Self-taught woodworker expands by going against the grain

Cathy Dobson Chrissy McRoberts still calls her favourite coffee shop by its proper name – Blackwater. But she could also call it her office, and even her showroom. Many mornings she’s perched near the front of the downtown café, sipping coffee at a 6’6” long table she made from recycled construction lumber. She custom-built the… Read more »

New downtown Hawg Bar to feature lounge overlooking river

Cathy Dobson Local developer Patrick Coutu gives James Currie a lot of credit for seeing the potential in an old building. “He signed a letter of intent when this place looked very different,” Coutu said of the project he undertook at 117 Christina St. with partner Jim Pumple. “It’s now been completely gutted and rebuilt… Read more »

Popular women’s clothing store doubling down in the Point

Cathy Dobson Weeks before the opening of their new clothing store in Point Edward, Patti and Gary Prowse are hard at work laying the flooring. Spring has sprung and it’s hot. But they can’t get over how good the washed grey laminate looks. “Everything is falling into place perfectly,” says Patti.  “As soon as I saw… Read more »

Family turning former Chipican into grillhouse and lounge

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia couple is converting the former Chipican Restaurant into a new grillhouse and lounge, with a nod to the memories the building holds for so many locals. “I remember as a little girl in the ‘70s seeing the flames coming up from the barbecue pit,” says Laurie Frayne, who bought the closed… Read more »

Hotel could be start of Point Edward building boom

Cathy Dobson Judging by the number of potential developers beating a path to Point Edward’s municipal office lately, there could be a substantial investment in the village soon. What’s all-but-certain is that Hamilton-based Vrancor Group will break ground in months on a $20-million Holiday Inn Express & Suites on Venetian Boulevard. It will be sandwiched… Read more »

Artists-turned businessmen bring marketing firm home

Cathy Dobson Ryan Lindsay and Andy Powell say they live a laptop lifestyle. They use their computers to find just about every product and service they need, and make their living with digital expertise. “We’ve been nomadic because we can be, says Lindsay, 36.  “We’ve worked from Florida, from Toronto, from the west coast.” But the… Read more »

Repair shop gives new life to former UBE building

Cathy Dobson Jason Button is head mechanic at Sarnia’s newest commercial truck and trailer repair shop in the former UBE building. Opening the shop to the general public is the newest business venture for JDW International Trucking, a local company that moved into a large portion of the former wheel manufacturing plant in 2015. “I… Read more »

ProHibitions brings back that old-time barbershop feel

Cathy Dobson Business partners Bonnie Worsley and Sean Rae opened their own barbershop after deciding the big corporate life wasn’t for them. Both have worked for others, most recently at a haircutting franchise they say dictated everything from when to take breaks to what to say to clients. “Neither one of us are corporate people,”… Read more »