Heard on the Street March 2018- Enzo’s, Chimczuk, Instacart
Despite the fact that Enzo’s Trattoria has been listed for sale for the past three months or so, owner Enzo Mancuso says he has no plans to close the doors. “Everything’s for sale, right?” says Mancuso with a smile. “I’ve been in the business for 20 years now and when an agent approached me and said it might be time to test the market, I told him to go ahead.” Since then, Mancuso has had a few inquiries but nothing serious and as a result, it remains business as usual. Mancuso opened Tutto Ristorante in 1998 and then added Mancuso’s Trattoria and ran both for a few years. He closed Tutto in 2011, then closed Mancuso’s and opened Enzo’s at 1063 Erie Street East seven years ago, “I own the building so there’s no mortgage and business remains good,” he remarks. He cut back on the hours of business eight months ago, eliminating lunch and opening for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.
Count Neelam Sharma as another business owner who wishes downtown Windsor was more lively and busy with shoppers. Sharma, Owner of Little India, a gift store and beauty and day spa at 411 Pelissier Street, has been in business for almost two years and sees her street as “being full of potential but sleeping at the moment.” Sharma comments that sometimes she feels sad about what is happening downtown but has never thought of moving. “I have clients who live in downtown apartment buildings so I’m convenient but I wish there was more to attract more people downtown.” Sharma sells hand-crafted items and gifts from India and also offers traditional Indian head massages, hot stone treatments and other natural healing treatments. Sharma received her training in India and Toronto and attracts clients from as far away as London as well as across Essex County. “I would love to expand and offer more gift items to help bring people in but it’s hard to invest right now,” she adds.Baseball fans have less than three weeks to check out a fascinating exhibit at downtown Windsor’s Chimczuk Museum which celebrates the first African-Canadian team to win an Ontario Amateur Baseball Association championship. Wilfrid “Boomer” Harding and the Chatham Coloured All-Stars captured the Intermediate B title in 1934. The exhibit, a partnership between the Harding family, the University of Windsor history department, the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame and the Leddy Library’s Centre for Digital Scholarship runs through March 31. “It’s taken an incredible amount of research but it’s been truly a labour of love,” says Heidi Jacobs, Co-director of the Digital Scholarship Centre. “We thought it would take a summer and here we are three years later still working on it.” The exhibit features banners, photos of the players including Harding and his fellow co-star Earl “Flat” Chase. There’s also a four-panel cartoon telling the inside story by graphic novelist Scott Chantler and a set of baseball cards featuring photos, player biographies and statistics culled from newspaper reports and family memories. Jacobs adds that a book about the team is also in the production stages. For more information on the team and exhibit, visit: Cdigs.Uwindsor.ca/BreakingColourBarrier.
Instacart, the fast-growing retail delivery service, together with Loblaw Companies Limited, has expanded into the Windsor area as of mid February. Customers can order from their favourite local retailers like Zehrs and Real Canadian Superstore and have their groceries and everyday essentials delivered straight to their doorsteps in as little as one hour. Service areas include: Windsor, Riverside, Walkerville, Tecumseh, Forest Glade and LaSalle. As well, Instacart is also bringing income earning opportunities to the area with plans to on-board more than 100 new shoppers. How does it work you ask? Customers go online or open the Instacart mobile app on their iPhone or Android device, select their city/store, add items to a virtual cart, then choose a delivery window (within one hour, within two hours, or up to five days in advance) and check out. An Instacart shopper accepts the order on his/her smartphone, uses the Instacart shopper app to guide them through shopping, and then delivers the order to the customer in the designated delivery timeframe. For orders of $35 or more, the delivery fee is just $3.99. Many customers also take the opportunity to save big over time by signing up for an Instacart Express membership, which enables unlimited, free same-day delivery on orders of $35 or more. After a free trial period, Instacart Express membership is just $9.99 a month or $99 a year. First time users can also enter the code “HIWINDSOR” (4/20/18 expiration) at checkout to get $20 off an order of $35 or more, plus a free first time delivery.
A local food-inspired business is launching a new festival this summer to recognize Windsor’s long-established reputation as a producer of fine Canadian whisky. WindsorEats.com will stage the first “Whiskytown Festival” August 4, 2018 on the grounds of the historic St. Mary’s Church in Walkerville. “We have a long history here so why not celebrate it?” asks Pina Ciotoli who runs WindsorEats along with brother Adriano. “It’s a celebration of all things whisky.” Ciotoli informs Biz X there will be samples of various whisky, whisky cocktails and a variety of foods will be available also. Windsor has long been the home of Canadian Club and Hiram Walker essentially built the neighborhood which bears his family’s name. Built in 1858 and since expanded, the distillery on Riverside Drive is the largest in North America and produces award-winning whisky recognized around the world. For more information, visit “Whiskytown Canada” on Facebook or email: [email protected]