Wednesday, October 1, 2003

What's the buzz?

Sports complex expands

Cliff Peale

They built it, and now Town & Country Sports Complex hopes you will come.

Lots of you.

The Wilder athletic complex completed its $2 million expansion this summer, adding a second indoor soccer field, two indoor swimming pools and perks like Aeroball - a combination of volleyball and basketball played on a trampoline - and rock climbing. Now it hopes to bring in new members, building on a base "approaching 1,000" now.

With 120,000 square feet on 35 acres, the facility probably could hold more than 2,000 members, said president Kevin Molony, who led an investment group that bought the facility last year. And it's working with a great location, just off Interstate 275 with a lighted outdoor soccer field that draws teams from around the region.

"The interest has been very good," Molony said. "We're just trying to get the message out that we're more than a great soccer facility."

Molony said the facility's operating budget could pass the break-even point this year.

For the rest of this year, Town & Country is building a cardio room on its upper level, and considering building an outdoor pool. It will hold an open house to showcase the building to non-members Oct. 11 and 12.

Fake fur, real offices

After moving its offices and manufacturing into a new building this summer, Fabulous Furs in Covington will make two retail moves soon.

Starting next week, the maker of artificial fur coats and other products will open a temporary retail store in Kenwood Towne Centre for the holiday season. It did the same thing last year, only for a shorter period.

And after the heavy season, it will move its Covington retail store, currently at Sixth and Madison, to the old Wadsworth Electric building off 11th Street. It will join the offices, warehousing and distribution there.

After that move, all of owner Donna Salyers' operations will be under one roof, covering about 110,000 square feet. She said the company, founded in 1989, would reach $7 million in sales this year.

"It's awesome," she said. "It's a building we can really grow in. We didn't have that at Sixth and Madison."

I'll take it

For years, Orchem Corp.'s lease on Muhlhauser Road in Fairfield has included an option to buy the property. This summer, company president Oscar Robertson - yes, that Oscar Robertson - quietly took the option, paying $1.88 million to a unit of Al Neyer Inc.

Robertson called the purchase "an investment," and said there weren't any changes in the company's operation there. Robertson, not the company, purchased the property.

He said some of Orchem's businesses are seeing good results. Orchem sells chemicals to food-processing plants.

"When you go talk to some customers, they're very busy, which is great for us," he said.


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