Get to know your community and shop local! Click below to read interviews with our Fashion Folks, the ones responsible for keeping us in style. Who knows, you just may be inspired to engage in a little retail therapy. 

Meet Carmen. Designer behind Alfaro Clubiné – Waterloo and Paraguay.

YOIn a world of seemingly similar jewelry styles, it’s difficult to find a piece that wows and expresses one’s personality. With subtle sophistication and a truly good story, Alfaro Clubiné designs stand out in a crowded marketplace.  Each piece is handmade and guaranteed to get you noticed. Inspired by Canada’s natural beauty, Carmen Clubiné designs pieces that celebrate what we often miss.


Meet Jennifer. Owner of The Truth Beauty Company – Waterloo.

jenniferBeauty is the business – and yes it is a HUGE business. Companies spend loads of money each year on advertising, marketing, and branding to convince us to buy specific products that will do wonders for our skin….or so they say. But do they really work and are they good for our skin? Not all are, which is why we readers are taking a look at an amazing store in Uptown Waterloo called The Truth Beauty Company where all the products really are good for your skin.

Meet Kate and Marcia. Owners of Pure + Simple Spa – Waterloo.

marcia and kateHolistic, natural and results-oriented are three words to describe Uptown Waterloo’s newest spa, Pure + Simple. This haven for natural facials, skincare, and high-quality makeup will help you put your best face forward each and every day. Focused on the relationship between mind, body, and spirit, trained aestheticians take a holistic approach to addressing your skin concerns.

Meet Mary. Owner of Alexandria’s Shoes for Women – St. Jacobs – now Waterloo.

MaryMost fashion trends start in Europe, not making their mark in Canada until up to 2 years after their appearance in London, Paris, and Milan. While we can’t all afford a trip across the pond to shop, we can find fabulous lines straight from Europe at Alexandria’s Shoes For Women in Waterloo. Now we can beat the delay and really influence the style scene in our community by shopping in St. Jacobs Village. (Note: now located in Uptown Waterloo)

Meet Megan. Owner of Bayleaf Buttons – Kitchener.

Megan_BayleafButtonsCompletely customizable to suit your needs, buttons are becoming a popular addition to weddings, events, and large group activities.  With the slogan, Expressing you. Sharing thoughts, views, laughs and anything you can put on a button, Bayleaf Buttons is our community’s one stop shop for personalized buttons, keychains, and bottle openers. My personal favourite? A little “buy local” button which I keep pinned inside my purse as a daily reminder.

Meet Melissa. Owner of More Than Half – Kitchener – pop up store only now.

DSC_0010I’m incredibly excited to post about an amazing hidden gem in downtown Kitchener! More Than Half is a fair trade clothing boutique which offers fashionistas amazing style, value and the chance to do good through their fashion choices. Receiving the fair trade trademark ensures the entire production process – from raw materials to the finished product is good on the planet, free from child labour, is ethical, and supports individuals in the developing world by providing safe working conditions and a living wage.

The Technical Meets the Fashionable at Insight Eye Care – Waterloo.
Meet Neil, Buyer and Marketing Manager and Nicole, Sales Associate.

Neil (Mikita and Nicole (Vinylize)Insight Eye Care has a history in Waterloo Region. A 30 year history that is! This independent full-service optometric practice, with 6 optometrists and a fab eyewear boutique, works hard to ensure their clients get the best service and the best selection of eyewear in one place. The creative team of sales associates work collaboratively with the optometrists to help clients choose the very best frame for their prescription and lifestyle. With a focus on offering independent designers from around the globe, each frame has a story.

Meet Rachel. Owner of Auburn Vintage – Conestogo.

rachelImagine a time when dressing was a true art form. A time when individuals took pride in their outfits, invested in quality and expressed themselves with colour and sophistication. While it seems the clothes of today have lost their luster, shopping vintage is both an eco and stylish choice for true fashionistas. In a store that can be considered both a library and a museum, you will be impressed by the selection of gorgeous pieces at Auburn Vintage. Whether you’re looking for a 20’s inspired flapper dress, or a 70’s boho floral crown, you’re sure to find something to suit your tastes.

Meet Robyn. Owner of Le Prix – Waterloo.

IMG_3165Le Prix is a true gem. Operating out of owner Robyn Hobbs personal residence, the store is open by appointment only, offering customers a personalized shopping experience. Unique in its mission, Le Prix looks to help women love their bodies again while dressing in fabulous, affordable, pre-loved and new pieces from around the globe. Not only is this a fantastic place to shop, Robyn offers her services as a stylist, to help customers pair pieces together to create gorgeous looks.

Meet Tami. Owner of fb and me – Elmira.

Tami-smallElmira may be my small (and growing) hometown, but we sure have a clothing store that will impress. So ladies, may I introduce you to fb and me. This full service boutique and hair salon offers clients the finest in customer service, and may be the best location for your next girl’s night out! Owner, Tami Runstedler even holds private shopping parties during the evenings and weekends. With a focus on Canadian-based businesses, (90% of the stock has a Canadian connection) you can’t go wrong with a purchase from this gem. Shop local. Support local. It can’t get much better than that!


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