Business

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 »

Local artisans marketing online to a global audience

Vi Archer, left, and Chelsea Laurin, jewelry makers and team leaders for the Sarnia Lambton Etsy Market.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Hundreds of talented local artisans design and make their own products in home studios, everything from bracelets to baby clothes and quilts to skincare products, selling them at the odd bizarre or craft sale. Though they tend to work in isolation, many would prefer to network with other artisans who understand the challenges… Read more »

New burger shop sees future in Bayside food court

The brother-sister team of Gerry Surette and Suzanne Holbrook have opened the new Jags Burgers & Fries in the Bayside Centre. Charlene Holbrook takes care of business behind the counter.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Gerry Surette and Suzanne Holbrook predict their new burger and fries shop will start a trend in the Bayside Centre food court. “The future plans for the mall convinced us to do it,” said Surette. “Davey Jones (grocery store) is coming for sure and we get our meat from them. “And I know… Read more »

Mortgage broker earns national nod in new career

Tyler Yates

Cathy Dobson Thirty-four-year-old Tyler Yates exudes confidence. From behind a massive desk on the top floor of First Sarnia Place, with a panoramic office view of the St. Clair River, he offers a broad smile and a firm handshake. Business has been good since leaving a 12-year career in IT for a completely different path… Read more »

Sophia’s and Nick’s share restaurant family DNA

Sophia's Diner opened at 277 Ontario St. in April. From left are, Koula Stoukas, server Stacey McRae and George Stoukas.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson If you’ve found a recipe for success in the restaurant business, don’t mess with it, says George Stoukas, whose family recently opened yet another family diner. “Why reinvent the wheel?” he asks. Stoukas heads up the kitchen at the new Sophia’s Diner, named for his four-year-old niece. A photo of Sophia smiling and waving… Read more »

The Thai has turned for South East Café owner

Selina Ip has opened at a second location called Selina's Thai on Murphy Road. 
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Selina Ip’s car is practically on autopilot these days, running between her East Street café and her new Thai restaurant on Murphy Road. She’s back and forth six days a week, ensuring all is well at each location. It’s busy, but that’s the way she likes it. Selina’s Thai opened June 21 in… Read more »

Bridge Tavern closing brings end to an era

The Bridge Tavern in Point Edward has closed.
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Cathy Dobson There’s been an outpouring from former customers since Vicky and John Brodimas closed the historic Bridge Tavern two weeks ago. The restaurant’s Facebook page is packed with tributes and the real sense a much-loved Point Edward landmark has been lost. Mike Somes wrote: “My parents and I have been eating at your establishment… Read more »

Teacher’s creative eye turns shabby into chic

Jennifer Hergott, owner of Uniquely Different, Shabby Made Chic.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson   They just don’t make furniture like they used to, says a local woman adept at refinishing everything from 1980s oak tables to antique mirrors. “Older furniture is more solid. There’s no chipboard and the construction is better. It’s made to last,” said Jennifer Hergott, owner of the new Uniquely Different, Shabby Made… Read more »

The ‘Cake Lady’ launches a Parisian-style café

Kathy Dhillon, left and Rashpal Gill are co-owners of the new Vanilla Bean Bakery and Café.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson A couple of years ago, Kathy Dhillon was hired to prepare a chocolate table for a gala hosted by Sarnia’s St. Joseph’s Hospice. The reaction to her elaborate cupcakes and sweet goodies ensured she’s never been short of business since. “There was no looking back after the gala,” said the baker, who has… Read more »