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Social Responsibility in Business

This month’s Capital Ideas topic is social responsibility. I am delighted to share that my comments were featured in Thursday’s Calgary Herald. I thought it would be nice to expand on them a bit as well.

Starting Out

I have been living in Calgary for awhile now. Most of my time has been spent at university. While studying, I was amazed at the number of opportunities there were for students to get involved in the community. Even more amazing is how much the students choose to give back.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to participate in community oriented events throughout my university career. I also organized a few. Both were hugely rewarding. From the beginning, I wanted YYC Beeswax to give something relevant back to the community. With this in mind, I built lip balm pricing around how I wanted to give back.

Giving Back

We currently donate $0.25 from every lip balm sold to Apiaries and Bees for Communities (A.B.C.) in support of their educational programs. We choose to support them because they are a local initiative, which means the funds will remain in and benefit the community. The educational programs include school outreach, and I believe A.B.C. imparts valuable knowledge to the next generation making them a worthwhile cause to support.

Moving Forward

In the future, I am looking forward to developing more programs to support other worthwhile local initiatives. A few ideas are in the works, so keep an eye out for them!

Here’s the Capital Ideas page from Thursday’s Calgary Herald (click the picture for the full article):

Capital Ideas Calgary Herald July 28, 2016

How do you give back to your community? How do you think businesses can be better at giving back to the community? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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Okotoks MarketSquare at Taste of Okotoks 2016

This weekend, we were in Okotoks as part of the MarketSquare group at Taste of Okotoks. Aside from a bit of rain early in the afternoon, the day was mostly hot and sunny!

YYC Beeswax at MarketSquare Taste of Okotoks 2016
YYC Beeswax at MarketSquare Taste of Okotoks 2016

It was delightful to meet Stephanie and Suzanne from Hillcrest Naturals on Saturday. I was eyeing their booth at BuskerFest and was happy to have a chance to chat with them. They make beautiful bath and body products – I had the privilege to try their lemon lotion, and it was lovely!

Hillcrest Naturals at MarketSquare Taste of Okotoks 2016
Hillcrest Naturals at MarketSquare Taste of Okotoks 2016

Thank you to the organizers for all of the hard work they put in to organizing the market for Taste of Okotoks and all of the MarketSquare events during the year. I am looking forward to coming back for ChiliFest in August! Thank you as well to Stephanie and Suzanne for the conversations we had and, of course, allowing me to try their lovely lotion!

Next Market

Our next market will be the Brooks Medieval Faire on August 6 and 7.

Order in Advance

Don’t forget that we are happy take pre-orders! If you’re interested, here are the steps:

  1. Place an order online.
  2. In the order comments, let us know at which market you’d like to pick up your order (check out our calendar for upcoming events).
  3. Visit our booth at the market to pick up your order.

We aren’t able to bring all of our products to every market, so guarantee you are getting what you want by pre-ordering!

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A Reflection So Far: The Millennial Entrepreneur Podcast

I had an amazing opportunity to challenge myself earlier this year. I am part of a number of business groups online, and I met Arne Giske when he put out a call for guests on his brand new podcast. Although I had some misgivings when I saw the post, I knew it would be a great learning experience for me and I thought sharing my experiences would be helpful for other millennial entrepreneurs. I bit the bullet and signed up.

The Interview

On the day of the interview, I was pretty nervous. I had no idea what to say or how talking to Arne would go (we had only communicated via online messaging). Podcasts and live speaking are  completely different beasts! The podcast could be listened to time and time again whereas doing a presentation for a live audience is usually more transient. As a musician, I am completely comfortable getting up on stage to play a concert. I’m less comfortable speaking; however, by the time I presented my masters thesis this spring, I was feeling much more comfortable. I’ve never recorded a live session for speaking or performing other than for personal use, so being interviewed for the podcast was a little nerve-wracking to say the least. I was determined to make it a success.

When we got on the Skype call, I was still pretty nervous although chatting with Arne made me slightly more comfortable. It was nice to put a voice to a name. We had a great conversation, and I’m so happy I was able to share some of the resources I have found to be invaluable in building YYC Beeswax with his audience. As we got further into the podcast, I became a lot more comfortable chatting about my experiences. After we were finished, I was excited I had accomplished something I didn’t particularly want to do. I was also a bit nervous (again!) about listening to the end result.


The podcast was published a lot quicker than I was expecting, and I immediately had a listen. It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be! Mission accomplished. While I was there, I also listened to the episodes before mine, which were full of great resources! I would highly recommend checking out the entire podcast series. If you’re looking for my episode, you can take a listen here:

Huge thanks to Arne for having me on his podcast. It was an enlightening experience, and I wish him all the best as he moves forward. I know I will keep listening!

Are you a millennial entrepreneur?

If you are a millennial entrepreneur, check out The Millennial Entrepreneur podcast on iTunes (there are some great interviews up already and more to come!). You can also show some love to the Facebook page, on Twitter, and the website is full of fabulous resources.

