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BIG NEWS IN SARNIA’S DOWNTOWN CULTURAL DISTRICT

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BIG NEWS IN SARNIA’S...

Did you hear the BIG NEWS?!  On Wednesday, December 4 we were invited, along with other downtown stakeholders (building owners & tenants) to see the vision the new owners have.  Wilsondale Assets Management have BIG PLANS for the area including a grocery store, senior living complex and loft condos.  Below is the story reported on Blackburn radio.  Like Chris Norton, we are cautiously optimistic - emphasis on the optimistic. About 200 stakeholders welcomed the new Bayside Centre owners Wednesday evening during a meet-and-greet at the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery. Wilsondale Assets Management presented its redevelopment plans for the building, which include a multi-storey seniors housing complex, condos, a grocery store, market square, restaurants, a roof-top patio and more. Curator and Director at the gallery Lisa Daniels says the Bayside Centre is the binding piece in revitalizing the downtown core. “Lots of people are moving and living downtown, but when you don’t have a grocery store ...

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Inspirational Documentary in the works…

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Inspirational Documentary in...

Our talented friend Dwayne Cloes has been busy once again with his video camera. A while back, he did a documentary on Cheeky Monkey called "The Last Record Store." CLICK HERE to view. Now he has trained his lens on local musician D'Arcy Krumholtz. The film is a work in progress, but just this first part is inspirational to say the least. Give it a look and watch for more to come.

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New Neighbours – Totally Game Meat

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New Neighbours – Totally...

AUGUST 27, 2015 After months of careful planning and building, TOTALLY GAME MEAT is NOW OPEN for business!!  We are so thrilled to have Megan & Diane Hadley as our new next door neighbours.  They are not only a hard working, creative team, but they are a wonderful addition to the eclectic mix of business found in our downtown Sarnia. This shop is for true meat lovers.  They carry a large selection of meat and fowl you will not find in the regular grocery stores or butcher shops.  Goat, bison, elk, rabbit, lamb, pheasant, guinea fowl are a few of the unusual choices.  Even further, most are sourced and farmed locally. Banks of freezers carry every kind of cut you can imagine from roast to racks to steaks.  The massive refrigerators are stocked with delicious, reheat-able delights.  Some of my personal favorites I've tried are curried goat, bison soup and Elk sammich (also ...

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Downtown merchant helping others…

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Downtown merchant helping...

Downtown neighbour Lori Mitchell-McNally of Silhouettes Boutique has started a breast cancer support group.  For full story as reported in the Sarnia Observer CLICK HERE.

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Another amazing downtown neighbour…

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Another amazing downtown...

Downtown shop owner, AnneMarie Caron, owner of Stardust Book Lounge, has written a very special children's book proving yet again what a diverse and talented collective we have in our area. Congrats AnneMarie  - we wish you continued success. As reported in Sarnia Observer - Children’s book about how Sarnia author’s son coped with father’s death, even if he didn’t know him - CLICK HERE to read story

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We’re featured on “I LOVE RECORDS” blog.

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Former Sarnian, Kevin McGowan, sent me an email questionnaire last week.  Kevin has an interesting website regarding his favourite "hobby" of record collecting.  Beyond and in conjunction with his passion, he appreciates the real deal stores like ours.   He explained in his email that he was starting a new blog topic on his site highlighting record stores. Since he is a native of Sarnia and a customer here when he visits from his current home of Ottawa, he wanted Cheeky Monkey to be the first store featured.  We are very honoured and hope you will CLICK HERE to read the blog on the "I LOVE RECORDS" website.  

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Kenwick-on-the-Lake Gets new look

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Kenwick-on-the-Lake Gets new...

Friday May 22, 2015 - UPDATE... Almost a year later we did a visit to Kenwick-on-the-Lake Park with 3 of our grandkids during Victoria Day weekend.  It is a lovely park that the kids loved playing at.  Facing the lake is a large display with pictures of the old dancing pavillioin and it's interesting history.  Also has a list of all those who contributed to the new music theme play area - including Cheeky Monkey.  All we did was recommend Mike Blackmore when the producers contacting us asking for a musicain.  We knew he was an excellent builder too, so he was REALLY put to work.  Ironically, Mike posted the episode on Facebook today so I watched it for the first time.  Here it is for you to enjoy too.  CLICK HERE TO WATCH TVO KIDS program GIVER Friday May 2, 2014 UPDATE...  as reported in the lambtonshield.com -... TVO’s “Giver” program ...

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Alternate Grounds Dockside Live Entertainment

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Beside Sarnia Bay Marina is a gem of a resturant called Alternate Grounds Dockside.  Provided good food, in a scenic setting, they also have live music playing for your dining entertainment.  Below is a review by local music lover and blogger, Brian Hay letting you know what went on recently. For more listings of what his coming up at Dockside as far as live music, along with other venues in the city... CLICK HERE. For more reviews written by Brian, check out his website- CLICK HERE Mike Blackmore and Chris Molyneaux at Dockside, Saturday May 16, 2015: The Place To Be That Night  by Brian Hay Common sense (that thing that's not generally "common") was a big  factor in the approach Mike Blackmore and Chris Molyneaux took to their performance at the Dockside Cafe. Both of them know volume can easily overwhelm a small place so they cut back on that. They hadn't played together ...

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Best day ever! Record Store Day 2015

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Best day ever!  Record Store...

With the increasing reliance on the "cloud", it's nice to know that some people still relish having a "hard copy" of their data (i.e. music & movies). Record Store Day 2015 was proof we are still relevant. Over and over throughout the day, people were telling us they were happy to see the day was so successful - and successful it was. Our best day of business EVER! Having said that, we need to thank some of the people who contributed to the day in very big ways ... ... All the musicians who have played in our store and provided us CD's to sell over the years. Especially Borderlite Trio and Erika & Sara for playing at this years RSD celebration. ... Our amazing friend Maureen Murphy who with all of 5 minutes training from us, stepped in to be an honourary Cheeky Monkey for the day. ... New friend, Pat McGill who was ...

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We asked… you answered

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We asked… you answered

In honour of upcoming RECORD STORE DAY 2015 on Saturday, April 18, we asked our e-newsletter subscribers and posted on Facebook the question... What does a real record store, like Cheeky Monkey, mean to you?"  Below are the answers we have received... A real record store means human contact!! Tara Duff-Cloes The local record store, with it's racks and bins of CDs and records, thousands, even millions of hours of music all carefully categorized, is one of those sweeteners that is sprinkled on our lives. A non-virtual place where sound gets in your head just by touch, or even by sight. A community where dissimilar lives will rub elbows. That's what the local record store means to me. Mike Blackmore It means we get the latest news on everything musically! thank you! xo Patti Grant Only place you can buy REAL music TOM CRAIG A record store like Cheeky Monkey has bins of CDs for me to look through ...

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