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Edited by Jasmine Ryu Won Kang

What better way to celebrate the end of school than with a giveaway? During the pandemic, we saw how local businesses and family-run businesses are shutting down, and how many people are negatively impacted. Well, the point of this giveaway was to feature some of our favourite local businesses and share them with our community! 

As Mother’s Day and Taurus and Gemini birthdays are fast approaching, products from some of these local businesses would be a great gift idea! 


1. ASTA Intimates 

Website: https://astaintimates.com/

Instagram: @astaintimates

A new partner of HerCampus @ UToronto, ASTA Intimates is an entirely female-owned and operated brand based in Toronto! Their mission is to offer intimate styles that empower women, encouraging them to embrace their most confident selves. It is important to find time to embrace your body and feel good about yourself, so what better way than in cute intimates and loungewear. Also, their Instagram is such an aesthetic!

They offer various sizes and shipping in Canada and internationally. Shop local at https://astaintimates.com/


2. Candles and Palms 

Website: www.candlesandpalms.com

Instagram: @candlesandpalms

As featured in our previous giveaway, Candles and Palms are one of the favourites of local business - candle shops! All about Candles and Palms: Candles and Palms is a newer, eco-friendly candle company that is family-owned and operated. Their hand-poured eco candles come in a variety of scents, sizes, and colours to go with any decor. They use 100% soy or palm wax, and labels and candles can be personalized. 

Also, with the launch of their new website, you can now order through their website, Facebook, and Instagram DM! 


3.  Culinary Adventure Co.

Website: www.culinaryadventureco.com

Instagram: @culinaryadvco

Welcome to one of our newest partners of HerCampus @ UToronto, Culinary Adventure Co.! Since 2011, Culinary Adventure Co. has been working hard to celebrate small + local restaurants, bakeries, butchers, and artisan food shops on our award-winning food tours. But COVID took those tours away (for now), so they focus on curating boxes that tell the delicious stories of the hardworking (and hurting) artisans behind the food and drink we love.

Join them on their new culinary adventure. They offer a FOOD TOUR IN A BOX™ series that allow you to taste and support the neighbours that make our country so delicious.

Since the start of the pandemic, Culinary Adventure Co. has driven more than $250,000 of local revenue for small and local food and drink partners.


Kate Hambly

U Toronto '21

hey! my name is kate and i'm a fourth-year student at UofT studying Criminology, Sociology, & Forensic Science. I enjoy studying in cafes, exploring the city & hanging out with friends! I love the idea of an online platform to share and take advice from other female university students, so thanks for reading x
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