Business buzz: Aug. 15
Alchemy is the ancient art of turning base metals into gold.
London-based Alchemy Junk has a similar but more modest goal of turning household junk into reused and recycled items.
“We take a sustainable approach to junk removal by minimizing waste going to landfill,” said Justin Bardawill. a Western University graduate and environmentalist who launched the business in 2009.
The company sorts through the material collected from homes and reuses and recycles whenever possible. Only about 40 per cent of the junk ends up in landfill.
The most useful items — furniture, appliances, electronic items and bicycles — are sold, usually wholesale.
Some items are donated to agencies such as Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity, and other material goes to the blue box program and Try Recycling.
Bardawill said his customers have the satisfaction of knowing their old stuff is going to have less of an impact on the environment.
Bardawill has other interests. He’s also a techno DJ, provides logistic support for ReForest London and restores Victorian-era homes.
But Alchemy Junk is his major business interest.
“I wanted to run a small business and be a radical environmentalist at the same time,” said Bardawill
Consultant launches training
London-based tech consulting firm Invorg has launched the Institute for Business Technology and Innovation (IBTI) to provide training and internships in business technology and innovation with the aim of developing a skilled talent pool in Southwestern Ontario.
The training and internship programs are targeted to individuals and organizations seeking to build skills that transform businesses.
Course offerings include business analyst training, software customization and IT security.
A key aspect of the training is internship. Almost every program includes a period of hands-on learning in a real business setting.
Invorg was founded in 2014 by Joseph Edward, an immigrant from Sri Lanka who worked as a technology director for the City of London and the Roman Catholic Diocese of London.
Tacos worth a festival
Taco fans are getting ready to celebrate London Taco Fest Aug. 26 at Covent Garden Market. Admission is free. There will be 12 food vendors offering authentic tacos, quesadillas, churros, elotes and desgranados as well as a beer garden, craft beer and tequila. The festivities run from 3 p.m. to midnight, with the sounds of reggae, house, rock and retro as part of the celebration.
UberEats delivers dinner
UberEats is hitting the streets of London.
The food-delivery service, modelled after the popular ride-sharing app also created by Uber, launched earlier this month, offering to bring dishes from more than 60 restaurants straight to diners’ doorsteps.
London restaurants such as Hopscotch, Qdoba Mexican Grill and Villa Cornelia are participating in UberEats’ local rollout. The mobile app is available for Apple or Android smartphones.
The food-order app lets users pick a delivery location, place their order and track the food all the way to their doors.
Dealers added to chain
Probart Mazda and Southwest Chrysler, neighbouring auto dealerships on Wharncliffe Road South, have been acquired by the Palladino Auto Group. The company, operated by Vince Palladino, has six other auto and recreational vehicle dealerships in Sudbury, North Bay and Oakville.
CampMart RVs rolls into town
CampMart, a southern Ontario recreational vehicle and trailer “superstore,” is opening a new London location this fall.
The Cambridge-based business has six locations, including Ingersoll and Tillsonburg.
CampMart has more than 500 RVs and trailers in stock and also sells used cars and trucks. The parts and service department offers a mobile RV service.
Vegan meals delivered
Naturally Vegan Co. (NVC) has launched a new vegan meal delivery service for home and office.
All meals are vegan (no dairy, eggs, honey or animal-based products). They use fresh ingredients and are prepared in small batches in NVC’s vegan commercial kitchen at 630 Dundas St. Menu items include green salads, deli salads, wraps and entrees.
Meals can be ordered weekly for Tuesday delivery (between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) to a customer’s home or office. Cost of meals is $70 a week. Delivery in London is included.
NVC owner Heather Pinsky also offers monthly vegan cooking workshops. Meals, workshops and additional hard-to-find vegan items can be ordered on the company website at www.naturallyvegancompany.com.
McCormick plan online
The redevelopment of the former McCormick biscuit and candy factory site took another step this month.
Sierra Construction Group launched the website www.mccormickvillages.ca with information on its plan for a residential-office-retail development on 5.16 hectares at 1156 Dundas St.
The site provides a history and overview of the plan with opportunity for public input.
This article was first published by London Free Press.