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 »

Coffee Culture sweetens the deal for franchise owner

Cathy Dobson The Lochiel Street Coffee Culture Café & Eatery is the first in the franchise to hit $1 million in sales, says owner Eric Parsons. He’s reluctant to blow his own horn but agrees it will help explain why he’s opened a second Coffee Culture franchise in Sarnia. Parsons says he bought the downtown… Read more »

Couple’s cleaning biz is ‘one-stop-shop’

Cathy Dobson Heather Fields looks at her booking schedule and can’t believe how full the calendar is already. Weeks after starting Assista Property Services with her husband Jeff, Fields says she is booking up fast. Early spring was a good time to start a cleaning and maintenance business in Sarnia, says Jeff. The couple knows… Read more »