Business

Group of 20-somethings launch downtown marketing firm

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

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

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

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

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 »

Zen Beach wellness centre opens on Lake Huron

Cathy Dobson Two Sarnia high school teachers with a penchant for healthy living have pooled their skills and opened Zen Beach Wellness Centre on Lake Huron. Laura Cicchini, 38, teaches science at St. Pat’s and is a certified nutritional coach. At her centre, she offers services focused on overall wellness, vitality and healthy eating. She is… Read more »

Veteran city chefs launch new poutine shop

Cathy Dobson Steve (Theo) Economou thought he was retiring when he left the restaurant business after 44 years. But he just couldn’t stay away. “I got to thinking about a fast food place that wouldn’t be such long hours,” he said. “Fast food is a smaller operation than what I’ve done in the past. “I… Read more »

New women’s boutique opening downtown

Cathy Dobson Another new boutique soon to open in downtown Sarnia will merge two retailers and mark the next step in Chris Yurchuk’s small business plan. Yurchuk launched The Fitting Room two years ago, specializing in mastectomy bras and prosthesis, skin care products, hat, scarves and swimsuits. The Fitting Room, with its quiet location on… Read more »

Couple brings restaurant back from the brink

Cathy Dobson   In two short years, a local couple has transformed a struggling East Side Mario’s franchise into a big winner. Brie and Steele Leacock earned the title of national Franchisee of the Year for 2015, which recognizes the London Road eatery as the best of 86 East Side Mario’s in Canada. The restaurant… Read more »

Local weight loss company opens 7 studios

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 »