Sunday, June 09, 2002

Tristate Business Notes

Tractor Supply opens new store

        Tractor Supply Co. has opened a new retail store at 4525 Hamilton-Middletown Road in Hamilton.

        Like other Tractor Supply locations, the new store stocks merchandise for the health, care, growth and containment of horses, livestock and pets as well as agricultural products, tools and hardware. Tractor Supply also sells light-truck equipment, work clothing and gardening equipment.

        The company, based in Nashville, Tenn., operates 384 stores in 29 states. For the first quarter of 2002, net sales increased 19.3 percent to $193.8 million.


        Chris Moore is manager of the new store, which is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

        Information: 895-8900.

Software helps brides with bouquets

        Melissa Flohn is winning bouquets from fellow florists for her new software, which allows brides-to-be to coordinate their flowers and fabrics.

        Ms. Flohn, founder of On a Whim in West Chester, developed a program that allows florists to view different types of flowers in bouquets and match them with dress swatches.

        “It's designed to bring the floral cooler to the consultation without the expense of stocking all those flowers on a daily basis,“ said Ms. Flohn, a florist for 15 years. “On a laptop, the florist can now go to the bride, which opens all kinds of new doors for the industry. Chose the style of bouquet, go to the gallery and drag and drop the flowers into the bouquet. It's that easy.”

        Ms. Flohn will demonstrate her new software at the FTD Flower Convention in August.

        Information: 779-6443 or

R.J. PROs buys Pro-Cuts franchise

        R.J. PROs has purchased the Pro-Cuts shop in Mariemont from Pro-Cuts Franchise Corp. It is the first Pro-Cuts shop owned by the Fayetteville, Ohio, company.

        Pro-Cuts has been in Mariemont since 1992. It is at 7235 Wooster Pike Road, in the Mariemont Promenade shopping center.

        Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. No appointments are needed.

        Pro-Cuts, based in Hurst, Texas, operates more than 200 locations in 12 states.

        Information: 561-9250.

Tech company opens local office

        Pittsburgh-based XiTech, a computer software and consulting services company, has expanded into Cincinnati.

        The new office is at 6274 Berauer Road in Green Township. It complements XiTech's other Ohio offices in Columbus and Akron.

        Founded in 1995, XiTech provides training and certification in Microsoft, Lotus, Cisco and Citrix for more than 1000 people annually. The company employs almost 200 workers.

        Information: 574-7072.

Smokehouse comes to Forest Fair Mall

        The aroma of barbecued ribs and pulled pork has wafted through Forest Fair Mall since the arrival of Raybo's Southern Bar & Grill.

        The new restaurant, on the mall's upper level next to Bass Pro Shops, features a smokehouse and full-service bar. In addition to its ribs and pork, the eatery offers daily seasonal specials and fresh seafood. Ray Foley, his sister Pam Kaiser and their mother, Carol Foley, own the enterprise.

        General manager Ray Foley managed the original Prime & Wine restaurants in Kenwood and Northgate. He also worked at Dockside Six in Norwood and at the revolving restaurant atop the former Quality Inn Riverview in Covington. Most recently, he was food and beverage manager at Triple Crown Country Club in Boone County.

        Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

        Information: 671-6330.

Olive Garden chefs learn on-site in Tuscany

        Kevin Miles, culinary manager at Fairfield's Olive Garden restaurant, savored “la cuccina italiana” at close range recently during a training session in Italy.

        Mr. Miles was one of several Olive Garden culinary managers who traveled to the Olive Garden's Culinary Institute in Tuscany to enhance their knowledge of traditional Northern Italian cooking.

        “Working side-by-side with master Italian chefs was an amazing experience,” Mr. Miles said of his five-day training. “It really reinforced Italian cooking techniques, like the importance of al dente pasta and how the freshest ingredients can make the most flavorful sauces.”

        The training session also included information on regional wines and Italian culture. Each year, about 100 Olive Garden managers are selected to visit the Culinary Institute.

        The Fairfield restaurant, at 7179 Dixie Highway, is one of 484 restaurants operated by Olive Garden, a division of Darden Restaurants Inc.

        Information: 874-7393.

Tanning salon doubles number of locations

        Sunkissed Tanning Salons has expanded from two to four locations.

        The new salon at 3097 Dixie Highway, Edgewood, contains 32 tanning units, while the one at 2993 North Bend Road in Hebron, offers 12.

        Sunkissed operates centers in Crescent Springs and Florence. Customers can buy a tanning package at any location and use it at all four.

        The salons are open 9 a.m. to midnight Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.

        Information: (859) 344-8338 or (859) 802-6352.


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