Spotlight on Business E.J. Barilla & Associates

E.J. Barilla & Associates Insurance Agencies Inc./Donna-Marie Barilla share your concern for providing for your family and business in the event of a serious illness, injury or untimely death and we offer benefit options to suit your individual or group insurance needs.

We are your passport to leading insurance companies with varied plans for a stable financial future.  As an advisor/broker we will act on your behalf to ensure that you get the most comprehensive benefits for your valuable insurance dollar.  Contact us to get the insurance coverage you need at the premiums you deserve.

E.J. Barilla & Associates Insurance/Donna-Marie Barilla is the exclusive advisor for the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan.  Our Chambers Plan gives small business owners – even a 1 person firm group insurance packages and employee benefits that were only previously available to large corporations.  The Chambers Plan has over 29,000 firms participating in it.

As an independent advisor for individual and group insurance products through Manulife, Great West Life, Benefits by Design (Green Shield), Equitable Life, Canada Life, Foresters (Unity Life), Transamerica Life, Desjardin, we can offer objective advice on employee and other insurance services that will help you make your financial decisions a reality.  Contact an advisor for a range of options to help you with your insurance needs.

440 Niagara Street Unit 3, Welland ON L3C 1L5

Phone: (905) 735-1464

Fax: (905) 735-8889

Email: [email protected]


Contact: Donna Marie Barilla


Spotlight on Business – Niagara Soft Cloth

Niagara soft cloth car wash is a locally owned and operated professional car wash serving the automotive cleaning industry for over 30 years. We clean and protect most cars, Vans, SUV,s and trucks. Using the best soaps and products on the market that ensure your car is cleaned to your satisfaction every time. Located at 961 Niagara Street North in Welland across the street form Bowl O Rama and only minutes away from Fonthill, St.Catharines, and Port Colborne.

We offer a selection of services to clean and protect your vehicle in a hassle free, friendly atmosphere. We know that your vehicle is the second biggest investment you make and will treat you and your auto as our #1 priority.

Niagara Soft Cloth Features Include

  • Strong Community Commitment
  • Open 7 Days a Week
  • Fast Friendly Service
  • Safe and Supportive Work Place
  • Clean Safe Facility
  • Hand drying
  • Soft Cloth
  • 100% Fresh Water

961 Niagara St, Welland, ON L3C 1M5

Phone: (905) 714-1160

Fax: (905) 714-9069

Email: [email protected]


Contact: Claudio Frasca


Spotlight on Business ~ Kinetic Synergy

Offering a wide range of daily fitness classes – from Boxfit to yoga to spinning – Kinetic Synergy adapts to everyone and anyone looking to enhance their physical and mental well-being. The team is always ready and willing to offer guidance in technique and nutrition, and are typically around to help answer any questions members may have.

The facility itself, located in Welland, incorporates a large CrossFit Box, (and can be used by members when classes are not in session), as well as a multi-purpose room, a lounge, and a personal training room. A large portion of the facility remains open to the public for 24/7 access.

So come on in and have a look at our home!

It can be yours too.


“Our mission is to provide our members and clients with the best facility, best classes, best atmosphere and most qualified and dedicated staff that the fitness industry has to offer. Our success is measured in the success of our members and clients. You will not find a more inclusive, friendly and supportive environment anywhere then you will at Kinetic Synergy.”


Your success is so important to us that we offer a 100% Money Back Guarantee on Results for anyone who works with us for personal training and nutrition and lifestyle coaching.


Being apart of a gym community provides an unprecedented sense of accountability and motivation. We have cultivated a holistic facility that provides individuals all the tools they need to achieve their goals and allows people to achieve them by working together.


Working out doesn’t have to be a chore. It’s time to come see what everyone’s talking about.

CrossFit and interval-style workouts to promote movements used in every day life.

Known as functional fitness, this philosophy provides members with the motivation to break the fear that comes along with a lifestyle change – all while gaining strength, flexibility and endurance in the process.

As one of us might describe it:

“Functional fitness IS life.”

Our approach to fitness is simple: Let’s embrace ourselves for who we are now, by pushing ourselves to move past our fears. But let’s do it together.

Although we want you to feel the burn that comes along with high-intensity workouts, we also want you to feel at home.

That’s why we have created our own home here at Kinetic Synergy – a comfortable, encouraging environment where fellow members burn through workouts together, forming trusting friendships.

Because, as many of our members are aware, the community that comes along with Kinetic Synergy is one of the reasons our success rate is so high.

871 Niagara Street, Welland, Ontario L3C6Y1

Phone: (289) 820-7820

Email: [email protected]




Contact: Gavin Dobias


Spotlight on Business – MacLeod Automotive #GoNorth

Your Full Service Automotive Shop in Welland, Ontario

Since 1983, MacLeod Automotive in Welland has been a trusted name in Welland for professional auto service and repairs. We stake our reputation on our friendly service, quality work, and honest value. From general maintenance to full repairs on all makes of foreign and domestic vehicles, MacLeod Automotive takes pride in all the work we do for our customers.

