Sunday, November 30, 2003

Tristate business notebook

Everything for the horse enthusiast

MILFORD - Wind & Withers Tack and Feed, at 885 Ohio 28, caters to horse enthusiasts, whether or not they own a horse.

"Wind & Withers is not only North America's newest and most unique large-format tack and feed store, but is also an educational resource for the horse enthusiast," said owner Jim Schedler. Schedler is a former vice president of the Iams Co.'s European division.

The store stocks English and western riding supplies; general apparel; supplies for farriers; food for horses, dogs and cats, and antiques refurbished with hides. Store services include a training room, a cafe, and an indoor demonstration ring. Schedler plans to add a leather repair shop and horse trailers.

This weekend is Wind & Withers' grand opening. Through 6 p.m. today special prices are available and all customers who sign up to join the store's Horse Source Club will be eligible for drawings.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday.

Information: at 965-WIND (9463), or toll-free at 877 WITHERS (948-4377).

Orthopedic group builds larger office

KENWOOD - Cincinnati's oldest orthopedic practice has broken ground on a new building here.

The building will increase the size of Freiberg Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine's Kenwood area office from 10,250 square feet to 13,802 square feet. The building will include clinical space for the 14-physician group, an ambulatory surgery center and physical therapy facilities. Currently, the practice is in the Jewish Hospital Medical Buildings.

The practice, founded by Albert Freiberg in 1890, specializes in pediatric orthopedics, hand and upper extremities, sports medicine, knee surgery, shoulder surgery, hip and knee replacement, spine surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain management.

Freiberg plans to occupy its new center at 4608 Galbraith Road in early 2004. Other offices are in Mount Airy and Westwood.

Information: 221-5500.

Carraba's opens N.Ky. restaurant

CRESTVIEW HILLS - A Carrabba's Italian Grill, featuring the popular Sicilian specialties of founders Johnny Carrabba and Damian Mandola, is now open here. Menu items range from calamari and wine-steamed mussels to chicken parmesan and pizza.

The restaurant, at 2899 Dixie Highway, opened Nov. 3. It's the second Carrabba's in Greater Cincinnati. The first is in Deerfield Township.

Managing partner for the Crestview Hills Carrabba's is Jason Simon. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 4-11 p.m. Friday, 3:30-11 p.m. Saturday, and 3:30-10 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 859 344-6163.

Indiana group lauds antiques mall

AURORA - An antiques mall here has been named Business of the Year by the Indiana Main Street Association.

Main Street Mercantile, which opened in early 2003, features a variety of art and antique items in a 5,000-square-foot space in a historic downtown building. Owners Michelle Hamilton, Kathy Whitham and Steve McHenry decided to launch the business in response to area demand for locally crafted products. The three broadened the shop's inventory with the wares of local antiques dealers.

"This year's award winner, Main Street Mercantile, illustrates the power of partnership in responding to local market needs," said Mark McConaghy, director of the Indiana Main Street Association.

"Main Street Mercantile has been a great addition to downtown Aurora's retail business district," said Judy Ostendorf, director of Main Street Aurora, the local development association that nominated Main Street Mercantile for the award. "The owners and employees of Main Street Mercantile have demonstrated that they've got what it takes to make a difference in downtown Aurora."

Main Street Mercantile is at the corner of Second and Main streets.

Information: 812 926-0045.

Designers like Alverno Salon-Spa

DELHI TWP. - The design of the Alverno Salon and Spa has won an AIA Design Award of Merit. The award, was presented Nov. 14 by the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the International Interior Design Association Cincinnati/Dayton City Center, and the Society of Environmental Graphic Design Midwest.

Alverno Salon owner John Michael hired a team of designers and fabricators to develop the facility. James Postell, University of Cincinnati associate professor of architecture and interior design, designed the building with assistance from UC students Eli Meiners and Greg Bleier. Also involved were M-Retail Engineers, Contract Fixtures Inc., Willman Design and Steven Schaefer Associates.

The new salon is at 5169 Mt. Alverno Road.

Information: 451-9170 or

Sub shop opens in Calhoun Market

CLIFTON HEIGHTS - A new Jersey Mike's sub shop is now open here.

The restaurant, at 211 W. McMillan St. in the Calhoun Street Marketplace, serves cold subs, hot subs, wraps, soup and salad, and features a few low-fat sandwich choices. It is open from 11 a.m. to midnight for walk-ins. Delivery is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6-11 p.m.

Jersey Mike's got its start in Point Pleasant, N.J. in 1956 and now has 300 stores operating or under development.

Information: 421-6453.

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

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