March 8th is International Women’s Day. To celebrate, here are just a few businesses in Regina that are owned and run by women.

Celebrate their hard work and achievements by stopping in to have a bite to eat, purchase an item or two or take a class from them!

Sweet Treats & Coffee
Stone’s Throw Coffee Collective

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After two successful decades as a senior business and community development professional, Kim Zacaruk decided to take over ownership of a local coffee house. Five years later, Stone’s Throw Coffee Collective is a cozy coffee shop that is about more than fair trade coffee and beer (she serves up Regina’s District Brewing bevvies too!). Her coffee shop is about community, kindness and taking the time to chat with everyone who stops in.

Dessart Sweets

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Dessart Sweets had me at candy – particularly when that candy is the retro sweets of my 90’s childhood. Shelley Patterson opened her candy and ice cream shop in the Cathedral neighbourhood in 2002. Even sweeter than the pink and blue exterior and confection-filled interior is Patterson’s retriever pup, appropriately named Sugar.
Dandy’s Artisan Ice Cream
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From the fashion world to artisanal ice cream, entrepreneur Daniela Mintenko turned her creative eye to small batch, gourmet ice cream at Dandy’s Artisan Ice Cream.  Having opened recently in February (during the polar vortex no less), her unique flavours like Coconut Ash Honeycomb, Rosemary Caramel Popcorn and Cereal Milk with Caramelized Bananas hasn’t stopped locals from coming out for the sweet treat.

Sprout Catering & Café
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Sprout Catering, Sprout Café, and their newest initiative, Stalk Fine Dining, are run by not one, but two, amazing Regina women who also happen to be sisters. Haley Blackmore and Jssel Hysuik combined their skills as business manager and head chef to serve up healthy meals through their catering business as well as in their Victoria Avenue café.

Tangerine: The Food Bar / Evolution Catering and Fine Foods / Schoolhaus Culinary Arts
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Founder and CEO Aimee Schulhauser runs a popular restaurant, a successful catering company and a place where anyone can take a class to learn how to cook. From a supposed-to-be geologist to chef and business owner, she’s one of the Queen City’s most talented chef’s.

Fashion and Jewelry
Hillberg and Berk
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Rachel Mielke, founder and CEO of the very popular Hillberg and Berk luxury jewelry and accessories line, is one of Regina’s (and Canada’s) most notable female entrepreneurs. From creating jewelry pieces at her kitchen table in the beginning to running the multi-million dollar business today, Mielke is truly an inspirational Saskatchewan entrepreneur.

Studio S Fashion House

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Sonja Clifton-Remple is a jack of all trades in the fashion and design industry: from a costume designer, clothing designer and makeup artist to the owner of the boutique clothing store Studio S Fashion House. Her line is inspired by everyday women who need simple, classic and elegant pieces for their wardrobe. Her creative work has been featured at Saskatchewan Fashion Week the last several years.

Fitness & Creative Classes
Cathedral Arts School

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Carla Lorence is the owner and one of several female instructors at the Cathedral Arts School and Studio. For more than half a decade, it’s been a place of creativity with Lorence offering both adult and children studio classes and workshops. Classes span several different mediums including painting with acrylics and watercolours, print making, mixed media and clay. Check out the workshop schedule here.

Project Barre Studio

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It’s a modern spin on fitness classes combining ballet, Pilates and yoga. Owner Sasha Ash opened Project Barre Studio in Regina two years ago and today, it’s a big success. The vibe is friendly and positive while still being serious about a good sculpting workout. If you’ve never tried it before, book in for a free class here.

What are some of your favourite women-owned and run businesses? Leave a comment below and let me know!


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