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 »

No more pencils, no more books

Demolition has begun on this high school building on East Street, the former home to thousands of students. It opened in 1955 as Central Collegiate and later became St. Patrick’s High School. According to a contract awarded last year the site is scheduled to be cleared by May. Glenn Ogilvie

PHOTO: It’s all in the reflection

Glassy-eyed Objects inside the closed Trinity Lounge and Ravenous Gastropub appear to float in the air but are actually combining with a window reflection of the Bayside Mall. Glenn Ogilvie

Sarnia Journal trivia challenge

1 – In 2003, what did the late David Bowie refuse from Queen Elizabeth II? 2 – What local team captured a bronze medal at the recent OCAA championship? 3 – In what month does the Vernal Equinox occur in the Northern Hemisphere? 4 – The March 31st Sarnia Speaks forum covers what serious topic?… Read more »

Reflexologist promotes wellbeing in many forms

Year of Local Laura Greaves This is the ninth in a series of submitted stories produced by the Year of Local, a collaborative project highlighting businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Sarnia. When Kelly Graham started Essence Reflexology, her vision was clear. She wanted to provide clients with the same benefits she had experienced from reflexology…. Read more »

Rooftop solar projects approved

Two city-owned facilities are about to get shiny new lids. City council has approved an agreement with Bluewater Power that will see rooftop solar panels installed at Sarnia Harbour and the Bluewater Gymnastics building in Lottie Neely Park. The panels are expected to generate up to 10 kWs of electricity for the power grid. The… Read more »

Greekfest set to return downtown in August

Greekfest has found a home downtown. The annual celebration of Greek culture will held for the next five years at the Parkway parking lot beside Scotiabank, city council agreed last week. Organizers had made the request following a successful trial move to the downtown last August from the event’s home at St. Demetrios Orthodox Church… Read more »

Ugly foods find home in produce aisle

Cathy Dobson A new line of misshapen or slightly blemished fruits and veggies is taking the produce departments of some local grocers by storm. “There’s nothing wrong with this produce,” says Albert Marinaro, produce manager at Sarnia’s Real Canadian Superstore on London Road. “It’s 100% fresh and tastes great. It’s just that when they’re graded… Read more »

Nic Swales headed back to the studio

Cathy Dobson A new album in the works and enough gigs to keep him out of trouble is making Point Edward’s Nic Swales a happy musician these days. “Sarnia has a vibrant music scene,” says the 37-year-old, who’s been pursuing a solo career and playing with local bands for decades. “There’s no fortune or fame… Read more »

What’s Happening, week of March 24

What’s happening events must be open to the public, of general interest, 60 words or less, and received at least two weeks prior to the event. Please include ticket prices, if any, and a phone number or website where readers can obtain more information. Email notices to Wednesday, March 23 Parenting Talk Discuss topics… Read more »