New pole dancing studio lets women belly up to the bar

Cathy Dobson It’s not what you think. Haylee Lacroix and Brittanny Allen, owners of Sarnia’s first pole dancing studio, want to put all preconceptions to bed. Yes, there are a few professional strippers who attend classes at Chrome 45 Pole Fitness to improve their technique and add to their pole tricks, Lacroix said. But most… Read more »

Gladu joins singers gifted and otherwise at Sarnia Sings

Cathy Dobson Sarnia Sings will sound a conservative note this year. That’s because one of the 17 performers at the May 2 fundraiser will be Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu, as staunch a Conservative as you’ll find. Turns out, Gladu’s talents include an ability to sing — along with a penchant for tunes from the ‘70s,… Read more »

Accomplished 16-year-old pianist preparing for a larger stage

Troy Shantz Phoebe Croteau hadn’t taken many piano lessons when her mother overheard her one day tapping out an unfamiliar tune. When Shinae Kang asked her five-year-old about it, the little girl confessed she’d picked up the song by listening to senior students practice it that week. “That’s when I knew she had something,” Kang… Read more »

A new brewery and restaurant going into historic downtown building

Cathy Dobson A large historic downtown building is being converted into a new craft brewery, bar and restaurant set to open in early summer. The River Run Brew Co. is taking shape in the refurbished basement of 146 and 148 Christina St. That’s the 12,000-square-foot building outside the former Bayside Centre, near Cromwell Street. Most recently… Read more »

Arenacross Action

Round 3 of the 2019 Rockstar Energy Arenacross Tour touches down Saturday, April 27 at the Progressive Auto Sales Arena. Returnees include last year’s winner and local hero Cole Thompson, seen here, who went on to win the entire cross-country Triple Crown Series and the $100,000 prize purse. Gates to the pit party open at… Read more »

For itinerant golf pro, it’s have driver, will travel

Troy Shantz A golf pro who travels the world teaching the game he loves has landed in Bright’s Grove. Gordon Crossman has worked as an instructor in 20 different countries over the past half-century, as well as managing, consulting and even helping design golf courses. “I’ve done everything in the business,” said Crossman, 76, who… Read more »

Lambton Mall store repurposed as police training centre

Troy Shantz Sarnia Police says their new training facility at the Lambton Mall will be among the best in Southern Ontario. The former Tepperman’s store is being renovated into an 8,500-square-foot centre expected to open this fall. “In today’s era of policing, you simply cannot have a professional police force without a facility to train… Read more »

Downtown’s new Blue Line pub honours first responders

Cathy Dobson One of downtown’s most beautifully restored historic buildings is opening this week as The Blue Line Pub & Lounge. It will be a new sports bar, welcoming the public and honouring first responders with discounts and a display of emergency professionals’ hats and shoulder patches. Owner Tracey Moore Mamak and husband Paul Mamak… Read more »

Coffee cart venture fits high school students to a tea

Troy Shantz They say humanity runs on coffee. For evidence, look to St. Patrick’s High School where a group of eager students are delivering cups of java right in the hallway. Participants in the Community Pathways program operate a mobile coffee cart each morning, selling coffee, tea and treats to staff and students while developing… Read more »