Business

When opportunity knocked, marketer opened the door

Cathy Dobson A one-man marketing company has purchased one of its competitors, added four employees, and moved into new offices at 203 Christina St. North. Chris Gardner of Cipher Interactive is the man behind the acquisition. He was raised in London, married a woman from the Sarnia area, and worked in Toronto for nine years… Read more »

Mary Brown brings her chicken to town

Cathy Dobson The first Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters franchise this side of London has opened. The restaurant at 1149 Confederation St. is owned by Doug and Corinne Loucks, who say it’s the 110th Mary Brown’s location and the only one in this region. Doug Loucks, a former general manager of the Holiday Inn… Read more »

Personal trainer aims for balance in life

Cathy Dobson Tara Newman embraced the benefits of a regular workout and eating right while she was at college and swamped by the demands of a new life away from home. “I became really stressed when I moved to Toronto for school,” says the 23-year-old Sarnia woman. “You’ve heard of the Freshman 15?” she asked,… Read more »

ReRun’s restaurant is ready to roll

Cathy Dobson ReRun’s featuring Hari’s Famous Spring Rolls was open less than 24 hours and the lineup was almost out the door. “People are coming in for spring rolls and leaving with poutine and burgers as well,” said owner Hari Srinivasan, smiling from ear to ear. He could barely find time for a quick interview… Read more »

City firm’s software a boon to food banks

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia startup is helping food banks around the world get to the root of why people need emergency assistance. “I believe that what we’re going to do will have a big impact,” says Rob Dawson, founder and CEO of Link2Feed, his new company at 1315 Michigan Ave. Link2Feed’s software has been developed… Read more »

Cleaning business started with a plan

Cathy Dobson Chelsey Hart didn’t just write an adequate business plan. She mastered it. When the 25-year-old Point Edward resident decided to start her own small business she painstakingly researched the market and did an exhaustive market survey to see if her cleaning service concept would fly. The result? She’s had a successful first four months,… Read more »

New business dressing up downtown

Cathy Dobson The stars seem to be lining up for Cat Cabajar. First, she met her new business partners Nicole and Steven Brown at a Sarnia Pop Culture Show and found they have much in common. They not only share a strong creative streak, but each wants to turn those skills into a lucrative business…. Read more »

Zzas pizzeria pizza offers pizzaz

Cathy Dobson Are you hip enough to know about Zzas? If you’re not, you are about to be. Zzas is the name of a new downtown pizza bistro opened this week by Silvia Cavaco and her business partner Neil McCahill. “I’ve had a lot of people ask me what the name means,” says Cavaco.  “It’s… Read more »