Biz X Magazine July/August 2022 Vol 25 Issue 7

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Biz X Magazine July/August 2022 Vol 25 Issue 7

Biz X Magazine July/August 2022 Vol 25 Issue 7

ON THE COVER — The Only Place To Be This Summer. Now that COVID restrictions have been largely lifted in many segments of society, it’s time to start venturing out again. There’s nowhere with more activities for every age than Essex County and Pelee Island. While day tripping as much as you can is always a good idea, if you’re looking to extend that staycation, there are a variety of accommodation options from bed-and-breakfasts and campgrounds, to motels, inns and full service hotels. Let’s check in with a few now!

COVER LOCATION AND B&B HOSTS PICTURED: Leslie and Bob Meloche have been travelling the bed & breakfast way for over 30 years. The couple had a dream of operating their own B&B out in the country someday. This dream became a reality in 2019 with the opening of The Walnut Grove Bed & Breakfast, located near Harrow, Ontario. The couple have always loved entertaining and look forward to sharing their passion for the area with guests from Windsor, Detroit and around the world. PHOTOGRAPHER: Rod Denis (

Contents – Biz X Magazine July/August 2022

4 Funny Stuff
5 From The Publisher: Biz X Award Nominations Open Up
8 Rose City Politics: What Can The City Of Windsor Do To Make Summer Living Better?
10 Front Lines
13 Heard On The Street
14 Newsflash
16 The Dish: JnJ Foods Inc. Expands With Additional Local McDonald’s Restaurant Franchises
Food For Thought: That Cheese Place, Amherstburg
18 Cover Story: Where To Stay Over Night In The Region
27 XX Files: Christine Dundas, Baking People Happy
28 Charity Profile: Lola’s Roundtable Developmental Services & Programs, Essex A relatively new charity, Lola’s Roundtable Developmental Services & Programs serves a great need for those with disabilities in
our community. Founder & Executive Director Lauryn Lefrancois (in accompanying photo by Sanja Tabor), runs the not-for-profit organization that survives on donations from local individuals and businesses.
29 Milestones: Sound Foundry Studios, 1065 Birch Avenue, Kingsville
30 Tech Bytes: Recycled Content Manufacturing
31 Ask The Experts: Pool Safety And Fuel Saving Tips
32 The Parenting Biz: Kids Just Wanna Have Fun School’s out and summer is in! From day camps to fairs — and everything in between — we show you all sorts of fun and educational activities for children to keep busy this summer. There are many affordable options at area businesses and non-profit organizations for just about anything your little ones (and teenagers too!) may be interested in. Not only will they be happy campers, but parents will survive the break without losing their minds! (Photo courtesy of Art Splash Atelier, a space where kids can enjoy painting ceramic pieces.)
39 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe: Windsor-Essex Pride Fest Celebrates 30 Years
40 Making A Sound Living: Randy Patterson, Those who start a small business do so for a number of reasons. Randy Patterson never thought his small online magazine would be so successful 13 years down the road. So how did his story begin?
41 Portfolio Corner: A Stock Picker’s Market
42 Awards Spotlight: The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Of Commerce 2022 Business Excellence Award Recipients
45 The Way It Was: Semper Paratus — A Tradition Of Loyalty, Pride And Continuity
46 Biz Of The Month: Gesstwood Camp And Education Centre, Essex — The Area’s Latest Wedding Venue
If you thought Gesstwood Camp was only a summer camp venue, think again! An Outdoor Education Centre with archery, nature walks and crafts; a Challenges for Success Ropes Course and camps, are on their list of services — but now you can add weddings to all they offer! The facility has indoor and outdoor spaces ideal for wedding ceremonies and other celebrations. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Ruxton Photography shows newlyweds sharing a kiss at the pond in Gesstwood Camp.)

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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.