All posts by Angela Romano

Kumon makes learning fun


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September 1, 2022

Wonder what Kumon is all about?  Sault Business Matters recently had a chance to connect with the owner of the local franchise, Shelly Skinner-Noel, who explained that Kumon is a math and reading program for ages three and up. 

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Sault Smiles … at Elliott’s


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August 7, 2022

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

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Q Cafe in the downtown


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July 25, 2022

Since 2014, Q Café, now located at 523 Queen Street East in the Sault’s downtown, has been serving some of the freshest, homemade meals from scratch that our community has grown to love for good reason. 

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NTAAA: bus wraps and more


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June 13, 2022

Northern Transit & Arena Advertising Agency has been growing rapidly in Northern Ontario and throughout the province. NTAAA has been serving northeastern Ontario for five years in transit-outdoor related advertising in Sault Ste Marie, North Bay and now Orangeville. 

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Sleep Inn helps out


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June 12, 2022

On Saturday, our local Sleep Inn, in collaboration with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union locals 175 and 633, decided to piggy bank off the Downtown Association’s World’s Longest Garage Sale event by hosting their own garage sale and barbecue in support of the Leukemia  and Lymphoma Society of Canada.

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Services of Soo Junk Runners


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June 1, 2022

This summer is off to a roaring start! Fences, decks, stair repairs , staining, painting of decks and landscaping are just a few jobs that Soo Junk Runners can take off your list in addition to junk removal, moving services and dump runs.

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All about Stephanie’s Joy


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April 21, 2022

It was on July 4, 2021 that a new quaint little shop opened up on Queen Street East in the Sault’s downtown — in the old Mike’s Lunch location — by the name of Stephanie’s Joy.  

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The Wine Barrel


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April 4, 2022

It is pretty hard not to immediately like Steve, Josh and Bethany Jansen, owners of both the Wine Barrel, a u-brew location, and Broers Jansen, a cozy wine pub in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.  Steve and Josh are the brothers of “Broers” Jansen (Broers means brothers in Dutch) and Bethany, is married to Josh.

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Downtown events calendar


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March 11, 2022

The Sault’s downtown will be the place to be for a number of events over the upcoming weeks and months of 2022. See below for a full list of calendar events from the Downtown Association.

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Marconi meets world!


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March 5, 2022

The Marconi Cultural Event Centre, located on Albert St. in the Sault’s west end, has a three-day outdoor event planned for July 21-23.

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Low & Slow Smoked Fusion Grill


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February 8, 2022

Since 2014, Chad Stewart and Blake Richards, owners of Low & Slow Smoked Fusion Grill, have successfully brought Southern style BBQ fused with Canadian and other International influences to the people of Sault Ste. Marie. And they can proudly lay claim to being the Sault’s Best for Smoked BBQ.

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Local artist Steve Mancuso


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January 17, 2022

Sault Business Matters was very happy when approached by local artist Steve Mancuso regarding promoting his growing art business venture, Manculi Artwork.  If you are curious about the name “Manculi” like I was, here is the answer! 

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Make Salami via City Meat Market


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January 10, 2022

Being  a proud Calabrese Italian,  I learned the art of making sausage and salami from my parents and it is something my three sisters and I still do today. Our parents have both passed away but we proudly carry on this great tradition and based on the demand we have for our dried sausage, Mom and Dad taught us very well.  

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Feature: Holly Lasante Fitness


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November 29, 2021

One thing I noticed immediately when I decided to try out some of Holly Lasante’s virtual strength training sessions as inspiration for this story is how supportive and encouraging she is even through what can be an impersonal mode of training being online.

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Franzisi’s = delicious food!


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November 17, 2021

It was a pleasant surprise when I received a message from Maria Moro-Franzisi with some kind words regarding my efforts in supporting local businesses and her wanting to go ahead with some advertising here on Sault Business Matters.

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Feature: Ivory Lane Collective


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November 15, 2021

While waiting for the young owner of Ivory Lane Collective, Amanda Carchidi, to finish up a transaction with a young bride and her friend, it was easy to see why she and Ivory Lane Collective have developed such a great reputation here in Sault Ste. Marie and Northern Ontario. 

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Identity Salon … Deb’s Spa


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November 8, 2021

Identity Salon, located conveniently at 668 Wellington Street East with plenty of parking, looks forward to seeing new and old clients.   

