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Downtown Oakville BIA celebrates International Women’s Day

Updated: Apr 20, 2022

Downtown Oakville BIA celebrates International Women’s Day

Featured Women of Downtown (not in order): Kerry from Nyla's Room, Michele from Leguano Oakville, Cristina from RenewSelf Medspa, Lorraine from LUXFINDZ, Robyn from Island View, Linda from Second Chance, Cheryl from Civello Salon, Chantal from Flourish and Bask, Carol from Nicetys, Darlene, Dalia, Dani and Juliana from Darlene Janiero Designs and Kim from the Downtown BIA

This year, International Women’s Day is Tuesday, March 8. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women's equality.

The 2022 campaign theme is #BreakTheBias. This year’s theme challenges us to imagine a gender equal world free of bias, stereotypes, and discrimination.

Downtown Oakville is home to many female entrepreneurs and managers who own and operate successful businesses in the community. Long gone are the days that only men could be seen as successful business owners. There are countless women in Oakville who #BreakTheBias each and every day doing what they love the most. In honour of International Women’s Day, join us in celebrating their achievements as we highlight just a few of the many great female business owners who call Downtown Oakville home.

Susan Wayland - MUST Boutique Oakville

MUST Boutique is an upscale women's clothing store

located in downtown Oakville. Each product is meticulously chosen to include trendy and high quality European fashion, delivered on a weekly basis.

Susan Wayland is the proud owner of MUST Boutique. While working in a sales position for a footwear retailer in her 20’s, Susan developed a passion for trendy fashion and connecting with others.

Over the next several years she worked as a district manager for leading retailers and gained a ton of experience that would eventually lead her to launch her own business in the form of MUST Boutique in 2017.

Kenzie - Sugar Suite

Sugar Suite is a luxury retail bakery located in the heart of downtown Oakville, serving gluten-free and nut-free products.

Kenzie is the founder of Sugar Suite. She has worked in bakeries since the age of 15 and has combined her skills with her creative passion to create delicious works of art. Kenzie followed up her experience with professional pastry arts training, attending programs at Bonnie Gordon College of Confectionary Arts, and Le Cordon Bleu Ottawa.

After realizing there was a lack of allergy-friendly bakeries in the area, she opened Sugar Suite in 2018.

Hila - Sola Salon Studios

Sola Salon Studios features individual salon spaces built with independent beauty professionals in mind. Sola provides the space, support and resources for hair stylists, barbers and estheticians so they can operate their businesses independently.

Hila is Sola’s General Manager for Sola Salon Studios in Toronto and the GTA. She has over two decades of experience at salons across the city and is responsible for overseeing all aspects of leasing, property management and customer relations.

Tammy - Indulgence Spa

From facials and manicures, to waxing and eyebrow tinting, Indulgence Spa offers everything you need to look and feel your best.

Tammy is the owner of Indulgence Aesthetics Spa. She studied aesthetics and cosmetology at Lubumera Institute of Aesthetics and Cosmetology and has years of experience pampering clients. Tammy offers many different services such as facials, manicure, pedicures, express 30-minute facials, optimal facials and waxing.

Zonta Celebrates International Women's Day Downtown

To further celebrate International Women’s Day and to raise awareness of local causes in the community, the Downtown Oakville BIA is proudly supporting the Zonta Club of Oakville’s International Women’s Day campaign.

The Zonta Club of Oakville is a member of Zonta International as well as the Advancement of Women Halton - a collaborative of 21 groups supporting gender equality at all levels of government.

From March 2-13, the Zonta Club of Oakville is collecting donations that will go towards local women’s charities.

More specifically, donations will assist their partners in providing emergency housing, financial aid, educational support and mental and physical health services to women in need.

You can check out the Zonta Celebrates arch at Towne Square in downtown Oakville from March 2-13. The BIA is also outfitting street lamps with yellow ribbons to celebrate International Women’s Day and increase awareness of the Zonta Club of Oakville and all of the important work they do for women in our community.

Happy International Women’s Day, Oakville!


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