by Morri Mostow

New hot-lunch program…for Knowlton merchants

Knowlton merchants no longer have to settle for cold bag lunches. Virgo Romano of the eponymous Virgo Catering now delivers hot, gourmet lunches to store-bound, downtown merchants. The price is a reasonable $4.95 (plus tax), with free delivery.

“This service is perfect for merchants who are all alone in their stores and can’t get out for lunch,” says Romano. The menu, which changes daily, offers such hearty fare as seafood quiche, pasta Alfredo with grilled vegetable brochette, pasta Florentine, chicken parmesan with noodles, chili with nachos and vegetable or meat lasagna, accompanied by a soup or salad and dessert.

Virgo also serves these same three-course lunches in his bright deli, from Monday to Friday. (They are also available for take-out.) If you have an epicure on your Christmas list, check out Virgo’s gift baskets, packed with such local delicacies as wild-boar sausage and duck pâté.

Traiteur Virgo Catering, at 255B Knowlton Road, is open seven days a week. Telephone (450) 243-0834.


Last week, three enterprising Knowlton women launched one of Quebec’s first distributorships for The Body Shop at Home™ . “This new initiative brings The Body Shop products to rural areas that have no nearby store,” explained Nancy Plescia, Direct Development Manager for The Body Shop at Home, who came from Montreal to help Josée Laforest, Sue Moar and Sue O’Collin with their launch. Two dozen invited guests attended two presentations at Knowlton’s Marina Quai 7 and sampled the company’s holiday products and gift baskets. The Body Shop, which sells a huge range of beauty products, is known for its support of environmental, ecological and community causes.

“We were really pleased with the turnout,” said Moar. “People who came were happy to have such a convenient outlet for these products in their area.”

Laforest, Moar and O’Collin are also delighted that their new home-based business allows them to continue with their other jobs: Laforest, a graphic artist, is the owner/manager of Hip Graphique; Moar is a co-owner of the Marina Quai 7; and O’Collin is the manager of Hubbard Fabrics in Granby. The three friends will be organizing frequent parties where guests will be able to try the products before they buy. In the new year, they plan to organize special theme parties — face care, foot care, Valentine gift-giving, etc.

To enquire about the next Body Shop at Home party or to host one, call Josée laforest at (450) 243-5444 or Sue O’Collin at (450) 243-6511.


The vernissage on Saturday, November 3, at the Rose Window Gallery in Knowlton was packed to the rafters, as guests admired an eclectic display of paintings, sculpture and photography. Dubbed La tournée des Tournesols à Knowlton, this not-to-be-missed exhibit features the work of 11 accomplished artists attached to Sutton’s Deux Tournesols art gallery, which is closed during the month of November.

BizBeat was intrigued by Morrie Bakerman’s photographic landscapes, Thérèse Huard’s bucolic country paintings, Hélène Plourde’s mixed-media tableaus created from photos, Mario Cardin’s ghouls, André Prudhomme’s hand-carved marriage figurines, and Guy Borremans’ erotic photographs … to mention just a few.

Priced for holiday gift-giving, original works range from $100 to $800; numbered photographic prints, from $200 to $425. Greeting cards and small reproductions go for $10 and under.

La tournée des Tournesols à Knowlton continues until November 25 at the Rose Window Art Gallery, 91 Lakeside, Knowlton. Open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Telephone (450) 243-0123.


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