Feature: The Whisky Barrel


Angela Romano
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. 

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Feature: Marc Capancioni


Angela Romano
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.

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Reggie’s revving up karaoke


Randy Russon
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.

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Feature: Arturo Ristorante


Angela Romano
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.

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Croatian community history


Sault Business Matters Staff
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.

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Feature: Void Vinyl


Angela Romano
By
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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History, magic of Gros Cap


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
November 8, 2020

It is somewhat of a hidden treasure on the west side outskirts of the Sault, at the end Prince Township. From the archives of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library, Sault Business Matters presents an historic look at Gros Cap.

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Feature: Marcel’s Automotive


Angela Romano
By
October 30, 2020

Marcel, at work

It was a Friday evening when I spoke to the no nonsense, honest, and friendly Marcel Lamoureux via telephone. 

In the background I could hear the sound of a child laughing and after what had been an emotionally challenging week hearing about the loss of a close friend’s son as a result of a car accident, the sound of laughter was a welcome one. 

Advertising sales can be tough at times so it was a nice surprise when I stopped in to Marcel’s Automotive to speak to them about possibly advertising on Sault Business Matters knowing that they were relatively new to their current location at 61 Queen Street East, formerly occupied by Advance Transmission. 

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45 years ago this month …


Randy Russon
By
October 21, 2020

October is a month of significance for me.

I was born in October of 1952 and will soon turn 68.

And in October of 1975 — 45 years ago — I began my media career as a $3 an hour, part time sportscaster at local radio station CKCY.

I was hired in a rather unusual manner. That is, CKCY news and sports director Paul Leonard gave me the job over several glasses of draught beer at the Algoma Hotel, which was located beside Memorial Gardens, across from the radio station, in the Sault’s downtown.

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Feature: Big Lake Cabin


Angela Romano
By
October 19, 2020

It is fair to say that the personable and happy go lucky Jon Young is in many ways a big part of why Big Lake Cabin in just over a year has quickly become a Sault favourite in the local dining scene. 

The friendly, funny, kind, caring and generous Jon is often the face you see welcoming you to what is sure to be a pleasant dining experience. 

Big Lake Cabin opened in August of 2019 and has truly brought a fresh new vibe to the Sault’s downtown dining experience with an innovative and creative menu that is changed up frequently to take advantage of what is in season but also what is seasonally appropriate. 

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Missing high school hoopla


Randy Russon
By
September 27, 2020

If there is a participation or experience that I miss at this time of year it is being a community volunteer as a basketball coach.

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Feature: Laura DeLuca


Angela Romano
By
September 25, 2020

I recently met up with Laura DeLuca at a local downtown restaurant to chat about her work as a real estate sales representative for locally owned and operated brokerage EXIT Realty Lake Superior. 

I have known Laura for a long time and even though it had been a while since we saw each other in person, it was as though no time had passed at all.

This type of easy and comfortable conversation is what anyone who contacts Laura for their real estate needs can expect.  It doesn’t take long to realize that she has found the perfect fit for her personality and strengths and anyone looking to buy or sell their home is in good hands with Laura. 

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Boosting the downtown


Randy Russon
By
September 14, 2020

Mane St. Cafe’s patio bar

There is collective effort being made to sustain and maintain business.

Any good city needs a thriving downtown and the Sault is no exception.

Issues remain — issues that might be resolved with more police presence at night and more support from local government — but the Sault’s downtown has businesses new and old that are more than doing their part to keep the area going.

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Feature: Parlow/Ensurco


Angela Romano
By
September 8, 2020

It is always a nice change to chat with an old friend for the purposes of a “work” story and such was the case when I chatted with Mike Parlow for this article. 

You see, Mike and I go way back.  How far back?  How about some thirty plus years since we went to elementary school together at a great west end learning institution, St. Mary’s.

Michael is still the funny, personable, social, dependable, easy going guy that I remember from my childhood and those very character traits are what has made him so successful in his role with Ensurco Insurance Group as a broker/partner and risk manager. 

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Feature: Norpro Security


Angela Romano
By
September 1, 2020

For the past forty years, Norpro has been an industry leader in security, health and safety, and IT solutions.

And in speaking with the associate vice president of customer experience Allan Watson, it quickly became clear that the key attributes that Norpro prides itself on being synonymous with are responsiveness, approachability, and knowledgeability in all the sectors that it serves.

Norpro is an industry leader with a heart – and makes it its duty to maintain close ties to the communities in which it services.

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The lake, on line, with Eagle


Randy Russon
By
August 26, 2020

My wife and I and our dog just returned from a nice, relaxing, three day, three night excursion to Birchland Cottages in Iron Bridge, about 65 miles east of the Sault.

Besides the well maintained, clean and cozy cottage that we rented on splendid Clear Lake, there were other factors that contributed to the reclining, unwinding, days and nights.

There were daily barbecues, walks on roads of the wooded property, nights at the fire pit, cold beer and … classic hits music with crystal clear reception via the on line version of Sault radio station Eagle 95.1.

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Reggie’s is re-opening


Randy Russon
By
August 22, 2020

Reggie’s Place Tavern is set to soon re-open

An iconic downtown bar is poised to push the re-start button on Sept. 1.

With new operator Randy Lapossie at the helm, Reggie’s Place Tavern — located just past March Street on Queen Street E. in the Sault’s downtown– has a sign on one of its front windows that is signalling the Sept. 1 re-opening.

It will mark a new chapter for the local watering hole which had become a popular gathering place for folks of all ages and many walks of life for well over 25 years under previous operator Reggie Daigle.

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The best food winners are …


Sault Business Matters Staff
By
August 5, 2020

We have the winners from the first-ever, “who has the best food” survey compiled by Sault Business Matters.

We were, simply put, overwhelmed with the response which included more than 750 e-mail responses (we specifically asked for e-mail) and another 17 who opted to post under our original story of August 1.

In fact, we had so many responses that we are recognizing the top four finishers in each category, as opposed to our original thought of top three.

See below for the list of winners … and thank you to all who participated!

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Feature: NTAAA advertising


Angela Romano
By
August 4, 2020

Effective and affordable advertising during these challenging times can be very hard to achieve.

Having said that, Northern Transit & Arena Advertising Agency (NTAAA) feels it offers one of the best options to assist area businesses — including Sault Ste. Marie — with branding and increased sales.

One of the company’s key objectives is to match their client’s interests with outdoor and indoor advertising products and services that will offer a direct link to the client’s consumer interests as well as their locations.

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Feature: Jasmine Ladies Fashions


Angela Romano
By
July 21, 2020

For thirty-seven years, Jasmine Ladies Fashions has been a fixture in women’s clothing at first from its location for many years in the Cambrian Mall and now in its current location in downtown Sault Ste. Marie. 

Owner Linda Caputo tells Sault Business Matters that she began her journey in the retail world as a buyer for the Shoe Corporation of America but always had an interest and love for women’s fashion.

Right from the start, she developed a loyal clientele and she, along with her long-time and friendly staff of Nancy, the store manager, and other long-time staff members Chris, Mary, and Ida, all enjoy helping women find the perfect outfit for occasions of all kinds.

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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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