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Spotlight on Local Women Owned Businesses

International Women's Day is on March 8th, and March is Women's History month. To celebrate we're putting a spotlight on a few of our favourite women owned local businesses that are making history. We also love how each of these businesses is dedicated to amazing products that don’t harm the environment. From natural and vegan ingredients, to zero-waste packaging and thoughtful community outreach, all of these women are running their businesses with so much integrity and love. Thank you for doing what you do!


Jordan Hocking - Sriracha Revolver 

Jordan Hocking founded Sriracha Revolver Hot Sauce Inc in 2017 with the goal of creating a staple product that adds fun, flavour and inspiration to the chef at home. Jordan is a mom, wife and Indigenous entrepreneur. Jordan is passionate about building a community around food and experiencing culture through food.

What we love: Jordan sends us her hot sauce in giant returnable mason jars, there is nothing quite like seeing a few litres of spicy goodness arrive at the warehouse. Her product is amazing and a staple in my household on taco night. Try the Cilantro Lime Hot Sauce, it's the perfect kick with fresh acidity from the lime. 


Bonnie Yang - Make Nice Company

Bonnie is the founder of Make Nice Company and she started Make Nice when she wasn’t able to find an alternative to dish soap in plastic bottles. This led her to a deep dive into learning to make soap, figuring out and testing what the best recipe would be to cut grease, and what the ideal shape would be when using it. She wanted the 100% natural ingredients to be simple, nothing you couldn’t pronounce, and vegan. After many months of making samples and testing them with friends, she created Make Nice Company's Solid Dish Soap. 

What we love: My kitchen is stocked with Make Nice products from the scrubber brushes to the soap blocks and soap dishes. I love the Scrap Soap that is made from off-cuts and remnants of making the other soaps, a true zero waste product through and through, plus it is impressive how well it cleans your dishes. Bonnie was one of the first suppliers I met when starting Jarr and it's been fun to watch our two companies grow together.


Isabelle Ranger - Ranger Teacrafters 

Ranger Teacrafters (formally Namasthé Tea Co.), is founded & owned by Indigenous herbalist and wildcrafter, Isabelle Ranger. Infusing her blended roots into wild brews as an Inuk of Nunatsiavut, Celtic heritage & raised French Canadian, she and her partner Cedric, respectfully forage wild mountain botanicals on Unceded Coast Salish Territories around Whistler. They hand harvest and slow dry, preserving the precious aromatic oils that offers peak medicinal potency, steeping their organic teas and botanical tisanes in ancient Vedic & Indigenous wisdom.

What we love: Ranger Teacrafters is super committed to sharing the origin and growing story behind every plant they add to their teas. Many ingredients are hand foraged by Isabelle herself, and others are carefully selected for their herbal qualities, fair trade production and ethical growing practices. Try her organic Hibiscus Love Tisane which is a zingy herbal tea that steeps to a gorgeous magenta colour. It's my go-to in spring and summer!


Geneviève Blanchet - Le Meadow’s Pantry 

Le Meadow’s Pantry is a small-batch preserving company in Vancouver run by Geneviève Blanchet. Le Meadow specialises in all-natural jam and marmalades and uses mostly local fruit, all cooked by hand. Their artisan jams are always first and foremost about the fruit. They don't over-sweeten or over-flavour and each jar contains at least half a pound of fruit!

What we love: Lately we are obsessed with Genevieve's Lemon Ginger Jam. It is to die for and we know our customers love it too because everytime we get more, it sells out within a few days. My kids and I are also a huge fan of the raspberry rose jam as the incredible rose flavour balances perfectly with the raspberry. Who knew?! As the seasons change, so do her creations so I like to try different flavours all throughout the year. 


Robyn and Monika - Mint Cleaning 

Robyn and Monika, founders of Mint Cleaning located in Ucluelet, met at a Mom group in 2016 and started a cleaning company that became an overnight success with a full team servicing vacation rentals, residential and commercial cleans. After suffering from the harmful effects of harsh cleaning chemicals, they wanted to switch over to safer, eco-friendly products. As professional cleaners, they knew what is required to get the job done right and started experimenting with some of their own recipes and formulated a cleaning line that is both effective and safe to use in your home. 

What we love: Cleaning scrub! This is a product I didn’t know I needed until I tried it. Super versatile, it can be used on stovetops, sinks, tubs, toilets, stainless steel, counters, window sills, floors, etc. It can also be used as a stain remover on laundry, carpets, and upholstery and a little goes a long way. This is the first product that Robyn and Monika made when starting Mint Cleaning. It's made of all natural ingredients that are non-toxic and it smells amazing (as do all of their products as they use natural essential oils — the smell of the glass cleaner is the best!).


Asha Wheeldon - Kula Kitchen 

Kula Kitchen is a plant-based food producer in Vancouver, BC. They create Afrocentric plant-based foods that are rich in flavour, nutritious, and satisfying. Founder of Kula Kitchen, Asha Wheeldon's journey began in Kenya where sharing food with her community was an important part of every day. She migrated to Toronto as a young teenager where she was introduced to West African, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern cuisine and culture. After moving to Vancouver she was inspired to create something unique that is reflective of her experiences by connecting people to their food and community.

What we love: The way Asha brings people together with food that is entirely plant-based is a joy to watch. Her dishes are inspired by many different cuisines but they invoke comfort and joy in everyone who eats them. Try Kula’s vegan protein packed BBQ meat alternatives like BBQ Ribz Bites, they are the best we’ve ever had! I'm also a huge fan of their Portobello Curry. 


Emma Smith - Zimt Chocolates 

Founder Emma Smith started out by making chocolates in her home kitchen. After getting the thumbs up from some critical taste buds, she began to manufacture out of a church kitchen. From there she moved to a vegan cupcake shop, then a vegan yogurt factory, and a chocolate factory. Now Zimt proudly operates their own chocolate factory in East Van and continues to expand.

What we love: Emma is bursting with creativity and passion for vegan living and vegan chocolate. When we have reached out to her to see what she has in store for holiday offerings she's always got something new up her sleeve. The bunnies in the jar at Easter last year will go down in history! She is also always coming up with fantastic new flavour combinations like her latest Sweet Orange Cardomom Mylk Chocolates. Don't forget to try her Vegan Drinking Chocolate mix that is super rich and decadent. It can be made with the plant mylk of your choice. 

 

- Emily

Emily Sproule is the founder of Jarr, a mom of two young school age children and an environmentalist doing the best she can with the time she has. Emily lives in East Vancouver, is passionate about business as a force for change and is excited to bring package-free grocery delivery to Metro Vancouver.

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