Sunday, October 19, 2003

Business Notes

New store to sell (and deliver) tights of all stripes

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer contributor

Good looks for legs is the specialty of a shop opening in University Heights Nov. 1.

Meshelle Miller is launching Unique Legging by Meshelle, which will stock tights of all varieties for children and adults.

"I specialize in hard-to-find colors and sizes, and have every color and tight imaginable, from footless to capris," she said.

The business will also offer an emergency delivery service within Cincinnati city limits for women whose tights spring a last-minute run.

The store, at 231 W. McMillan St., will be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; closed Sunday. The emergency delivery service will be available 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

Information: 721-LEGG.

New academy to teach women

Women who want to create challenging but non-competitive communities can find support and mentorship through a new organization.

The Leadership Academy, slated to open in January, will use the feminist community model developed by Mary Pierce Brosmer in nurturing Women Writing for (a) Change.

The academy initially will offer two apprenticeships: a three-part certification program to train women to build communities in their workplaces, and a five-part licensee training, which builds on the certification program to prepare women to establish Women Writing for (a) Change sister schools.

Academy programs will take place at the Women Writing for (a) Change facility, 4850 Madison Road in Madisonville. Information: 272-1171 or

Support group for business owners

Small-business coach Brian Monahan has formed a support group to help home-based business owners meet each other and discuss common problems.

"Too often, home-based business owners get isolated in their homes and embark on their business ventures without the business and marketing skills necessary to meet the challenges they face," said Monahan, owner of Ideal Life Coaching.

The group's name is Free-Agent Success Team, or FAST. It meets the first Friday of the month in the Bronte Bistro at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Norwood.

The meetings are 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. with opportunities to network before and after the session. Cost is $10 a meeting, plus the cost of breakfast.

Monahan said the first meeting is free for prospective members of FAST. A one-year membership in the organization is $99.

Information: 703-0674 or

Dog owners can vacation guilt-free

College Hill canines now have an alternative to kennels.

The Dapper Dog Sitter, operated by Marilyn Dapper, provides in-home pet care to customers in College Hill, Mount Airy, White Oak, North College Hill, Mount Healthy and Finneytown.

"Owners can leave home knowing that their pets will remain comfortable in familiar surroundings, that the pets won't be exposed to illness and disease from strange animals, and that they will receive tender loving care and personalized attention during each visit," Dapper said.

The company can provide daily walks and potty breaks in addition to vacation pet-sitting and related home services.

The Dapper Dog Sitter is a member of Pet Sitters Associates, LLC.

Information: 591-0107.

Dinner benefits historical society

A new Chinese restaurant in downtown Springboro is turning its grand opening into a benefit.

The event, scheduled for Oct. 26, will allow guests to sample a variety of food specialties and wine at China Cottage and support the mission and programs of the Springboro Area Historical Society. Cost is $10, all of which goes to the historical society.

China Cottage is at 784 N. Main St., in the Market Place at Settler's Walk. Grand opening hours are 5:30-9:30 p.m.

Reservations and information are available by calling neighboring business Aunt Susie's at (937) 748-5370.

Steak 'n' Shake rebuilt after fire

After a fire on Sept. 11, 2002, severely damaged it, the Steak 'n' Shake at 9770 Montgomery Road has been completely rebuilt.

Manager Craig Nickelman said that the new layout is roomier and provides more efficient space for kitchen and server crews.

"We're now open 24 hours a day. The old restaurant was the only Steak 'n' Shake in Cincinnati that closed at night," he said.

Information: 984-1202.

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

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