New yoga studio opens in Bright’s Grove

Cathy Dobson   For Nicole McColl, practicing yoga and meditation is a lifesaver. “At the very least, it’s a life-lengthener,” says the 36-year-old mother of two. The owner of the new Saat Lune (Seven Moons) Yoga Studio in Bright’s Grove has an extensive background in palliative care and hospice nursing, management and teaching. She knows… Read more »

Pals create one-stop shop for little performers

Cathy Dobson Sonia Odorico and Rina Barker say their friendship and new business partnership are not surprising given all they have in common. Both women are Italian. They both have three children and met years ago when their daughters started dance classes, then discovered both have twins and husbands named Mike. In June, Odorico and… Read more »

Chef returns to roots at Tutto Pizzeria

Cathy Dobson There are dozens of telephone listings for pizzerias in Sarnia and virtually every one of them is busy on the weekends. The challenge is keeping customer traffic high on weekdays, even though we live in a city that loves its pizza, says Red Seal chef Sam Federico. He’s the owner of the new… Read more »

New tea store hits us with their best pot

Cathy Dobson One of Canada`s fastest growing retailers, DAVIDsTEA, is opening a location in Sarnia on July 18. DAVIDsTEA started in Toronto in 2008 with a store on Queen Street and has rapidly opened 135 more in Canada and 25 in the U.S. Now the Montreal-based company known for its bright, youthful marketing is coming… Read more »

Nothing sketchy about this new business

Cathy Dobson Sabrina Barich’s decision to fight the monotony of studying for exams by picking up a sketchpad, ultimately led to self-employment this summer. “I was in first year university and needed a break so I tried to sketch (British singer) Ed Sheeran for my sister,” explains 21-year-old Barich. She’d always enjoyed art class in… Read more »

Bestselling author headlines new women’s show in Sarnia

Cathy Dobson Quitting a secure day job to take a risk on a new business venture is not for everyone, says Janet Podleski, co-author with sister Greta of the uber-successful Looneyspoons cookbook series. “We both are more impulsive, more impatient, more determined than a lot of people,” she said. “We’re both Aries, the ram. “We… Read more »

Republik Eatery brings upscale bistro to city

Cathy Dobson Days before opening, Okan Zeytinoglu’s new downtown restaurant is coming together nicely. There’s a glitch with the new bench seats and the outdoor signs have yet to go up for the Republik Eatery & Lounge, says general manager Laura Smith. But most of the renovations at 216 Front St. are done and chef… Read more »

Children’s boutique fills clothing gap

Cathy Dobson When a long established second-hand children’s clothing store closed at Northgate plaza, Charlene Kelvin recognized a good business opportunity. “As a mother, I really missed the gently-used clothing store we used to have and I know others did too,” she said. “It was really sad when it closed. “I knew Sarnia needed a… Read more »

Boat cleaner becomes own sails manager

Cathy Dobson Sarnia’s Sarah Wighton hopes the local boating community gets onboard with her new business venture. Wighton launched The Boatkeeper this month, just as area marinas and yacht clubs began filling up for the season. “I love boating, I love working outside and I like cleaning,” said Wighton, 31.  “I don’t cut any corners… Read more »

Brewing up success: Refined Fool celebrates expansion

Cathy Dobson Ten LCBO stores in London, Strathroy, Toronto and Sarnia now offer craft beer from the Refined Fool Brewing Company here on Davis Street. LCBO sales are a coup for the 10 originators of Sarnia’s only craft brewery who began production of their unique suds just one year ago. “Demand has just taken off,”… Read more »