Meet six companies in Edmonton owned by NAIT grads

by | Feb 8, 2024 | Arts & Life

You probably know at least one of the places listed below, but you probably don’t know who runs them – until now! These are just a few of the NAIT-owned businesses Edmonton has to offer. 

#1 – Analog Brewing (8620 53 Avenue)

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What is it: Two best friends from college created this business they call “your local nerd brewery.” The environment brings together lovers of exotic beers with unique flavours and nerd-themed labels.

Who runs it: Bryan Launier (Business Administration- Marketing, 2009) is the co-owner. 

Why it’s worth it: Analog is active in the community and participates in tons of cool events, like the yearly Wyrd Bier series. Participating along with 16 other local breweries, Edmontonians can grab a unique flavoured beer. Analog’s entry was “Curry me flavour,” a pineapple curry smoothie IPA. 

2. Bundok (10228 104 St NW)

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What is it: Steps from Roger’s Place, this charming downtown bistro is praised by OpenTable users for its cozy atmosphere and impeccable service. The menu revolves around French techniques applied to Canadian food. 

Who runs: Ryan Hotchkiss (Cook apprenticeship program, 2012)

Why it’s worth it: Chef Hotchkiss and his team constantly change their dishes and creations according to the seasons, ensuring there is always something new to try.

3. Bar Bricco (10347 Jasper Ave)

a pile of pasta on a white plate. there are small leaves, pepper and other garnishes on the pasta.
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What is it: Bar Bricco is a gem in the heart of downtown, inspired by the aperitifs and wine bars spread throughout Italy. Its partners are passionate about providing the best gastronomic experience of Italian cuisine, and the menu includes a selection of small plates, including artisan plates of pasta, crostini, salads, cured meats and cheeses.

Who runs it: Three owners are alumni of the NAIT Culinary Arts program: Daniel Costa ’05, Micah Joffe ’13, and Stephen Hlushak ’15

Why it’s worth it: They have a considerable list of exclusively Italian wines, signature beers and cocktails. 

4. Confetti Sweets (41 Broadway Blvd, Sherwood Park)

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What is it: Confetti Sweets is an established Edmonton cookie store. The owner started making cookies in her kitchen (now the company’s flagship) and began selling them at the local market. The success was instant, and she expanded to a few more markets. Soon after, it was time to leave the kitchen and open the bakery in Sherwood Park in 2014.

Who runs it: Kathy Leskows (Business Administration, Management, 1996)

Why it’s worth it: These cookies are so famous that they ended up in Hollywood! In 2015 and 2016, Confetti Sweets served cookies at a pre-Oscar party for nominees and the general press. The two best-sellers, Chocolate Chip and Coconut, were present.

5. Chocorrant (10328 124 Street)

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What is it: Open for over seven years, Chocorrant is a creative bakery where croissants are king. Some of their dessert croissants feature unexpected flavours like matcha, strawberry milk, banana-chocolate-hazelnut, cookies and cream and cinnamon swirl. Although croissants are the business’s flagship, you can also find cakes and soup during lunch.

Who runs it: Kai Wong (Culinary Arts, 2007) 

Why it’s worth it: Chef Wong started using edible activated charcoal in her creations after she saw it used in Asia and on a trip to Toronto.

6. Dog Jogs (10620 Jasper Ave)

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What is it: From pups to seniors, Dog Jogs is one of the largest pet care companies in Edmonton, specializing in dog runs, dog walks, cat sitting and more.

Who runs it: Stephanie Law (Dental Technology, 2003) 

Why it’s worth it: Besides traditional services, they customize services to better meet your pet’s needs and even create a health plan. For example, they offer training for dogs with behavioural challenges.

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