Biz X Magazine July-August 2020 Vol 23 Issue 6

Biz X Magazine July-August 2020 Vol 23 Issue 6

Biz X Magazine July-August 2020 Vol 23 Issue 6ON THE COVER — “Take Me To The River (Bookshop)!” — 18
Richard Peddie (photographed) spent a large portion of his career running Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, a multi-billion dollar behemoth which counts the Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC and Scotiabank Arena among its holdings. Now Peddie — who lives on Boblo Island with wife Colleen — prepares to open up the River Bookshop, 67 Richmond Street in the small town of Amherstburg. So how did this all come to be? Our cover story helps you get to know Richard Peddie — like a book. In addition, coinciding with our SPECIAL COUNTY SECTION, we shine the spotlight on the local tourism industry. With many people opting to stay close to home during COVID-19, a worldwide pandemic that has taken a huge bite out of economies across the world, many local businesses and organizations are ramping up their summer offerings to help area residents plan staycations. These include golf courses, canoe rental businesses, restaurants offering patio dining, hotels and bed and breakfast establishments. We take a look around Essex County this summer to show you there’s still plenty to offer in the way of vacation fun. Photo by Rod Denis (


4 Funny Stuff
5 From The Publisher: Nominations Open Up For The 2020 Biz X Awards
8 Editorial Viewpoint: Getting Reacquainted – With A Legend The pandemic has stirred memories of the Great Depression and notably in Windsor, it has inspired columnist Alan Halberstadt to trace the life of David A. Croll, the Mayor who guided the city through the “Dirty Thirties”. (Photo from the book, “Garden Gateway to Canada: One Hundred Years of Windsor and Essex County, 1854 to 1954,” by Neil F. Morrison).
10 Front Lines
13 Heard On The Street: Opa! – Windsor Celebrates New Eatery Milos Greek Grill is set to open in August, but where? And who is behind the new restaurant featuring authentic cuisine created from homemade recipes? We have the answers you need and more.
14 Newsflash
16 Food For Thought: That’s The Way – The Cookie Crumbles Boxed and ready to send out the door, Owner Brent Phillips of the Cookie Bar is busy filling as many orders as possible for pickup and delivery. If you are a cookie monster, we’ll tell you how to get your hands on some incredible treats with catchy names such as Bonfire (Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows); Earth Quaker (maple brown sugar oatmeal); Roll Out (cinnamon roll) and more!
28 Awards Spotlight: TWEPI’s 5th Annual “Best Of Windsor Essex” Colasanti’s Tropical Gardens (photo courtesy of Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island; TWEPI) is an ideal destination for the whole family featuring a petting zoo, mini golf, kiddie rides, arcade games, tropical plants and more. With this information, we’ll give you one guess what award this family business earned for the fifth year in a row as presented by TWEPI! Confirm your answer and see which other area businesses, organizations and events received TWEPI’s “Best Of Windsor Essex” Award.
30 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe: “Windsor-Essex Pride Fest” Goes Online
32 Take The Lead: City Of Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
34 Portfolio Corner: Investing Tips & The Top 10 Fastest Growing – E-Commerce Product Categories
35 Ask The Experts: BioSweep Essex/Kent, High Performance Air And Surface Decontamination
36 The Parenting Biz
40 From The Bookshelf: “It’s OK To Be Different: A Children’s Picture – Book About Diversity And Kindness”
41 XX Files: Cheryl Barber, Owner Of Rose Cottage Quilt Shoppe In Amherstburg
42 Making A Sound Living: Dorothy Carvello’s Book “Anything For A Hit”
44 Tech Bytes: The Explosive Growth Of Esports
45 The Way It Was: 100 Year History Of The Border Cities Lodge No. 554
46 Biz Of The Month: Face The Music Online With Brava Academy Of Music And The Performing Arts

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Deborah Jones
Deborah Jones – Publisher of Biz X Magazine Deborah Jones graduated from the University of Windsor with an Honours Degree in Communication Studies and was employed at two other local magazines shortly after for a few years learning all she could about writing, advertising, public relations and more. She made the jump in 1998 to go out on her own to publish Biz X magazine and has worked in the publishing industry since 1990. In 2007, she earned the “Entrepreneur of the Year” award from the Windsor & District Chamber of Commerce. To date, she is the ONLY woman so far to receive this award. In 2013, she received one of the first “Windsor Women of the Year” awards from the Ladies Exclusive Alliance. Her most recent achievement is a “2016 Vocational Service Award” from the Rotary Club of Windsor Roseland. Deborah is proud to live in Windsor and truly cares about each and every business and strives to make Windsor Essex the best place to live, work and play.