Business

Catering business rapidly expands

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On a busy summer weekend, Copper Kettle Catering can attend up to three events and serve nearly 1,000 people. “It involves going to all kinds of different locations and meeting all kinds of people,” says chef Cris Heynen. “This is the greatest job. I’ll never go back to a restaurant full time.” Heynen, 25, works… Read more »

Lola’s chef flexes his mussels

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The first time Mike Jacques donned a chef’s hat and coat, he was helping prepare food for a grand opening attended by Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley. “I was a Grade 12 co-op student in the cafeteria at St. Francois Xavier high school the year it opened, and we made quiche for the mayor,” he recalls…. Read more »

Sitara’s Indian cuisine made with tandoor oven care

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It’s been a challenge for Manjit Singh to find a chef to prepare authentic Indian cuisine at his Sitara Indian Cuisine restaurant. Luckily, the full-time health specialist is also talented in the kitchen. “I truly believed from day one that if I wanted to run a restaurant, I’d have to be very involved,” says Singh,… Read more »

Bailey Toyota’s $4 million expansion

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Brian Bailey, president of Bailey Toyota on Confederation, sits in temporary office quarters and marvels at the ongoing reconstruction work at his dealership. His office these days is in the new service area that was built just before Bailey and his sales staff needed to move and make way for demolition at the front of… Read more »

Chef caters to a different crowd

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There’s nothing as satisfying as a room full of people enjoying your food, says Sarnia chef Mike Barnes. His career has focused on catering rather than restaurants because Barnes likes the feeling he gets from a happy event organizer or smiling bride. “At a wedding, I’ll approach the bride and groom to see how they… Read more »

City businessman wears many hats

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Sarnia’s Floriano Persichetti believes in jumping at a good business opportunity. Ten years ago, he started AutoWerks Collision Experts where he has four employees. In April, he opened TradeWerks Plumbing and Mechanical. By summer, he’ll also own and operate a new Italian takeout and delivery restaurant. “It’s really about good employees giving me the opportunity… Read more »

Massage franchise works out the kinks

The Massage Addict opened April 1 with seven registered massage therapists, including Nick Abrametz, left. With him are owners Mary and Mike Jorgenson.
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Mike and Mary Jorgenson are introducing a new approach to massage therapy to Sarnia. They are franchise owners of Massage Addict, a membership-based massage provider with 15 locations in Ontario. The Jorgensons, each with 15 years of retail experience, have rights to the Southwestern Region. They opened their first Massage Addict on April 1 at… Read more »

John DeGroot named Citizen of the Year

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John DeGroot is one of those rare individuals who doesn’t mind fundraising. While others might dislike asking for donations for their favourite cause, DeGroot says he chooses projects that bring “good stuff” to the community and surrounds himself with people he considers strong. That makes it possible for his ideas like the Awesome Foundation to… Read more »

‘Umami’ delicious in any language

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You’re familiar with sweet and sour, salty and bitter. But do you know the taste of umami? Greg Laviolette says umami is his specialty. “It’s the fifth flavour,” explains the chef at Greens Organic Café on the corner of Lochiel and Christina streets. “Umami translates from Japanese and means deliciousness.  When you’re cooking and it… Read more »

A local idea that mushroomed

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Score one for Sarnia’s research park A Sarnia-based tech developer is teaming up with Canada’s largest mushroom producer to build a facility in Ontario using a process developed at the Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park on Modeland Road. The $1.4 million project will convert waste from mushroom farms into a liquid mineral fertilizer, said Mohammad Rahbari,… Read more »