Episode 38: Jessica Clarke

This week, we sat down with Jessica Clarke, founder of True Life Fitness Apparel. Despite opening less than a year ago, True Life has already spread around the globe and continues to grow. So what's it like to be an Edmonton-based business with customers in France, Australia, and beyond?

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Thank you so much, as always, for tuning in to the show. Next week, we're switching gears and chatting to Colleen Rice, owner of Family Nexus, which offers support and coaching to families going through divorce. 

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Andrea & Lauren

Episode 37: Park Avenue Communications

This week, we sat down with Ally and Carina of Park Avenue Communications, who work with a wide variety of clients in the city to help them master their brands. Originally planning on starting a business together some time in the future, Carina and Ally ended up diving right in...

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Photo by Roughley Originals

Photo by Roughley Originals

Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we'll be chatting with Jessica Clarke, owner of True Life Fitness Apparel, so put on your favourite yoga pants and get ready to tune in.

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All of this = a lot of reach with a focused, passionate, and driven listener base!

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Lauren & Andrea

Episode 36: Stephanie Tooke

This week, we sat down with Stephanie Tooke, founder and creator of amazing children's clothing at Boe Baby Boutique. Starting as a love letter to cloth diapers, Stephanie's business grew to be focused on boy's clothing before expanding recently to include a little bit of everything. 

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we're moving from babies to brands as we chat with Ally and Carina, the lovely ladies behind Park Avenue Communications

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All of this = a lot of reach with a focused, passionate, and driven listener base!

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Andrea & Lauren

Episode 35: Reloved

This week, we sat down with sisters-in-law Dez and Andrea to talk about their business, Reloved. Referred to as "magic paint" by those who use and love it, Reloved just made an exciting journey to the Grammy Awards, where it was featured in the participants' swag bags. 

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we'll be chatting with Stephanie Tooke, the founder of and creator behind Boe Baby Boutique

Don't forget! We're now accepting sponsorships on That's So Maven!

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All of this = a lot of reach with a focused, passionate, and driven listener base!

See you next week!

Lauren & Andrea

Episode 34: Jennifer Grimm

This week, we sat down with Jennifer Grimm, owner of Lux Beauty Boutique and total lover of the world of retail. Lux just moved into a new, larger space in Edmonton's iconic High Street - if you haven't stopped by yet, you're missing out. 

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This episode of That's So Maven! is brought to you by L Photography. I am passionate about helping businesses and independent professionals reach their brand potential through creative and powerful imagery. Each brand is unique and has its own personality – it’s alive, breathing, evolving – and is growing as the business does. I take a deeply collaborative approach with each of my clients to ensure each session is customized to your specific brand needs. Whether it be headshots, images for social media or customized “stock” photography for your website, blog and promotional materials, I look forward to working with you. 

Here's a great look at what I do. This video was made in collaboration with That's So Maven! co-host Andrea Beça:

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Thank you, as always, for tuning in! Next week, we'll be joined by Dez and Andrea, the persistent sisters-in-law behind Reloved, who credit their grit with getting to the Grammy Awards. 

See you next week!

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 33: Claire Theaker-Brown

This week, we sat down with Claire Theaker-Brown, inventor of Flatter:Me Belts, which are changing the lives - and wardrobes - of women everywhere! After starting her business in Shanghai, Claire recently moved back to Edmonton, so we had a lot to talk about. 

Additional note: Claire is heavily involved in Fashion Revolution Week, which will be having its second year in Edmonton at the end of April, so make sure you check it out and ask the question, "Who made my clothes?"

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This episode of That's So Maven! is brought to you by Andrea Beça Work. I'm a freelance writer, filmmaker, and social media strategist, passionate about helping businesses, brands, and individuals tell their story, be it through words, an amazing video, or a strong social media strategy. Have a project in mind? Get in touch through my website - www.andreabeca.work.

