Queen car dealer celebrates 40 years

One Monday morning 40 years ago 24-year-old Mario Geremia opened the door for the first time to what is now Queen Compact Cars, and said “well, here I am.” Laughing at the memory, he said, “what did I know about running a business?  I’m a mechanic.” From the time he was a youngster in Bianco, […]

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• Total Renovations is 25 years old this year. Owner Mark Madigan started the company in 1988, when he was in his early 20s, although he had been working in the renovation business since he was 15. “This is what I’ve always done,” he said. For his whole career Madigan has worked on residential renovation […]

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Two Beach craftspeople are behind a new, curated flea market set to debut on Father’s Day just west of the Beach in Leslieville. Christine Roberts and Brigid Elmy both make and sell furniture, and had been looking for more ways to market their unique products to the public. “We both knew that we didn’t want […]

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Beyond the Beat is a music and recording studio here in the Beach (463 Woodbine Ave., just north of Kingston Road) that has had several years of success in preparing young musicians for the rigours of the music industry. In addition to individual lessons for guitar, vocals or drums, along with training in music theory, […]

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Scarboro Music is celebrating 40 years in the Beach! With  the slogan, ‘We’re here for you!’, the store has been a fixture on the corner of Kingston and Victoria Park since 1972 and is still going strong, providing Beach musicians with everything they need or want. Owner and founder Frank Natale has been called a […]

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After 65 years in the East End, Orthopedic Appliance Research has closed its doors. Founded by Hugh Harold Doyle in 1947, the business has passed on through Harold’s son, Hugh Frederick, to his sons, Sean and Kelly. Initially established to assist victims of polio, its primary service has been to create custom orthotic devices for […]

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Greg Demelis is the owner of Home Pro Plus, a new business that provides homeowners with prequalified, reputable contractors who are insured, have an HST number, can provide references and are licensed. “I am a third generation contractor that has been in business for more than 30 years,” said Demelis. “During this time I have […]

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Dale Jones, owner of Sole-itude Reflexology, is celebrating the one-year anniversary of the clinic at 2349 Queen St. E. “I can’t say enough of all my friends and clients who have helped me build my business,” Jones said. “It is gratifying and fulfilling to be a holistic practitioner and I thank you for allowing me […]

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Omega Health + Fitness is a recently-opened, cutting edge health and fitness facility at 1089 Kingston Rd., run in partnership by Dr. Tyrrell Ashcroft and Dr. Thien Dang-tan. Dr. Ashcroft has been running a clinic from her home for the past eight years as a referral service. After meeting Dr. Thien Dang-tan, who had been […]

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Howard Chang, President of Top Drawer Creative, has been called a “kind and gentle entrepreneur,” the kind who likes to find a good balance between work and life, the kind most of us would like to work for. From humble beginnings as the owner of BikeEnergy in the Beach back in the 1980s, Chang has […]