Celebrating Female-Founded and Led Businesses in Mount Pleasant Village

International Women's Day Mount Pleasant Village

With International Women’s Day coming up, we wanted to shine a light on some of the remarkable female-owned and led businesses in Mount Pleasant Village. We found out more about the businesses they lead, other businesses they’re inspired by, and places you can catch them frequenting around our special part of the city.

Many thanks to these women for sharing their words with us. Happy International Women’s Day and happy reading!

Meet Caley-Beth

Owner of CALEY-BETH – natural, luxury, shave care for women.

At Caley-Beth, you’ll discover shave balms and after-shave balms designed for women who experience the feeling of dry, itchy and irritated skin. Their zero-waste balms result in a comfortable shave, aiming to tackle the appearance of razor bumps caused by shaving. pH is balanced for all skin types, excellent for sensitive skin, certified cruelty-free, natural ingredients and multi-award-winning.

www.Caley-Beth.com
IG: @caleybethbeauty

International Womens Day - Caley Beth Mount Pleasant Village BIA

Q: What makes our neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant Village special, in your opinion?
A: Oh my gosh, there are so many things I love about Mount Pleasant Village that makes it special. Especially since I both live and work here. I love that it’s family-friendly and there are lots of things to do with our kids and other children for them to play with. The walkability to so many great small businesses, shops, restaurants and parks. We always enjoy going to the various festivals put on by the BIA and local events. It’s a wonderful community filled with friendly people who truly want to make it a better place.

Q: Tell us about another business owner in Mount Pleasant Village who inspires you and why.
A: Sharon inspires me with her shop Collected Joy. I really like how she showcases small-batch Canadian-made products from designers, makers and creatives. I think it’s really important to shop and support local small businesses. Her staff and space are very inviting. It’s a great place to find something for yourself or a gift for a special someone.

Q: What do you hope your customers feel when they step through your door?
A: When people shop in my online store, I want them to feel good about what they are buying and know that they are getting something special for themselves while shopping consciously and supporting the environment. We make all-natural ethical and sustainable skincare to help you make the best choices possible while making you feel amazing.

Q: You have something to celebrate. Where are you going for a toast with friends or a special meal in Mount Pleasant Village?
A: My husband and I are addicted to the Fried Chicken Club at The Belsize. Sometimes we’ll sneak away together to grab them for lunch. During the pandemic, we ordered them for take-out one Valentine’s day, popped a bottle of bubbly, and ended with chocolates from Ambiance Chocolat.

Thank you Caley-Beth!

Meet Dr. Jennifer DelBelBeluz

Owner of The Village Health Clinic

The Village Health Clinic is a multidisciplinary private and allied healthcare team, offering an integrative approach. They aim to work together with the patient and the practitioners as a team/village. The Village Health Clinic offers:
General practice with our Nurse Practitioners – (they can prescribe, diagnose, refer & test), Naturopathic medicine (alternative treatment, while working with the conventional system), Acupuncture, Vitamin Drip Therapy, Chiropractic Care, Physiotherapy, Pelvic Floor Therapy, Registered Massage Therapy, Brazilian Lymphatic Massage, Holistic Nutrition, Psychotherapy, Mindfulness/Breath Work Classes.

www.thevillagehealthclinic.ca
IG: @villagehealthclinic

Q: What makes our neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant Village special, in your opinion?
A: I feel people are proud to be part of this community and I love having such great businesses so close by.

Q: Tell us about another business owner in Mount Pleasant Village who inspires you and why.
A: Alyssa Antonio with her Elly & Amar Studios – they offer an array of services for every individual and work with your goals on your looks. They add little things like gifts for customer appreciation! They are very community involved.

Q: What do you hope your customers feel when they step through your door?
A: Community in a one-stop health shop. Our aim is to create a village of healthcare professionals to rely on and have each patient feel cared for, heard and trusted. It’s an inclusive space to feel and build long-lasting relationships.

Q: You have something to celebrate. Where are you going for a toast with friends or a special meal in Mount Pleasant Village?
A: Piano Piano – it’s a fun atmosphere to be part of on our street!

Thank you Dr. DelBelBelluz!

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Meet Elissa Del Bel Beluz

Principal Conservator of Art-Kitect Conservations Inc.

