Baby, you make my heart beat faster...

Valentine's Day has come and gone, but our love never stops flowing. For February's Hedkandi Loves Local, we want to help out an organization in need this month (we love supporting great causes, we can't help it!). When you're feeling good about giving to a great cause, you should reward yourself - so afterwards we're going shopping for home decor at Steeling Home.

Canadian Blood Services

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) needs our help - February and March are extremely slow for blood donations and we're hoping to fill up some appointments and ensure that Calgarians who require life-saving blood are able to get it. The need for blood is constant, and every donation counts. As a thank you for your donation, we've worked in some incentives below.

Ways to Support Canadian Blood Services:

1. Make a blood donation or organize a group donation (we are too!),

  • Once you do, take a photo at the station set-up in the CBS waiting area and post about it on social media - be sure to tag us @HedkandiSalon and use their hash tag #givelifeyyc. As a thank you, we'll give you $20 off your next service*.
  • Once you donate, you can also enter to win a $150 Hedkandi prize package in their waiting area.

2. If you're unable to give blood, you could join the one match program.

Not sure if you are eligible to donate? Take the eligibility quiz.

Want more information on the One Match Program? Visit here. 

The downtown clinic is located just a few blocks from our 8 Street location at 737 13 Ave SW, and the donation clinic is open at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday to Thursday (evenings), 3 to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

Steeling Home

Steeling Home is a general store full of unique, vintage, and one of a kind pieces. Their cozy atmosphere and hand-picked array of home decor, stationery, and lifestyle products makes for perfect shopping. 

You can visit Steeling Home at 1010 17 Ave SW, sandwiched between Cibo and Caffe Beano.
Visit their website here.

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Make 2017 the Year of the Knockout!

How are those New Year's resolutions coming along? We're two weeks into 2017 and already need a refresh on our workout routine - luckily for us, there's a new studio pulling all the punches we need.

UNDRCARD

Make 2017 the 'Year of the Knockout' #YOTK. UNDRCARD is Calgary's premier boxing studio with classes that combine real boxing movement with a motivational night club inspired environment led by Calgary's top instructors and experienced boxers. Best of all, the classes are open to all abilities, novice to advanced.

In addition to classes, they have a full gym, boxing ring, and offer private training. The space also features Yo Adrian! Food and coffee bar, and a corner store with products from Herschel, Reigning Champ, and more.

Knockout Hair, Knockout Workout

As our guest, UNDRCARD wants to give you a free class to try it out. Join the fight club below - all you have to do is sign up, choose your class, and enter the code HEDKANDIJAN at checkout for your complimentary workout.

DECIDEDLY JAZZ DANCEWORKS

Now as great as your new workout is, it's important to take care of yourself and ensure you have downtime. We suggest checking out Decidedly Jazz Danceworks' new show, Juliet and Romeo, which opens Wednesday, Jan. 18 and runs until Jan. 28. Tickets are available here. 

The show is a reimagining of the classic Shakespearean play about two star-crossed lovers, but shaken up through live music and dance in true DJD style.

Make sure you follow us on Instagram, because we'll be giving away two tickets this week.

*Parents please note, the performance contains mature content.

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FREE HAIR 2017

"New year, new you." It's cliché, but we totally get the sentiment - it's nice to have a clean break and start fresh. That could mean a new workout routine, a commitment to reading more, a wild makeover or better budgeting. Whatever your motif for the year is, we want to support you with the gift of free hair. So if you want to avoid paying for your services, here's two ways to do so:

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Did you know we'll award you $20 for every new person you send our way?* The potential for this, for you, is ridiculous; you could get free hair for life! Whether you refer one friend or twenty you will save money at your next appointment!

Here's how:

  1. Get an awesome hair cut or colour with one of our stylists.
  2. Receive a compliment on it.
  3. Invite that person to visit us (we've got cards for that, too - ask our guest services team or your stylist next time you're in!)
  4. They come in, get $20 off their visit, and a $20 credit is applied to your account.
  5. Repeat!

If you want to start saving now, click below to email your friends or spread the word on social media!

Make your hair care products work for you

One year ago we launched our Hedkandi Rewards points program, so you can get more value when you spend money on retail in the salon. Since then, we've awarded nearly $15,000 in discounted services and products to our guests because we love and appreciate you, and we want you to know! You can read a full breakdown of how the program works here.