Personal Service at Affordable Prices

MacLeod Automotive is a local, family owned and operated auto shop composed of a qualified team of mechanics. When you call on us, owner/operator Kevin, will work with you to ensure that the repair is done right and that you are informed of all the options available. All of our services are priced affordably and fairly; we will let you know the price of the service ahead of time so that there are never any unpleasant surprises.

Certified & Licenced

MacLeod Automotive is a MTO Certified Inspection Station and our team is qualified to perform safeties, e-tests, and auto repairs/service. You can have the peace of mind knowing that your vehicle is being serviced and repaired properly.

Give Us A Call

MacLeod Automotive welcomes you to give us a call today to schedule your vehicle’s repair and maintenance service.

301 Aqueduct St, Welland ON L3C 1C9

Phone: (905) 735-1515

Fax: (905) 735-9303


Contact: Kevin Rabe


Spotlight on Business ~ Quesada Buritos and Tacos

When Canadian software wizard Steve Gill lived in Denver – home of 667 Mexican restaurants – he discovered a passion for his new favourite food: Burritos.

Steve is a pretty accomplished chef too, and when he returned to Canada he locked himself in the kitchen to create the best burrito ever made.

The result? Quesada Burritos & Tacos and the The Famous Big Ass Burrito.

The 2004 opening in Toronto saw people driving over two hours for their Quesada favourites! Word of Quesada spread like crazy… and so did our restaurants. There are now over 60 Quesada Burritos & Tacos locations across Canada, with more opening every month!

Preparing wholesome, nutritious, great-tasting food is the most important thing we do. We start with the freshest ingredients and traditional Mexican recipes. Our salsas and guacamole are made fresh daily in store. The result? The tastiest burrito ever!

The Joy of Mex is an attitude. It’s the friendly, positive energy of our restaurant staff, the passion we share with our customers for tasty, delicious food… and the pleasure you’ll feel with every bite of a Quesada burrito, taco, quesadilla or salad! Try the Joy of Mex today!

545 Niagara Street, Unit 7, Welland, Ontario L3C1L7

Phone: (289) 820-5680



Spotlight on Business ~ First Student Canada

First Student provides safe, reliable and cost-effective transportation services that help school districts focus on providing students with the best possible education. Our customized approach and industry-leading solutions ensure that students get a safe start to each school day. We deliver peace of mind for school officials, parents and caregivers by developing local partnerships that help build strong communities.

Caring for Students Today, Tomorrow, Together.®

For more than a century, First Student has partnered with local school districts to deliver safe, quality and effective student transportation solutions. The First Student approach applies our national resources to locally defined priorities, enabling us to make a lasting and positive impact in the communities we serve.

Whether you face changes in student population, want to explore your options for new technology, need to improve safety performance or simply want more visibility into your operation, First Student has the right transportation solution for you.

Local Team

A great start to the school day begins with a caring school bus driver who takes pride in serving the children and families in their community. With First Student, your drivers, monitors, dispatchers and other transportation team members are experienced professionals and members of your local community who are dedicated to providing your district, students and their families with the highest level of service. As familiar, trusted faces in the community, they understand their important role to positively impact each student’s day.

1049 Niagara Street, Welland, Ontario, L3C 1M5

Phone: (905) 735-5944

Fax: (905) 735-5192



Contact: Yvonne Sodtka


Spotlight on Business ~ Niagara Auto Sales

At Niagara Auto Sales, located in Welland, we truly believe there’s a Dodge, Ford, Chevrolet, GMC or Honda model that will meet your driving needs, and we’re ready to prove that to St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Fort Erie drivers with our commitment to quality customer service. Whether you’re in the beginning stages of your buying process, or you’re ready to take the plunge, we’ll be there by your side.

If you’re looking for something that’s tried and true, we have you covered there as well. At Niagara Auto Sales we offer a high-quality lineup of used cars, and we’ve put them to the test. Inspecting them thoroughly, we’ve ensured that these pre-owned vehicles not only meet our high standards for quality, but yours as well.

From Finance to Parts and Service, Niagara Auto Sales is About More Than Simply Sales

When the search for your next car ends, that’s where the fun begins for our team of auto financing experts. They love searching for the best possible car loan orDodge, Ford, Chevrolet, GMC,Honda lease solution for your needs in order to ensure you drive home completely satisfied, both with the vehicle you’ve chosen and the terms of your financing. Simply put, you’re in good hands with Niagara Auto Sales by your side.

So you’ve driven off the lot and are on your way home, but out of sight certainly does not mean out of mind. Our on-site car service and repair experts are at your beck and call when you need routine maintenance or a bigger fix, if necessary.

At Niagara Auto Sales, we’re eager to demystify the car-buying process in a way that’s clear and informative. The next time you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, we invite you to stop in and meet our kind professionals at 1031 Niagara St Welland, Ontario to see for yourself!

