Business

Pandemic no deterrent for new downtown deli

Brian Vickery says he’s going back to his roots by opening up a new deli and grocery in downtown Sarnia. The local businessman has co-owned a number of successful restaurants over the years, including Dockside at Sarnia Bay Marina and Los Puntos in Point Edward. He’s no longer involved in either operation, having struck out… Read more »

Waiting in the cannabis queue

Eleonora Plata is frustrated that there is no way of knowing when her family’s application to open a cannabis store in Sarnia will be approved. She’s not alone. Seven applicants have asked for approval from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) to locate cannabis shops in Sarnia. All are waiting in line. And it’s a… Read more »

Couple breaks new ground with fresh approach to farming

Cathy Dobson The owners of a booming market farm business in Sarnia say demand is growing rapidly for their all-natural approach to producing vegetables. Ryan Slyzuk and Leah Murphy say they operate the only Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) project of its kind in the area. “We don’t believe in spraying chemicals and we harvest everything… Read more »

Habitat HandyMan program tackling jobs big and small

You might not associate Habitat for Humanity with business, but the non-profit’s growing HandyMan program operates very much like one. It’s a social enterprise that generates hundreds of thousands in revenue annually, employs three people, engages the help of dozens of volunteers, and channels the earnings into Habitat’s home building program. Everything from big jobs… Read more »

Bringing golf course indoors a whole different ball game

Paul and Angela Dumont, owners of the new Sticks & Stones Indoor Golf, have brought their favourite game out of the elements. Golfing beginners and pros alike can tee up at four state-of-the-art simulators, standing on a sensor pad in front of floor-to-ceiling high-definition screens at 49 Finch Dr. Players can choose from more than… Read more »

Positivity helps drive rapidly growing counselling service

 Sarnia’s Julie Carter says she’s good at taking calculated risks in life and in business. “If you don’t try things, you’ll never know,” says the 46-year-old social worker. “I’m lucky. I have really good coping skills and tons of support.” That ability to take risk has served her well through a 23-year career in social… Read more »

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 »