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Inglewood Night Market 2016 Stampede Edition

This year, the July Inglewood Night Market fell on the first day of the Calgary Stampede! There were definitely a lot of people dressed in the spirit of the season. It was a beautiful day that turned into a lovely albeit slightly cool evening. One of the highlights from my evening was debuting the new Made in Calgary sticker. Can you find it in the picture below? Watch for it at future events as well!

Inglewood Night Market July 2016
All set for a night of good music and fun in Inglewood!

It was exciting to connect with some people I already as well as new people. While I was setting up, Teresa of Teresa Wyss Pottery came over to say hi.

Teresa Wyss Pottery at Inglewood Night Market
The beauty and brains behind the operation!

Although we had never met in person, we’ve been interacting on Instagram for awhile. I was looking forward to seeing her work in real life, and I think it was even better than the pictures can show! Here are pictures of some of the goodies she had available. I may be biased toward the bee-themed work, but the owls were adorable too!

Teresa Wyss Potter at Inglewood Night Market
Beautiful red pottery!
Teresa Wyss Pottery at Inglewood Night Market
I can almost taste the delicious honey from this honey pot.
Teresa Wyss Pottery at Inglewood Night Market
Love this bee themed mug!

It was wonderful to meet Teresa in person, and I am looking forward to her future Instagram posts as well as seeing her at other markets!

Before the night got underway, I had to visit The Tea Wagon for some liquid and solid sustenance.

The Tea Wagon at Inglewood Night Market
Sam and Chris all set for the Inglewood Night Market.

I have been dying to try the lavender earl grey shortbread (made by Bake My Day), and I was not disappointed at all. Next time you stop, I highly recommend giving them a try! Since setting up in the heat is thirsty work, I also opted for some iced tea. On tap for the evening was Strawberry Rhubarb, and it was also delicious! Thanks for making such delicious tea and having delightful shortbread available!

Watch for The Tea Wagon at events around southern Alberta and stop by for a hot or cold beverage and some tasty baked goods. If you’re interested in making things, keep an eye out for upcoming workshop collaborations in our 2016/17 workshop season.

Thanks to the fabulous organizers for all the work they put in to make the event run smoothly, The Tea Wagon for keeping me fed and watered, Teresa for sharing her lovely work in person, and everyone who supported the event by attending.

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Community Festival 2016

It was another rainy start to the day as we were setting up for the Community Festival, but the sun did make it out later in the day. Luckily, there was a TON of great music to listen to, and the time just flew!

Community Festival 2016
YYC Beeswax at Community Festival 2016

I was delighted to meet Marla from Marla’s Artistry early in the day. With the rain, her canvases couldn’t be displayed, so I was fortunate to host some of her canvases in my tent as we waited for the rain to subside. She does beautiful work on canvas and off. The sparkly curly toed shoes and the cherry blossoms were my favourites. We had some great conversations throughout the day! Thank you for being a fabulous booth neighbour!

Community Festival 2016
Marla’s Artistry at Community Festival 2016

Another group I was fortunate to learn more about was the Bow Valley Ranche Historical Learning Centre. Prior to this event, I had never heard of them. Now, I’m looking forward to paying them a visit. I was particularly interested to learn about the Artisan Gardens which feature Canadian artists and hear about the upcoming wood carving projects. Thank you for stopping by, and I can’t wait to visit!

Huge thanks to Sylvia from Cornerstore Music Cafe for organizing this great event yet again! Thank you also to Marla’s Artistry for being a great booth neighbour, Bow Valley Ranche Historical Learning Centre for stopping by for a chat, and everyone who came out to support this fantastic local event.

Did you know?

You can pre-order and pre-pay for products and we’ll bring it to a market near you! It’s easy! Shop online and fill your cart with all sorts of beeswax goodies. Once you’re done, check out and choose ‘Local Pickup’ in the delivery options. Let us know at which market you’d like to pick up your order in the order comments (check our event calendar for upcoming locations). If you’d like a reminder, also let us know the best way to contact you (phone call, text, or email) and we’ll send you a reminder closer to the event.

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Okotoks MarketSquare Buskerfest 2016

I had a great time at the Okotoks MarketSquare BuskerFest this weekend and wanted to share some of the highlights!

The day started off rainy and a bit dreary, but the sun was soon peeking out from behind the clouds to dry the streets. It didn’t take long to get everything set for the day!

Okotoks MarketSquare Buskerfest 2016
YYC Beeswax at Okotoks MarketSquare Buskerfest 2016

As I was setting up, one of the booth neighbours arrived – SkM Henna. They were busy all day painting gorgeous henna designs on hands, arms, and the occasional leg. We had some time to chat throughout the day, and it was great to compare notes. Satvir and her sister-in-law are wonderful!

