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BUSINESS JOURNAL: Old Taylor’s site now a creativity co-op

Cathy Dobson Four local businesses have collaborated to make downtown’s historic Taylor’s Furniture building a going concern again. Taylor’s, an enormous three-storey retail landmark, was built in the 1920s as a grocery and liquor store and was the scene of the infamous shooting of bank robber Red Ryan. The Taylor family opened their furniture store… Read more »

BEAVERBROOK: Turner landscape worth tens of millions

Cathy Dobson Editor’s Note: The doors open Oct. 2 at the Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery on an exhibition billed as the most important art event in Sarnia’s history, the only Ontario stop for the internationally-acclaimed Masterworks of the Beaverbrook Art Gallery. This is the third in a series of articles. As Lord Beaverbrook made plans… Read more »

Pitch perfect season for Sarnia Spirit Selects

Barry Wright One of the Sarnia’s best-kept sports secrets this year was a local soccer side that competed a perfect season. The Sarnia Spirit Selects were unbeaten in the Recreational West Division of the London and Area Women’s Soccer League, prevailing in 14 straight games and outscoring their opposition by a whopping 91 goals to… Read more »

New hockey academy launched

Barry Wright Mike Fleming thinks the training of minor hockey players should get back to the basics. Fleming, his wife Kathryn, and fellow former junior and pro players Ryan Gavigan and Derek McKinlay have formed Bluewater Hockey Academy as a developmental program for the Sarnia area. “When was the last time someone from Sarnia made… Read more »

Photographer finding a wider audience

Cathy Dobson For three decades, Sarnia’s Doug Bisson has been taking photographs and quietly marketing them around the world, but seldom in his hometown. His work hangs in venues around the globe including the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas and the world’s tallest skyscraper in Dubai. About seven years ago, an international art consultant contacted… Read more »

Sky’s the limit for new marketing venture

Cathy Dobson   Most Sarnians aren’t yet aware of what a difference a drone can make to a marketing campaign. But Anne Lannan and Mark Bandura, co-owners of Dragonfly Media, are confident that’s about to change. Both are certified Unmanned Aerial Vehicle pilots, having graduated from the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre where they learned to… Read more »

Revelree music festival aims to fill Bayfest void

Cathy Dobson The directors of Sarnia’s new Revelree Music Festival are huge music fans who like both country and rock. Scott Palko and Cam Shipley say that, musically, next summer’s festival could go either way. It all depends on which world-class artist signs on the dotted line. “To be entirely honest, we’re not focusing on… Read more »

Volleyball a growing sport locally

Barry Wright Competitive volleyball is alive and growing in the Sarnia area. Case in point is the Twin Bridges Volleyball Club, which has begun a new season that will culminate with the provincial championships at RIM Park in Waterloo in April. “It’s a tournament-based season,” said club co-president Barb Rigg-Garbaty. “They have four tournaments set… Read more »