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Holiday shopping at Homespun


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November 4, 2021

Homespun Treasures, located at 762 Queen Street East in the Sault’s downtown and locally owned and operated by David and Ruth Nicholson, has plenty of holiday gift giving ideas in stock.

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Neal’s Country Farm & Market


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October 27, 2021

On a recent day off, I decided to pay an impromptu visit to Neal’s Country Farm & Market and had a chance to connect with the friendly and hard-working owners Greg and Allyson Neal.  I caught them by surprise but as expected, was greeted warmly by name as they stood in their mud splattered clothing and boots — true farmers!

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Feature: Superior Vision Care


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October 21, 2021

I recently had a chance to catch up with the friendly and personable office manager of Superior Vision Care Tammy Culina, who also happens to be the wife of the equally friendly and personable optometrist there, Dr. Tom Culina, or Tom as he prefers to be called by his patients. 

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Uncle Gino’s Cafe & Ristorante


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October 1, 2021

Mmmmm … panzarotti!

Since 1985, Uncle Gino’s Café on Second Line West has been serving up some great Italian food and fan favourites like their famous and monster size delicious panzarotti.  

It opened in 1985 with Maria and Gino Calvano as the hands on and hard working owners.  

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FBFM and the Street Party


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August 27, 2021

Sault Business Matters is pleased to share some news relative to the upcoming Downtown Street Party via the team at Fit Bodies. Fit Minds.
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SK Group online platform


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July 26, 2021

Since 1992, the multi-faceted SK Group Inc. has been serving the Sault and area offering top notch customer service.

It started out primarily as an embroidery business but then securing a larger space in 1996 allowed for expanded production facilities, more equipment and thus more capabilities. 

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Mmmmm … Agawa Fish & Chips


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July 5, 2021

There is nothing better than a fish fry using fresh locally caught fish.  Am I right? Lucky for us in the Algoma region, we have access to some pretty amazing fresh local fish courtesy of a family run operation, Agawa Fishery.

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Transit bus advertising options


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June 22, 2021

I recently had a chance to catch up with Blaine Smith, who is the managing director of Northern Transit & Arena Advertising Agency (NTAAA), and received some updates from him. As a refresher, NTAAA provides promotion services for businesses and organizations in Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, and Sudbury.

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Stellar service at Tamar’s


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June 16, 2021

For businesses like Tamar’s Trends who rely a lot on things like weddings, large social events and gatherings, it is an understatement to say that COVID-19 has significantly affected the bottom line of the downtown flower shop.

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Camera Craft is back open!


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June 15, 2021

Owner James Wishon has advised Sault Business Matters that his Camera Craft store has reopened for business as part of phase one of the provincial government plan.

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Vintage Games set to reopen


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June 10, 2021

We have some great news to share with you regarding one of this community’s most beloved downtown gems, Vintage Games N’ Junque.

They are happy to say that they can’t wait to see your smiling faces when they re-open to the public on Friday of this week (June 11) with the recent announcement of the Ontario government to enter Step 1 of its roadmap to reopen. 

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On the grill at Stackburger


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May 31, 2021

Now that’s a burger!

Anyone who knows Kevin Syrette can vouch for his love of a good burger going back to his childhood and many years of traveling as part of the musical group Bear Creek where he would try burgers wherever he went. 

Thus, it is very fortunate for the people of the Sault that in 2015, Kevin decided to take a leap of faith and open his very own burger joint — and voila, the now very popular Stackburger was born.

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Feature: Steel City Delivery


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May 25, 2021

For over 20 years, Steel City Delivery has quietly been serving the Sault and area and building a loyal following primarily because of their friendly, efficient and reliable services.

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Sleep Inn: Home away from home


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May 10, 2021

Sleep Inn, located on Bay Street just off East Street, in the Sault’s downtown

It was a recent Saturday evening that I was invited to experience the stellar hospitality of the well appointed Sleep Inn for myself as a way of research for this story, a little ‘staycation’ if you will!

It soon became apparent why they are recent winners of the prestigious Gold Award for Choice Hotels! 

From the moment I arrived, I was greeted warmly by staff and immediately felt like a member of the Sleep Inn family, which explains why they have so many repeat guests.   

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‘Your comfort, our promise’


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April 26, 2021

Sault Business Matters had a chance to recently connect with the personable Derek Jackson, who is the chief information and marketing officer for Wardlaw Heating & Cooling.

And when asked the secret to the company being in business for 40 years, Derek responded with the fact that Wardlaw Heating & Cooling has worked hard to stay ahead of the curve and has always adapted with the changing industry.

