Five Things I Learned from Four of Kingston’s Female Entrepreneurs

Last night, The Claire Closet hosted a panel discussion about building a successful brick and mortar business with four of Kingston’s successful female entrepreneurs. It was so great to see a range of professional experience and life experience discuss the rewards and pitfalls of being business owners. The speakers were Cyndy Gibson owner of shops Agent 99 and Blueprint, Maria Cronk owner of Fancy That and Roundstone, Tiffany Brick owner of The Annex Spa and Melissa Eapen owner of Improbable Escapes and The Kingston Collective. Listening to these women speak reaffirmed why I started the Boss Ladies of the Limestone City series. They support each other and encourage healthy competition for the greater good of our beautiful city. I admire how they contribute to the awesome town we live in. They also offered amazing advice. If you’re considering launching a business of your own, below is a list of five things I learned from their talk. Continue reading

The Grocery Basket Kicks Off Cooking Classes

 

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I’ve mentioned before how much I love The Grocery Basket. They do a fantastic job at supporting local farmers and businesses in Kingston and have a great selection of local produce, delicious baked goods and vegan-friendly products.

Recently, they posted about upcoming cooking classes they would be hosting with their chefs. Tacos, Salad and Eggs Benny would be their first themed workshops and I couldn’t wait to try one of them! I love a good week night adventure. My husbands go-to meal to cook is tacos so I thought that would be the most appropriate class to try for a fun date night!

We arrive at The Grocery Basket and make our way downstairs to the kitchen in the basement to find the tables neatly set up with aprons, stacked bowls and utensils. The class is a good size — five other people as well as my husband and myself.

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Bella Gets a Market!

I’ve told you about how much I love burger nights at Bella Bistro. I don’t just love their delicious house made burgers but just about everything Bella has to offer. They do their best to support local farmers by using companies like Wendy’s Mobile Market and Enright Cattle Company to make their meals super fresh!

And believe it or not, visits to Bella just got even better because they’ve introduced a market. This is exactly what the west end needs. A space curated for the on-the-go food lover who needs to pick up a ready-made dinner on their way home among other great offerings. Continue reading

Kingston’s Food Tour Captures Culinary Scene

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When I initially moved to Kingston and started this blog my Toronto friends were introduced to our wonderful culinary scene through my Instagram feed. They would send me messages, “I had no idea Kingston had such incredible food?” We sure do. We have so many amazing restaurants, in fact, that I didn’t know which one to pick when they came to visit last month. I thought, “Oysters and cocktails at Le Chien Noir? Tapas at Tango? Pizza at Atomica? Burger night at Bella?” As many of you know. The list goes on and on. Enter, Kingston Food Tours. Continue reading

Ways to Spend This Father’s Day in the YGK


Father’s Day is just around the corner (June 18!) and whether you’re celebrating your Dad, you are a Dad or know a Dad – it’s time for all the patriarchs to get the credit they deserve and treat them to something they’ll enjoy. Ditch the tie and take them out to explore!  There’s no better place than Kingston to do that. I’ve compiled a list for the Dad in your life, whether he’s a foodie, an adventurer or a handyman – there’s something here for him! Continue reading

The Grocery Basket is Filled With Local Goodies

Kingstonians are lucky for a number of reasons: our convenient proximity to beautiful waterfront, our stunning historical architecture  and our abundance of fresh local food and strong culture of supporting local shops and farmers.

Exciting news, a new addition to Princess street (east of Clergy), The Grocery Basket, has made accessing fresh local produce and supporting local farmers fun and easy.

I strolled in this afternoon and was greeted by the sweetest young woman, Brianna, who volunteered to give my husband and I a little tour of the new space. Brianna explained the store’s effort to provide as many local ingredients as possible and introduced us to all the The Grocery Basket has to offer.

The Grocery Basket is a multi-purpose shop with prepared, frozen meals and lunches to-go as well as  fresh produce, fresh baked goods (daily), handmade cheeses and vegan food items that are hard to find in regular grocery stores (like dairy-free cream cheese and avocado-oil mayonnaise!).

With produce curated from my favourite local farmers:  Main Street Market and Wendy’s Market (Wendy sources from local independent farms), seeing all of the fresh goodies reminds me of the joy I get from shopping the markets on Sunday mornings. Now, it can feel like Sunday morning on any week day or night. Exciting!

After just a quick drop in, I pick up a bag of Main Street Market pea shoots, a bunch of garlic, a honey vanilla tea and my husband grabs a coffee. As we walk out of the store, he says, “I feel like you’re going to be visiting there a lot.” He’s not wrong.

Keep up with The Grocery Basket:  Facebook – @thegroceryygk, Instagram – @thegroceryygk, Twitter – @thegroceryygk.

My Day Sipping SimplyWell’s Detox Waters

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Detoxing seems to be the name of the game for me this month! First,  I had the opportunity to try Shiva’s Delight’s charcoal face mask and now I’ve sampled SimplyWell’s detox waters! I’m excited to tell you about them. I spent a day last week drinking my way to a healthier liver, faster metabolism and whiter teeth.

It’s always good to reset the digestive system, cleanse the body of toxins and reduce inflammation. So let me give you the details on my SimplyWell one-day detox! Continue reading

Treat Your Skin Right with Shiva’s Delight


I really appreciate good skin. This means maintaining serious blackhead management and I am always on the hunt for new products that will help me with this task.

I’ve been watching those hilarious videos of people ripping charcoal masks off of their faces to achieve soft skin and wondered to myself, “how far will I go to rid of my blackheads?”

While at a recent market I spotted the Activated Charcoal Clay Mask with Honeysuckle at Shiva Delight’s stand and owner Casey reassured me that I don’t need to peel a mask off my face while screaming bloody murder to attain silky smooth blackhead-free skin. Continue reading

Keep up with Local Craftsman Nick Allinson

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I love a charcuterie board. The endless combinations: brie and prosciutto, goat cheese on a slice of fresh baguette or cheddar and apple — the best! So when local craftsmen, Nick Allinson, reaches out and asks if I want to make my very own board with him from scratch. A beautiful board on which I can serve a delicious array of cured meats and mouthwatering cheeses I can’t resist the opportunity! Continue reading