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SOON ON TAP: RED ISLAND CIDER


Launching business proves to be a test of perseverance and patience It takes a certain type of person to become an entrepreneur. You need guts, stamina, faith, strength, a vision, and sometimes you also need the patience of Job to make things work. Robert van Waarden has all those qualities in spades, and Red Island Cider is the result of…

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TRUE TO VISION BITE BY BITE


Considering everything from nutrition to environmental impact in business It can be difficult to find plant-based, gluten-free snacks and healthy dessert options in PEI. Michaela Uchtenhagen helped change that by creating Earth Bitez, a local business in Charlottetown that provides healthy bites to satisfy people’s taste buds, leaving them feeling good. A Red Seal chef with a degree in Foods…

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EATING WITH ALL YOUR SENSES


Elegant lavender-infused foods from Picnic Girl treat the eyes and tastebuds Hélène Bouchard has a taste for the exquisite. She was on-site for the entire construction of her charming lavender-coloured home in Stanley Bridge, inspecting building details with keen precision. Before moving to PEI in 2014, she and her husband ran a successful, holistic training studio in Montreal; her focus…

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ONE CLAN, ONE PLAN, ONE ORCHARD, ONE CIDER


Prince Edward Island’s first cidery, located in Bonshaw, finds great success with award-winning hard cider When you are a retired police officer and a director of learning at a secondary school in Scotland but you feel “too young to retire”, you move to PEI to make award-winning hard apple cider, right? That’s not quite how Anne and Alex Jamieson’s story…

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FOR THE LOVE OF CHOCOLATE


Handmade botanical chocolates bridge love, indulgence, and health Katlin Doyle is the creator and founder of Nurturing Essence, a botanical chocolate business based in Charlottetown, PEI. Handcrafted with love, Doyle only uses fair trade, organic, raw cacao. Her chocolate is free of dairy, gluten, and refined sugar, and she uses as many local ingredients as possible. “I find if people…

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LOVE COFFEE AND PEI? THIS BREW’S FOR YOU


Celebrating Island culture through a fresh new brand of locally-roasted coffees and specialty teas If you’ve dreamed of launching your own business you may be familiar with some common advice given to aspiring entrepreneurs: start a business that solves a problem. Jen Vandermaar saw her problem and promptly started a business. Only a year ago, PEI Coffee Company was just…

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A TASTE OF SUMMER IN THE DEAD OF WINTER


How an Eastern PEI hydroponic farm has grown its business to produce flavourful greens and herbs year-round Hydroponic farming could be called an art, but it’s most definitely a science, and on the south side of Hillsborough River, somewhere between Mt Stewart and Stratford is a 3000-square-foot greenhouse full of fresh plants grown using that science. Darren Gill, one of…

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BUSINESS HITS SWEET SPOT


Handcrafted donuts prove to be popular product for food entrepreneurs “Do or donut; there is no try.” Or something like that. When Via Reyes moved to PEI from the Philippines in 2013, she noticed that local dessert options were limited. With the help of her partner, Justin Wilson, she set out to change the Island’s dessert culture for the better.…

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The Pungent Smell of Success


Al Picketts’ Eureka Garlic is used across Canada Sit down with Al Picketts for a conversation about garlic, it doesn’t take long to discover that his wealth of knowledge about this flavourful vegetable is abundant, and he is more than happy to share it with those who are interested. A beekeeper for 30 years, Picketts started Eureka Garlic out of…

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Honey, I Bought an Apiary


New owners of Honeydew Apiaries busy settling into PEI life In Canoe Cove, overlooking the sparkling waters of Northumberland Strait, sits Honeydew Apiaries. While it has been there for a number of years, the honeybee business was recently purchased by Jennifer and Mickael Jauneau. Jennifer hails from Vancouver, BC while Mickael calls the Loire Valley in France his birthplace. Their…

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