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Women in Business
Written by Fresh Vancouver   

Jessie McGrath

It took a call from her doctor warning her that her heart condition could kill her to change McGrath’s health habits. But now, Jessie is a Certified Personal Trainer and the owner of Restoration Fitness.

After a journey that involved dropping from a size 18 to a size 6, Jessie began to regain her confidence, asking herself questions like: “Who am I? What do I love? And what’s important to me—really?” She got a divorce and started a business—and a whole new lease on life.

Jessie believes everything begins with thoughts, then radiates out to your food choices, and then to your exercise habits. She helps women work their way through these patterns, creating customized approaches for each client. Having “done the work,” she knows what it takes and is able to hold her clients accountable.

If you want to start taking care of you, check out Restoration Fitness at

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Bobbie Long

When Bobbie Long sees a man looking good and feeling confident in a suit that she styled, she knows she’s on the right path. For most men, the process of finding the perfect suit is stressful and time-consuming. That’s when Bobbie swoops in like a suit-sourcing superhero.

Her company, Haberdasher and Co. helps men elevate their wardrobes to their fullest potential and take their suit game to the next level. She has deep roots in the men’s fashion industry as a certified expert in tailoring, personal style development, and closet organizing. That means she knows exactly how to help men look their best, whether it’s in the financial district or walking down the wedding aisle. Best of all, Bobbie helps men get back to business and pleasure quicker.

If you want the clothes you wear to work for you or if you know a man who could use a suit-sourcing superhero, book a complimentary consultation with Bobbie. Visit

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Rose Kaech

Rose Kaech came up with the idea for Stardust Generation, her kids’ line of teething and sensory jewelry, after struggling to find a suitable solution for her son’s sensory needs. Rose’s son, Levi, is 5 years old and has autism, sensory processing disorder, ADHD, and severe anxiety. He loves to chew on things to keep him calm but most of what is available is geared towards teething babies. But Rose had a solution in mind.

Stardust Generation caters to kids like Levi with an extensive line of kids’ jewelry made from food grade silicone that is safe to chew on. The sensory products have done so well that Rose now sells popular mom and babies teething products as well. She has a unique design sensibility that is funky, fun, and popular with moms, babies, and kids. In addition, portions of all her proceeds are donated to the Canucks Autism Network.

To shop for Rose’s unique brand, visit Use the code FRESH20 to save 20% off your entire order until June 30th 2016.

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Reenie Marie

Reenie Marie has been involved in the fitness industry in one way or another for her entire life. As the owner of Mysfit Fitness, her focus is on women’s health and wellness at any age: mind, body, and spirit. Mysfit Fitness is all about the journey to excellent health and wellness through self-discovery.

Mysfits classes and services are conduits for her clients to reconnect, increase their level of fitness, eat and sleep better, have more energy, reduce stress, achieve individual goals, and so much more. Reenie always feels blessed to be surrounded by the support of so many wonderful women as they share their journey with her studio.

The core of Reenie’s approach is to teach, inspire, and transform women by teaching the “why” behind the “what” of fitness transformations. Her years of experience have taught her that we all exceed expectations when we have the right tools and are allowed to be part of the process.

To learn more about Mysfit Fitness, visit

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Renee Switzer

Renee Switzer, owner of SwitzerCultCreative, has more than 25 years of management experience in the high-end furniture design industry. Her passion is to build and maintain business relationships between the designer, the craftsman, and the client. Her expertise focuses on honouring these relationships, allowing each part of the team to create their own success. She says, “What drives me is the opportunity to help talented designers gain success in the market.”

SwitzerCultCreative’s mission is the discovery, promotion, marketing, and development of modern, original designs for living. In their new Vancouver Showroom and Gallery they express their passion for showcasing both established brands and new innovative collections of furniture, lighting, accessories, and textiles.

The SwitzerCultCreative goal is to provide home furnishing products that help people create personal environments that provide peace, tranquility, and positive energy—all while supporting high-quality products that are eco-conscious. They place the highest importance on knowing about every detail of the products they promote.

Find out more about Renee and SwitzerCultCreative at

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Christina Weizmann

When Christina Weizmann moved from South Africa to Vancouver in 1994, she embarked on a robust marketing and communications career in the travel franchise industry. Yearning to be an entrepreneur, she opened a successful design and marketing studio and operated it for over a decade. Now, as the Diamond and Custom Jewelry Consultant for her family business, Passion Diamonds, Christina taps into her design and sales experience when choosing perfect diamonds and creating beautiful custom jewelry.

