Catching up with Pina and Tony


Angela Romano
By
April 12, 2021

Tony and Pina Bennardo, of Bennardo Jewellers

To say that COVID-19 has proved a challenge to a small local business like Bennardo Jewellers would be an understatement.

But in speaking to Pina Bennardo, it is truly heartwarming to appreciate their resilience.   

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Friday features at Gliss


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
April 8, 2021

The personable, husband and wife tandem of chef Derek Turner and manager Kristi Turner at Gliss Restaurant on Spring Street in the Sault’s downtown have finalized their Friday feature takeout menu.

Gliss is one of the more popular locally owned and operated restaurants in the Sault and like all small business, can use the support of locals, especially during this latest Ontario emergency shutdown order.

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Wellness workshops at FBFM


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
April 8, 2021

During these challenging times, Fit Bodies. Fit Minds would like to remind local businesses/workplaces that employee well-being is more important than ever.

And FBFM is offering a variety of workshops that can benefit all employees in the connection of mind and body wellness.

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We have the bear facts


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
April 7, 2021

Bear with us, so to speak.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Ontario Provincial Police would like to remind all of us to exercise caution as black bears begin to come out of hibernation this spring.

Bears waking up from hibernation are faced with a scarcity of natural food sources, leading them to look for food in garbage cans and bird feeders.

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Sault smiles … at Stackburger


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
April 6, 2021

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A regular feature in which we share many of the smiles that help make the Sault a friendly place to do business.)

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Why is the Sault in a shutdown?


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
April 4, 2021

The number of COVID-19 cases here in the Sault are quite low in comparison to the rest of the Province of Ontario … but here we are in another “shutdown” and I know that I am not alone when I ask “why us”? Why are we in the same category as the “hot spots” when we are not a “hot spot” is another question to ask.

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Blueberry honey … at Makwa


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
April 2, 2021

We have a honey of a story to report. Sault Business Matters has received this update from Makwa Makers … blueberry honey is now available!

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Phases and faces of radio


Randy Russon
By
April 1, 2021

To declare or observe that radio has undergone consequential compression since I started in the business in 1975 would rank as an overplayed understatement.

From being live 24 hours a day, seven days a week in what was the golden age of radio for stations that were locally owned and operated, the industry has now subjected many who work in it do so in an almost robotic fashion while under the thumb of corporate control.

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Soon to be patio season


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 30, 2021

Retired National Hockey League goalie Marty Turco and his wife Kelly enjoy a cold Kingsville Brewery product at Mane St. patio bar in the Sault’s downtown in this 2020 Sault Business Matters file photo. Marty and Kelly are both from Sault Ste. Marie and they maintain a residence here with their three kids. Marty is also a part owner of Kingsville Brewery. (photo by Mary Desimone)

Patio bars were popular in the Sault’s downtown in 2020.

And with the Ontario government and public health officials encouraging more outdoor dining as per COVID-19, look for patio bars to soon spring up in the Sault’s downtown.

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Camera Craft stands test of time


Angela Romano
By
March 27, 2021

Camera Craft, in the Sault’s downtown

Camera Craft has been a fixture in downtown Sault Ste. Marie for over six decades, which is an incredible achievement in the small business world.  Longevity in operating a highly specialized service is certainly something to be proud of and a testament to the stellar customer service experience one can expect from the team at Camera Craft.  Camera Craft has always been a family operated business from its previous owners and to the current ownership.

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Sault smiles … at Dragonfly


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 24, 2021

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A regular feature in which we share many of the smiles that help make the Sault a friendly place to do business.)

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PM shows faith in Sault MP


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 22, 2021

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (left) and Sault MP Terry Sheehan, in this 2016 file photo.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced changes to his team of parliamentary secretaries.

Some of the parliamentary secretaries are newly appointed, taking on new responsibilities, others are staying in their current portfolio.

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High school will never be Dunn


Randy Russon
By
March 21, 2021

The back of the Dunn that faced the football field.

The walls at the venerable high school on Wellington Street in the Sault’s east end came tumbling down several years ago.

