Business

Designer returns to city to build more efficient homes

A Sarnia house designer and project manager says he wants people to live in homes that are more energy efficient and comfortable, yet are still affordable. Chris Barry has joined a movement that began 30 years ago in Germany and is the first in this area to become a certified Passive House consultant. “The end… Read more »

Tough winter ahead for stressed farmers, counsellor says

It’s no secret that 2019 has been a tough year to be a farmer in Sarnia-Lambton. The weather played havoc with the planting season and there’s more worry than usual about the fall harvest. That can trigger anxiety and depression, says Jenni Jenkins, a registered social worker in Sarnia with expertise in counselling farmers. She… Read more »

Late-blooming photographer keeps her eye on big picture

Money is one way to measure success at business, says Theresa Chalmers, owner of Limitless Professional Photography. But for her, success is also about the creative process that goes into her photo sessions and the connections made with clients. Sure, you need to pay the rent, but finding satisfaction from work is just as important,… Read more »

Nothing competitive about new Dog Eat Dog décor store

Cathy Dobson Chrissy McRoberts spends mornings in her basement workshop building primitive furniture from discarded wood. At noon, she brushes off the sawdust and heads upstairs to open her new multi-artisan showroom at 161 Mitton St. S. Dog Eat Dog Home Furnishings and Décor held its grand opening on May 1. McRoberts says it’s her dream… Read more »

Downtown’s new Blue Line pub honours first responders

Cathy Dobson One of downtown’s most beautifully restored historic buildings is opening this week as The Blue Line Pub & Lounge. It will be a new sports bar, welcoming the public and honouring first responders with discounts and a display of emergency professionals’ hats and shoulder patches. Owner Tracey Moore Mamak and husband Paul Mamak… Read more »

Reincarnation of Sweet Lemons boutique is bearing fruit

Cathy Dobson The opening of Sweet Lemons, a children’s resale boutique on Confederation Street, is a testament to Jerica Giresi’s determination. It also proves that lessons learned from one failed attempt can lead to a new and much more viable venture. It’s been seven years since Giresi opened the first Sweet Lemons on Russell Street. She… Read more »

New downtown store providing outlet for local crafters

Cathy Dobson  Jess Haughton and Renee Corry say their approach to business is winning the trust of area craftspeople and proving a collective for handmade goods can be successful in Sarnia. Parallel Junction has been open two months, and even at this traditionally slow time of the retail year it’s working for them and their… Read more »