006 with a mini vacation to a Halifax bed and breakfast, with her husband Hatem. It was here for the first time she tried Cream of Earl Grey loose leaf tea and was blown…

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Smart Sweets founder Tara Bosch

Tara Bosch of SmartSweets

Tara Bosch is the CEO of SmartSweets, a company she began after her love affair with candy turned into an unhealthy relationship with food, and she ultimately experienced the negative effects excess sugar has on our health. Tara tried to eat less sugar, but that only led her to crave candy even more, sparking her quest to Kick Sugar, Keep Candy. After spending months recipe testing in her kitchen with a gummy bear mould from Amazon, Tara innovated the first…

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Lisa Iafrate of Talii Towels

Lisa Iafrate of TaLii Towels

TaLii Towels Lisa Iafrate is the founder of TaLii Towels, a line of suede microfibre towels that are super absorbent, antibacterial, quick drying, compact, lightweight, and odourless. TaLii Towels are great for travelling or camping, and for use at the beach, cottage gym, yoga class, pool, and so much more! They can be customized for your unique use, and make a great personalized gift. taliitowels.com  |  @taliitowels Featured in our Membership Welcome Box RevolutionHer™ Personalized Cucina Towelette Handy for every kitchen and the perfect…

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Adriana & Michelle of Tiber River

Adriana and Michelle are co-owners of Tiber River, where they believe that all decisions about business can be made with one goal in mind; to create happiness. To them, happiness entails carefully choosing ingredients that are good for you and our beautiful planet, curating products and sizes that make sense, thoughtfully distributing through channels that empower entrepreneurs, writing witty product descriptions to make you smile and topping it off with bright and colourful merchandising. The Tiber River team of Ambassadors are passionate,…

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Jennylyn Pringle of Fusion Mineral Paint

Jennylyn Pringle is a proud mama and spirited entrepreneur. She grew three internationally selling brands before the age of 30, all while juggling the role of a single mother to her beloved 4-year-old-son, Taylor. But the path to success has not been without its challenges. At 23, she took over the family business, Homestead House Paint Co., saving it from bankruptcy and bringing it back to a place of profit; today it remains as Canada’s sole manufacturer of milk paint. At 27,…

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Grace Moores of Jolly Bark

Jolly Bark designs punny products for gardeners and plant lovers. All items are reusable to bring countless smiles, not clutter, to our lives. Jolly Bark was created from a love of gardening, founded in 2019 by Grace Moores. The Jolly Bark line includes t-shirts, tote bags, mugs, tea towels, hand soaps and candles. jollybark.ca   |   @jollybark Featured in our Spring Gift Box Jolly Bark “Dirty Hoe” Gardener’s Soap Jolly Bark’s Dirty Hoe artisan hand soap is for dirty, tired hands. This rhassoul…

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Charlene Li of EATABLE Gourmet Popcorn

EATABLE Gourmet Popcorn Charlene Li and her husband, Vince, first bonded in a wine tasting class. As a health-conscious couple who also enjoyed exploring new snacks and culinary experiences, they were disappointed by the lack of clean, yet flavorful snacks on store shelves – many mass-market snacks and sweets often contained artificial ingredients. After perfecting recipes for over a year, and working alongside professional pastry chefs to learn the art of traditional confectionery and chocolate making, they launched EATABLE in 2019 to create the “perfect pairing”…

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Laura & Donna of She’s Got Leggz

She’s Got Leggz brings unique, fashionable, and affordable leggings, tops and accessories to ladies of any age, size or body type. Leggings are a comfortable, inexpensive addition that every woman should have in her wardrobe. Pair your leggings with an amazing Top and you will be all the rage! All leggings are designed in Canada, inspired by the trends and colours of the coming season and suggestions from customers. Complete your look with hand-selected Tops and Accessories to WOW your Friends!…

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Karlyn Percil of The Success Planner

Karlyn Percil is a Certified Emotional Intelligence and Neuro-Life Coach with particular focus on D​iversity, Inclusion, and Belonging.​ She is the Founder of The SisterTalk Group Leadership and Wellness Academy and Chief Executive Officer of ​KDPM Consulting Group INC. She is a former Bank Executive, who has dedicated her career to ​helping companies identify problem areas, known as “Elephant Stories,” that may interfere with an organization’s inclusion and human optimization goals. Further, she provides transformational tools, like The Success Planner, to help women, groups, and individuals increase their…

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