Hi! We’re Jill & Curtis
Oakridge residents and the proud owners & operators of Social Grounds
Our new business located on Palliser Drive incorporates some of our favorite things: design, crafts, fitness, fun & especially great coffee!
Social Grounds main area offers coffee (specialty & drip), snacks & ice cream. Additional space offers yoga/wellness studio as well as a DIY arts & crafts studio.
We hope to add to this vibrant community by creating a welcoming space for people to gather and connect in a variety of different ways. A warm cup of coffee with an old friend, an ice cream cone with the kids, a invigorating yoga session, or by trying your hand at a new arts or craft project, we feel like we offer something for everyone.
Our entire team is excited to meet you. Come on by for a coffee & all things social!
Dedication. Expertise. Passion.
Social Grounds wouldn't be possible without our amazing team of instructors & caffeinators.
Jill is the owner & operator of Social Grounds. She has been working as a Realtor in Calgary for over 16 years, adores people, loves design & planning projects. Throughout the years of being self-employed it wasn't uncommon for Jill to take on part-time jobs. She gained experience working for Community Associations and in sales & accounting and thrives when being busy. Jill wanted to live in Oakridge for as long as she can remember, and 9 years was able to convince her husband to move. She loves the community & thinks it has been the best place to raise their 2 children and dog. When not working Jill likes socializing, walking her dog, spending time in the mountains or on a beach, crafting and decorating the house or shop.
Curtis is the owner of Social Grounds, however you won't see him making coffees too often as his busy schedule doesn't allow him too. Curtis has experience running his own business, which he sold in 2020 and is now in charge of Sales & Marketing for a supply company in the Oil & Gas Industry. He is Jill's "Silent Partner", however he isn't overly quiet and has no problem telling Jill when her business ideas are less than ideal. Curtis enjoys doing a wide array of activities such as skiing (downhill & x-country), hockey, baseball, mountain biking and basically anything outdoors & active. He often coaches kids sports & loves the mountains. He is a fan of ice cream & is the reason there is ice cream available at Social Grounds!
Quality Control-Sweets Specialist & Barista
Tyria is a talented Jill of all trades! Not only is she a single mom of two, she is a successful entrepreneur as a dog photographer. Tyria loves rock climbing, mountain biking, and eating sweets. Social Grounds is a perfect place for her to network and serve people delicious coffee & treats, guaranteed to be quality tested by her!
Morning Cup of Joy Officer & Barista
Hillary is a perpetual optimist who loves interacting with people over a cup of coffee. Working at Social Grounds is a great re-introduction into the workforce after spending two years as a stay-at-home mom with her youngest son. Hillary has 2 kids, 1 husband and a doggo! She's been drinking good, bad and tolerable coffee since she was 11, so she knows a good cuppa joe when she tastes it & she thinks the coffee at Social Grounds is top notch. If you want to meet a true morning person stop by to see Hillary weekday mornings.
The first yoga class I took was in 2006 and was immediately intrigued. Yoga challenged me in a way I had never experienced before. The connection to self, paired with poses that engaged me mentally and physically kept bringing me back to the practice.
In 2017 I graduated from my 200hr teacher training with Yogadotcalm. About halfway through my yoga teacher training I injured both hamstrings, in a yoga class, and that injury completely changed the trajectory of my practice. I began to seek out further trainings in biomechanics, strengthening, critical alignment, and other movement systems to help people move better and ensure I could keep yoga in my life
The yoga classes I teach are with an emphasis on exploration. I strive to meet students at their level, creating a safe space for anyone willing to learn.
Claire has been practicing yoga since 2013 and she completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher certificate in 2017 with Yoga Dot Calm in Calgary with a focus in the Ashtanga Vinyassa Yoga lineage. Committed to her own personal health, Claire is an avid hiker, weight lifter and enjoys pilates. Claire is continuously adding to her repertoire of anatomy knowledge and exercise physiology. Working as a Registered Massage Therapist since 2012 she also completed a Manual Osteopathic Therapist diploma in 2012. Wherever you are in your healing or wellness journey Claire strives to make her classes accessible and safe for all bodies. When she's not working Claire likes to spend time with her family and pets while exploring the local, provincial, and national parks.
Joanna believes that Pilates should make you feel strong, confident, empowered, and alive! After attending her first Pilates class at 17, she was hooked. Joanna believes that Pilates is for EVERYONE, and that it is the best tool to help you feel at home and strong in your body.
JoAnna's Pilates career spans over 10 years at a variety of excellent Calgary studios. She has taught large group classes, as well as one-on-one sessions to build strength and overcome injury. She has worked with many populations and has a trained eye for movement. Her passion for Pilates shines through to every participant.
JoAnna has a Bachelor of Arts in Dance + a Bachelor of Kinesiology. She is a STOTT PILATES certified instructor in Level 2 Matwork, Reformer, Cadillac, Chair, Barrels, & Injuries and Special Populations. When not working, Joanna enjoys spending time with her young daughter, camping, playing music and reading. She looks forward to meeting you soon!