Business

Martial arts studio kicks it up a notch

Coaches Jason McIntyre, left, and Mark Warburton, are both 5th degree black belts coaching at Sarnia Olympic Taekwondo Martial Arts Academy. Glenn Ogilvie Cathy Dobson Six weeks after opening a new taekwondo school at Paterson Memorial Presbyterian Church, Mark Warburton already has 50 students. Six days a week, and some Sundays, he and fellow coach… Read more »

Point Edward art shop changes hands

Cathy Dobson The new owner of Ah! Some Art says she isn’t going to tinker with a successful formula that has kept the funky gift shop in Point Edward thriving the past 20 years. “It’s worked this way for a long time, so I’m going to keep it much the same,” said Liz Koetsier, who… Read more »

Saucy Pig aims to smoke the competition

Cathy Dobson Gary Maybery says his competitors better look out because another wood smoker is in town now and the ribs are fall-off-the-bone delicious. The veteran cook, who worked 15 years in steakhouses and other food operations, admits he was surprised when a new barbecue smokehouse opened in Sarnia just days before his Saucy Pig… Read more »

New rock climbing venue wants to take you higher

Cathy Dobson The longtime owner of Sarnia Lazer Blast has high hopes that adding a rock climbing attraction will take his venture nowhere but up. “I think it will give new life to the business,” says Fred Herbert.  “The laser tag doesn’t really make it on its own but I think people will come if… Read more »

Sarnia Harbour gamble paying off

George Mathewson City councillors crossed their fingers and took a deep breath and when voting to assume ownership of Sarnia Harbour last year. After all, operating Great Lakes shipping wharves, warehouses and water lots has been the federal government’s job, beyond the city’s normal scope of road repairs and garbage collection. But now, 10 months… Read more »

When opportunity knocked, marketer opened the door

Cathy Dobson A one-man marketing company has purchased one of its competitors, added four employees, and moved into new offices at 203 Christina St. North. Chris Gardner of Cipher Interactive is the man behind the acquisition. He was raised in London, married a woman from the Sarnia area, and worked in Toronto for nine years… Read more »

Mary Brown brings her chicken to town

Cathy Dobson The first Mary Brown’s Famous Chicken & Taters franchise this side of London has opened. The restaurant at 1149 Confederation St. is owned by Doug and Corinne Loucks, who say it’s the 110th Mary Brown’s location and the only one in this region. Doug Loucks, a former general manager of the Holiday Inn… Read more »