Sage is a manager and all-around workhorse at The Apothecary. She is your go-to for questions about zero waste lifestyle, sourdough breadmaking or farming. When she’s not keeping the store’s inventory and procedures in check, Sage often finds herself eyeing up (and drooling over) the store’s bulk food selection. If you ever have any food related questions, Sage is the gal to ask!
Sage spends her down time enjoying nature and applying her killer work ethic to all areas of her life. She has earned her Wilderness First Aid, Nosema Apis Training and WSET Level 2. She is also a member of the Calgary & District Beekeepers Association. This year, Sage and her partner fulfilled their lifelong dream by purchasing a farm just outside of Calgary. There you’ll find her frolicking in the orchard, eating tomatoes off the vine and admiring her animals.
Katie began working at The Apothecary in Inglewood in 2015 (and vows that she’s a lifer) after finding her home and chosen family within its historic walls. She has worn many different hats over the years and is happy to have had the opportunity to change and grow with the business. She fell in love with learning, making her own bath and body products and crafting essential oil blends, and has since happily applied that knowledge within the classroom as an instructor for our Bodycare and Facial Care classes. When she’s not up in the classroom, you can find her cheerful self on the floor helping customers create recipes and learn all about raw materials and aromatherapy.
Katie majored in Fibre at The Alberta College of Art and Design and still finds ways to be creative in her plant-filled jungle of a home. She loves to weave, make paper and learn all she can about natural dyeing.
Laura is a perfumer and artist who spends her free time dabbling with scented concoctions or collecting twigs and flowers. The forest is where she finds herself feeling most at home, and she tends to gravitate towards any body of water — river swimming is a summer highlight for her in Calgary. In her art practice, Laura crafts site-specific sculptures from plants and industrial debris in her environments. Her work also integrates scent as a way to evoke the senses beyond a purely visual experience.
Laura believes strongly in the ability of scent to connect us to our emotions, memories and well-being. Her interest in aromatherapy focuses on mental wellness and utilizing essential oils to support a health body and mind. She is constantly collecting bottles of scents both rare and odd and loves learning about the history of plants.
If you’ve had a chance to sign up for the Oil of the Month Club, you will appreciate Laura’s thoughtful research and writing about the complex history of essential oils and the thorough blend of recipes that accompany it. In her spare time, you'll often find Laura wandering about forest, pondering the cosmos, riding her bike, or enjoying the quieter nooks of the city.
We call Desirae (Des) our Ray of Sunshine because she is always laughing or smiling! Des is immersed in a world of plants and natural medicine as a Master/Clinical Herbalist in Training, enrolled in the herbal program at Wild Rose College and David Winston’s Center For Herbal Studies. It’s no surprise that Des loves learning and expanding her knowledge at The Apothecary with essential oils and aromatherapy.
Des loves hiking, riding her bike around the city and going on herb walks, and her favourite herbal application is creating herbal tinctures. She has a passion for people, helping others and alternative medicine.
When she’s not studying, Des is either listening to a favourite tune on repeat, drawing, looking at interior design, making yarn things, weaving or cooking up a storm.
As a herbalist and forager, Kaycie spends as much time outside as she possibly can. You can often find her out in nature, foraging for herbs and mushrooms, fishing, and connecting with the land to become the best environmental steward she can be. When not in nature, you’ll find Kaycie in school studying Herbal Medicine, tending to one of over 60 house plants and herbs, or educating customers on herbs and botanicals at The Apothecary.
When back in the city, Kaycie employs her heart-centered leadership skills as President of the Board of Directors for an LGBTQSIA+ choir called One Voice Chorus and singing as a Soprano. She wears many hats day-to-day, but all motivations come from a love for nature and an eagerness to connect to the folks around her.
Ryliegh is a lover of mushrooms and is currently studying herbal medicine through Herbal Academy. She loves spending time outside (especially near water), painting and creating things with her hands. Ryliegh is a talented artist and can often be found reading tarot or spending time with her kitty son, Wendell. Here at the store, she is an expert restocker and is always laughing, smiling and bringing cheer wherever she goes.
Ryliegh eats a mainly plant-based diet and truly believes that that plants have the power to heal all. She is an early riser and loves to start the day with a yoga practice to stay active and maintain a positive mindset.
Calista has quickly become an integral member of our team, our resident DJ and a Miley Cyrus enthusiast. She splits her time between working with us and as a Collection Technician for the Indigenous studies collection at the Glenbow Museum. She holds an MA in Funerary Archaeology from the University of York and is fascinated with death, human bones and repatriation (her first pet was a rooster named Rigor Mortis).
Calista is passionate about reconciliation, sustainability, upcycling and thrifting. You can often find her cooking up custom body oils like a mad scientist. This year, she’s looking forward to learning more about fermentation to satisfy her addiction to pickles and hot sauce.
Rosie transitions from working on the floor to behind the scenes creating content for our social media channels. In the store you can often find her soaking in the bulk foods section or planning out her next kitchen adventure. As one of the store’s resident vegans, Rosie is always playing food scientist and finding new ways to make her favourite vegan treats zero waste.
Rosie graduated from the University of Calgary with a BA in Communication and Media Studies and is currently studying ASL. At home you’ll often find her arguing with her cat, making macrame and trying not to think about space. Rosie is passionate about intersectional environmentalism, living intentionally and making sure all of her friends have opened RRSPs.
Emilie is our Marketing Manager for both The Apothecary and our sister company All Things Jill. She's also our in-store photographer, who you might sometimes see snapping shots of our products or staff. A graduate of the University of Calgary with a BA in English Literature and Creative Writing, she became interested in marketing and digital advertising since graduating and has never looked back!
Emilie is a lover of all things analog and maintains a robust collection of antiques, vinyl and Polaroid cameras at home. After a long day staring at the computer, she is happy to plunge her hands into a garden bed, listen to a great record or care for her jungle of houseplants.
Originally from Erin, Ontario, Jill grew up your typical entrepreneur — she was the kid with the lemonade stand in the driveway, always wanted to play “store” and at one point when she was 7 or 8 was going to build her empire via rug hooking. She also began to dabble in soaps and bath salts at a young age, fascinated by how the ingredients would come together to make a certain product. Fast forward quite a few years and Jill now holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from McMaster University, has taught students of all ages, and also worked in Marketing, Advertising and Corporate training for a large Canadian Insurance company.
Realizing that she was a terrible employee but a savvy entrepreneur, Jill left it all behind when she came out here in November 2004 to launch All Things Jill (our wholesale manufacturing biz and sister company) full time. More than a decade later, her company is thriving and serving customers well. She finally realized her vision of “playing store” in real life with the opening of The Apothecary in Inglewood in 2012. She was thrilled to expand the store into Calgary’s first refillery and zero waste destination shoppe in 2017.
When she's not at the office you can find our #BossLady at the curling rink, on her paddleboard, watching a movie, enjoying a glass of wine, or working with her pups Django & Matilda.