My story about Kyle was originally printed in the November 2020 issue of The Walleye. It has been edited and reprinted here. When Kyle was 13 years old, he visited a friend who had a basement full of miniature hand-painted game figures. It was a moment of inspiration: “I don’tContinue Reading

Is there even a point in writing about Luc? I’m going to say… no. Not really. This guy doesn’t need any help with publicity! He’s established himself as an incredibly talented and sought after artist in Thunder Bay. He certainly doesn’t need MY help. Having said that, the last timeContinue Reading

Alynne, born and raised in Port Arthur, is an incredible chameleon. Sometimes she looks like a wife and mom who loves to go hiking and hunting with her family. Other times, she likes to put on a daring costume or a geeky sweater or some sweet shade of lipstick. Alynne’sContinue Reading

A few years ago I wrote about Ida. She was delightful and hardworking! I loved visiting with her at Prime Gelato and The Cheese Encounter. I’m so excited and proud to introduce you all to her new venture! Ida has opened a store called Pretty Fly Co. It’s quaint, whimsical,Continue Reading

This article was originally published in the February issue of The Walleye magazine. • In another lifetime, Pat O’Connor was literally working on the railroad. He hails from Chapleau Ontario and spent several years traveling around Northern Ontario on the trains. He really liked the Thunder Bay area and hadContinue Reading

This story was originally published in the January issue of The Walleye. • When she’s painting a picture, her name is Sandy Hoshizaki… When she’s on the stage, her name is Ethereal… • Sandy is a watercolour and acrylic painter, but Ethereal is a flow dancer.  When she’s at homeContinue Reading

There’s a beautiful little boutique on Bay St, on the upper floor of number 278. It’s called Jewels of Crown. The wonderfully large windows bathe every square inch with sunlight and it practically sparkles. It really is a jewel. Carly has been at the helm of this unique vintage storeContinue Reading

Beeeeeeeeeefcaaaaake’s!!! Normally I’m not one to make sweeping declarations (or maybe I do it all the time, I can’t remember), but I think Derek makes the best burgers in town. The accomplished chef and proud restaurant owner: Derek was born in Thunder Bay (Westfort kid!) and has spent many yearsContinue Reading

From time to time, I’ll be at dinner or brunch (or some other event), and I’ll look around the room or table and think, “I’ve written about all these wonderful people… except for Lisa!” It’s not that I didn’t want to write about Lisa, I just kept putting it off.Continue Reading

One day, while making my downtown rounds, I stepped into Olives & Bananas…. and there she was… Our eyes met across the room as we circled one another, slowly moving closer… Just kidding!! That’s not how I operate. I saw a woman I’d never met before; she said hi andContinue Reading