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Small Businesses to Support this Holiday

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At Poppy Barley, one of our brand values is inspiring connections – and we are always working to connect with our community and the incredible businesses that exist within in. This season, we’re highlighting three small businesses in the Alberta community that have an incredible story behind their products, and offer meaningful and unique options for gifting this holiday season.

“As a small Canadian business, we’re introducing you to other Canadian brands we love. By supporting these brands, we’re fostering the next generation of women-owned businesses. Legacy matters, let’s shop to shape the future of retail.” 

- Kendall & Justine, Co-Founders of Poppy Barley

Lot 34

Location: Highlands, Edmonton (delivery available within Edmonton)
Owners: Lindsay and Tyler

Image source: Lot 34

Lot 34 is a small design and build studio and design-forward vintage and home goods shop located in the Highlands neighbourhood of Edmonton, AB on Treaty no.6 Territory. They began with the common goal of creating beautiful spaces and celebrating well-made goods. At their shop, you can find beautifully-curated vintage homewares, goods from local Edmonton creators, and collaborative collections from local talents (such as Soap So Co and Glass Bookshop). Looking to renovate your space? They do that too. Design and Build consults are by appointment Monday through Saturday.

Poppy Barley Favourites

  1. Brass Bar Cart
  2. Luminarc France Mini Purple Glass Set
  3. Edmonton Holiday Gift Book, includes ten gift cards to ten local Edmonton businesses, one beautiful book.

Bäre Activewear

Location: Calgary (online only–ships worldwide)
Owner: Jessica Bulldog and her family

Image source: Bäre Activewear

Bäre Activewear is a family-owned activewear brand based in Calgary, AB that specializes in athleisure clothing that is supportive, stylish, and functional. Their clothing is designed in Canada and ethically made in China by choice suppliers who pride themselves on their sustainable business standards. Aside from selling amazing activewear, Bäre Activewear focuses on collaborating with BIPOC talent–from models, photographers, consultants to affiliates.

Poppy Barley Favourites

  1. Out and About Long Sleeve
  2. Men's Lakeside Joggers and Women's Lakeside Joggers
  3. Freedom Crop

Buno Design

Location: Edmonton (online only–ships within Canada and USA)
Owner: Esmahan Abdalla

Image source: Buno Design

Buno Design is a unique handcrafted sustainable jewelry brand, designed and made in Canada. Originally founded by three sisters in the UK as a modest sustainable clothing brand, Buno Design has since shifted to sustainable handmade jewelry. Every season, Buno Design releases a sustainable collection that is made of recycled and vintage resources. By repurposing vintage and salvaged materials, they reduce fashion waste and environmental impact while giving jewelry new life.

Poppy Barley Favourites

  1. Adjustable Upcycled Necklace (available in multiple styles)
  2. Queen Kandake Necklace/Bracelet
  3. Victoria Tassel Earrings

Justine's Favourites

Plum Home + Design: Located in Edmonton's Oliver Exchange building, Plum is full of beautiful things for your home and giftables for everyone on your Christmas list like this gingham picnic throw and these etched glass ornaments. The Designer and owner, Jenna, just launched her own furniture line!

United Cycle: A locally owned multi-sport store that has literally everything you need to play this winter, such as skates, toboggans, snow helmets, and more!

Kendall's Favourites

bluboho: A fine jewelry brand crafted in Toronto using ethically sourced sourced, raw and refined jewelry pieces. bluboho pieces are designed to mark moments. My top picks are this beautiful ring and this bracelet. Want to experience the jewelry in person? Poppy Barley is hosting bluboho for a pop-up in our Southgate location beginning in December!

Pura Botanicals: A natural skincare and green beauty line based in Edmonton. The owner, Lane, and her team, infuse magic into each small, handcrafted batch. Their Winter's Eve hand cream is released only around Christmas time, so you'll want to stock up on this incredible hand cream!

Forge 53 designs and builds architectural metalwork and furniture in Edmonton. This incredible talented team is responsible for many of the fixtures in Poppy Barley stores. For the home, I love Forge 53's collection of mirrors, Lumsden chairs, and this concrete leather coffee table

For cards and stocking stuffers, the joyful Justine Ma is the best. My favourites for chocolate are Jacek Chocolate or cochu. For kids, the Run Wild Play Kits or Sweetness Colouring Cookies


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The Harley Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How To Measure:
The Harley Heeled Sandal: Take a tape measure and wrap it around your foot, right below your ankle bone as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 26 cm
5.5 26.5 cm
6 27 cm
6.5 27 cm
7 27.5 cm
7.5 27.5 cm
8 28 cm
8.5 28 cm
9 28 cm
9.5 28.5 cm
10 28.5 cm
10.5 29 cm
11 29 cm
11.5 30 cm
12 30 cm

The Esther Heeled Sandal Ankle Size Guide

How to Measure:
The Esther Heeled Sandal: take a tape measure and wrap it around your ankle, above the ankle bone, as that is where the strap will sit (see product imagery and fit video for a visual demonstration). This measurement is based on the last adjustment point on the strap.

Size Strap length will accommodate an ankle measurement up to the size below
5 23 cm
5.5 23 cm
6 23 cm
6.5 23 cm
7 24 cm
7.5 24 cm
8 24.5 cm
8.5 24.5 cm
9 24.5 cm
9.5 25 cm
10 25 cm
10.5 25.5 cm
11 26 cm
11.5 26 cm
12 26 cm

Belt Sizes

Natural Waist Measurement Typical Jean Size Belt Size for High‑rise Pant Belt Size for Mid‑rise Pant Infinite Belt Size
23-25" 23/24 26" 28" 1
25-26" 25 28" 30" 1
26-27" 26 30" 32" 1
27-28" 27 30" 32" 1
28-29" 28 32" 34" 2
29-30" 29 32" 34" 2
30-31" 30 34" 36" 2
31-32" 31 34" 36" 2
32-33" 32 36" 38" 3
33-34" 33 36" 38" 3
34-35" 34 38” 40" 3
36-37" 36 38" 40" 3
38-39" 38 40" 42" 4
40-41" 40 40" 42" 4
42-43" 42 44" 46" 4
43-44" 43 44" 46" 5
44-45" 44 46" - 5

Sizing Note: For the most accurate fit, measure around your body where you plan to wear the belt. Choose the closest belt size to that measurement.

Belt Diagram Accent Belt and Complement BeltThe Accent Belt, The Polished Belt and The Complement Belt size measurements start from the beginning of the leather to the middle hole.

Belt Diagram Infinite BeltThe Infinite Belt size measurements cover the entire length of the leather.

Belt Measuring Guide

Belt Measuring Guide

A - High-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt around your natural waistline, wrap a measuring tape around the narrowest part of your midsection. Then, add 3” to determine your high-rise belt size.

B - Mid-rise style:

If you plan to wear your belt lower than your natural waistline, you will require a dierent size. If you have a particular pair of bottoms you intend to wear your belt with, wrap a measuring tape through the belt loops while in a relaxed position.

When wearing your belt in your preferred style, it should fasten in the middle hole. The belt will relax with wear allowing you to cinch it tighter, as needed.

If you plan to wear the belt in both the high and mid-rise styles, you have two options:

  1. Select your high-rise style and fasten it more loosely when worn in the mid-rise style.
  2. Select your mid-rise style and fasten it more tightly when worn in the high-rise style.