BIZZ BUZZ

April 13, 2012

A new restaurant is set to open June 2, 2012 at 49 King William Street in Hamilton.  Called
“It’s a Food Thing,” the menu will offer Caribbean-inspired food fused with flavours from other world cultures.  “My goal is to create a hub that will bring together the community through good food, art and music,” says owner Joyce Swaby.  She moved to Hamilton from Pickering three years ago and says she’s excited to locate her restaurant in the city’s vibrant downtown core.  Her background for the past 10 years has been in catering, both in Pickering and in Hamilton.

“It’s a Food Thing” will occupy the space that has housed Dalina’s Restaurant for more than three decades.  Dalina’s was one of the first Egyptian restaurants in the area.  Owner Jennifer Drury has decided to go in a new direction with her career and says she’d like to thank her loyal customers for their patronage to over the years.

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Hamilton-based start up company Snappay has recently launched a mobile point-of-sale system for merchants who work trade shows, conferences and seminars, and gallery openings.  Partners Lorne Lantz and Jim Rudnick developed the system with the help of mentors Ron Neumann and Robin Hopper at the Innovation Factory.

The Snappay app allows customers to use their iPhone, iPad or Android phone to charge purchases to their credit cards.  Merchants with a smart phone simply need to download the Snappay app and within minutes can begin accepting payments.

“Our pricing is the lowest of all other mobile point-of-sale systems and our signup takes less than five minutes,” says Rudnick.   The company charges merchants 3.9 per cent of the amount of the transaction, plus 30 cents for each transaction.  There is also a $29 per month plan for high-volume merchants.   In the two weeks since launching, the company has already signed up more than 100 merchants.  For more information, visit www.getsnappay.com.

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In a related story, Jim Rudnick has been honoured as the first recipient of the Innovation Factory’s Mark Chamberlain DiFizen of the Year for his outstanding contributions to Hamilton’s innovation community.

“The choice was easy,” says the Innovation Factory’s chief advocate Keanin Loomis.  “Jim has been to every one of our events, he’s participated as a volunteer mentor at workshops and one-on-one with our clients, and is always available to help us in any way he can.”  In addition to his role at Snappay, Rudnick is the CEO at KKT Interactive.  The search engine optimization consultant is a former student of Westdale High School and McMaster University.

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Tricia Hellingman is president of Hellingman Communications, a Hamilton-based public relations and marketing agency. Bizz Buzz welcomes submissions from the business community. Email thellingman@hellingman.com.