Business

Bad Dog puts the bite on new downtown location

Concept drawing of the new Bad Dog restaurant coming to downtown Sarnia at the intersection of Christina and George streets. Image coutesy of Robert E. Dale Limited, Consulting Engineers.

Cathy Dobson The owners of Bad Dog Bar & Grill in Corunna looked at least six years in Sarnia for the right spot to open a second location. Jason and Margo Winter knew they found it when a former downtown restaurant property went up for sale at a busy intersection on the southwest corner of… Read more »

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 »