SK Group online platform


By
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. 

…[read more]

Mmmmm … Agawa Fish & Chips


By
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.

…[read more]

Transit bus advertising options


By
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.

…[read more]

Stellar service at Tamar’s


By
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.

…[read more]

Ready for patio bars, beers


Reggie’s Place Tavern in the Sault’s downtown will soon be home to a new outdoor patio bar in the back of the building.

As many of us anticipate the imminent opening of outdoor patios relative to the go ahead from the Ontario government, the Sault’s downtown area will feature at least 10 licensed outlets that we know of, including some new ones.

…[read more]

On the grill at Stackburger


By
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.

…[read more]

Feature: Steel City Delivery


By
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.

…[read more]

Lindsay in the air chair


By
May 14, 2021

Lindsay Ellis of local radio station Eagle 95.1 http://www.eagleradio951.com

There is another Ellis now spinning the timeless, endless classic hit tunes on local radio station Eagle 95.1.

Lindsay Ellis recently took over the 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. time slot on the Eagle. Her shift follows the 6-10 a.m. ‘Rise and Shine Morning Show’ that is hosted by her husband, long-time local radio personality Tim Ellis, aka Timmy E.

The Ellis’s have been local owners and operators of Eagle 95.1 for just over two and a half years.

…[read more]

Sleep Inn: Home away from home


By
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.   

…[read more]

‘Your comfort, our promise’


By
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.

…[read more]

City Meat Market supports local


By
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. 

…[read more]

Catching up with Pina and Tony


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.   

…[read more]

Phases and faces of radio


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.

…[read more]

Camera Craft stands test of time


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.

…[read more]

High school will never be Dunn


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.

…[read more]

New at Fit Bodies, Fit Minds


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.

…[read more]

What’s new at Yes! It Fits


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!

…[read more]

Pond Hockey Apparel


By
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.

…[read more]

Hard working, top producing


By
January 26, 2021

As a defenseman of moderate skill, it was his work ethic and honest, hard-driven approach to the game that led John Glavota to a professional hockey career that included a decade on the international stage.

It is those same traits that have helped to make the 44-year old Glavota the top producing real estate agent in Sault Ste. Marie.

…[read more]

Eagle on air, everywhere


By
January 22, 2021

It spins the classic music hits that are endless in time.

With an impressive music library that is without peer, Sault radio station Eagle 95.1 also reaches an on-line audience with a crisp, clear sound via http://eagleradio951.com.

And the Eagle also has more — besides music — to offer with day long weather updates and a local sports presence.

…[read more]

Good nation of local radio


By
January 8, 2021

It came as good news to hear — a mere month after being unceremoniously ousted by Country 104.3 after 30 plus years in the air chair — that good guy Jeff McNeice has a new gig on rival local radio station Country 105.5.

At any rate, the forced, short-lived exile of McNeice brought two things to mind. As in, what was Country 104.3 thinking when it moved on from McNeice and, the restless hands of time have yet to pass by a local radio nation of announcers.

…[read more]

Searchmont ski snippets


By
January 3, 2021

Perhaps the best-known ski resort in the Sault area is located in the community of Searchmont.

Over the years the resort has changed ownership many times and has often experienced the threat of closure on a number of occasions.

At any rate, following are a smattering of Searchmont Ski Resort snippets via the Sault public library.

…[read more]

Feature: Odd Job Jacks


By
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.

…[read more]

Angry Joe rocks Reggie’s


By
December 14, 2020

Angry Joe put on a show. (photo by Mary Desimone)

Joltin’ Joe Della Savia returned to the stage in a big way on the weekend and rocked it at Reggie’s Place Tavern in the Sault’s downtown.

The current rendition of Angry Joe and the Growlers, featuring the always-entertaining Della Savia as lead singer, along with fellow guitarists Ron McLean and Marcel VanLandeghem and drummer Chuck Gassi, stole the show at Reggie’s with an array of well-performed classic hits from the 1960s and 1970s.

…[read more]

Feature: KC Security Services


By
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. 

…[read more]

Feature: The Whisky Barrel


By
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. 

…[read more]

Feature: Marc Capancioni


By
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.

…[read more]

Reggie’s revving up karaoke


By
November 16, 2020

The karaoke machine is returning to Reggie’s Place Tavern in the Sault’s downtown.

Randy Lapossie, who along with his wife Kylie took over operation of Reggie’s Downtown on September 1 of this year, confirmed that karaoke will be a Thursday feature from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m. beginning this week.

…[read more]

Feature: Arturo Ristorante


By
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.

…[read more]

Croatian community history


By
November 11, 2020

Za nase Hravatske prijatlje:

The Sault’s Croatian community has a long, gritty and vibrant history.

To be sure, the first Croatian immigrants arrived in the Sault area in the early 1900s.

…[read more]