The History of GimmeSomeSugar!


When you’re on the hunt for a new esthetician or beauty expert, the last thing you want is to worry about is whether the place you’re visiting is trustworthy. Is it established and stable, or is it one of the overnight businesses that is only interested in your wallet? Are the staff actually invested in their jobs and in their clients, or are they just biding their time until something better shows up?

We know it can be a bit stressful trying to figure out who is worth your time and money. That’s why we want you to get to know us better and learn more about GimmeSomeSugar, how we started, and why we’re one of the best hair removal experts and offer the best skin care selections in Calgary!

Our story begins in 2005, in a small workspace in an apartment in the city’s northwest. GimmeSomeSugar began life as an organic response to the high demand of clients looking for the traditional (ball) form of body sugaring, which was quite rare at the time. Our founder and owner, Maika, had arrived in Calgary from Winnipeg, where she had only ever been a sugaring client – and being unable to find a good place to continue here, decided to learn how to do it on herself and set about getting the supplies and knowledge.

While moving from that northwest apartment to a condo in the northeast (and then eventually to a house in the southwest), Maika began helping out friends and family with the process, building up quite a reputation among her circle. One day, after receiving a call from a stranger to ask about her services, she decided to start offering it to people outside her personal acquaintances, and the idea for GimmeSomeSugar was born!

Clients began pouring in, leading Maika to set up the business permanently in the spare bedrooms in her home. After moving to northeast Calgary, even more business followed – and Maika, a hardworking single mother to a child with disabilities, somehow managed to fit it all in to her schedule, letting word of mouth do the advertising for her. After several more moves – into a remodelled single garage, renting rooms in hair salons, and finally to the current location at the corner of Southland and Elbow Drive – GimmeSomeSugar had found a permanent home, become a fully licensed business, and changed Maika’s life forever.

Going strong with 4 rooms and between 5-8 practitioners at any given time, as well as a skincare line, extra services, and even the conversion of several longtime clients into team members (always a great sign!), GimmeSomeSugar is now well over a decade into the game and with over 5000 active clients shows no signs of slowing down. We have a thriving social media presence on Instagram and Facebook, and we have also made it a mission to give back to the community that has been so kind to us. One of the causes we support is Love For Lewiston, which researches spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), and Maika has even been nominated and chosen to be featured in The Know Tribe, an annual publication that highlights influential women from industries all around North America. She won’t admit it, but that’s a pretty big deal!

We’re so thankful for the community and the clients that have brought us to where we are now, and can’t even begin to describe our gratitude. We’re always welcoming new people to the GimmeSomeSugar family, so feel free to call, drop in, email, or send an IG message to find out more about how we can help you! We’re also always trying to bring the newest and best techniques to our customers, so give body sugaring a try – we know you’ll love the results!