International Women’s Day In Simcoe County!

International Women’s Day is a global celebration that honours the remarkable accomplishments of women across social, economic, cultural, and political spheres. This empowering day serves as a poignant reminder of women’s strides throughout history and the challenges they continue to overcome. International Women’s Day is a powerful call to action, urging individuals and communities worldwide to actively work towards accelerating gender equality. It’s a day to recognize the importance of inclusivity, diversity, and empowerment as we strive for a more equitable future for all.

Step into the heart of our community and discover a vibrant landscape shaped by the vision and drive of local women entrepreneurs. From charming cafes to wellness retreats, these businesses add flavour to our neighbourhoods and embody the spirit of creativity and resilience. Let’s spotlight these dynamic enterprises and the inspiring women behind them. Join us on a journey through the stories of some of our town’s most inspiring female-led ventures.

This Friday is International Women’s Day; here are some exceptional women-owned local businesses to check out this weekend.

Blueberry Moon

At the heart of Dunlop, Blueberry Moon is a testament to dreams, resilience, and the enchanting spirit of its owner, Heather. Hailing from Northern Ontario, Heather’s upbringing was steeped in the traditions of a close-knit community and the natural rhythms of the environment. The journey began with a humble Volkswagen, where Heather sold shirts and nurtured her dream. The store reflects Heather’s genuine personality, with each corner carefully curated to tell stories and showcase faces she passionately believes in. At Blueberry Moon, every item is thoughtfully selected to give back, sourced from small businesses and often local, ensuring each purchase positively impacts the community. To learn more, click here.

Homestead Artisan Bakery and Café

Nestled in the heart of Barrie, Homestead Artisan Bakery and Café epitomizes the essence of handcrafted excellence in every loaf and pastry it produces. Founded by Cait Patrick and Lise Garden, who honed their skills under the world-renowned Certified Master Baker Jeffrey Hamelman, Homestead is committed to quality and tradition. With a deep-rooted connection to the community and a passion for the craft, Cait and Lise meticulously craft each batch of artisan bread and baked goods using locally sourced organic ingredients. For more information, click here.


Nestled in Barrie, Skinsational Day Spa offers relaxation and rejuvenation. Since 1988, it’s been recognized as the “Best Day Spa in Barrie.” Owner Darlene Price has built a reputation for providing top-quality services in a calming environment. The spa’s team of experts ensures each guest feels pampered and special. With skilled estheticians, massage therapists, skin specialists, and nail technicians, Skinsational promises a stress-free experience. Come and unwind at Skinsational Day Spa for a truly indulgent treat. For more information, click here.

Ripe Juicery

Ripe Juicery, founded by Lindsay Haley and Meghan Attwater, is more than just a juice haven—a commitment to plant-based living, sustainability, and eco-conscious practices. Since the beginning, Lindsay and Meghan envisioned a company that offered great juice, contributed to healthier communities, and embraced environmentally friendly business practices. With a shared passion for “healthy food, organic farming, and leaving a smaller footprint as a business,” their journey began. Lindsay, with experience in yoga and aesthetics, and Meghan, with a background in addictions and mental health, recognized that Ripe Juicery was their next step. Combining their love for plant-based foods, fitness, and gardening, they birthed Ripe Juicery, where ethical business practices breathe life into their refreshing approach to health and Wellness. To learn more, click here.

Evergreen Wellness Studio

Evergreen Wellness Studio, Founded by Candice Thomas, stands as Simcoe County’s holistic healthcare haven, dedicated to elevating mental and physical well-being through diverse services and classes. With a passion for whole-body healing, Candice believes in addressing both mental and physical aspects to achieve true Wellness. Her renowned Mindful Massage is a signature treatment, fostering a connection between mind and body for profound healing. Candice’s vision extends beyond singular services, as Evergreen Wellness Studio proudly offers diverse offerings through a team of caring and experienced practitioners. With a commitment to community well-being, Candice has created a space where individuals can embark on a holistic journey toward optimal health. To learn more, click here.

As we navigate through the diverse landscape of our community, the stories of Blueberry Moon, Homestead Artisan Bakery and Cafe, Skinsational, Evergreen Wellness Studio, and Ripe Juicery stand out as vibrant threads woven by the incredible women who shape their destinies. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, it’s not only a moment to honour their accomplishments but also a call to recognize the broader impact of women in business, fostering diversity, inclusion, and empowerment. Their stories echo the importance of supporting and championing women-led ventures, not just today but every day, as they contribute to the vitality and richness of our shared communities.

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