Time to get a burger with that beer

Cathy Dobson   Nathan Colquhoun and his fellow investors behind Sarnia’s successful Refined Fool microbrewery believe if you want to succeed downtown you need to start small and grow with demand. Which is why they’re entering the restaurant business this month with a burger truck on a strip of land they purchased on Davis Street,… Read more »

New cake shop brings French pastries to Point Edward

Cathy Dobson For years now, Cathy Harris’ dreams have been filled with visions of fine French pastries and designer cakes. Two weeks ago, those dreams became reality with the opening of Cassie’s Cottage Cakes & Confections on Louisa Street in Point Edward. In the new kitchen of Cassie’s Cottage, a sign tells the story: Dream… Read more »

Restaurant opens in revamped Dante Club

Cathy Dobson New management, renovations and some innovative ideas have reinvigorated the 58-year-old Dante Club, improved finances and added 175 new members in the past year. At a time when cultural clubs in Sarnia are dwindling, the growth of the Dante Club is staggering. Catering sales in the last year have jumped 500%, says board… Read more »

Zen Beach wellness centre opens on Lake Huron

Cathy Dobson Two Sarnia high school teachers with a penchant for healthy living have pooled their skills and opened Zen Beach Wellness Centre on Lake Huron. Laura Cicchini, 38, teaches science at St. Pat’s and is a certified nutritional coach. At her centre, she offers services focused on overall wellness, vitality and healthy eating. She is… Read more »

Veteran city chefs launch new poutine shop

Cathy Dobson Steve (Theo) Economou thought he was retiring when he left the restaurant business after 44 years. But he just couldn’t stay away. “I got to thinking about a fast food place that wouldn’t be such long hours,” he said. “Fast food is a smaller operation than what I’ve done in the past. “I… Read more »

New women’s boutique opening downtown

Cathy Dobson Another new boutique soon to open in downtown Sarnia will merge two retailers and mark the next step in Chris Yurchuk’s small business plan. Yurchuk launched The Fitting Room two years ago, specializing in mastectomy bras and prosthesis, skin care products, hat, scarves and swimsuits. The Fitting Room, with its quiet location on… Read more »

Couple brings restaurant back from the brink

Cathy Dobson   In two short years, a local couple has transformed a struggling East Side Mario’s franchise into a big winner. Brie and Steele Leacock earned the title of national Franchisee of the Year for 2015, which recognizes the London Road eatery as the best of 86 East Side Mario’s in Canada. The restaurant… Read more »

Local weight loss company opens 7 studios

Cathy Dobson When Dean Esser went looking for a second location for his expanding weight loss and personal training business, his inquiry at a Corunna plaza proved fortuitous. Turns out, the plaza is owned by none other than Dieter Decker, a Sarnia businessman who founded and built Herbal Magic, a weight loss franchise that flourished… Read more »

Point Edward weight loss centre expands

Cathy Dobson There came a point when Stephanie Purdy knew she was ready to venture out on her own and leave the family business. She’d found a product she really liked, she had the marketing and coaching skills to sell it and support her clients, and owning her own business really appealed. After 12 years… Read more »

Adult apartment complex rises in Corunna

Cathy Dobson The developer of a four-storey adult residence under construction in Corunna says the concept is unique to the area. A year before it opens, 25 of the 132 apartments have already been leased, said spokesperson Natalie Tommy. She speaks for Nautical Lands Group, a company based near Ottawa that has built almost a… Read more »