Feature: Sault Tree Experts


Angela Romano
By
July 13, 2020

Working as a writer for Sault Business Matters, you can certainly learn all about the different facets involved in various industries.

And in this case it was some lessons in the art of working with trees! 

You see, for over thirty-five years, Glen Chiblow, who is the owner of Sault Tree Experts, has expertly guided his business to become one of the best arborist companies in the region which takes great pride in the service they provide.

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CKCY: My first media job


Randy Russon
By
July 6, 2020

It was circa 1975 and between beers at the Purple Lantern, I studied Journalism at Sault College.

Classmates included David Gazer and Joe Petrolo and I mention them because all three of us managed to land part-time jobs at CKCY Radio while still “studying” at Sault College.

Gazer and Petrolo, with their booming, CKLW-Windsor-style voices, worked as late night newscasters at CKCY while I was the weekend sportscaster.

Thus began my media career, which is now at 45 years and counting.

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Feature: Healthgear Medical


Angela Romano
By
July 3, 2020

It has been a locally owned and operated business for almost 30 years.

Since September of 1992, Healthgear Medical & Safety Inc. has been proudly serving the Algoma District providing reliable, knowledgeable service in home health care.  

From the very beginning, owner Jim (James) Mills has aimed to offer the best prices compared to the competitors in what is arguably a competitive market. 

Speaking with Mills recently, I learned that at first because his father was in the restaurant business, having owned five restaurants, he in a way felt he should try and follow in his footsteps.

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Downtown patio bars aplenty


Randy Russon
By
June 26, 2020

It is patio bar season.

And as we head towards the end of June and are poised to welcome July, the weather outlook is for plenty of warmth and sunshine.

As for the patio bars, there are many to choose from, particularly in the Sault’s downtown.

Making our rounds on Thursday of this week, Mane St. Cafe was a popular spot at its Queen Street E. location, between East and Brock streets.

A feature of Mane St. Cafe is the roll-up canopy that overhangs the neat and tidy patio bar.

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Feature: Rivercity Motorsports


Angela Romano
By
June 24, 2020

It was a recent Saturday that I stopped in to speak with general manager Jason Goodine of Rivercity Motorsports & Trailers about what can only be described as a real playground for the outdoor enthusiast.

While I waited for Jason to open the door at Rivercity Motorsports & Trailers I had a chance to look at some of the “toys” on display outside and wow, what a wide variety of fun looking machines! 

Goodine tells Sault Business Matters that he has served as GM for the last three years and absolutely loves being able to make people’s dreams come true in helping them get their dream powersport machine, be it an ATV, UTV, XTV, snowmobile, motorcycle, dirt bike, personal watercraft, pontoon boat, boat, tractor, trailer, and other power equipment.

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Feature: Vintage Games


Angela Romano
By
June 17, 2020

I recently met with Mike Turcotte, one half of the dynamic duo, who along with his wife Beth Davison, owns and operates a real treasure in downtown Sault Ste. Marie affectionately titled Vintage Games N Junque.

One of the first things you will notice about Mike is his quick wit and a real gift for friendly conversation which is sure to make your shopping experience a fun one. 

The store itself is a virtual treasure trove of interesting finds and collectibles, which lends itself completely to a lengthy visit and you can be sure that you won’t feel pressured to buy something — but in all likelihood you will find something that tickles your fancy. 

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Cheers to local beers


Randy Russon
By
June 12, 2020

I like beer.

In fact, it has been a preferred liquid refreshment of mine since, um, I was in Grade 12 at venerable Sir James Dunn Collegiate in the Sault.

The brands of beer on my select list are not as numerous as they once were.

And now, as I support local more than ever before, the products of Northern Superior Brewing and OutSpoken Brewing are my top choices, where available.

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Feature: Bennardo Jewellers


Angela Romano
By
June 8, 2020

If there is one story that I am proud to write, this one would definitely rank near the top.  You see, I have known the Bennardo family pretty much most of my life — for many years they lived across the street from me.

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Whoa, oh listen to the Eagle


Randy Russon
By
May 28, 2020

” … what the people need is a way to make them smile … it ain’t so hard to do if you know how … gotta get a message, get it on through … woah, oh listen to the music …” — from the 1970s classic hit ‘Listen to the Music’ by the Doobie Brothers.

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Feature: Northern Superior


Angela Romano
By
May 25, 2020

Who doesn’t like an ice cold beer especially as we start to see temperatures start to heat up in Sault Ste. Marie? 

(It’s no secret that I have been known to enjoy a cold beer or two, especially in the summer months.) 

Well, the Sault is fortunate to have two breweries in operation and without question, Northern Superior Brewing Company as its predecessor Northern Brewery, has a storied history here and has been quenching the thirst of residents for many, many years. 

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Feature: Makwa Wise


Angela Romano
By
May 12, 2020

Sometimes things happen suddenly and unexpectedly. And the story of how Makwa Wise came to be an advertiser on Sault Business Matters is an example of this. 

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Feature: Willson Greco Law


Angela Romano
By
May 6, 2020

Situated at 494 Albert Street East in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, you will come across a beautiful, rustic looking building that is home to the law offices of Willson Greco Barristers & Solicitors

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May we be okay in May


Randy Russon
By
May 4, 2020

We seem to be getting past first base. As in flattening the curve from the 100 mile an hour fastball that COVID-19 threw at the world. Doug Ford, the province’s stand-up, no-nonsense premier, has lauded Ontario residents for stepping up to the plate when called upon. And in Sault Ste. Marie, team work has been evident.

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‘We’re getting close’ — Ford


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
April 30, 2020

Premier Doug Ford said today that Ontario is “getting close” to re-opening. Appearing on live television from Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ford noted that the provincial government has a sector-specific list of guidelines to protect workers, consumers and the general public from the spread of COVID-19.

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Supporting one another


Randy Russon
By
April 27, 2020

There is irony in the following words. That is, as we maintain separation while practicing social distance, we need to be members of a team by sticking together.

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Croatian community history


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
April 17, 2020

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.

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Feature: IDA Pharmacy


Angela Romano
By
April 14, 2020

One of Sault Ste. Marie’s longest serving examples of excellence in customer service can be found in the IDA Pharmacy family of stores. As a long time customer myself, this writer can attest to the “go the extra mile” level of service you can expect at the IDA locations.

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Radio newscaster flashback


Randy Russon
By
April 7, 2020

I have worked in the local radio business as a sportscaster, on and off, since 1975. And besides the “good sports” who I have worked alongside, there has also been a memorable cast of news hounds who I shared a microphone with at 920 CKCY, YES-FM et al.

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Doug Ford shows leadership


Randy Russon
By
March 31, 2020

It is no longer just a campaign slogan. Flexing strength and the ability to govern and work with others as a true leader, Ontario Premier Doug Ford is showing that he really is “for the people.”

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Ford commends Trudeau


Randy Russon
By
March 24, 2020

As we are in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis that is affecting all of us, it is truly inspiring when government leaders from different political parties are publicly supportive of one another.

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Feature: Homespun Treasures


Angela Romano
By
March 9, 2020

For all intents and purposes, Homespun Treasures, the rustic, homey, country, quaint store located in the Sault’s downtown, was never really supposed to happen in its current format.  

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