North Bay to Crown World Mixed Curling Contestants

Nugget Column #04 – Wednesday October 22nd, 2014

Things just got a little more exciting for the Canadian Mixed Curling Championships being hosted by the North Bay Granite Club, November 8th – 15th.

For the first time in history, the winning team from this season’s event will advance to a World Mixed Curling Championship set for September of 2015 at a site yet to be determined.

The World Curling Federation announced in mid-September that the existing European Mixed Curling Championships would be transformed to include teams from across the pond.

Such an incentive will surely elevate the level of play at the upcoming championships; a treat for members of the North Bay community who plan to be spectators.

In anticipation for a more prominent season ahead many past curlers are returning to the club in addition to numerous enthusiasts who are sampling the sport for the first time.

Over forty people participated in the Granite Club’s “Free Orientations to Curling” this past Saturday and Sunday with feedback being extremely positive.

An opportunity to continue being mentored in the sport exists by joining the Thursday night Rookie League which will consist of mostly instruction and scrimmage until the end of November.

Many thanks to my co-instructors Joanne Come-Forget, Gus Laforge, Jim Curran and Karen Cobb who volunteered their time to introducing new curlers.


Cornerstone Café Operating at Granite Club

We are delighted to announce that the Granite Club has entered into a partnership with Ann Story of the Cornerstone Café.

On the 7th of January 2012, Ann opened Cornerstone Café. Ann doesn’t regret one moment of her decision but does admit that it took a lot of hard work. “I didn’t realize just how much work it would take to have a successful business but I quickly learned that good food and reasonable prices was the key.”

Ann also believes that it is important to give people a chance. She accomplishes this personal endeavor by hiring her staff through YES Employment Services.

Cornerstone Café offers homemade food in a family orientated atmosphere. “Everything on the menu that can be homemade is. Even our desserts are all homemade and once you enter the café, you are treated like family.”

It is Ann’s intention to create the same environment at our club and customers can expect freshly cooked meals, baking and more will be available from one hour before until one hour after curling is in session and the local business will serve as our exclusive caterer for curling and lounge rental events moving forward.

Open since Saturday, comments have been only complimentary in regards to pricing, quality of food, and customer service.

We hope that existing members will take the time to introduce themselves and make our new tenant feel welcomed. The café’s hours of operation will be posted to our website shortly as the public is invited to dine with us.


Bobby Ray
General Manager
North Bay Granite Club