NEWSFLASH MAY 2024 – COBS BREAD; BLACK FRIDAY DEALS; FIGHT LIKE MASON; CARDINAL PLACE; LEMOINE; CKRT RADIO; TURI; POSH GAL LEGGINGS; ALZHEMIER SOCIETY; DMG; DWBIA FARMERS MARKET AND THE ICHA FISHING DERBY

THE RUNDOWN

The Riverside area in Windsor is seeing a lot of action at the Baker Investments Ltd. owned plazas. At 8380 Wyandotte Street East, beside Wellwise by Shoppers (which recently moved there from Howard Avenue), Black Friday Deals (a high end Amazon bin store) is set to open in June. In front of the main Riverside Plaza at 8480 Wyandotte Street East, next to Mary Brown’s Chicken and Fat Bastard Burrito, another location of Cobs Bread will open in early summer. The fourth unit is still not rented yet, but there are reports of franchises nibbling on it. And talks are underway with a major restaurant to build on the vacant land next to the Nick the Greek restaurant.

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From left: Rick Rock, Simply Queen band; Chantelle Bacon and Iain Macri, founders of Fight Like Mason Foundation; Peter Solly; and Mario Ricci. Photo courtesy of Angie Ricci.

On April 6, 2024, Mario Ricci and Jon Renaud of Stage Solutions, along with Macdonald’s Automotive Super Centre as a sponsor, organized a concert with Windsor band Simply Queen starring Freddie Mercury impersonator Rick Rock. The event took place at the Olde Walkerville Theatre and also involved a live auction of a Freddie Mercury muffler statue created and donated by Peter Solly (Owner of Macdonald’s Automotive) with proceeds going to the Fight Like Mason Foundation. The sculpture sold for $23,000, thanks to a generous donation by Ted and Louise Boomer (who brought us BluesFest, years ago). The Fight Like Mason Foundation is a registered charity organization formed by Iain Macri and Chantelle Bacon, the parents of Mason Bacon-Macri, a superhero who battled childhood cancer until the age of four. Refer to the website to see how you can fundraise, volunteer or donate as well).

Cardinal Place, 3140 Peter Street in Windsor, has listened to the needs of the community and responded with additional investment in their smart living retirement home to open a Memory Care floor. Additional trained staff are assigned to be present on this floor 24/7. Owner Mike Cardinal acknowledges that the Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County have been very helpful in providing training, direction and advice. Dementia focused activities, exercise and engagement are included in the Memory Care program. To protect individuals who may wander or be harmful to themselves, special keypad codes are on the elevator and exit doors. To help ease confusion, all three doors (hallway, bathroom and closet) inside every bedroom, are colour-coded and contrast the calming wall colour. Additionally, Cardinal Place paints every bedroom door with the favourite colour of the Member. (Cardinal Place refers to its residents as “Members”). A welcoming and flexible common room is where meals are served and activities connect people. For a virtual tour, view suites and see rates go to their website.

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The four local Lemoine investors, from left: Robert Kobielski, John Pyke, Alan Jinkerson and Mike Belanger. Photo courtesy of Brian Bendig and Cavalier Tool & Manufacturing LTD.

Lemoine, a prominent software development company in Windsor Essex County’s manufacturing community is being re-imagined by four local entrepreneurs. Lemoine has been long known as the industry leader in the niche market of gun-drilling and automated 2D/2.5D CAM work. However, under new leadership, they are looking to branch out in technology, as well as geography, on a global scale. The company extends a warm welcome to the new partners joining its transformative journey. “The increasing need for local, trusted CAM providers has prompted us to grow our team to continue to deliver the high-quality support customers have come to expect,” says John Pyke, President of Lemoine. “Working alongside our respected product experts, Adam Rebner and Jim Woods, I am confident this team will help our customers to become even more successful with their Lemoine solution.” Before his appointment as President, Pyke boasted an impressive 25-year tenure as Head of Development and European Operations. With an additional two decades of experience in the CNC manufacturing industry, his leadership and strategic vision are invaluable assets to Lemoine’s revitalization. Robert Kobielski, Director of Operations, brings a wealth of executive experience from the Autodesk partner programs. Coupled with 429A machinist certification and another decade in CAD/CAM education, Lemoine is poised to adapt to market shifts and meet the evolving needs of the industry and workplace. Mike Belanger will be leveraging his diverse background in CNC programming, technical support, sales, and team management as Director of Sales. With over 20 years of experience in Windsor’s manufacturing sector, Belanger’s insight and leadership will be instrumental in maintaining a healthy business. Alan Jinkerson, appointed as Director of Technology, brings a unique blend of expertise in automated CAM programming and software development. With over 15 years of hands-on experience in prominent tool shops across southwestern Ontario, he will lead Lemoine’s innovations with ingenuity and steadfast resolve. If you would like to get in touch with the company visit their website.

NEW IN BIZ

CKRT Border City Radio is a new digital radio station that launched February 12, 2024. Privately owned by Donna Tuckwell, the studio is physically located in Amherstburg, but the focus is on all of Essex County, with a wider vision throughout southern Ontario. The play list includes classic rock from the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s; an all-request classic country music show on Saturday nights; hourly news and morning and afternoon hosts live from Monday to Friday. There is also a sports talk show every evening through the week, and a published author who has a weekly show on Cogeco that is packaged for radio and aired every Sunday. To listen for yourself, tune in.

