BIZ X MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2023, VOLUME 26 ISSUE 10

CLARIFICATION: On page 28 a quote by a Judge referred to a service not provided by CanAm Currency Exchange. Please note this firm does NOT provide services for crypto currency.

ON THE COVER — A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words — 18. For the 26th annual Biz X Awards edition, we celebrate our picture anniversary with a Picture Perfect theme. The gemstone associated with this anniversary is jade (hence the colouring of our model’s outfit) and the modern gift is artwork. In our opinion, the best image to make the point about this theme was our own version of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, as shown on the cover. Painted in Florence, Italy, sometime between 1503 and 1519 da Vinci’s artwork is the most famous painting in the world, but not just because of its artistic appeal.

Its fame is the result of many chance circumstances, including the theft of the painting in 1911 from the Louvre in Paris and the ensuing media frenzy that brought it worldwide attention. The identity of the portrait’s sitter is also very intriguing, as is her smile. Although many scholars believe that the painting depicts Lisa Gherardini, the wife of a Florentine merchant, the sitter has never been conclusively identified. The mystery of the Mona Lisa’s real identity may never be known for certain, but in our case, we are ready to reveal the 2 023 Biz X Award winners!

BIZ X MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2023, VOLUME 26 ISSUE 10

COVER MODEL: Coincidentally, our model is local artist Sara Guzzetti. Her passion for art started at a very young age back in her hometown of Calabria, Italy. Currently a High School Visual Arts teacher, Guzzetti also works at St. Clair College as a Fashion Illustration Instructor and trains runway models for its Fashion Design program. She has viewed the original painting of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre in Paris and it instantly became one of her favourite works of art. If you are interested in seeing some of her own original works on her social media page — “The place where Fine Art meets Fashion Design and Makeup Artistry” — check: Instagram.com/guzzetticreations. PHOTOGRAPHER/ARTWORK: Rod Denis. (RodneyLDenisPhotographer.com)

CONTENTS BIZ X MAGAZINE NOV/DEC 2023

4 Funny Stuff
5 From The Publisher: Christmas Is Coming, Time To Shop Local

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6 Have A Cup Of Joe With Joe – Coming Together For A Centennial Celebration For the past 100 years the firm of Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP have “courted” the businesses and residents of our region, with the best professional legal services from their offices in downtown Windsor. Find out about their recent open house at their new location on Windsor Avenue and read a brief history lesson on how it all came to be. Photo by Joe McParland.
9 Front Lines
12 Newsflash

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14 Belle Vivante: Chatham’s Centro Wood Fire Kitchen Our writer Tracey Harding seems to have found her knight in shining armour . . . so okay, it’s a nutcracker instead! LOL! Our Belle Vivantes shopped at The Glasshouse Nursery & Garden Centre in Chatham, after dinner and drinks at nearby Centro Wood Fire Kitchen. Cheers to the holiday season and the magic of a perfectly crafted cocktail (or two) that the Belle Vivantes discover and report their findings back to you! Photo by Sherrilynn Colley-Vegh.
16 Food For Thought: Tony Blaks Union Bakery
21 Motivational Quotes With Danny
52 Arms In The Neighbourhood: Banner Boys And A Sign 4 Success
54 Ask The Experts: Coxon’s Sales + Rentals (CSR) Limited
56 Hot Shots: The Northern National Collectors’ Convention
58 Tech Bytes: Online Shopping Advice For Consumers And Business Owners Alike
59 XX Files: Tanya Adamovic, The Little Red Door Gift Shop

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60 The Parenting Biz: Christmas Lights & Hot Cocoa Nights It’s time to get your family in the holiday spirit and experience the magic of Christmas in Windsor Essex. The River Lights Winter Festival (pictured) in Amherstburg, taking place nightly from November 18 to January
8, is just one great example of a light display you won’t want to miss (and they have hot chocolate too!). From parades, breakfasts with Santa, markets and more, area towns and the city of Windsor are ready to make your holiday merry and bright! Photo courtesy of The Town of Amherstburg.
67 Festive Fun In Chatham Kent
68 The Way It Was: The Tecumseh Heritage Centre, Generations Of Families Preserve The French-Canadian Narrative . . . The Old Way
69 Biz Of The Month: Valente Real Estate’s Golden Anniversary