Here's an example of my work, which I had a lot of fun creating with Natasha Paterson, owner of Whiteout Workshop and adventurer with My Vanlife Story

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All of this = a lot of reach with a focused, passionate, and driven listener base!

Thanks so much for tuning in! Next week, we're diving into the world of retail with Jennifer Grimm, owner of Lux Beauty Boutique

See you next week!

Lauren & Andrea

Episode 32: Rebecca Grant

This week, we sat down with Rebecca Grant, owner and culinary artist behind The Violet Chocolate Company. Making every piece she sells by hand certainly keeps Rebecca busy, especially at peak chocolate times, like when she made over 5,000 bars in the first two weeks of December! 

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This episode of That's So Maven! is brought to you by L Photography. I am passionate about helping businesses and independent professionals reach their brand potential through creative and powerful imagery. Each brand is unique and has its own personality – it’s alive, breathing, evolving – and is growing as the business does. I take a deeply collaborative approach with each of my clients to ensure each session is customized to your specific brand needs. Whether it be headshots, images for social media or customized “stock” photography for your website, blog and promotional materials, I look forward to working with you. 

Here's a great look at what I do. This video was made in collaboration with That's So Maven! co-host Andrea Beça:

Would you like to sponsor an episode (or more) of That's So Maven!? Connect with us today!

Episode sponsors receive:

  • Air time on that week's episode (you submit the content, we read it!)
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All of this = a lot of reach with a focused, passionate, and driven listener base!

Thanks so much for tuning in! Next week, we'll be joined by Claire Theaker-Brown, creator of Flatter:Me Belts. She's travelled a long way to bring her business back to Edmonton. 

See you next week!

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 31: Sonya Duffee

This week, we sat down with Sonya Duffee, doula and head of the Full Circle Birth Collective, which offers support and care before, during, and after the birthing process. It was fascinating to learn about a career that is not often discussed in the mainstream! 

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This episode of That's So Maven! is brought to you by Andrea Beça Work. I'm a freelance writer, filmmaker, and social media strategist, passionate about helping businesses, brands, and individuals tell their story, be it through words, an amazing video, or a strong social media strategy. Have a project in mind? Get in touch through my website - www.andreabeca.work.

Here's an example of my work, made for and with That's So Maven! alumni Andrea Yacyshyn of Elementum Massage:

Would you like to sponsor an episode (or more) of That's So Maven!? Connect with us today!

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Thanks so much for tuning in! Next week, we're shifting gears from birth to chocolate as we chat with Rebecca Grant, owner and sweet artiste behind The Violet Chocolate Company. We can tell you first-hand, her work is delicious. You won't want to miss this one. 

See you next week!

Lauren & Andrea

Episode 30: Justine Barber

This week, we sat down with Justine Barber, who co-founded local shoe haven Poppy Barley with her sister, Kendall. They've branched out from having a solely made-to-order e-commerce business to having a storefront and ready made shoes in Edmonton as well. What's coming next?

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Fun fact: The name Poppy Barley comes from the fact that barleycorns and poppy seeds were units of measurement before mass-manufacturing took over in shoemaking. One barleycorn was equal to 1/3 of an inch, and four poppy seeds were equal to one barleycorn. 

How charming is that?!

Thanks so much for tuning in this week! Next week, we'll be sitting down to talk babies and birth with Sonya Duffee of Full Circle Birth Collective. Talk about a change of pace! We just love how varied the world of Edmonton entrepreneurs is. 

See you next week!

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 29: Janis Galloway

This week, we sat down with Janis Galloway, who moved from the not-for-profit sector and fashion blogging into starting Publicity Room, a PR agency devoted to fashion and lifestyle brands. Despite being told her business idea was too "niche," Janis has been going strong and Publicity Room continues to grow. 

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As always, thanks for tuning in! Next week, we'll be sitting down with Justine Barber, who co-owns the custom-designed and ethically made shoe haven, Poppy Barley with her sister, Kendall.