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*Referral credits are awarded to your account after your person's first appointment.

Holiday Party Hair Inspiration

Holiday party season is upon us - and we know our guests don't always have time to get their hair styled for their event. While we'd love to see you, we totally get the busyness inherent in this time of year, and thought we'd gift you some easy styles you can do yourself! Read on for five holiday looks that are easily obtainable, and use only a few Bumble and Bumble hair products.


WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Bb. Cityswept Finish
  • Bb. Dryspun Thickening Hairspray
  • Bb. Surf Foam Spray Blow Dry
  • Bb. Hair Powder (in your preferred colour)
  • Flat iron and/or curling iron
  • Bobby pins and hair bungees

LOOK # 1: THE BRIGITTE

Inspired by Brigitte Bardot's glorious bouffant, this modern half-updo adds glamour and volume, while maintaining that "je nais sais quoi" messiness that gives French women their disaffected coolness.

1. Apply Bb. Dryspun at the root and midshaft, then backcomb the hair.

2. Anchor the crown of the head with your fingers, then merge in the sides.

3. Pin and knot the finishing pieces from the side to support the 'bouffant.'

4. Bend the loose hair (accordion style) with a flat iron and add a bit of sheen and polish with Bb. Cityswept.


LOOK # 2: THE MINX

This sexy, high (but not too high) pony is dishevelled to add an air of mystery and allure -- Perfect for your skin-tight holiday dress.

1. Gather the hair into a pony at the crown of the head, using a brush or comb to collect it all.

2. Wrap a thin section of hair around the base of the pony and use a hair bungee to secure.

3. Once the pony is in place, distress the hair by pulling and shaking it.

4. Cover any unsightly seams (scalp peeking through)using Bb. Hair powder (we used black on our model).

5. Wrap the base of the pony with an accessory, like a thick bracelet or hair tie, for a little extra holiday glitz.


LOOK # 3: THE BARBARELLA

Obviously inspired by Jane Fonda's iconic character, this full-bodied bombshell hair would look great with a glamorous holiday dress, or add huge sex appeal to a more laidback suit-look, á la the Olsen twins.

1. Curl the hair all over using your preferred curling iron size. Remember, the smaller the rod, the tighter the curl.

2. Once again, back comb the hair and french lace it to add body.

3. Shift the hair's part to a deep side part, then just tousle and mess it up.


LOOK # 4: THE FRENCHIE

Add an element of class to your holiday party with an undone french twist. The textured finish complements your holiday style, without making you look "too perfect."

1. Apply Bb. Dryspun at the root and mid-shift, then back comb.

2. Roll hair into a rough french twist and pin. 

3. Set with Bb. Surf Foam Spray on the dry hair. This adds the perfect amount of grit and texture to complete that messy, undone look.

4. Add an accessory if desired (we used a necklace we had lying around). This created a more dramatic silhouette on the hair shape.


LOOK # 5: THE ROUX

We know our short-haired ladies want to try something new, too, so this one's for you! Adding some curl and sheen to your hair is the perfect way to change up your look for party season!

1. Curl the hair all over, then tousle and spray with both Bb. Dryspun (for texture and hold) and Bb. Cityswept (for shine and shape).


Our creative & education director Kristin Page discussed the looks on Global News' morning show - watch the video here.

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Pacekids Programs

It’s *officially* the holidays and we are beyond excited! As a small family business, we know the difference shopping at local businesses can make and want to encourage our guests to do as much of their holiday shopping locally as they can. That why this month’s loves local features a local holiday shopping guide and the perfect charity to support this Christmas.

As a reminder, $5 from every $150 you purchase in gift cards will go to our charity of choice – last month it was the Calgary Poppy Fund – and this month it’s Pacekids Programs an organization that provides exceptional therapy and education opportunities to children with special needs. 

Pacekids Programs

Pacekids relies heavily on the generosity of the community. Donations and grants from community minded individuals, organizations and corporations help provide the children with the excellent programming and care that they require. We’ve partnered with Pacekids to try and help them provide the best possible programs and services to the Calgary families they support. 

As our guest we ask you to join us in supporting children with special needs’ education through their Fund A Child initiative. As a Fund a Child donor, you will experience firsthand the day-to-day realities, challenges and successes of children within the Pacekids Early Childhood Services (ECS) program. 