Christina and her team source some of the world’s finest diamonds. They are ethically mined, cut, and polished at the best wholesale prices on the market. They offer exceptional service with hands-on diamond education, design inspiration and top-notch workmanship. It’s why they have such a successful client referral rate.

Christina loves seeing her customers return as they celebrate all of life’s special occasions. She has a beautiful diamond awaiting you whether it’s for an engagement ring, wedding bands, a pendant, earrings, a bracelet, or for redesigning a precious family heirloom.

To find out more about Passion Diamonds, visit

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Lisa van Reeuwyk

As a coach, speaker and workshop leader, Lisa van Reeuwyk is wildly dedicated to helping women in business to smash the statistics and create their own opportunities.

Part media maven, with a background in television (Discovering Great Towns, Wings Over Canada), she brings a refreshing zest of mindfulness and a generous pinch of leadership, business development, and strategy know-how to her client’s lives.

During the recession of 2008, she lost her father to cancer and was restructured out her dream job—all in the same week. Finding inspiration in her dad’s entrepreneurial spirit, Lisa launched Bloom Business Development in 2009. “Women must be comfortable putting their hand up for what they want as they work smarter, not harder,” says Lisa.

Lisa’s training with some of the best thought leaders in North America has motivated her to confidently take action to be the change she wants to see in the world. In addition to her coaching, Lisa volunteers with the Vancouver chapter of the international non-profit Dress for Success.

To find out how to work with Lisa, visit her at

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Lisa Greene

For the past decade, Lisa Greene, R.Ac RYT, has been helping her patients overcome physical and emotional pain at Greenetea Acupuncture.

Lisa began her journey into Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in beautiful Nelson BC. Since then, she’s built a thriving practice in South Surrey.

As a mother of three daughters, Lisa has learned that patience and understanding are the keys to connecting with others. She uses this wisdom to treat her patients’ problems, which can include fertility, stress, menopause, migraines, arthritic pain, digestive disturbances, or insomnia—to name a few.

Lisa loves learning about other specialty fields and healing traditions. For example, in 2015, she received her yoga teacher training and includes its gentle movements in the treatments she gives patients. Currently, Lisa is specializing in facial acupuncture. It has fantastic anti-aging benefits and can help to refresh and rejuvenate the body and skin naturally.

To learn more about this treatment or Greenetea Acupuncture, head over to, or call 604-783-7337.

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Kylie Mattu

Kylie Mattu’s Stage Lab is having a big 2016. As directors for The Front Line Music, Stage Lab is now directing and filming music videos for performers on the Vancouver label’s roster.

Kylie started Stage Lab in 2013. At the time, the company was running slow motion video booths. After a few years, Stage Lab became known for its photography, and then its videography. The company currently produces music videos, YouTube channels, comedy shows, and corporate photography and videos.

Kylie loves the fact that each project is completely different. When you go from shooting a corporate headshot to a music video, you’re never bored and always learning. Her clients value the fact that Stage Lab always delivers—even if the project involves something that Kylie’s never done before.

Stage Lab is already expanding to Edmonton, Alberta, but Kylie dreams of taking even more of her beloved city of Vancouver by storm. She and her Stage Lab colleagues are working hard to make that happen.

Check out Stage Lab at

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Samantha Lenz

A big presence in a growing town, Samantha is a freelance writer based out of Abbotsford, BC.

In the past, Sam has interned for CTV News Vancouver, written for ValleyBuzz in association with VancityBuzz and other media outlets. Currently, she writes for Surrey604, is an Access Producer for Shaw TV in Chilliwack, a blog contributor for the SuperDate as well as the Honeybeemom blog, and works with many individual clients based on their specific needs.

On a personal level, Samantha is a strong mental health advocate and believes it is extremely important to educate others on the stigmas behind depression and anxiety.

Sam’s passion for writing began at a young age; through networking she would love to connect and collaborate with more like-minded individuals. She is currently working on launching her own single-mom’s blog and novel, stay tuned.

To find out more about Samantha, get in touch with her via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . You can also connect with her through Twitter @SamanthaLenz or Instagram @snlenz

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AJ WoodWorth

AJ Woodworth was inspired to start her business, The Glamoury, when she recognized an opportunity in the beauty market years ago.

AJ, who had been named the British Columbia Country Music Awards’ Female Artist of the Year three years in a row, struggled to find a Vancouver salon with flexible hours, a focus on both hair and makeup, and exceptional customer experience. But suddenly, a light went on for this award-winning musician. The concept for The Glamoury was born.

“I wanted to create a space where women would feel comfortable to be themselves, with beauty looks tailored to each personality,” she says. “My goal is to make women feel pampered from the moment they walk in the door.”