1031 Niagara St, Welland, ON L3C 1M5

Phone: (905) 735-6023

Fax: (905) 788-0031

Email: [email protected]




Spotlight on Business – Dance Place

DANCE PLACE WELLAND…celebrating 37 years ….

At Dance Place Welland we offer a disciplined environment where children learn to dance with poise and grace. For more than three decades, thousands of parents have trusted our studio to develop, nurture and guide their children to help realize their dreams. Our passion for dance is what fuels our school. We are constantly working on offering top of the line instruction and improving our programs so that every student gets the best experience possible.


Offering a wide variety of dance classes to students of all levels and ages, you are sure to find what you are looking for: Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Pointe, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Acro, Mommy and Me, Yoga, Zumba, and Pilates!  Dance Place Welland offers classes for children, boys, girls, teens and adults. Should you choose to dance for fun and fitness, or as the start of a career, Dance Place Welland is committed to providing dancers of all ages, a “home away from home”.


Dance Place has two newly renovated locations, both centrally located on Thorold Road in Welland, Ontario.  Our State of the Art locations feature Professionally Installed Stage Step Flooring, Classroom Observation Windows, Closed Circuit Televisions for Classroom Viewing, Premium Sound Systems, Moderco Partition Walls for Adjustable Classroom Sizes, Student Lockers, Vending Machines, and an On-Site Dance Store.  Dance Place provides over 10,000 square feet – housing seven state-of-the-art dance studios.


Dance Place Welland is proud to have trained several dancers that have chosen to pursue professional careers – you will find our Alumni at; ◘ National Ballet School  ◘ Tokyo Disney  ◘ Ryerson University Dance  ◘ York University Dance  ◘ Danny Grossman Dance Co.    ◘ Quinte Ballet School  ◘ Sheridan College Dance & Theatre Arts    ◘ University Of Western Ontario Dance Team  ◘ Ottawa University Dance Team  ◘ Hamilton Tigercat Cheerleaders ◘ Etobicoke School Of Performing Arts  ◘ Buffalo City Ballet Co. ◘ Greater Niagara Ballet Co.  ◘ Greg Frewin Las Vegas Revue   ◘ American Musical Dance & Drama Academy  ◘ Crystal Cruise Lines  ◘ Norwegian Cruise Lines  ◘ Carnival Cruise Lines  ◘ Toronto Blue Jays “J-Crew” ◘ College Dance Program Instructor

27 Thorold Road Welland, ON

Phone: 905.735.6335

Email: [email protected]




Contact: Lori DeLuca


North Welland BIA Spotlight on Business – The Pita Pit

When The Pita Pit began back in 1995, Braveheart was Best Picture, Seinfeld was all the rage, the OJ Simpson trial was headline news, the Worldwide Web was just taking off and the DVD was new—and a major innovation.

So was the idea that drove Nelson Lang and John Sotiriadis to open their first Pita Pit in Kingston, Ontario.

Today’s trend toward healthier eating was still a long way off, but Nelson and John were ahead of the curve. They were convinced the time was right to offer a fresh, healthy alternative to traditional high-fat, high-carb, high-calorie fast foods. Their Lebanese-style pita sandwiches packed with fresh veggies, grilled meats and zesty sauces were an instant hit with the college and university crowd, especially since the store stayed open late—well into the wee hours of the morning, making it perfect for students taking a break from studying or coming home after a night of partying.

Within two years, franchise stores had begun opening right across Canada. Two years later, they were opening in the USA where the concept took off immediately with consumers of all ages.

Today, there are more than 500 Pita Pit stores around the world. It’s also moving up on the “Future 50” list, Restaurant Business Magazine’s ranking of the best and fastest-growing small chains. In 2009, it was ranked #1 in its category on the Franchise 500 list. In 2014 Pita Pit was also recognized as one of Foodservice and Hospitality’s Top 100.

Clearly, The Pita Pit’s “fresh thinking, healthy eating” motto is an idea whose time has come.

572 Niagara Street, Welland, ON

Phone: (905) 714-PITA

Fax: (905) 714-4358


Contact: Jason Pellerin


Spotlight on Business – Peninsula Glass

At Peninsula Glass, we service two markets: residential and commercial. A private homeowner, for instance, can hire us to fix windows, doors and mirrors, while public businesses often call us to replace their storefronts and sliding doors.

Over 40 Years In Business

Of course, fixing windows is just a portion of what we do at Peninsula Glass. As well as installing automatic doors and frameless glass showers, we repair screens and provide Plexiglas. Because we’ve been serving the Southern Ontario community for over 40 years, we’ve had plenty of practice.

We Keep You Informed

Peninsula Glass strives for 100% satisfaction for each customer by being prompt and standing behind the work we do. You’ll find that our technicians are courteous and knowledgeable, giving every customer a thorough explanation of the situation. We won’t rush off before your questions are answered.