Sunday, February 15, 2004

Tristate business notes

Clean your car free for worthy causes

GREEN TOWNSHIP - Area residents can clean their cars and contribute to worthy causes at the same time, at a car wash grand opening that ends today.

To promote its new location at 6561 Harrison Ave., LA Express Car Wash is offering free car washes. In exchange, it suggests that customers donate the cost of their car wash to benefit the FreeStore/FoodBank, Children's Hospital and the Green Township Fire Department. Donations will be accepted on site.

LA Express features the Envirosoft Carwash system, which uses environmentally safe chemicals and soft foam brushes that don't scratch the car's surface. Owners of the business are John Abraham and Scott Burkhart with investor Sinkula Development.

Grand-opening hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, which will be the normal Sunday hours. LA Express Car Wash is open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

For information call 574-7072.

Office offers health needs for traveling

FAIRFIELD - Travelers to exotic destinations now have a new location at which they can get the immunizations and health counseling they need before taking off.

Passport Health of Cincinnati has expanded from Blue Ash to a new office here.

"Passport Health provides country-specific immunizations, in addition to the entire range of domestic immunizations for flu, meningitis, tetanus, hepatitis and varicella," Aletha W. Tippett, MD, owner of the company, said. "International security counseling and products such as water purification and malaria prevention kits are also part of our customized service."

The new location is at 6200 Pleasant Ave., Suite 5. Its Blue Ash office is at 9403 Kenwood Road, Suite C100.

Tippett is a family practice physician with a practice in Blue Ash. Passport Health of Cincinnati is a franchise of Passport Health, Inc., which has more than 80 locations in 40 U.S. metropolitan areas.

For information call 891-3093.

Espresso bar opens in Chemed Building

DOWNTOWN - The Lobby Latte, an espresso bar, recently opened on the Chemed Building's second-floor skywalk.

The original Lobby Latte is at Jewish Hospital Kenwood.

Owner Melissa Flohn said her boutique cafe serves freshly-brewed coffee, lattes, mochas, juices and pastries.

"This is a perfect amenity on the skywalk for all those professionals in need of a high-quality cup of coffee at a reasonable price, with friendly, efficient service," she said.

The Lobby Latte is open 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

For information call 477-9614.

They'll do all the organizing for you

HYDE PARK - The neatness-impaired now have a new resource to help them minimize clutter and use space more efficiently.

Marla Morse and Kelly Murphy are the owners of Organize Me, a professional organization service.

The women provide their expertise for homes as well as offices.

"Home organizing includes space planning and cleanup of any personal space, from a cluttered closet to an entire home. Office organizing includes space planning and cleanup as well as office setup . . . paper management and setup of filing systems," Morse said.

Organize Me owners say their services are helpful for individuals or companies that are moving, downsizing or expanding.

The company offers its services free of charge to members of the Pink Ribbon Girls, a not-for-profit organization that helps young mothers with breast cancer.

For information call 675-5516

Car dealer can put you in sporty model

NEWTOWN - In the market for a used Audi or Alfa Romeo? A new specialty dealership here might be able to help.

Doug Schoonover has opened Schoonover Motors at 6832 Main St. and sells pre-owned luxury and sporty automobiles.

In the past 30 years, Schoonover has managed dealerships that sold such upscale makes as Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus, Porsche, Saab, Alfa Romeo and BMW.

The dealership has an outdoor display area, a showroom and an indoor storage area for cars belonging to longtime customers.

Schoonover Motors is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday appointments can be arranged.

Information: 272-2777 or

Caring Choice helps seniors manage

MONFORT HEIGHTS - A shortage of adult caregiving services inspired Jim Kummer to start a business to help older adults manage day-to-day responsibilities.

A Caring Choice, which opened Jan. 1, is designed to assist older folks who need a bit of help in order to stay in their homes.

"We provide an affordable solution for older individuals or couples capable of managing their physical needs, but who require non-medical assistance, light housework, meal preparation and/or companionship in order to remain at home," Kummer said.

He added that many adult children of older parents are already very busy with work and children and can't provide enough help to keep their parents independent.

A Caring Choice can arrange services for as little as four hours, or as many as 24 hours a day. Short-term or longer-term care is also available, even during holiday periods.

Since services are billed on an hourly basis, the number of hours can be increased or decreased as needs dictate.

Kummer said his company's caregivers are screened, bonded and insured.

Information: 574-4148 or

Series on insurance and retirement

COVINGTON - A securities and insurance brokerage firm is offering a series of free seminars focusing on health insurance and retirement planning.

March 11, Scanlon & Associates hosts a session examining long-term care insurance. April 22, the topic is business continuity, which includes life insurance, buy-sell agreements, and debt protection.

The series continues on a monthly basis through the rest of the year.

All sessions are at the Holiday Inn Riverfront in Covington, starting with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast buffet and continuing with the one-hour meeting at 8 a.m.

Information: 859-655-9600 or

Diamond Web address corrected

MADEIRA - The Web address for Diamond Construction Group, the window, flooring, cabinet and siding company featured in last week's column, is Information: 561-5520.

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

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