About Greenbriar Market + Refillery Inc.
In a world turned upside down by a global pandemic, Shawn & Mathew were in the midst of purchasing a new home and living temporarily in a lovely, but not lockdown appropriate downtown Calgary apartment. While they waited out building delay after building delay they had been given a gift. Furloughed from work and locked down there was nowhere to go and nothing to do but think. While Mathew's thoughts were more focused on dreading the next Zoom meeting, Shawn began thinking about creating his own business. But what? Having worked in retail for his whole career, it was hard to imagine doing anything else. He loved interacting with customers, daily operations and the ever changing landscape that is retail, but for him, something was missing. Like many people, Shawn wanted what he did every day to matter. Not just to his boss, his customers or the company he worked for but really matter--like have an impact on the world around him MATTER!
In their personal lives, Shawn & Mathew have adopted a plant based diet and use natural home and personal products. This was born out of a focus for both health and environmental reasons. This has resulted in a general effort to reduce the amount of waste they create in all areas of their lives. Shawn & Mathew decided to focus their energy here.
Starting with the idea of a zero-waste market, they built on the idea of selling products that were more natural. Taking it a step further, Shawn explored which local and Canadian companies made products that aligned with that goal. By focusing on supporting other entrepreneurs and makers also trying to better their lives through products that made a difference Greenbriar Market + Refillery was born!
Home based in Calgary's new northwest community of Greenwich, Shawn & Mathew have put their collective years of business and retail experience and a passion for living a more sustainable life to work bringing a new curated mix of local products that benefit you, your family + the planet.