Through this partnership, we have the option to support Pacekids through three funding opportunities:

  • Support Hedkandi’s Fund A Child efforts at your preferred dollar amount
  • Support Fund A Child’s ‘basic’ programming at Pacekids (includes general program costs for one child - $600/year)
  • Support Fund A Child’s ‘enhanced’ programming at Pacekids (includes equipment, resources, and field trips on top of general program costs for one child - $1,000/year)

Pacekids’ Mission: Pacekids Programs is family focused and strives for excellence in the therapy, education and family empowerment of children with special needs.

Hedkandi's Holiday Shopping Guide

We’ve compiled a list of our favourite small businesses in our favourite shopping districts.

o   Yoga Santosha: Our favourite place to catch a little zen, in addition to yoga classes and passes, they have an assortment of wellness products in the studio for purchase. @yogasantosha

o   Fieldstudy Shop: This newly opened general store has handcrafted and unique goods of all sorts, with a huge focus on craftsmanship. @fieldstudyshop

o   Butter Beauty Parlour: Surprise! Another shameless plug for our sister salon – but we’ve got local favourites AW03 makeup, Bloom Lashes, Zoya nail polish, and Archipelago home and skincare products. @butterbeautyparlouryyc

o   Mission Tattoo: If you’ve got a tattoo lover in your life, Mission’s signature black line work could be a perfect addition to their collection. @missiontattooparlour

o   Phil & Sebastien: We offer their coffee in all of their salons, but the actual shop has everything that coffee fanatic on your list could want. @philandseb

o   Purr: Ok, so Purr actually has locations in Kensington, Inglewood, and on 17th Ave, but wherever you go, you’ll find beautiful clothing and accessories unlike anywhere else in the city.  @purrclothing

o   Brass Monocle: A past loves local pick, Brass Monocle has gorgeous glasses and sunglasses. @thebrassmonocle

o   Studio Revolution: Again for any fitness lover on your list – gift them a new surf style workout routine! Plus, the recipient can dream about perfect beach blonde waves while they get their fitness on.  @yycstudiorevolution

o   Leo Boutique: A boutique with all our favourite fashion staples and world class brands. @leoboutique

o   Steeling Home: Their tagline says it all: “A collection of treasures and surprises” for your home. @steelinghome

o   Barre Body Studio: Everyone wants to get back to their work out in the new year, so why not gift the fitness lover in your life with a pass to Barre. @barrebodystudio

o   Plant: Escape the cold in this jungle-like shop – plants are one of our favourite gifts to give, and their unique array of terrariums, artwork, vintage, and garden supplies is perfect for your friend with the green-thumb. @plantshopyyc

o   Adorn Boutique: For the uber-feminine, girly girl in your life, there’s a mix of classic and statement pieces from Australian, North American, and European designers. @adorncalgary

o   Moonstone Creation: Stock up on authentic Native Art and gifts, especially if you’re grabbing something for someone who doesn’t live in Calgary or Canada. It’s a unique twist with a whole lot of culture attached. @moonstonecreation

o   The Uncommons: This store is exactly as it sounds – uncommon goods curated for Calgarians, with a story behind each handmade item. You’ll definitely find something for the person who has everything here. @theuncmns

o   A Little More Interesting: Christmas can be a little sexy, can’t it? Visit them here.

o   Hot Wax: New and used records to play while you’re entertaining for the holidays. @hotwaxrecords

o   Gummi Boutique: Quirky candy + sweets are a perfect stocking stuffer! @gummiboutique

o   Meraki Supply Co.: Hand-picked products with an emphasis on adventure. You can’t go wrong here. @merakisupplyco

o   Livingston & Cavell Extraordinary Toys: You’ll be hit with nostalgia at this vintage inspired toy store, and are sure to find something for all the kids (or the young at heart) in your life. @livingstonandcavellextraordinarytoys

o   Sweet Relief: One of our October loves local picks, Sweet Relief has some of our favourite baked goods, and you can custom order any holiday baking you need! @sweetreliefpastries

o   A Vintage Affair: Give a one-of-a-kind gift with period pieces, or unique knick-knacks from their unbeatable vintage collection. @avintageaffair

o   Understudy: Contemporary menswear for the stylish dude in your life.  @understudyshop

o   Juice Because: Who doesn’t want to do a juice cleanse after binging during the holidays? @juicebecauseyyc