But the long gone walls and hallowed halls still speak their own language and Sir James Dunn Collegiate remains alive in the memory bank for many who attended the school at any point from its opening in 1957 to its close in 2010.

If you went to SJD and enjoyed any part of your experience there for any length of time, chances are good that high school will never be Dunn in your mind, memory or heart.

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New at Fit Bodies, Fit Minds


Angela Romano
By
March 17, 2021

Sault Business Matters recently caught up with the newly hired director of athletics for Fit Bodies. Fit Minds, Daniel Roy to go over some of its new and revised programming.

Daniel and the rest of the team couldn’t be happier to be able to offer more in person programming but also continue with virtual options for those that prefer that option given these times.

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St. Pat’s at Reggie’s downtown


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 16, 2021

Reggie’s Place Tavern in the Sault’s downtown has a St. Patrick’s Day event planned that includes live music with popular local band Boneyard.

See below for details.

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What’s new at Yes! It Fits


Angela Romano
By
March 15, 2021

It is no secret that 2020 was a challenging year for small businesses and that 2021 has also been off to a rocky start.

But the resiliency of a small business owner such as Jodie McNabb of Yes! It Fits is nothing short of inspiring. 

Being able to adapt and make the best of situations has been a big part of why Jodie continues to be successful in a business category that by all intents and purposes would not be expected to do so well in this COVID-19 environment — but succeed she has!

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Downtown church thrift shops


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 15, 2021

There are two churches in the downtown area of the Sault that feature thrift shops that are open to the public every Wednesday.

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A first for the Sault Museum


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 12, 2021

Isabelle Michaud

Francophone visual artist Isabelle Michaud is being featured at the Sault Ste. Marie Museum as its first artist in residence.

An exhibition will display pieces exploring the history of the Dionne Quints, the French community of Sault Ste. Marie, and French Town.

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Happening at the Legion


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 11, 2021

Branch 25 Legion, which is located on Great Northern Road in the Sault, has much to offer the public and its members. See below for several examples.

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Sault smiles … with Lindsay


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 8, 2021

Lindsay Ellis

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A regular feature in which we share many of the smiles that help make the Sault a friendly place to do business.)

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Spring at Big Lake Cabin


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 5, 2021

The food crew at Big Lake Cabin has cooked up its new spring menu.

And not only does Sault Business Matters have the new spring menu at Big Lake Cabin to share but we can tell you that BLC is now open Monday through Saturday starting at 10:30 a.m.

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Inside or takeout at Gliss


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 5, 2021

Gliss Restaurant, located at 133 Spring Street in the Sault’s downtown, recently re-opened inside.

And Gliss manager Kristi Turner tells Sault Business Matters “that we have been fairly busy … we are open inside and for takeout Wednesday through Saturday at 5 o’clock.”

To make a reservation or to call for takeout, phone 705-759-0000. A copy of the entrees menu is listed below.

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Albert, Gore stop sign


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 3, 2021

Sault Business Matters issues this reminder of the new stop sign at Albert and Gore streets in that area of the downtown.

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Eagle assists Soo Theatre


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
March 2, 2021

Sault Ste. Marie radio station Eagle 95.1 is showing its passion for the historic Soo Theatre, which is located in the Michigan Soo’s downtown.

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Creation of N1 Solutions


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
February 25, 2021

President Brad Gregorini and his management team have created N1 Solutions Inc. to further reflect the growth and diversification of the NORPRO brand. 

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Sault smiles … with Dunbar


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
February 23, 2021

Dunbar Thompson of the Whisky Barrel

(EDITOR’S NOTE: A regular feature in which we share many of the smiles that help make the Sault a friendly place to do business.)

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Extra critical care bed


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
February 18, 2021

Ross Romano

Sault Ste. Marie member of provincial parliament Ross Romano has confirmed that the Ontario government is providing Sault Area Hospital with $249,400 to build a new critical care bed to help alleviate pressures and add support in the intensive care unit.

The funding will improve access to critical care amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Romano noted.

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