Business

‘Boo Boo Balm’ part of natural product line

Jen Smith has returned to Sarnia and launched Wondermama Bodycare.
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She’s a problem solver, a single mom, an entrepreneur and a bit of a chemist. Sarnia’s Jen Smith, 34, has spent the last year in her kitchen developing her own line of body care products.  She makes everything from “Wondermama Bum Cream” to “Boo Boo Balm” on her stovetop, and pours each all-natural product into… Read more »

BUSINESS: Realtors open new downtown office

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Three local realtors say their commitment to keeping their staff long-term will create a successful new Century 21 franchise in Sarnia. Cris LaPointe, 36, Sean Ryan, 30, and Jeff McLaughlin, 29, spent the week unpacking chairs and setting up new offices at 201 Front St. North. They are equal partners in Century 21 Bluewater Realty… Read more »

A Sideways look at pub fare

Chef Brian Hall holds a dish of chicken tetrazini at Sideways Classic Grill. With him are, from left, Ashley Bedard, Martin Rocheleau and Ryan Schiestel. 
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Lucky regulars at Sideways Classic Grill sometimes get to share complimentary samplers when chef Brian Hall experiments. Conjuring up new sauces and food combinations, then seeing how the patrons like them, is how Hall develops his menu. Creating new flavours for traditional pub food has become an ongoing project for Hall since he conceived Sideway’s… Read more »

On cakes, meat pies and winners

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  BAKE ME A CAKE EXPANSION Local cupcake queen Amy Bourgon has moved her Bake me a Cake operation to Mitton Village so her customers can have a small café to enjoy a sweet treat.  There’s even a cupcake-themed play area for the kids. “We’ve got seating for seven, better parking and a lot more… Read more »

Outstanding business achievement awards handed out

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Following are the winners of the 2014 Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce OBAs. The awards gala was held at the Imperial Theatre March 28. Congratulations to all the nominees and this year’s winners. Employee Relations: Bluewater Power Young Entrepreneur: SHINE Professional Dental Hygiene, Corynn Lumley Marketing and Promotions: Ask Guy Event Graphics Citizen of the Year:… Read more »

A new twist on local networking

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Four professionals want to reinvent networking in Sarnia. Registered social service worker Christy Primmer, Magic realtor Chad Kaplin, financial consultant Tiffany Branton and independent broker Mike Duerden, have launched “Las Friday,” a social event held on the last Friday of every month. “It’s an evening to meet other people and support local business,” said Kaplin…. Read more »

BUSINESS JOURNAL: Putting the craft back in beer

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It’s been a year of fermenting, tasting and critiquing. Now, finally, the first commercial batch of craft beer at Sarnia’s new Refined Fool Brewing Company is almost ready for retail. “At this point we’ve tweaked the recipes enough and we’re pretty happy with them,” says Nathan Colquhoun, 29, one of 10 investors in the company…. Read more »

Chef brings Mexican ‘fusion’ to Zola’s

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For Tyler Rawcliffe, the secret to Mexican cuisine is finding that perfect balance between spicy, salty, sweet and sour. “I really enjoy coming up with my own recipes and creating different entrees,” says the head cook and kitchen manager at Zola’s Mexicana Restaurant on Murphy Road. At age 25, Rawcliffe has already cooked for nine… Read more »

Sustainability Conference

A free half-day conference will be held in Sarnia on April 24 to highlight the work being done in Sarnia-Lambton to make it a more sustainable community. Copies of the 2014 Community Snapshot will be available. The conference is from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lambton College Residence and Event Centre, 1485 London… Read more »

Sarnia booster has ‘positively positive’ outlook

If the City of Sarnia had a cheerleading squad Michele Dionne would be its captain. The mother of three, businesswoman and driving force behind SarniaRocks is a relentlessly upbeat person, and enthusiastic booster of the city. In 2002 Dionne had an epiphany during an oversold Tragically Hip concert at the Bayfest Music Festival. Hearing out-of-towners… Read more »