Global Woman of Vision: Kyla Kazeil
With four businesses under her belt, this entrepreneur is all about supporting local.
March 10, 2017
photography by Fred Katz Photography
Kyla Kazeil has always known she wanted to be her own boss. “I was a free spirit,” Kazeil says. “I didn’t really want to work for someone, and I’ve always known that.” With that goal in mind, she worked multiple jobs in the service industry for years until she and partner Anastasia Boruk had enough saved to open up their first retail store, Bamboo Ballroom. Kazeil was just 27 at the time, and the store has been a staple in the local fashion scene for 12 years now.
Kazeil has since opened more businesses as well. She’s a partner in The Common, 9910, and the recently opened Grandin Fish and Chips. Her business ventures have always been focused on one thing — building Edmonton up and supporting local. “There was a while when everyone, all of our [Kazeil and Boruk’s] friends, moved. They wanted to live in a bigger city, they didn’t feel like the city had very much to offer. And so for us, we really wanted to build our own city and make it a place we wanted to be in,” says Kazeil. Through her ventures, she’s been passionate about giving musicians a spotlight where they can perform, local designers the opportunity to showcase their wares, and much more. “It’s important, especially for young people, to have cool places to shop and go,” says Kazeil. “We definitely want to contribute to that community.”
As she expands her business ventures and takes on more projects, Kazeil has also begun to focus more on something important to her — mentorship. “Through my experience [working in restaurants and nightclubs], I’ve seen how I like to be treated as an employee, and that’s how I model myself as an employer,” says Kazeil. All her businesses are partnerships of some sort, and she believes it’s vital to take her employees’ input into consideration and make them feel their voice is heard. “People need to be empowered,” says Kazeil. “You don’t just get out of someone what you can for a second and then move on to someone else. It’s those lasting partnerships…that’s what’s pushing us to be able to be successful.”
On any given day, Kazeil bounces between front of house and back of house at her various businesses. Being hands on is important to her, and the opportunity it provides to really know what’s going on in her business and with her customers. And the one thing she wants to pass on to other entrepreneurs is to believe in yourself. “You can create the life that you want, you can nurture other people, and I think that that’s important because people maybe think that there is something that they want to do but they can’t picture how they get there. It’s very possible.”