A Taste of Britain packs “a little bit of back home”

A Taste of Britian at 580 Murphy Rd. is co-owned by Ron Hayhow, flanked by assistants Karen Tobin, left, and Elaine Dwyer.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson The Hayhow family say their new Sarnia store is one of the largest British retail outlets in Ontario, offering everything from clothing to candy and gifts to games. “We import all the candy and groceries that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency allows into Canada,” says Ron Hayhow, co-owner with his wife Ann. Meat… Read more »

Introducing Mediterranean cuisine, one plate at a time

Ado's Restaurant chef Adnan Joudeh with a serving of chicken shwarma and kafteh. 
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Adnan Joudeh wants to introduce Sarnians to his Mediterranean cooking that he says is a healthy and tasty alternative to western fare. But he knows that in addition to offering falafels, shwarma and tabbouleh, his new diner also needs to cater to customers who want traditional choices like omelettes, burgers and wraps. “I… Read more »

If the shoe fits wear it, new store owner says

Deb Hartwick, owner of the new Deb’s Shoe Gallery on Lakeshore Road.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Many shoe shoppers have never learned the value of having their feet measured, says new storeowner Deb Hartwick. “They are ruining their feet if their shoes don’t fit right,” she said. “I was taught how to fit shoes properly and had good teachers in retail to learn from. “I can educate my customers.”… Read more »

Pizza gamble pays off with second outlet

Dan Di Cocco and Kerry Kulak, owners of the new Rondo`s Pizza Plus on Rosedale Avenue.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson A month after opening the takeout pizzeria Rondo’s Pizza Plus on Rosedale, co-owners Dan Di Cocco and Kerry Kulak are thinking of expansion. “We weren’t expecting to be this busy so soon,” said Kulak, Di Cocco’s fiancé. In fact, Rondo’s on Rosedale has already reached financial targets set for nine months down the… Read more »

New business delivers organic produce to your door

Laura Manzano, owner of a new organic groceries delivery service.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Laura Manzano says she never pictured herself a business owner. Yet seven months after establishing her Organics Live grocery delivery franchise, she has already achieved her one-year sales goal. “I didn’t have an entrepreneurial mindset,” said the supply teacher, who is a married mother of two preschoolers. But when Manzano decided she… Read more »

Group of 20-somethings launch downtown marketing firm

The guys behind Tomorrow Media and Creative Marketing, from left, Graham Pedregosa, Lewis Menelaws, Liwordson Vijayabalan, Jason Nguyen and Victor Laranja.
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Cathy Dobson The creative director behind Sarnia’s newest marketing firm says he doesn’t like doing things the conventional way and that’s what will make the venture successful. “We are the only agency this young in Sarnia,” says Liwordson Vijayabalan. At age 20, he opened the doors to Tomorrow Media and Creative Marketing in early May…. Read more »

Bluewater Dance Academy ready to step it up

Emily Brown, left, and Skyler Clark at their new dance studio under construction at 1308 London Rd. Pre-registration is May 18. Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Emily Brown and Skyler Clark – old friends and new business partners – watched happily as the specialized flooring arrived for their new dance studio. “We’re putting in a spring floor that will provide give, especially for dancing,” said Brown. “We just can’t wait to get started.” The women, both 24 and raised in… Read more »

Time to get a burger with that beer

A mockup of the burger truck about to appear in downtown Sarnia this month.
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Cathy Dobson   Nathan Colquhoun and his fellow investors behind Sarnia’s successful Refined Fool microbrewery believe if you want to succeed downtown you need to start small and grow with demand. Which is why they’re entering the restaurant business this month with a burger truck on a strip of land they purchased on Davis Street,… Read more »

New cake shop brings French pastries to Point Edward

Pastry chef Karissa Anzil, left, and owner Cathy Harris display a few of their creations at the new Cassie's Cottage Cakes & Confections in Point Edward.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson For years now, Cathy Harris’ dreams have been filled with visions of fine French pastries and designer cakes. Two weeks ago, those dreams became reality with the opening of Cassie’s Cottage Cakes & Confections on Louisa Street in Point Edward. In the new kitchen of Cassie’s Cottage, a sign tells the story: Dream… Read more »

Restaurant opens in revamped Dante Club

Dante Club VP Anthony Iafrate, left, and general manager Giuliano Parete with antipasto boards at the new Amici restaurant.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson New management, renovations and some innovative ideas have reinvigorated the 58-year-old Dante Club, improved finances and added 175 new members in the past year. At a time when cultural clubs in Sarnia are dwindling, the growth of the Dante Club is staggering. Catering sales in the last year have jumped 500%, says board… Read more »