Local weight loss company opens 7 studios

The opening of a new EWyn Weight Loss Studio in Bright's Grove. From left: Owner Dieter Decker, general manager Chrissy Taylor and owner Dean Esser.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson When Dean Esser went looking for a second location for his expanding weight loss and personal training business, his inquiry at a Corunna plaza proved fortuitous. Turns out, the plaza is owned by none other than Dieter Decker, a Sarnia businessman who founded and built Herbal Magic, a weight loss franchise that flourished… Read more »

Point Edward weight loss centre expands

Stephanie Purdy, owner of Purdy Ideal You, outside the centre's infrared sauna. 
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson There came a point when Stephanie Purdy knew she was ready to venture out on her own and leave the family business. She’d found a product she really liked, she had the marketing and coaching skills to sell it and support her clients, and owning her own business really appealed. After 12 years… Read more »

Adult apartment complex rises in Corunna

This 3D rendering depicts the atrium area at Wellings of Corunna, an adult lifestyle community currently under construction on Bunker Avenue in Corunna. Not shown are large skylights that will allow for live trees.
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Cathy Dobson The developer of a four-storey adult residence under construction in Corunna says the concept is unique to the area. A year before it opens, 25 of the 132 apartments have already been leased, said spokesperson Natalie Tommy. She speaks for Nautical Lands Group, a company based near Ottawa that has built almost a… Read more »

City “mompreneur” juggles kids, homegrown business

Laura Batista, pictured here in her Sarnia home, is a finalist for the 2016 Mompreneur Momentum Award, for her homegrown business, Handmade for You by Lu. 
Tara Jeffrey

Tara Jeffrey Four years ago, Laura Batista couldn’t have imagined that learning to crochet would change her life. “I didn’t plan on having a business at all,” said the 31-year-old Sarnia mom and entrepreneur. “I was preparing for a missions trip to Cuba and needed to raise some money. I had recently learned to crochet… Read more »

Freighters berthing in Sarnia Harbour for the winter


An unidentified worker drags a sandblasting hose across the deck of the SS Calumet, a Great Lakes bulk carrier berthed at the North Slip in Sarnia Harbour. The Calumet is one of five freighters already tied up for the winter, with another five ships expected to arrive here for repairs and painting in coming weeks,… Read more »

Snow Park gearing up for second season


Tara Jeffrey Tim Nixon and Dave Ouellette intend to expose even more people to winter action sports this year with a bigger and better BP Snow Park Project. “Ninety-five percent of people who came out last year were first-timers,” Ouellette said of the project, which is returning to Lambton College grounds for a second season…. Read more »

Local Goodwill not impacted by closure

The abrupt closure of Goodwill Industries in Toronto, eastern, central and northern Ontario for financial reasons will have no impact on local operations, officials say. Goodwill Industries Essex Kent Lambton is an autonomous operation and unlike its counterpart in Toronto is on a strong financial footing and growing, CEO Kevin Smith said. The agency’s workforce… Read more »

Business Journal: Therapist filling need for couples counselling

Therapist Ronnie Littlewood is moving into couples counselling on a full-time basis.
Cathy Dobson

Cathy Dobson Ronnie Littlewood admits even she was a little amazed by the satisfaction she derived from her first several months of counselling couples in troubled marriages. “It’s so surprising when people come to me with nothing but hateful words for one another, and see their relationship through a new lens after the first session,”… Read more »

New 95-room hotel about to open in Point Edward

The new Hampton Inn in Point Edward.
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Cathy Dobson Management at the new Hampton Inn by Hilton on Venetian Boulevard spent the last few weeks sifting through resumes and conducting job interviews. By late January, The 95-room hotel sandwiched between the Best Western and the Holiday Inn will open by late January, said Peter Tosh, director of operations with Hamilton-based Vrancor Group,… Read more »