Business

John DeGroot named Citizen of the Year

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

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

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 »

‘Boo Boo Balm’ part of natural product line

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

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

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

  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

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

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

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 »