Sunday, September 28, 2003

Business notes

By Jennie Callison
Enquirer contributor

Casa Chic offers clothing, meals

An existing consignment shop in Mount Healthy has changed its name and expanded its focus.

Bird's Eye View is now Casa Chic, a combination clothing boutique and coffee house. The shop, at 1545 Compton Road, offers and accepts women's upscale clothing and accessories as well as home decor items. In August, Casa Chic began serving light meals and specialty teas and coffees.

"It's a very old concept," owner Teresa Eagle said. "In Europe, often, you find a tearoom or coffeehouse adjacent to a boutique or gift shop. We felt that places to eat were really lacking in Mount Healthy, and this was one way to fill that need."

Casa Chic serves soups, salads, quiche, sandwiches and pastries. Afternoon teas can be arranged, as can accommodation of private parties.

Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 9 am. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Afternoon tea is served 2-4 p.m.

Information: 522-8011.

Cold Stone opens at Tri-County Mall

Customers can order their own frozen concoctions at a new ice cream store at Tri-County Mall.

Cold Stone Creamery features 16 flavors - including the company's signature Cake Batter Ice Cream - made fresh each day in the store. The ice cream is mixed with a customer's choice of fresh fruit, nuts or candies on a frozen granite slab.

Cold Stone's menu includes 32 ice cream dishes, including fruit smoothies, malts, milkshakes, sundaes and banana splits. Ice cream cakes and pies are available as well.

The store, just outside J.C. Penney on the mall's upper level, is open during regular mall hours.

Information: 671-4480.

Strollerfit opens two new classes

Strollerfit, a workout program for new mothers, is expanding its classes into two communities.

Sessions at Pine Hill Lakes Park in Mason and at the East Butler County YMCA in Fairfield are joining existing programs in Symmes Township and at Ault Park.

Strollerfit holds its workouts in area parks during warm months and at an indoor facility during the winter, said Strollerfit license holder Laurie Flanagan.

The company offers a 50-minute fitness class that mixes cardiovascular and strength training with special emphasis on the "mommy muscles" to help postpartum mothers get back into shape after pregnancy. Since strollers are turned into portable workout machines, the program allows mothers of very young children to participate without needing a baby sitter.

If demand exists, Flanagan plans to further expand within the northeast portion of Greater Cincinnati.

Information: (866) BABYFIT (toll-free) or

Rx Uniforms sells scrubs, uniforms

Jackie Freeman, owner of a new company called Rx Uniforms, thinks that medical practitioners who dress as a team can more easily function as a team.

Freeman, who teaches medical assisting at Gateway Community & Technical College in Edgewood, Ky., has been a nurse and a medical office manager. Her Wilder-based company sells scrubs and uniforms to medical practices and provides image consulting and complimentary customer service education to medical staff members.

"We bring the products to the office for sizing and selection, and we personally deliver," Freeman said.

Information: (859) 572-9033 or

Ice cream served inside railroad car

The BBQ Revue in Madisonville now has a new treat for customers: an unusual ice cream parlor.

The Budd Ice Cream Car is a 1947 New York Central Railroad dining car that has been renovated and now sits in the restaurant's parking lot.

"The name 'Budd' is taken from the manufacturer of the 85-foot, stainless-steel car," said Joanna Servizzi , co-owner of the BBQ Revue.

The car seats 46 inside and has additional outdoor seating. It is available for party rental.

The BBQ Revue and new Budd Ice Cream Car are at 4725 Madison Road. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 9 p.m. Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 871-3500.

Conexio moves to Mount Adams

Conexio, a seller of software for customer relations management and help desk functions, has moved its offices from Kenwood to 1077 Celestial Drive in Mount Adams.

The company was also honored by software maker Frontrange as one of Frontrange's "Top 10 Premier Partners."

Information: (877) 863-1326 or

E-mail or fax 564-6991 with openings, expansions and other news about neighborhood businesses.

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