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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Then, now at the Windsor Hotel


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March 22, 2022

It has been sitting empty for several years now as the restless hands of time have passed it by. But current owner Feroze Virani has taken over the iconic Windsor Hotel with construction underway that his firm says will turn the 10-storey downtown landmark into a retirement home. Let us hope that the opening is not far off.

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RIP, boxing legend Steve Nolan


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February 17, 2022

This is a tough one to write and report on. That is, a mere few days after celebrating his 62nd birthday, legendary Sault Ste. Marie and world class boxer Steve Nolan passed away suddenly from an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

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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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Mathieu Gentès, Athletics Canada


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February 4, 2022

Sault Ste. Marie native Mathieu Gentès has been appointed as the interim chief executive officer for Athletics Canada.

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RIP, Bobby Yeomans


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January 24, 2022

A quiet, soft spoken legend on the local music scene, Bob Yeomans passed away suddenly on Saturday. The mystical Yeomans was a musical presence for six decades, performing with countless bands and talented musicians.

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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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Old teachers, good memories


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January 13, 2022

Teaching is like any profession. There are good ones, pretty good ones, and bad ones. And it is the good ones who provide positive direction that lead to good instruction, good times — and even better memories.

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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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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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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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Investing in our downtown


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October 3, 2021

Forty-Five Social is located at 117 Spring Street in the Sault’s downtown.

If you work, live, or frequent the Sault’s downtown, you just may have taken note of the modest growth that the area has experienced over recent times.

Forty-Five Social, which includes a men’s clothing store, barber shop, bar and cafe, along with Lucy Ro Clean Beauty, is just the latest local business enterprise to set up shop in the Sault’s downtown.

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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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Fall programs at FBFM


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September 28, 2021

Team FBFM (photo by Lee Anne Jarrett)

(EDITOR’S NOTE: We have this from the team at Fit Bodies. Fit Minds.)

Ready to get back in the gym and become a stronger version of you?

Here at Fit Bodies. Fit Minds., we’re offering a variety of programs this Fall to help you develop a strong body, balanced mind and a powerful life!

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Election aftermath overview


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September 26, 2021

Justin Trudeau and Terry Sheehan sit together

It may rightfully be stated that Sault Ste. Marie came within less than 250 votes of potentially shooting itself in the foot at the recent federal election.

That is because Conservative challenger Sonny Spina came oh so close to unseating Liberal incumbent Terry Sheehan. And had Spina prevailed, the Sault would have been on the outside looking in given that Canada re-elected Justin Trudeau of the Liberals as Prime Minister for what is now a third term.

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Fixated by football


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September 7, 2021

Okay football fans, here we go. Are you ready for some nonsense?

A mind altering obsession with millions across North America including thousands in good, old Sault Ste. Marie, the National Football League begins the 2021 regular season this week.

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A wish list for the Sault


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August 9, 2021

I love this town. I really do. When people trash the Sault, I invariably defend it to the hilt, even if the criticism is warranted.

Having said that, I do have a wish list for the betterment of the Sault.

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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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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.

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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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Lindsay in the air chair


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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.

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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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Phases and faces of radio


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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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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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High school will never be Dunn


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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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