o   Ten Foot Henry: Bring your loved ones for an atmospheric holiday date (the hanging plants throughout the restaurant will help you forget about winter), or buy a gift card so locals can enjoy their daily coffee. @tenfoothenry

o   Peaseblossoms: Our choice florists offer the most unique, beautiful, fresh flowers and arrangements that we’ve found in the city. They’ve provided flowers for our salons for 16 years, and we’ve never been disappointed. @peaseblossomsflowers

o   Johnny’s Barber + Shop: Full disclosure – Johnny’s is part of our family. Buuuuut, they carry a ton of amazing, curated men’s grooming products like Crown Shaving Co. and Layrite that we don’t have in the salon. Plus, what man doesn’t want to try a hot shave at least once in his life? @johnnysbarberandshop

o   Sanctuary Loft: For a beautiful, curated collection of furniture, art, and trinkets unlike anything else in Calgary. All within a thousand-square foot loft with 16 feet high ceilings in Victoria Park. @sanctuaryloftyyc

o   Five Art + Merchandise: OK it’s technically in the East Village, but it just opened up about a month ago and we’re obsessed. It’s a gallery (with affordable original art), and shop with merch and mags unique to the city. @fiveartandmerchandise 

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A gift for you, me, he, she, they, we, and charity!

We’re finally in the holiday spirit and we just want to spend our days eating our weight in sugar cookies, drinking too much egg nog, visiting with our guests and cozying up with our families. Notice how we didn’t mention shopping for gifts?

Hedkandi loves giving, but we don’t want to lose that precious time with the ones we love, and we figure you’re the same. When you pop by to get your hair done for the holidays, why not consolidate your shopping and grab some gift cards and product from us? For every $150 you spend on gift cards, we’ll gift you a complimentary Bb. Hairspray* and donate $5 to our charity of choice (this month it’s the Calgary Poppy Fund & Veteran’s Food Bank – December’s will be announced in a few weeks). Hedkandi has gift cards available for the salon, Butter Beauty Parlour*, and Johnny’s Barber + Shop*, so you can scratch any and every one off of your list! Hooray, more time for egg nog and cookies!

To make a long story short:

Holiday Packages are available now!

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*While supplies last

**Butter and Johnny’s gift cards are only available in $50 denominations

Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran's Food Bank

Halloween’s over and just like that it’s on to Remembrance Day and Christmas planning. For our Hedkandi Loves Local this month, we want to work with our guests to make a difference. As you may have read, because of the tough times people in our province are facing, food bank usage has gone up exponentially.

As a result of this, the shelves at the Veterans’ Food Bank sit empty. While food donations are valuable, cash donations are even better because of the organization’s ability to triple their buying power. Across our salons and with our guests, we hope to raise as much money as possible to help our Veterans this month. 

Calgary Poppy Fund and Veteran’s Food Bank

The Calgary Poppy Fund & Veteran’s Food Bank serves veterans and their dependents who are in need, regardless of age. Those accessing the food bank receive a hamper set valued at $400 and $400 gift cards to purchase fresh veggies, milk, and other perishables (one per two months). In addition, the organization purchases daily living aids such as walkers, scooters, wheelchairs, canes, bath aids, and bus passes for those they support. Those who need their services can also get support on major expenses like hearing aids, prescription medicine, medical equipment, shelter, dental or eye care, or just paying shelter or utility bills where needed.

At Hedkandi, we feel this organization is wildly important and we invite our guests to help us support their work. This year, they expect their major expenses to reach over $450,000. We now have poppies available at each of our salon locations for donation, or you can donate online here:

In addition our monthly promotion (launching Nov. 14) will provide another way to help support this amazing organization - so check our blog again soon!

Where we’ll be in November:

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Sweet Relief and Dixie & Twine

In case you missed our last promotional email— in which case, what are you doing? All of our products are 17% off— we’re celebrating Hedkandi’s 17th birthday all month, and what better way to celebrate than with cake and fancy decorations? Read on for deals from a new bakery we love and a one-woman operation that’ll give you the decorations needed to make your party pop!

Sweet Relief Bakery

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Do yourself a favour and head over to Sweet Relief. Right. Now. Do it. Whether you grab a cupcake, a macaron, a chocolate covered Oreo, or any of their other delicious offerings, you won’t be disappointed.

As far as bakers go, Sweet Relief’s founder and head chef Deidre Lotecki is the best. She studied at the Culinary Institute of America, interned at world renowned French Laundry, and worked in the pastry department of The Fairmont Banff Springs and Calgary’s Deville before opening Sweet Relief. They only use the finest ingredients that are regionally sourced wherever possible.

