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

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

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 »

Deep Roots aims for balance in stressful times

Cathy Dobson  When Leslie Pullen discovered yoga she found it brought balance to her busy athletic life. “I found it very calming.  It centres and grounds me,” says the 38-year-old married mother of a three-year-old. Pullen is originally from Vancouver and began practicing yoga there. It continued to be a big part of her life after… Read more »

‘Girl’ electrician shows ‘em how it’s done

Cathy Dobson Tonya Falconer wants other women to know how satisfying an electrician’s career can be. Apprenticeships are tough to get, but jobs are plentiful once you’ve earned your ticket, she says. The 27-year-old Sarnian is one of just a few female electricians around and couldn’t be busier since starting her own business in June…. Read more »

Partnership brings together words and crafts

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia bookstore owner who was toying with retirement and her entrepreneurial daughter have devised a way to grow their businesses and keep doing what they love. Elaine Allen, long-time owner of Anne’s Book Place at 250 Russell St. South, was convinced it was time to sell her used bookstore and retire. When… Read more »

The new Station Music Hall now open

Cathy Dobson The countdown was on last week as Stuart Manchee and a crew of friends and tradesmen worked furiously to complete renovations for the Nov. 20 grand reopening of The Station Music Hall. “I wanted to rebrand to make it my own,” said Manchee, 30. In June, he bought the former Rustic, also known… Read more »

A one-stop shop for totally organic food

Cathy Dobson  Melissa Maness’ original plan for her new organic food business was to sell strictly online. “But I got so much feedback from customers, family and friends that they wanted in-store shopping, that I decided to have a store too,” she said. “And the big surprise to me is the number of people who… Read more »

Best Buy not worried about U.S. competition

Cathy Dobson There was a time when Sarnians looking for the closest Best Buy to buy electronics headed across the border. Now the tables are turned. With a new Best Buy here, U.S. licence plates frequently fill the parking lot at the Exmouth Street store, says general manager Russell Clark. “To be honest, we don’t… Read more »

Halloween store doing scary good business

Cathy Dobson   A local couple says they couldn’t have predicted the success of their seasonal Halloween store. “Our Sarnia location is the number one Halloween Alley store in Ontario,” says dealer/operator Peter Kyte. “It’s been fabulous from the moment we opened the doors Sept. 9.” Kyte and partner Shelley Wise operate Halloween Alley locations… Read more »