Episode 74: A Deep Dive into Opening Bricks and Mortar and Crowdsourcing with Sylvia Cheverie

This week, I sat down for a second time with Sylvia Cheverie, co-owner of Chartier, to talk about using crowdsourcing as market research for opening a business, and about the many intricacies of opening a bricks and mortar business. (Check out Sylvia's first interview from last year here!)

It was an open and honest conversation (financing isn't easy and unexpected costs always arise!) and I hope it's helpful for anyone out there who is looking to open a physical shop, restaurant, cafe, etc.!

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Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of That's So Maven! Next week, we'll be meeting someone whose career is centred on something that scares so many of us: public speaking! Tune in to meet Alyson Connolly

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 73: Nicole Perry

This week, I sat down with Nicole Perry, Feminist Counsellor Edmonton, to talk about what it's like to run a private psychology practice, and how she's learned to create and maintain the boundaries that are crucial both to her field of work, and to life as an entrepreneur. 

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Listen to our chat here:

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All photography by Andrea Beça Work.

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, I'm very excited to share that we'll be taking our second deep dive with a past guest from the show - a deep dive into opening a bricks and mortar location (and crowdsourcing) with Sylvia Cheverie, co-owner of Chartier

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 72: Navin Sidhu

This week, I sat down with Navin Sidhu, who launched Fab Hab about a year and a half ago after studying and working as a civil engineer.

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All photography by Andrea Beça Work.

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Thank you so much for tuning in this week! Next week, we're moving from interior design to psychology, to learn what it's like to run your own practice from Nicole Perry, Feminist Counsellor Edmonton.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 71: Blake Loates

This week, I sat down with photographer and mental health advocate Blake Loates, to talk about her journey with mental illness and entrepreneurship, and how she's brought her multiple passions together into one successful business.

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Photo by Blake Loates

Photo by Blake Loates

Photo by Blake Loates

Photo by Blake Loates

Photo by Blake Loates

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Portraits of Blake by Andrea Beça Work.

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You may have also noticed a slight change in how the podcast was introduced on this episode. 

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I've been wanting to make this change for a long time, and have finally done it. The word "female," which was originally chosen for the podcast's tagline simply because it rolled off the tongue well, isn't representative of the inclusivity I want this show to have. This new tagline embodies the show - and my values - much more accurately. 

The future isn't male or female, the future is inclusive. 

Thank you so much for tuning in to this week's episode of the show. Next week, we'll meet Navin Sidhu, who took her degree in civil engineering and turned it into a career in interior design with her company, Fab Hab.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 70: Alana Everett-Yim

This week, I sat down with Alana Everett-Yim, who has been running her business, Woodbridge Communications, for 20 years. It was fantastic to talk to someone with so much experience, both in business and in motherhood, who was willing to really open up about, well...everything!

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Listen to our chat here: 

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All photography by Andrea Beça Work.

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Thank you so much for tuning in to the show this week! Next week, we'll be meeting Blake Loates, who is not only an incredible photographer, but a powerful and passionate advocate for mental health. 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 69: Danica LeBlanc

This week, I sat down with Danica LeBlanc, co-owner of Variant Edition Comics and Culture, to talk about what it's like to be a woman in the comic world, what it's like to run a business with your partner, and more. 

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All photography by Andrea Beça Work.

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Thanks so much for tuning in! Next week, we're moving from new in the business to seasoned pro, when I chat with Alana Everett-Yim, who has been running Woodbridge Communications for 20 years now. 

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 68: Yuliya Cruikshank

This week, I sat down with Yuliya Cruikshank, who founded Epic Experiences after a fruitless search for a really unique gift for her husband's birthday. 

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Thank you so much for tuning in this week! Next week, we're talking comic books and all the other good nerdy things with Danica LeBlanc of Variant Edition.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 67: A Deep Dive into PR with Janis Galloway

Welcome to the first of a new type of episode you'll hear interspersed between the regularly scheduled episodes of That's So Maven! This week, I sat down with past podcast guest Janis Galloway, the CEO of Publicity Room, to have an in-depth conversation about PR. 

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Listen to our chat here:

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Thank you so much for tuning in to this episode of the podcast. If you liked the deep dive format, please let me know in the comments below or on social media, because I'm excited to do many more of these in the future! Next week, we'll be meeting Yuliya Cruikshank, owner of Epic Experiences.

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 66: Ainsley Hillyard

This week, I sat down with artist Ainsley Hillyard, who in addition to being one of the founders of the Good Women Dance Collective does a wide variety of work in the dance and theatre communities here in Edmonton and beyond. 

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Photo by Marc J. Chalifoux

Photo by Marc J. Chalifoux

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Photo by Marc J. Chalifoux

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we're kicking off a new series of episodes I hope to offer as often as I can - deep dives! These are a little more educational in nature, offering a professional's thoughts on a specific subject. Our first will be a deep dive into PR with Publicity Room CEO and past That's So Maven! guest, Janis Galloway

See you next week!

Andrea

Episode 65: Cloud Nine Pajamas

This week, I sat down with Robyn, Miranda, and Kate, the three sisters who work together to run Cloud Nine Pajamas, which has three locations in Edmonton - soon to be four. We gathered at their beautiful Windermere location to talk about their family journey in running a business. 

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Listen to our chat here:

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we'll be chatting with Ainsley Hillyard, who works as a dancer, choreographer, actor, and overall artist with Good Women Dance Collective here in Edmonton. (And who happens to be Episode 57 guest Alexis Hillyard's little sister!)

See you next week!

Andrea