Opening this month in Yaletown, The Glamoury offers luxury makeup and hair services with an unparalleled commitment to quality. The Glamoury brand also includes a line of makeup that is Canadian made, paraben free, and not tested on animals.

To learn more about The Glamoury, Check them out at

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Danielle Scheven

Danielle Scheven is passionate about living a healthy, balanced life and helping empower women to feel beautiful in their skin. So when she and her mother, Donna Scheven, decided to go into business together, opening the online lifestyle boutique Carolily Finery in 2015, she knew exactly what her motivation was. She and Donna both wanted to inspire women and help them to live more beautiful lives.

Carolily Finery specializes in vintage-inspired jewelry, homewares, and accessories. Danielle and Donna lovingly design and create all of their pieces in their Lower Mainland based Design Shoppe. Currently, their customers can purchase these Carolily treasures online at or at in-person events. In February 2016, Danielle and Donna began hosting pop-up style tea parties. ‘Carolily’s Tea Time’ is a way for these passionate creatives to meet their customers and it’s a way for their customers to see and appreciate the quality of the pieces while having fun trying them on. They look forward to releasing a bridal jewelry collection this spring, and a homeware and accessories line soon thereafter.

Check out Carolily’s beautiful offerings at

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Jennifer Wosk

The original inspiration for Jennifer Wosk’s Soulshine Jewelry and Yoga is her talented grandmother, who had her own jewelry line. With the gift of the beads and pendants her grandmother collected on her world travels, Jennifer continues her legacy with a collection of unique heart-centered jewelry. Throughout her own travels, Jennifer acquires inspiring materials to include in her work. She loves creating custom pieces of wearable art.

Through the yoga side of Soulshine, Jennifer brings her students the skill and patience gleaned from a decade of personal practice. Her intention when guiding a yoga practice is to provide space for deep healing to occur, customizing sessions for the benefit of each individual. For Jennifer, yoga has been an essential part of her journey of self-exploration, and she wishes to share that gift with others. She provides group or private yoga and guided meditation sessions.

To learn more about Jennifer and Soulshine, visit

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Mainka Cheema

Global West Montessori founder Mainka Cheema got her start inspiring young children in the most natural way—by caring for her younger brother. This experience sparked the “learning and playing philosophy” that is the hallmark of her company.

Inspired by the possibilities, she completed a certificate in Early Childhood Education and a Montessori Teaching Diploma from North American Montessori. After years of teaching experience, she founded her own daycare, Global West, with locations in Tsawwassen and Abbotsford. She is currently adding a third school to her Global West Montessori Preschool and Kindergarten brand.

Mainka’s goal is to help each child build a strong foundation to help them thrive in their future, both academically and socially. In addition to the Montessori Curriculum, she offers weekly classes in Science, Cooking, Yoga, Music, French, and Creative Arts.

To learn more, contact Mainka at or at 604-763-4439.

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Nerissa Allen

Nerissa Allen is the owner of Heavenly Lox, an online retail boutique of luxury human hair lace wigs, human hair extensions, and modern chic women’s apparel. She has also recently expanded her business to include a multi-label line of modern, sleek women’s apparel. Inspired by a love for fashion and personal styling, Nerissa is personally invested in the satisfaction of all her clients, and this has led to loyal clients from all over the world.

Nerissa’s line of luxurious fashion wigs and extensions caters to a wide range of clients, from women just looking to update their styles to individuals with medical conditions requiring a more customized approach. She is particularly proud of her work with clients suffering with Alopecia, customizing units that suit their individual needs and build their self-confidence.

To learn more about Heavenly Lox, visit and To keep up to date on Nerissa and her work, follow her on Instagram @heavenlylox or @adornbyheavenlylox; and like her on Facebook @adornbyheavenlylox.

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Roni McMillan

Roni McMillan heads up a marketing team for a manufacturing company in the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) industry. Her team is comprised of women who, in the past, have enjoyed corporate income but due to family priorities, career downsizing, etc., prefer to work from a home office.

After starting a family and wanting more flexible hours, Roni gave up a corporate career with the Federal Government to run her own business. With the use of e-commerce and the growth in the green movement, Roni’s business now generates more that a million dollars in sales annually securing her a strong six-figure income working half the hours she put in with the Government.

Roni is passionate about helping other women create or re-create six-figure incomes. A marketing background is not necessary but being self motivated and having the desire to succeed is paramount, as schedules and work hours are managed by each individual woman.

For more information, call Roni directly at 778-882-6586 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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