Category Archives: Business

Pulled up by the bootstraps he made himself A story of perseverance and adventure

BETTYANN DOLATA

Gino is a wonderful friend who is passionate about travel, dancing, his family, and friends.

Gioachinno Gugliotta was born on Jan. 4, 1943 in Sicily. His hometown is Ficarazzi, Palermo. As a young boy, Gino would walk to his first job as a waiter in a prestigious restaurant on the beach. Continue reading Pulled up by the bootstraps he made himself A story of perseverance and adventure

Local business struggles to stay afloat Bedouin Beats hopes to increase interest in belly dancing

“Anybody, any body” is the motto of Bedouin Beats co-owners Michelle Kaplan and Stacie Clarke.

“It doesn’t matter what body size or age or ability, belly dancing can work for you,” said Kaplan.

But that’s a tough sell these days. Clarke recently posted on their Facebook page: “With registration and sales at record lows, we are not sure how long we can sustain this business as we hoped we could. If you had been considering taking a class, now is definitely the time to register.” Continue reading Local business struggles to stay afloat Bedouin Beats hopes to increase interest in belly dancing

Sample contemporary and traditional flavours Babylon Restaurant shares Middle Eastern and Iraqi fare

Babylon Restaurant is new to 118 Avenue since the end of December. Located inside the Coliseum Inn, the restaurant delivers authentic Middle Eastern and Iraqi cuisine.

The restaurant blends contemporary and traditional flavours of the Middle East and offers a comprehensive menu selection. On the weekends, a buffet is available with different food each week for $25 per adult and $10 for kids. Continue reading Sample contemporary and traditional flavours Babylon Restaurant shares Middle Eastern and Iraqi fare

Roma Bistro serves up tasty Colombian food Local restaurant offers food and plenty of entertainment

True confession: it has been several years since my wife and I were last at Roma Bistro and it was because of dance lessons, not the food.

We had a few tortillas as appetizers, but did not explore their diverse and intriguing menu. In the meantime, friends kept encouraging us, “You have to go there. The sopa de mariscos is to die for.” Continue reading Roma Bistro serves up tasty Colombian food Local restaurant offers food and plenty of entertainment

Local business owners bring legacy to area Closing a chapter on Champions of Alberta Avenue

This month heralds the last installment of the Champions of Alberta Avenue profiles, written by Shirley Serviss.

Readers have had the opportunity to learn about some business owners along 118 Avenue. These individuals have fascinating stories and all share a commitment to their customers and the area.  

Enjoy reading about the work these individuals have done to enrich their businesses and their community. Visit artsontheave.org for any further news on this project. Continue reading Local business owners bring legacy to area Closing a chapter on Champions of Alberta Avenue

The Aviary is officially open for business Venue’s opening is music to the owners’ ears

On Jan. 10, Philip and Mark Muz, owners of The Aviary, passed their liquor license inspection, the last hurdle the brothers needed to clear before officially opening.

“As soon as the AGLC inspector left, we locked the doors and screamed and hugged,” said Mark. Continue reading The Aviary is officially open for business Venue’s opening is music to the owners’ ears