Business

Expanded Sitara Indian restaurant keeps ‘em cumin

Manjit Singh and Balwinder Kaur, owners of Sitara Indian Cuisine.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Manjit Singh and his wife Balwinder Kaur recently invested $100,000 to upgrade the kitchen at Sitara Indian Cuisine and quadruple the seating capacity. “When we opened in 2012, we didn’t know how busy we would be,” says Singh. “We didn’t know if we would make it or not, but we feel we are a… Read more »

New retailer brings calm to stressed customers

Sandy Moreira, left, and Angela Melnyk are co-owners of the new Mystic Mind Metaphysical store.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Opening a store called Mystic Mind prompts a lot of questions about metaphysics and spirituality, says co-owner Sandy Moreira. And that’s largely why she and Angela Melnyk decided to go into business together. “We want to have a retail store and to educate people at the same time,” Moreira said. “There’s so much… Read more »

Consignment store finds winning recipe with used clothing

Bob McGregor, owner of Labels for Less, has relocated his longtime business.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Success in the consignment business doesn’t come easily in Sarnia, says Bob McGregor, owner of Labels for Less. But he can point to a few things that have made it possible to survive where at least six others have failed. For 25 years, McGregor has operated Labels for Less, a high-end used clothing… Read more »

Classic cocktails featured at new downtown lounge

Mixx Lounge owners, from left, Brian Vickery, Tammy Vickery and Mike Peddigrew. Missing is Scott Dargie. 
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson The seeds were sown for the new Mixx Lounge on Front Street during a “foodie” trip to Cleveland when a group of Sarnians found themselves sipping on classic cocktails and enjoying some soft, acoustic jazz music. Sarnians need a place where the bartenders know what a Slippery Pete and a Harvey Wallbanger is,… Read more »

Big or small, Awesome Paws ready to tend them all

Marita Linde of Awesome Paws Pet Services offers treats to two of her boarders, Diesel and Bella.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Marita Linde’s clients are a breed apart. They often show their appreciation by licking her face. Some drool and rub against her legs. One even oinks. “I’m not afraid of any animal,” says a smiling Linde, who operates a new pet services business. “I’ve taken care of a hedgehog, budgies, rats, hamsters, bunnies… Read more »

Clothing store caters to physically challenged

Waneta Steinberg and husband Ken demonstrate adaptive wear that is easier to put on because of snaps at the back. 
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Waneta Steinberg was volunteering at a local retirement home when she noticed a resident with physical challenges wearing clothes that made getting dressed much easier. “He had on a polo shirt that looked like a regular shirt but it did up at the back. It was a big moment, like the earth moved… Read more »

Local artisans marketing online to a global audience

Vi Archer, left, and Chelsea Laurin, jewelry makers and team leaders for the Sarnia Lambton Etsy Market.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Hundreds of talented local artisans design and make their own products in home studios, everything from bracelets to baby clothes and quilts to skincare products, selling them at the odd bizarre or craft sale. Though they tend to work in isolation, many would prefer to network with other artisans who understand the challenges… Read more »

New burger shop sees future in Bayside food court

The brother-sister team of Gerry Surette and Suzanne Holbrook have opened the new Jags Burgers & Fries in the Bayside Centre. Charlene Holbrook takes care of business behind the counter.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Gerry Surette and Suzanne Holbrook predict their new burger and fries shop will start a trend in the Bayside Centre food court. “The future plans for the mall convinced us to do it,” said Surette. “Davey Jones (grocery store) is coming for sure and we get our meat from them. “And I know… Read more »

Mortgage broker earns national nod in new career

Tyler Yates

Cathy Dobson Thirty-four-year-old Tyler Yates exudes confidence. From behind a massive desk on the top floor of First Sarnia Place, with a panoramic office view of the St. Clair River, he offers a broad smile and a firm handshake. Business has been good since leaving a 12-year career in IT for a completely different path… Read more »