They were kind enough to make us some cakes for our birthday (see the fondant phonies in our salons now!). As our guest, you’ll get 10% off your in-store purchase* when you mention Hedkandi Loves Local.

Click here to learn more about Sweet Relief or here to drool over their Instagram.

*Does not apply to custom cakes or orders

Dixie & Twine

Cakes are one thing, but a birthday party isn’t complete without some bomb decorations. And for that, we always go to Dixie and Twine. She’s got banners (check out the ones she custom made for us at each of our salons), confetti, cake toppers, drink stir sticks, flags and more that will fit in with whatever event you’re planning!

Use the promo code ‘HEDKANDI20’ for 20% off your order, or pick up directly from them in SW Calgary and she’ll refund the shipping cost to you!

Click here to make your first order through Dixie & Twine’s Etsy shop, or spend the next two hours looking through her colourful feed here

Where we'll be in October:

Click here to buy your tickets now.

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Happy Birthday to us! 17% off all retail this month!

17 years ago our fearless leader Jereme Bokitch started a salon that would grow to become three distinct brands, six locations (we’re looking at you, Butter Bankers Hall), and one close-knit family. He had a passion for his craft, a hope to support his peers, and an unbeatable vision. Our family has grown and changed throughout this time, and through our trials and triumphs, we’ve learned it’s important to stay gracious. 

To celebrate our birthday, we wanted to say thank you to all of our amazing guests who made this possible! In honour of our 17th birthday, enjoy 17% off all retail purchases this month – from Bumble and Bumble to Hot Tools from Babyliss, Sam Villa, Aria, to Olaplex Hair Perfector to Invisibobbles hair ties.

P.S. Bring cake!

 

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Two Hedkandi Stylists win Bumble and Bumble's "Double Take" Contest

We are so pleased to announce that Kim Seibel from our 8 Street location was one of two grand prize winners of Bumble and Bumble's "Double Take" Contest! She created a cut and style that were handpicked by Bb. Global Artistic Director Laurent Philippon out of hundreds of submissions. CONGRATULATIONS KIM!

The Challenge: Stylists from across Bumble and Bumble's North American network were tasked with "creating a series of transformative images in three stages: a 'before' look, cut transformation, and style transformation." Hedkandi's winners will now be flown to New York City to shoot an editorial with Laurent.


Kim's Look: Kim has always been fascinated by British hairstyles in the '60s and '70s - which led to this rendition of the liberating, punky "Chelsea" cut.

Photo Credit: Melanie Gauer


Hotel Arts stylist Lindsay Larsen was a grand prize winner too! Her transformation was the winner out of three finalists posted to Instagram. Thanks to everyone who supported Lindsay's beautiful look.

Lindsay's Look: Lindsay crafted a cut to enhance her model's curls. She added soft, Patti Smith-inspired fringe, giving the look an elevated feel.

Lindsay was recently at New York Fashion Week working behind the scenes of a number of runway shows with Bumble and Bumble's runway styling team.


We are so proud of these two, and so grateful to Bumble and Bumble for always providing our salon with opportunities to learn, grow, and be creative!

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Skip cooking dinner tonight!

Life always seems to get busier in September, and we want to ensure our guests still have time for themselves. Every now and then, it’s worth it to skip cooking and have a fresh, delicious meal delivered to your door. That’s why our September Loves Local pick is Fresh Kitchen.

Fresh Kitchen

At Fresh Kitchen, they do more than prepare great food – they celebrate it. They will customize their menu to meet your needs. There are two major facets to Fresh Kitchen that we love. First, they cater – whether that means small dinner get togethers, holiday parties, or large corporate events. If you’re interested in learning more, check out their catering website. Second, they will deliver a meal (or multiple meals for the week) straight to your door. View the full menu for home orders here.

As a guest of ours, you get 15% off your first order – just quote Hedkandi when you order. In addition, you’ll get 10% off your next order if you refer a friend! Have your friend quote your name in their order. Of course, offers can not be combined!

Where we'll be in September...

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Better hair for September...

If you have thin or fine hair and dream of something more bodacious… If you cut off too much length and have regrets…If you want to fill out the shape of your bob or lob… Great Lengths hair extensions might be right for you! If you book an extensions install in the month of September, you’ll receive a complimentary blow out at Butter Beauty Parlour. If you’ve got more questions, read on!