See you next week!

Lauren & Andrea

Episode 28: Lindsey Walker

Happy New Year, Everyone! And a very warm welcome into 2017!

This week, we sat down with local musician Lindsey Walker, who is devoting her year to a major project with a new album release, among many other things. Lindsey certainly know how to keep busy as she navigates the world of making music in 2017 as everything moves further towards digital.

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Thank you so much for tuning in! We are so excited to be back in action and we have a lot to share in the coming months. But for now, we hope you enjoyed Episode 28, and we look forward to next week, when we'll be joined by PR Maven Janis Galloway, owner of Publicity Room

See you next week!

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 27: A Holiday Wrap-Up

This week, we took a few minutes to talk about 2016, how the year has been for each of us and our businesses, and what's coming up in the New Year. (Hint: we're gonna keep talking to amazing women every week, and we've got other fun plans up our sleeves, too!)

Side note: We were going to do a Q & A, but it's a busy season for everyone and we didn't get enough questions to do a whole episode. So if you asked one, we're saving it, and if you didn't, start brainstorming now for our future Q & A! 

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Thank you so much to everyone who has listened to and supported That's So Maven!, and to all of our incredible, inspiring guests. None of this would be possible without you!

We're taking a little holiday break now, but we'll be back in action with our first episode of 2017 on Tuesday, January 10

See you then!

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 26: Katie Stamm

This week, we sat down with Katie Stamm, who just entered her third year in business at 3 Leaf Wellness Centre. Through pursuing her lifelong passion of massage therapy, Katie discovered she also has a passion for being a businesswoman, which has lead her to make a number of important decisions over the last three years. 

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As always, thank you so much for tuning in! This episode marks our official 6-month anniversary! To celebrate, we are taking some time off for the holidays. Our regular episodes will resume on January 10, but don't fret! We have a very special Q&A episode coming out on December 20. Have a burning question for co-hosts Lauren Dary and Andrea Beça? Ask us on social media (@yegmavens) or send us an email: yegmavens@gmail.com!

See you in a couple weeks!

Lauren & Andrea

We're Getting into the Holiday Spirit...

...Which in this case means we're going to take a bit of a rest! 

After next week's Episode 26, featuring Katie Stamm of 3 Leaf Wellness, we are going to take a couple weeks off our regular schedule to give ourselves time to spend the holidays with our friends and families and maybe even get a little extra sleep (you know, that thing that's so elusive to us entrepreneurs)!

BUT!

There's a special episode coming out during that break that we need YOUR help with first!

That's right, now is your chance to ask Lauren and Andrea anything you want for a very special Q&A episode of That's So Maven! Whether you're looking for advice or you want to know more about our businesses or the podcast itself, we're here to chat. 

You can send in your questions via social media, or you can email them to us at yegmavens@gmail.com. (If you email, please specify if you'd like to remain anonymous or not.) 

We're recording on December 6, so you've got one week to get your questions in! We can't wait to hear them. 

We'll be back to our regularly scheduled weekly episodes on January 10th! Don't forget to subscribe on iTunes or Google Play so you never miss a beat. 

xo

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 25: Jennifer Bergman

This week, we sat down with wedding and event planner Jennifer of Jennifer Bergman Weddings. Often taking bookings from couples planning a year or more in advance, Jennifer knows a thing or two about when to be in "go-mode," and when to take advantage of flexible time at work. 

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we'll be chatting with Katie Stamm, who took a big leap to open 3 Leaf Wellness Centre a few years ago, and an even bigger leap to step away from one passion - massage therapy - to focus on another - growing her business. 

See you next week!

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 24: Sylvia Cheverie

This week, we sat down with Sylvia Cheverie, who opened Chartier, a French restaurant in Beaumont, Alberta, with her husband Darren and the help of a whole lot of friends...on Kickstarter! As they near their one-year anniversary, Chartier is one of the foodie hotspots in the Edmonton area - if you haven't already, stop by ASAP.