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TURI Owner Sal Panzica at the home show. Photo courtesy of Elena Panzica.

Owned and operated by Sal Panzica, TURI wood burning pizza ovens, are built to last and designed to impress. Since 2017, Panzica has dedicated himself to the manufacturing of TURI after wanting a pizza oven of his own. Recently, he formally launched the business in April 2024 at the Windsor Home & Garden Show. When asked about what inspired him to open his business Panzica states: “As an artisan of wood-fired pizza ovens, I believe in crafting not just a product, but experiences — each oven opens a doorway to a world of flavour, tradition, and unforgettable gatherings.” As for the origin of the business name: “I decided to name the business TURI because it is my name in Sicilian,” he explains. “When I was younger and got into trouble, my mother used to yell ‘Turi’ instead of my name Sal.” Years later, instead of brewing up trouble, Panzica is firing up pizza ovens! If you would like to add a TURI pizza oven to your outdoor living space, email: [email protected].

Posh Gal Leggings & More is now available in Windsor Essex!
The company, founded in 2016, is headquartered in Binbrook, Ontario and has representation in 23 municipalities. Posh Gal Leggings Windsor-Essex is distributing the clothing line in Essex County. Based in LaSalle, Michelle Allen is the local contact person. Allen was introduced to this clothing line in 2019 and has been an avid supporter of Posh Gal, which is more than just leggings. She is pleased to finally be able to introduce this affordable line of clothing to residents in the area. The women’s clothing line features regular yoga band leggings, as well as Posh Pocket Exclusives, which have a large pocket on each leg. Capris or shorts more your style? Look no further, they are also available with yoga band and pockets in solid colours and prints. Need a top to go with your leggings or capris? Posh Gal carries a selection of tees and tanks in an assortment of colours and styles! There are hoodies, joggers, dresses, rompers and so much more, with accessories such as belt bags, scarves and slip on shoes. A line of kids and tweens leggings and capris is also featured. Visit: PoshGalShop.com to see everything that is offered. Limited items are currently available in Windsor Essex, but any item can be brought in by Allen, saving you the shipping costs. Watch for Posh Gal Leggings at local vendor shows.

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ON THE MOVE

The Alzheimer Society of Windsor and Essex County (ASWE) is pleased to welcome Veronica Samek to the role of Volunteer Coordinator and Community Engagement as of April 2024. Working with Eugene van Wyk, Manager of Fund Development and Community Engagement, Samek is handling a variety of ASWE signature and upcoming events like the Comerica Park Charity Game on Saturday, May 25, where the Detroit Tigers take on the Toronto Blue Jays and the Walk for Alzheimer’s presented with IG Wealth Management on Sunday, May  26. Members of the community are encouraged to connect with her to take part and support the great work of the ASWE. Find more details about both events online.

HALL OF FAME

With the increasingly competitive education sector, identifying the unique benefits and successes of current students and alumni is essential. Douglas Marketing Group (DMG), a full-service advertising agency was recently recognized by the Educational Advertising Awards (EduADAWARDS), with five awards for Best Education Marketing. Together with their clients, the DMG team was recognized with one gold and one silver, for St. Clair College’s Admissions Handbook and for an integrated marketing campaign for the 2024 recruitment season. “We are honoured to receive these awards and proud to be recognized for our online, digital, and creative, as well as for our contributions to education in both secondary and post-secondary institutions,” states DMG President, Kay Douglas. Cited as one of the largest educational advertising awards competitions in the country, the EduADAWARDS consists of a national panel of industry specialists who review every submission and judge them based on creativity, messaging impact, and marketing execution. DMG is a full-service advertising agency that serves Canada, the U.S., and the international marketplace. With offices in Windsor; Troy and Detroit, Michigan and an affiliate, Agence Rinaldi in Montreal, the firm has been a community partner in both southwestern Ontario and southeast Michigan for 30 years.

DATES TO REMEMBER

The Downtown Windsor Farmers’ Market (DWFM) has returned for its 15th season, opening on Pelissier Street, between Wyandotte and Park Streets, and running until October 26, 2024. The market serves as a platform for local producers, artisans, and food vendors to showcase their goods and talents. The DWFM fosters community engagement and celebrates the region’s diversity and entrepreneurial spirit. This season, the market integrates the Good Greens Food Reclamation Program, supported by a contribution from Libro Credit Union, aimed at reducing food waste and improving access to fresh, healthy food in Windsor Essex. The program distributed 450 lbs. of food to partner agencies and shelters in its inaugural season, showcasing its commitment to sustainability and community support. With over 70 vendors and numerous entertainers, the market operates every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., offering a wide array of locally sourced and artisanal Canadian products. For a vendor application or to read more information visit online.

Pat Pagano and event sponsor EasyInsure, present the 22nd annual ICHA Fishing Derby at Assumption Park on the Detroit River, June 1, 2024, starting at 9 a.m. The event offers special needs children (who can participate at no cost) the opportunity to go fishing under supervision by local pro-fisherman in a controlled atmosphere to ensure maximum safety and fun. Entertainment by Music Express, a magic show by ATTILA and appearances by the Snow Sisters from Enchanted Adventure Parties, are also on the schedule. Special guests include Italo Labignan, host of Canadian SportFishing TV show. The derby is a fundraiser for the Italian Canadian HandiCapable Association (ICHA), an organization that works closely with individuals with a physical or intellectual disability living in our community. For further details check their website.