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City Meat Market supports local


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April 14, 2021

Speaking to Lori Nowitski, daughter of John and Rosina Bruni, owners of City Meat Market, it doesn’t take long to see how passionate she is about a few things — supporting local business, excellence in customer service, and a genuine desire to see the downtown thrive. 

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Catching up with Pina and Tony


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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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Camera Craft stands test of time


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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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New at Fit Bodies, Fit Minds


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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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What’s new at Yes! It Fits


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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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Pond Hockey Apparel


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February 8, 2021

It was back in November when I was the lucky winner of a pretty nice looking shirt via ‘Movember’ promotion and the fine folks at Broers Jansen in the Sault’s downtown.  I am one of the first people to try to support local philanthropic initiatives. In this case, it was for every purchase of Broers Jansen mulled wine, (you really had to twist my arm for this one), you received an entry into a draw for a shirt and they would donate some money to the ‘Movember’ campaign.  When I received the shirt — which was super soft and comfy by the way — I noticed the words Pond Hockey Apparel on the sleeve.

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RIP, Carlos Arruda


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January 24, 2021

This is a big loss.

It is a story of a great loss to our business community, a story of heartbreaking loss for our community in general, and a story of personal loss.

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New to Marcel’s Automotive


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January 19, 2021

Sault Business Matters has received a special equipment update from Marcel’s Automotive, which is located on Queen Street, just past Tancred, in the Sault’s downtown area.

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Feature: Odd Job Jacks


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December 29, 2020

Odd Job Jacks owner Kurtis McDermid may not be aware of this but being a pretty actively involved member of our community who volunteers for local causes a fair amount, I have actually been a fan of what he and his business are all about for quite a few years.

You see, a couple of years ago, I took part in the Downtown Association’s annual ‘Spring Clean’ event where volunteers take part in tidying up downtown.

And at the time, a generous company had donated its time, resources and labour to help with this big task — and that company was Odd Job Jacks.

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Feature: KC Security Services


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December 1, 2020

Daniel Laprade of KC Security Services

I had a chance to connect with the on-the-go owner of KC Security Services, Daniel Laprade, via telephone recently.

And like the owner himself, our conversation was reassuring and friendly, having known each other for years through our other roles in the community and by often seeing him working at many community events. 

For someone so young, Daniel has quickly become a much respected and leader in the local security services scene. 

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Feature: The Whisky Barrel


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November 24, 2020

The bar at the Whisky Barrel

A recent Friday the 13th seemed like a good day as any to stop by The Whisky Barrel to have a chat with one half of the duo that owns this welcome addition to downtown Sault Ste. Marie.   

Since it was a vacation day for me from my “day” job, I even got to treat myself to a drink while we chatted, a rye and coke in case you are wondering.   

When I arrived, the exuberant and personable Dunbar Thompson, co-owner of the Whisky Barrel, was working alone and chatting with a first time visitor. And while I sat at the bar waiting to chat, I was able to witness why people quickly become fans of the vibe offered at the Whisky Barrel. 

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Feature: Marc Capancioni


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November 18, 2020

It was during a break in the morning that I spoke to the easy going Marc Capancioni, mortgage agent at the local Centum Mortgage Brokers office here in Sault Ste. Marie. 

Our chat began with a bit of a catch up about his recent new status as a first time Dad to a sweet little girl named Emmie who just turned 10 weeks old. 

Marc said he and his wife are really enjoying being first time parents and have been blessed with a good sleeper who is super cute from the photos I’ve seen.

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Feature: Arturo Ristorante


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November 13, 2020

For the past 35 years, the Comegna family has been bringing incredible Italian cuisine to Sault Ste. Marie — first at their location on Gore Street and since 2002, at their current spot, 515 Queen Street East. 

The founder of Arturo Ristorante, Arturo Comegna, well known in the local food scene, laid a strong foundation for success for his two sons, Thomas and Chris, who took ownership in April of 2011.

Both Thomas and Chris, despite their relative youth, have been involved in the business for the past twenty years, having learned at a young age, from their dad.

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Feature: Void Vinyl


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November 10, 2020

I don’t know about you, but I can tell you that at 18 years old, I was no where near being ready to own my own vinyl records/café/street wear clothing shop — or any business for that matter.

But for Nathan Wilding, his love of vinyl and the opportunity to open a pretty cool spot in the Sault’s downtown was something he felt driven to do. 

Thus, Void Vinyl came into being.

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