On cakes, meat pies and winners

  BAKE ME A CAKE EXPANSION Local cupcake queen Amy Bourgon has moved her Bake me a Cake operation to Mitton Village so her customers can have a small café to enjoy a sweet treat.  There’s even a cupcake-themed play area for the kids. “We’ve got seating for seven, better parking and a lot more… Read more »

Outstanding business achievement awards handed out

Following are the winners of the 2014 Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce OBAs. The awards gala was held at the Imperial Theatre March 28. Congratulations to all the nominees and this year’s winners. Employee Relations: Bluewater Power Young Entrepreneur: SHINE Professional Dental Hygiene, Corynn Lumley Marketing and Promotions: Ask Guy Event Graphics Citizen of the Year:… Read more »

A new twist on local networking

Four professionals want to reinvent networking in Sarnia. Registered social service worker Christy Primmer, Magic realtor Chad Kaplin, financial consultant Tiffany Branton and independent broker Mike Duerden, have launched “Las Friday,” a social event held on the last Friday of every month. “It’s an evening to meet other people and support local business,” said Kaplin…. Read more »

BUSINESS JOURNAL: Putting the craft back in beer

It’s been a year of fermenting, tasting and critiquing. Now, finally, the first commercial batch of craft beer at Sarnia’s new Refined Fool Brewing Company is almost ready for retail. “At this point we’ve tweaked the recipes enough and we’re pretty happy with them,” says Nathan Colquhoun, 29, one of 10 investors in the company…. Read more »

Chef brings Mexican ‘fusion’ to Zola’s

For Tyler Rawcliffe, the secret to Mexican cuisine is finding that perfect balance between spicy, salty, sweet and sour. “I really enjoy coming up with my own recipes and creating different entrees,” says the head cook and kitchen manager at Zola’s Mexicana Restaurant on Murphy Road. At age 25, Rawcliffe has already cooked for nine… Read more »

Sustainability Conference

A free half-day conference will be held in Sarnia on April 24 to highlight the work being done in Sarnia-Lambton to make it a more sustainable community. Copies of the 2014 Community Snapshot will be available. The conference is from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Lambton College Residence and Event Centre, 1485 London… Read more »

Sarnia booster has ‘positively positive’ outlook

If the City of Sarnia had a cheerleading squad Michele Dionne would be its captain. The mother of three, businesswoman and driving force behind SarniaRocks is a relentlessly upbeat person, and enthusiastic booster of the city. In 2002 Dionne had an epiphany during an oversold Tragically Hip concert at the Bayfest Music Festival. Hearing out-of-towners… Read more »

Feds pony up for Sarnia plant

A fledgling Sarnia industry hit a significant milestone when it secured a $10 million interest free loan recently from Agriculture Canada. BioAmber will use the money to help complete construction of its succinic acid plant at Lanxess. The presentation took place at the plant site and showcased the progress already made. Construction is expected to… Read more »

BUSINESS JOURNAL: Duty free shop expansion

A rapidly changing and highly competitive marketplace is prompting the Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop to invest more than $3 million in a major expansion. The award-winning store, built only 12 years ago on the bridge plaza in Point Edward, has been renovated three times since, each time taking more space from the warehouse… Read more »

Speed dating arrives in Sarnia

Spring is nearly here with all its promise of fresh beginnings and love. But new relationships are far from guaranteed, especially if you are single in Sarnia, say two women frustrated with the local dating scene. “Singles in Sarnia all say the same thing. We really don’t have anywhere to meet other singles unless you go… Read more »