Hub Spotlight: Retea

Retea was founded by Toby Zhou during her second year of university, when she made it her goal to reduce her single-use plastics consumption. After not finding many sustainable alternatives to drinking bubble tea, Toby realized that there was a gap in the market. This is when she made a DIY version of a reusable bubble tea cup - aka the first Retea cup! Retea is a student-run business with a mission to provide sustainable ways of making and drinking bubble tea.  

Community Stories: The Copper Bell

The Copper Bell is a small candle business based in Downtown Guelph, created by Katrina Bell. After having her daughter Katrina developed a sensitivity to scented candles. Determined to find a solution that would allow herself and others with a scent sensitivity to have candles in their home, she started creating her own candles. All of Katrina's candles are made with natural soy wax, high quality fragrance oils, cotton wicks and a fun personality. Katrina's hand-poured soy candles come in a variety of scents, each with their own funny and unique name!

Hub Spotlight: Boardball

David Borish, Kyle Rector, and Amanda Nguyen are co-founders of the Toronto-based sports startup, Boardball. Boardball was created as a way to make the game of volleyball more accessible, while maintaining that same level of fun and competitiveness. Boardball lowers the barriers to play, requiring only 4 players, a board, and a ball. The Boardball team is passionate about living a social and active lifestyle, and strives to connect people through a sport they love. 

Hub Spotlight: Well Baked Box

Stewart Russell and Courtney Russell are changing the way you snack, with their company Well Baked Box! The Well Baked Box is a family-owned business created by a married couple who wanted to remove the barriers to healthy eating. Their mission is to provide easier access to snacks that not only taste good, but also leave you feeling good. Each Well Baked Box comes with pre-packaged proportioned healthy ingredients so customers are ready to bake the recipe they selected.

The Power of Social Enterprise

My name is Eryn Navarro and as a University of Guelph student, I am committed to one simple purpose and that is to improve life.

Every day, in small ways and big ways I make intentional decisions about how I can be improving life. As part of this commitment, I join groups and organizations that provide me with tools and knowledge about how to have positive impact on our world. Two groups I have become a part of are Enactus Guelph and The John F. Wood Centre.

Community Stories: Pearl + Pine Collective

Pearl + Pine Collective is a local jewellery business created by Kaitlin Gallant during the start of the pandemic. She is an Indigenous graphic designer, illustrator, beader and general dabbler in all things creative, which led Kaitlin to pursue her business in creating one-of-a-kind jewellery pieces. 

Hub Spotlight: Scoops Supplements

After struggling with different sports supplements that were either inconvenient, expensive or boring, Josh Bodenstein and David Friedman decided that there needed to be a change. This led them to start their own company, Scoops Supplements. Scoops Supplements offers customers the ability to purchase high-quality sports supplements in customizable quantities. Josh and David aspire to motivate customers towards reaching their health and fitness goals through the introduction of diversity in their assortment of supplements. 

Hub Spotlight: Confluxia Consulting

Baylee Rubinoff and Lauren Hotchkiss are both University of Guelph Alumni who graduated with Master's degrees in Industrial-Organizational Psychology. Their research and experience working as consultants have provided Baylee and Lauren with the knowledge and skillset to become co-founders of their own company, Confluxia Consulting.

Community Stories: Bar’kada Restaurant

Bar’kada is a restaurant and bar founded in Downtown Toronto in 2020 by Jordan Rulloda. They focus on Tapas' style dishes to share with your "barkada" (group of friends). They offer Filipino food with inspiration from cultural diversity in Toronto. They put forward delicious comfort food with dishes such as tapas, sandwiches, salads, and wine. 

Community Stories: Cavan Coffee

Cavan Coffee was created by three brothers who love, really like coffee. They approach coffee from a scientific perspective. They monitor their water, develop precise brew methodology for all types of preparation of coffee and tea. 
They offer a wide range of coffee and tea making paraphernalia and sell a myriad coffee beans and tea. Any item they sell they can teach you the proper methodology for usage and would be happy to do a demo. They also carry an array of carefully curated baked goods which include both gluten free and vegan options.

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