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Thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we're shifting gears from good eats to good times as we sit down with Jennifer Bergman of Jennifer Bergman Weddings (and Events). 

Stay tuned to our social media - we're going to need you to get in touch with us very soon in order to prepare for a very special episode of That's So Maven! 

See you next week!

Lauren & Andrea

An addendum to Sylvia's interview, March 2017:

Recently, Sylvia got in touch with me and mentioned that she felt she had given the wrong advice in her episode of That's So Maven! She asked if she could share new advice, which of course I accepted! One of the beautiful things about being an entrepreneur, I think, is how quickly and how much you learn about yourself. It's an enriching process, and I'm humbled and glad that Sylvia reached out to expand upon her thoughts and share her experiences with us. 

Here's what she had to say:

"My last piece of advice was something like, "do it because you love it, not because it'll make you rich"....kind of a no brainer in a way, and something that any true entrepreneur comes by naturally. And maybe something we take too far sometimes and undervalue ourselves with.
My new advice: your self worth is not tied to your business. If your business fails, you are not a failure. You are first and foremost a woman, and secondly a woman in business.
I struggle with this, as it can take one bad review or a slow month at the restaurant to spiral me into a place of negativity, self doubt and "failure." Remember: having a failure or fault in your business doesn't make you a bad person, a bad mom, wife or friend. You can still be an amazing human being with a less than amazing business, they are not the same thing. Conversely, you can be a terrible human being with a thriving business...though I like to think karma will catch up one day! ;)"

Huge thanks to Sylvia for speaking up and sharing even more important wisdom with us! - Andrea

Episode 23: Kristen Pearce

This week, we sat down with Kristen Pearce, who went from being a commercial pilot for a private jet to opening Drift Float Studio. It was a major change that makes a whole lot of sense when you hear her story. (Don't know what floating is yet? You're about to have a whole new world opened up before you!)

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Thanks so much for tuning in! Next week, we'll be chatting with Sylvia Cheverie of Chartier - the Kickstarter-supported French restaurant that is making a huge splash in Edmonton and the surrounding area.

See you next week!

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 22: Kendyl Lauzon

This week, we sat down with artist and illustrator extraordinaire, Kendyl Lauzon, whose business, Breakfast Jones, is named after her adorable dog (see below). 

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As always, thank you so much for tuning in! Next week, we'll be interviewing Kristen Pearce of Drift Float Studio, so prepare to feel some major zen. (Or prepare to book a float, because it's an amazing experience!) 

Also, make sure you keep a close eye on us here, and on social media, because we're cooking up some pretty fun stuff for the New Year...and that's all we can say for now!

See you next week!

Lauren & Andrea

Episode 21: Nicole Rice

This week, we sat down with Nicole Rice, owner of Sweet {Jolie}, which she has grown from simple jewelry shop to full fashion one-stop-online-shop in just five years. Her curated selection of pieces has something for everyone, and promotes women embracing who they are, lumps, bumps, and all. 

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Thank you so much for tuning in! We take no responsibility for how much your credit cards may be hurting after a visit to Sweet {Jolie}!

Next week, we'll be chatting with artist and illustrator Kendyl Lauzon, who has learned how to make a business out of the fact that she never quite grew up (and then named that business after her dog, Breakfast Jones.)

See you next week!

Andrea & Lauren

Episode 20: Alexis Marie Chute

This week, we sat down with artist and writer Alexis Marie Chute, who has recently branched out to make a documentary, Expecting Sunshine, to be released early next year in partnership with a memoir of the same name. 

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Thanks for tuning in for our twentieth episode. We're nearing the six-month milestone! And there's so much more to come. Next week, we'll be chatting with Nicole Rice, owner, curator, and model (among many other roles) at Sweet {Jolie}. Beware when you click on that link that you will find a new fashion addiction on the other end of it. 

See you next week!

Lauren & Andrea