Requests pour in for furniture Ashley Thorpe-Bauer and husband Dave Thorpe make from wine barrels.

Minding their business: Caregivers, robots and barrels of fun

A collection of interesting businesses from around the city Amy Kenny The Hamilton Spectator Gold Cross Home Care For Joanne De Rubeis, caregiving starts with more than just a diagnosis. De Rubeis, pictured at lower right, graduated from McMaster’s nursing program in 1987. She spent years working in public health before designing a personal support…

Scott Stratten and Alison Kramer wrote the book "UnSelling."

Minding their business

Mind your business — sometimes the adage doesn’t apply. Here, three local businesses open the door and show us around. Amy Kenny The Hamilton Spectator Hat Trick BBQ What good is a broken hockey stick? Plenty if it’s BBQ season. For the last year, Grimsby’s Josh Lutz has made a business out of recycling snapped…

Joel Melnichuk  owner of Bad Axe throwing in Burlington, is turning axe throwing into a business.

Axe throwing, hot food and a cool collective

Entrepreneurs finding the right mix of conditions to launch their ventures Amy Kenny The Hamilton Spectator Nothing says family togetherness like a little axe-tossing. According to Joel Melnichuk, it was a hot activity over the Christmas holidays. He would know — he taught most of them how to do it. Melnichuk, 31, owns Bad Axe…

Sarah Warner and Pat Lannigan of Medic Services offer private medic services, asbestos and mould removal, as well as removal services to help clean out hoarders' homes.

Crazy rooms, a sexy idea and cool cleaners

Solving a mystery to build a team; cleaning up for cancer; helping hoarders Lisa Grace Marr Exit Strategy’s owners Cassie Hamilton and Chris Moning think driving your employees crazy trying to solve a mystery is a good way to build a sound corporate team. It can also make or break friendships and families — try…