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 »

Point Edward weight loss centre expands

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

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

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 »