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Biz X magazine Nov/Dec 2021 Vol 24 Issue 10
ON THE COVER —“We’ve Struck Gold!”— PAGE 18
Our two prospectors strike it rich by finding a valuable, shiny gold Biz X Award in the mine among all the gold nuggets! More importantly though, the residents of Windsor, Essex County and Pelee Island are the real winners since they can utilize the services of the 214 outstanding businesses, organizations, professionals and events who are nominated in our 24th annual awards tribute. Appropriately called the “Gold Edition,” we celebrate these “golden” nominees and reveal the 24 winners with the theme: “Year 24K: Setting The Gold Standard”.
PHOTO CREDITS MODELS: Bernie Martin (left) is a retired skilled tradesman from the auto sector. He is also an actor and author of several fiction stories. Look for his thriller novel “Road Hazards” coming soon! His fellow prospector, Pat Meloche is a family man and a motorcycle mechanic at Windsor Chopper. As well he is a founding member of the Guardians of the Children International-Leamington Chapter. (Learn more on: Facebook.com/guardiansofthechildrenleamington).
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Art direction and Adobe Photoshop guidance from Frank D’Angelo, Jank Words and Pictures (Jank.ca). Props used were supplied by Designs by Diane (DesignsByDiane.org). BACKGROUND: Gold mine: © Can Stock Photo/tomas1111; Nuggets in cart: © Can Stock Photo/artjazz MODEL PHOTO AND ARTWORK: Rod Denis (RodneyLDenisPhotographer.com).
Biz X Magazine Nov/Dec 2021 Vol 24 Issue 10
4 Funny Stuff
5 From The Publisher: The Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber Of Commerce Launches “Support Local” Program In mid-October, the chamber launched their “Support Local” campaign to encourage area residents to #ShopYQG and #DineYQG, and also introduced ShipYQG. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, local businesses have struggled to stay open. With the help of community partners, this program hopes to inspire Windsor and Essex County residents to get out and support our local business owners and see all that YQG has to offer. The program also promotes various community campaigns through 19 area BIAs and Shopping Districts, which often hold seasonal and localized “Shop Local” campaigns . . . just in time for holiday shopping and dining!
6 Rose City Politics: The Canopy Over The Riverfront Festival Plaza Debate about the Riverfront Festival Plaza redevelopment is getting louder, with political ideologies clashing and an expected boom sounding soon. What is the
Rose City Politics panel take on all of this? Find out here!
8 Front Lines
10 New In Biz: The Essex Lakehouse Opens For Business
13 Heard On The Street
16 Food For Thought: A New Erie Street Neighbourhood Pub There is always a good reason to try the chicken wings (pictured courtesy of Clear Rock Studios) at a new spot! Fried with homemade sauce, yummy and sticky as they come, in either Honey Ginger BBQ or Hot BBQ, these are an extremely popular choice at the new Erie St GastroPub in Windsor. Located in the heart of Little Italy at 839 Erie Street East, diners can enjoy elevated pub fare and Asian fusion dishes with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, 50 plus craft beers, cider, wines and inspired cocktails.
54 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe: The 2021 “Ms. Galaxy Canada” Queen
55 Tech Bytes: Words Of Wisdom From Libro “ScaleUP Accelerator” Participants
56 Portfolio Corner: With “Noise” Comes Opportunity
57 XX Files: Misty Adams, The Gifting Tree, Downtown Windsor
58 Ask The Experts: Make Your Event Memorable With Designs By Diane
59 Lifestyle Issues: Outdoor Entertaining Tips
60 The Way It Was: Shortbread Cookies, Paper Snowflakes & Life Savers
62 The Parenting Biz: “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” WOW! Even Santa Claus can’t believe all the great events going on in the region. He has to get here fast! It’s time for all of us to start enjoying the sights and sounds of the festive season again now that COVID-19 restrictions have eased across Windsor and Essex County. Spectacular light displays, entertainment and, of course, Santa Claus parades are a perfect opportunity to take in some familyfriendly activities designed to bring a smile to everyone’s face. As well, you can take a step back in time to the 1850s with a visit to the John R. Park Homestead Conservation Area in Essex. Teach your children about pioneer life and the importance of preserving our heritage and take a tour of the house and farm of John and Amelia Park, which is decorated for the Christmas period. In the accompanying photo, volunteer Lisa Bauer prepares festive foods on the homestead’s
1842 hearth for the site’s holiday events. (ERCA file image)
69 Health Matters: How To Stay Safe & Healthy Over The Holidays
70 Biz Of The Month: Essential Autism Educational Services Inc.