Sunday, July 14, 2002

Tristate Business Notes

Furniture Express opens two locations

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        A furniture retailer has opened stores in Colerain Township and Shandon. Furniture Express touts an “everything always in stock” merchandising strategy and carries a complete line of home furnishings. The new stores are at 8156 Colerain Ave., just south of the Ronald Reagan Highway, and at 5005 Cincinnati-Brookville Road (Ohio 126), northwest of Ross.

        The Shandon store shares space with a companion business, Timeless Treasures. The specialty furnishings and home decor company sells antique reproductions, Bombay chests and Christmas decor. It also contains a 2000-square-foot art gallery featuring the work of Thomas Kinkade, Robert Lyn Nelson, Howard Behrens and Simon Bull.

        The Shandon store is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The Colerain store is open at those times and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday.

        Information: 521-1234 and 738-0980 (Furniture Express) or 738-4200 (Timeless Treasures).

Cafe features Western, Asian cooking

        A traditional Chinese firecracker display July 2 signaled the opening of Raymond's Hong Kong Cafe in Richwood.

        The new restaurant, the second for Raymond Luk, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its menu includes favorite items from Western as well as Chinese cuisine.

        Raymond's Hong Kong Cafe is at 11501 Clay Drive. It's open from 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. every day.

        Mr. Luk's original restaurant, Cathay Kitchen, opened in Florence in 1989.

        Information: (859) 485-2828.

Communications group honored for Web site

        Blueline Editorial has been honored for its Web site,

        The downtown business communications firm recently received an Ultraweb Level 2 Award.

        “We are very impressed with the professional quality design of your site,” judge Ann Bevans of Ultraweb told firm owner Phil Paradis. “It is obvious that you intended to enhance the written message with the design, rather than detract from it.”

        In business since 1998, Blueline Editorial specializes in professional editorial services along with desktop publishing, graphic design, marketing and public relations consulting.

        The Web site was designed and built by 1219 Productions Design Studios of Florence.

        Information: 241-5154.

Lutherans recognize district representative

        Joy Schwartz, Greater Cincinnati district representative for the Aid Association for Lutherans/Lutheran Brotherhood, was honored by the organization for her business performance in 2001.

        Ms. Schwartz is a financial associate with the AAL/LB, an organization that offers financial products and services to almost 3 million members. She serves Lutherans and their family members in Batavia, Cincinnati, Georgetown, Maineville, Mason and Milford.

        The area office of AAL/LB is at 6444 Beechmont Ave. in Anderson Township. Information: 233-2002.

Krienik Advertising adds river businesses

        Two new advertising campaigns are geared to keep a pair of businesses rollin' on the river.

        Mike Fink Restaurant and BB Riverboats recently chose Krienik Advertising Inc. as their agency of record. Both Mike Fink and BB Riverboats are owned by the Bernstein Hospitality Family.

        The “A Legend in the Making” theme for Mike Fink aims to increase market awareness of the restaurant by capitalizing on its 25th anniversary, scenic setting and period appeal. The campaign will use print ads, billboards, inserts and radio.

        BB Riverboats' new slogan is “Rediscover Your River.” The campaign will communicate its message through newspaper ads, billboards, direct mail and television.

        Krienik Advertising is at 115 W. Ninth St., downtown. Information: 421-0090 or

Company creates team-building activities

        Events Etc, a special-event production company, has launched an interactive team-building division, TeamQuest.

        “Our TeamQuest program specializes in creating and producing interactive activities that literally boost the effectiveness and productivity of your people,” Steve Suddendorf, TeamQuest designer, said. “The ultimate result: higher retention and usage of meeting information, superior teamwork and improved communication.“

        The company works with each client to develop a program that meets its goals. Activities used range from cook-offs to game shows to sports challenges to race car construction. Goals can be broad or very specific.

        Events Etc is at 9403 Kenwood Road, Suite A-109, Blue Ash. Information: 791-3911.


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