Okotoks MarketSquare Buskerfest 2016
SkM Henna at Okotoks MarketSquare Buskerfest 2016

A bit later in the day, I met Paige from Paigemade Products. There was a lot to see on their table from beautiful doilies and a mountain pillow (how awesome is that?) to jewelery and body care. Both the lip balms and deodorant caught my eye – lovely packaging and right up my alley!

Okotoks MarketSquare Buskerfest 2016
Paigemade Products at Okotoks MarketSquare Buskerfest 2016

Thank you to the organizers of BuskerFest for organizing and hosting this event, SkM Henna and Paigemade Products for being great booth neighbours, and everyone who came down to hear some lovely music, eat delicious food, and check out the plethora of items available from the vendors. We’ll be back in Okotoks on July 23 for Taste of Okotoks, and we look forward to seeing you there!

Did you know?

You can pre-order and pre-pay for products and we’ll bring it to a market near you! It’s easy! Shop online and fill your cart with all sorts of beeswax goodies. Once you’re done, check out and choose ‘Local Pickup’ in the delivery options. Let us know at which market you’d like to pick up your order in the order comments (check our event calendar for upcoming locations). If you’d like a reminder, also let us know the best way to contact you (phone call, text, or email) and we’ll send you a reminder closer to the event.

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Congratulations Elsa!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our recent contest! We are delighted to announce that Elsa has been drawn from all of the entrants as the winner!

Congratulations Elsa!

Elsa will be receiving a mini Lavender Mint lip balm and mini lip balm of her choice.


If you didn’t win the contest this time around, you can still order the Lavender Mint lip balm or any other flavour by shopping online or visiting us at an upcoming market near you.

As promised, here is the solution to the search-and-find:


  • Capped brood – circled in red.
  • Capped honey – circled in green
  • Larva – circled in blue
  • Queen bee – circled in yellow
  • Uncapped honey – circled in pink
  • 5 bees in a semi-circle with a sixth in the middle – circled in white
  • 6 bees in a row facing the same direction while capping honey – circled in purple

If you have any questions about the search-and-find, the contest, or anything else, don’t hesitate to ask! We will do our best to answer your question or point you in the right direction!

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Contest Time!

Do you like lip balm? We sure do! In fact, we like it so much, we’ve made a brand new flavour and we want YOU to have the opportunity to try it. If you’re a fan of lavender and mint, you don’t want to miss this! Winner will receive a mini Lavender Mint lip balm and a mini lip balm of their choosing.


  1. All solutions to the search-and-find MUST be emailed (see below). Please don’t spoil the fun by posting answers publicly or sharing your answers in another way 🙂 We will provide a solution after the contest closes.
  2. If you have any questions, let us know (we won’t be giving away answers though 😉 )! We’re available on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) or via email.

Let’s get to it!


There are multiple ways you can get in on the action. Get involved on social media, make a purchase, or test your bee knowledge.

You will receive:

  • 1 entry for each comment you make on our social media posts (maximum 1 entry per day per person)
  • 1 entry for each of our social media posts you share (maximum 1 per day per person)
  • 1 entry for following us on social media (new followers only)
  • 1 entry for each $10 you spend with us (excludes shipping; shop here)
  • 1 entry for each item you find in the search-and-find (see below. Remember to email us your answers!)
  • 2 bonus entries if you are able to correctly locate all 7 items in the search-and-find


Here’s a picture we took while checking one of our hives:

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There’s a lot of action going on, so see if you can find the following items:

  • Capped brood
  • Capped honey
  • Larva
  • Queen bee
  • Uncapped honey
  • 5 bees in a semi-circle with a sixth in the middle
  • 6 bees in a row facing the same direction while capping honey

Tip: Download the photo and circle the objects you find in different colours. Tell us which colours correspond to which items when you send the email!

Thank you for all of the entries! The contest is now closed. Watch for a post announcing the winner coming soon!

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Looking Back: One Year in Business

We recently reached our one year anniversary (woohoo!), and I’m amazed to see how far we’ve come. Looking back, I found this picture from our second ever market last May:

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We did a lot of work over the summer adding new products and revamping the display. It still changes from market to market because we like to change things up. Here’s a picture from our latest adventure in Canmore from March of this year:

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That’s an amazing difference (to me anyway!) I’d like to thank everyone who has supported us over the last year. I am looking forward to another busy year. Don’t forget to check us out at some of the markets we’ll be at. If you aren’t able to make it, we are always happy to schedule a private appointment.

Here are some of the highlights of our last year:

What a year! There are a lot of exciting things in store for the upcoming year as well. Keep up to date by returning to our website, joining our mailing list, or following us on social media (click for links to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram). Some of the exciting things you can look forward to are:

  • Ability to purchase directly from our website (late 2016)
  • Collaborations with other local businesses (throughout the year)
  • Learning new tidbits about bees and candle making (throughout the year)
  • Watching our first year of beekeeping unfold (hint: follow our hashtag #yycbeekeeping2016)

Is there something missing? Do you have any questions? As always, if you have questions or feedback, we’d love to hear it!

Here’s to another fabulous year!