City “mompreneur” juggles kids, homegrown business

Tara Jeffrey Four years ago, Laura Batista couldn’t have imagined that learning to crochet would change her life. “I didn’t plan on having a business at all,” said the 31-year-old Sarnia mom and entrepreneur. “I was preparing for a missions trip to Cuba and needed to raise some money. I had recently learned to crochet… Read more »

Freighters berthing in Sarnia Harbour for the winter

An unidentified worker drags a sandblasting hose across the deck of the SS Calumet, a Great Lakes bulk carrier berthed at the North Slip in Sarnia Harbour. The Calumet is one of five freighters already tied up for the winter, with another five ships expected to arrive here for repairs and painting in coming weeks,… Read more »

Snow Park gearing up for second season

Tara Jeffrey Tim Nixon and Dave Ouellette intend to expose even more people to winter action sports this year with a bigger and better BP Snow Park Project. “Ninety-five percent of people who came out last year were first-timers,” Ouellette said of the project, which is returning to Lambton College grounds for a second season…. Read more »

Local Goodwill not impacted by closure

The abrupt closure of Goodwill Industries in Toronto, eastern, central and northern Ontario for financial reasons will have no impact on local operations, officials say. Goodwill Industries Essex Kent Lambton is an autonomous operation and unlike its counterpart in Toronto is on a strong financial footing and growing, CEO Kevin Smith said. The agency’s workforce… Read more »

Business Journal: Therapist filling need for couples counselling

Cathy Dobson Ronnie Littlewood admits even she was a little amazed by the satisfaction she derived from her first several months of counselling couples in troubled marriages. “It’s so surprising when people come to me with nothing but hateful words for one another, and see their relationship through a new lens after the first session,”… Read more »

New 95-room hotel about to open in Point Edward

Cathy Dobson Management at the new Hampton Inn by Hilton on Venetian Boulevard spent the last few weeks sifting through resumes and conducting job interviews. By late January, The 95-room hotel sandwiched between the Best Western and the Holiday Inn will open by late January, said Peter Tosh, director of operations with Hamilton-based Vrancor Group,… Read more »

Deep Roots aims for balance in stressful times

Cathy Dobson  When Leslie Pullen discovered yoga she found it brought balance to her busy athletic life. “I found it very calming.  It centres and grounds me,” says the 38-year-old married mother of a three-year-old. Pullen is originally from Vancouver and began practicing yoga there. It continued to be a big part of her life after… Read more »

‘Girl’ electrician shows ‘em how it’s done

Cathy Dobson Tonya Falconer wants other women to know how satisfying an electrician’s career can be. Apprenticeships are tough to get, but jobs are plentiful once you’ve earned your ticket, she says. The 27-year-old Sarnian is one of just a few female electricians around and couldn’t be busier since starting her own business in June…. Read more »

Partnership brings together words and crafts

Cathy Dobson A Sarnia bookstore owner who was toying with retirement and her entrepreneurial daughter have devised a way to grow their businesses and keep doing what they love. Elaine Allen, long-time owner of Anne’s Book Place at 250 Russell St. South, was convinced it was time to sell her used bookstore and retire. When… Read more »