Art-Kitect is a network of cultural heritage experts specializing in museum-quality fine art services and the conservation, preservation, and restoration of fine art and architecture. Art-Kitect offers consulting and treatment services for private and corporate collectors, art dealers, museums and cultural institutions.

https://art-kitect.com/
IG: @artkitect_conservation

International Womens Day - Art-kitect Mount Pleasant Village BIA

Q: What makes our neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant Village special, in your opinion?
A: The shops on Mount Pleasant have a very authentic feel and I find the food and services to be of particularly high quality. This street is somewhat of a hidden gem – many stores offer luxury items or services. There aren’t many chains, so it makes the experience of going from store to store extraordinary.

Q: Tell us about another business owner in Mount Pleasant Village who inspires you and why.
A: Dawn, who owns Rewind Couture, is a great story. She opened her store 7 or 8 years ago as a very young girl with a revolutionary vision. She did very well for herself and her brand right away. She’s so smart and so pleasant to talk to. She’s worked so hard to build a beautiful store and a beautiful life for herself.

Q: What do you hope your customers feel when they step through your door?
A: Our clients are usually other large businesses or municipalities. They want to know that we are professionals and that we are thorough and meticulous. I put a lot into the design of the store because I want my clients to see that we care about everything and I think it comes through.

Q: You’re getting ready to host a party. Where are you doing your shopping in Mount Pleasant Village to prepare?
A: If I’m having a party, I’m going to Jules to pick up something freshly baked or in season. I’m also going to Foxies to pick up dessert. Granite Brewery is a good spot to pick up beverages that you just can’t find anywhere else. The next day I’m going to Jen’s (The Village Health Clinic) for a vitamin drip to detox from my party (lol).

Thanks, Elissa!

Meet Dr. Tanya Fournier

Veterinarian & Founder of the coming soon My Animal Veterinary Clinic.

My Animal Veterinary Clinic provides healthcare services for the modern pet. It is a brand new, independently owned, full-service veterinary clinic founded and run by Dr. Tanya Fournier who brings over 14 years of experience. Tanya aims to improve veterinary care for both pets and pet parents by redefining the role that technology plays in delivering accessible care.

www.myanimalvetclinic.com
IG: @myanimalvet

International Womens Day - My Animal Veterinary Clinic Mount Pleasant Village BIA

Q: What makes our neighbourhood of Mount Pleasant Village special, in your opinion?
A: Mount Pleasant Village boasts a strong sense of community. Our growing neighbourhood is supported by the diverse shops and services lining the street and these small businesses, by the BIA. The beautification of streetscapes through a mixture of art murals, planters and bench seating combined with the parkland makes this neighbourhood desirable to visit and live in. I love that our neighbourhood is encouraged to socialize and connect through planned events and activities.

Q: Tell us about another business owner in Mount Pleasant Village who inspires you and why.
A: Cüneyt and Mehtap, co-founders of At Origin Coffee, are not just coffee roasters serving up delicious, single origin java, they are humble entrepreneurs who have pursued their life’s passions. Their vision has become a reality as they embrace each customer. They have created a business around a single ingredient and by focusing on quality they have produced an authentic cup of coffee. What makes their business stand out is the experience that they have created, right down to the details of their logo design, mosaic coffee tables and homage to Turkish pastries. Small businesses like this are the heartbeat of local communities.

Q: What do you hope your customers feel when they step through your door?
A: My Animal is your friendly neighbour, welcoming every person and every paw into our meticulously designed hospital. When a client walks through the door, they will know that the sole focus of our clinic is to provide the highest caliber of veterinary care in a space that is both functional and beautiful. Our warm light combined with an extensive use of glass and state-of-the-art medical equipment creates a sense of transparency and belonging. It is important to us that you and life’s greatest companions feel a part of our family.

Q: You’re taking your kids or little ones around for a day of fun in Mount Pleasant Village. Where are you going?
A: When our little humans are in tow, we head to Mabel’s Fables Bookstore to browse and purchase a special book for bedtime. We are sure to never leave without saying hello to the resident cat, Mabel. Our day would not be complete without a cup of mouth-watering hot chocolate from Ambiance Chocolat. It’s like a warm hug on the inside.

Thank you Tanya!

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