All in Retail

Hybrid Pharm - Dr. Rahim Dhalla

“Dispensaries typically dispense cannabis only. This is where we differ. We are a pharmacy. We know medicine. All medicine. We know drug interactions, dosing and safety. At Hybrid Pharm, there is professional medical oversight. Cannabis is a medication and should be treated as such. Dispensaries offer cannabis and cannabis related products. Hybrid Pharm offers a 360 degree approach to a healthier lifestyle. Our cannabis certified healthcare team is always available to help patients from strain selection to dosing to route of administration.”

Shoebox Studio - Samuel

“I always say “the photograph chooses the paper” or the more holistic “let the image tell us what it wants to be on”. This is a way of saying that not every paper/medium is suited for a particular image. As a printer, I want to create a print that communicates an image’s message as effectively as possible. Things like texture, warmth, brightness all come into consideration.”

Café Latte Cino - Susan & Sam

“From the very first time we visited the Cafe years ago we knew it had great potential.  Personally, I knew we would be able to take it all to another level with our skills and our creativity.  I’ve always told my kids that by the time they were old enough they each would be running their own Cafe Latte Cino’s.”

East India Company Restaurants - The Mehra Family

“We roast and blend our own spice blends and for years people would ask mom and dad for a little bag so they recreate some of our flavours at home. For years it went on like this, but then about 12 years ago, we made some packaging for the spices and started selling them in the restaurants. The response was great and then Nitin approached Farm Boy about carrying the whole line. “

The Urban Botanist - Emma

"Ask for help when you need it. Your friends and family will be the glue that holds you and your business together in the beginning. I also learnt that even if you don’t have a background in accounting, graphic design or marketing that you will eventually gain one through self teaching haha. That’s a real learning curve to owning your own business, it really requires you to be the Swiss Army knife of all trades."

Nat's Bread Company - Natali

“The main challenge for me was sorting out how to make consistent, beautiful, good quality bread on a large scale. Before opening Nat's Bread Co I had only made maybe 10 loaves at a time in commercial kitchens. As soon as we opened the bakery, I was doing bread for all 3 of Stephen Beckta's restaurants, which put us at 60-80 loaves per night. It was a big adjustment with a lot of failed loaves!”

Strawberry Blonde Bakery - Jacqui

“I've always had a love of sweet treats since I can remember. It's hard to pinpoint when I actually started baking... My passion for food in general really started when I became vegetarian about 15 years ago. It forced me to start thinking about food in a different way. A few years later I became vegan and suddenly found that I couldn't eat pretty much any baked good! I had a choice….”

Buttercup Co. - Maxine

“From the moment I designed that first card in 2016, I wasn’t creating something to give to friends and family for fun, I already had this idea of selling them on Etsy, at the very least. I was accepted in my very first craft market that same summer and I was scared out of my mind. Working really hard on something is one thing – but working really hard on something and then getting people to pay actual money for it, that’s another ball game. My goal was to sell enough to pay for my vendor fees and I DID”