What to expect…

All extensions appointments require a consultation so that we can colour match your hair and determine the perfect length and fullness amount for your desired look. This appointment is fifteen minutes and complimentary. There’s no pressure to book at this time. It will just allow your stylist to give you more information on cost and maintenance. 

The following stylists offer Great Lengths services:

Hotel Arts: Farhana, Mai, Nicole S.

Bankers Hall: Crystal, Vanessa

8 Street: Chrissy, Kristina

We’ve got answers to frequently asked questions about hair extensions here.

Double your rewards points in September

Well that was fast. Summer is over and we’re no longer making every weekend a long weekend, or turning afternoon meetings into late night cocktails. You (or your kids) might be going back to school, or, like us, getting into a more focused and renewed frame of mind.

Basically, September’s a great time for us to get it together, and we want to make sure we set our guests up to do the same! 

Throughout the month, our guests will receive double the Hedkandi Rewards points on every product purchase*. If you need any hair products for fall, the time is now!

We launched our Hedkandi Rewards program for our guests in January, and gave away thousands in discounts. Essentially, you get one point for every dollar you spend on product (two points per dollar for the month of September)*. 

Points can be redeemed on products or services at the following values:

400 points = $20 off

1,000 points = $50 off

2,000 points = $100 off

If you need a refresher on how the program works, click here or ask one of our guest services team members. 

*Rewards points are not collected on hair extensions and cannot be redeemed with any other offers.

A Vintage Affair

Since July was so rainy, we’re feeling even more pressure to get out and about in August. Our first stop? A shopping spree at our August Hedkandi Loves Local pick: A Vintage Affair, located on the corner of 11 Avenue and 6 Street SW.

Calgary’s best, truly vintage store specializes in pieces from the 20s to the 70s. They’ve got a wide range of unique clothing available for men and women, as well as accessories, home decor, and rare finds you’d never see anywhere else. The curation and expertise of its owners, Bonnie and Theresa, makes for an unforgettable shopping experience. Screenshot or print off the coupon below for a deal from us to you.

Where we'll be in August:

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Una Takeaway

Between Stampede, Folk Fest, and the million other events happening in Calgary this July, we don’t know when we’re going to have a chance to cook. Thankfully, our Hedkandi Loves Local pick for the month has us covered.

Una Takeaway

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone in our city that doesn’t know and love Una Pizza. It’s a personal favourite of ours, and a place we meet regularly with friends for a glass of wine and a delicious bite. Sometimes, you just can’t wait or don’t have the time to stop in, which is why their newest venture, Una Takeaway, is so amazing!  

Now you can pop in and pick-up the pizza you love, as well as some other unique, wholesome grub perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner (Might we recommend their unbeatable kale salad?). 

We want you to experience it for yourself, so all of our guests will receive 10% off of online orders. Head to their website and enter the promo code “eyeheartpizza.” 

Happy eating! 

P.S. Una and the BMEX family’s newest venture, Frenchie Wine Bar, opens this Thursday at 6 p.m.

Hedkandi loves Sled Island

Photo: Allison Seto, courtesy of Sled Island

Photo: Allison Seto, courtesy of Sled Island

Sled Island is one of the best opportunities in Calgary to discover a wide range of international indie acts as well as local faves. The thoughtful programming and citywide adventuring make for a unique festival experience that has everyone at Hedkandi out and about.

Because we love Sled so much, we're giving wristband holders 10 per cent off your service at any Hedkandi location, Butter Beauty Parlour, or Johnny's Barber + Shop.

Since we're always fans of locals first, check out the following Calgary acts that we love:

To help get you festival ready, here are some of our favourite songs from the other acts we're most excited about this year. We start the week off slow and steady with Angel Olsen's electric folk and Julia Holter's left-field pop. Oldies but goodies The Sonics and Psychic TV bring the punk rock vibe that we love. Cakes da Killa and Junglepussy help scratch our rap itch before we finish with the retro dance beats of Kaytranada and Sled's 2016 guest curator Peaches, whose electroclash beats and sex positive lyrics always set the party off:

 

 

PARKSHOW 2016

We're still reeling from our involvement at PARKSHOW 2016. Check out the above video to have a glimpse at what our experience was like from the runway to our styling station for guests at the show!