Sunday, August 01, 1999

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p3 No Elder store for mall

        Rumors abound involving a replacement for the former Parisian site at Beechmont Mall. Could it be a restaurant? A discounter? A department store? All of the above?

        The mall manager dismisses conjecture. Right now, Beechmont is focusing on bringing in a movie complex, and other plans will follow. Besides, such deals take time.

        But there is one merchant consumers can dismiss as a possibility: Elder-Beerman. The Dayton chain, which operates an area store in Forest Fair Mall, has said it would like to expand in Cincinnati. More locations would help leverage distribution and advertising costs. But Chief Executive Frederick Mershad said last week the Beechmont site wouldn't work.

        “Something was run past us a long time ago, but we have no interest,” he said. “We'd love to find the right location. That's just not one that we're comfortable with right now.”

        Parisian closed its store at the mall last weekend. — Lisa Biank Fasig


        Old Spice or Old Stink? Procter & Gamble Co.'s world-famous Old Spice cologne could become known as “Old Stink” in Poland.

        In an effort to protect the Polish language, the country's lower house of parliament recently passed a bill that requires all foreign words to be translated into Polish if an equivalent can be found.

        Old Spice could be translated as “Old Stink” or “Old Flavor” under the proposed new law.

        “The law is the law,” said Malgorzata Mejer, a spokeswoman for P&G in Warsaw, Poland. “If it becomes effective, we'll have to follow it whatever it is.”

        The language bill passed the lower house, the Sejm, by a majority of 11 votes. It now has to be passed by the Polish Senate to become law. Randy Tucker

High interest in lunch
        It's not common that a Cincinnatian regularly breaks bread with Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan.

        But it's becoming a little more frequent for Morris Williams, a local fair-lending activist, who will meet in September with Mr. Greenspan, arguably the world's most powerful man.

        Mr. Williams, who has ties to the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and is associate director of the Coalition of Neighborhoods in Kennedy Heights, will be among a group of community activists to discuss over lunch various issues with Mr. Greenspan.

        It marks the second time Mr. Williams gets a brush with fame. He appeared on national TV with Mr. Greenspan in 1994 at a coalition dinner, where Mr. Greenspan was speaking. A C-SPAN camera caught Mr. Morris sitting next to the speaker's lectern. — Jeff McKinney

Book is out to lunch
        In the rough-and-tumble world of restaurant business, hot new places can open and close before Cincinnatians even know it. Imagine what it's like planning a night if you're an out-of-towner.

        Don't expect the guide books to be much help. To wit: The 1999 edition of Business Traveler East, a guide to local/favorite restaurants, lists several names long vanished from our streets.

        Best eclectic: Ciao (Baby) Cucina, closed in January; and Arboreta, closed as such in May 1998. (Also, Ciao hasn't had Baby in its name for more than a year.) Among the Best Inexpensive Meals: Stone Mill Bread Co., which changed its name to Big Sky in 1996. The one hit: Best Sports Bar, Blue Moon Saloon. It changed over from Hugg's Inn in late 1997. — Lisa Biank Fasig

        Items for Tipsheet are gathered by Enquirer business reporters and compiled by Lisa Biank Fasig of the business staff.

       



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