Sunday, February 29, 2004

Tristate business notes

New owner reopens Apple on Elm

DOWNTOWN - A former eatery has been purchased and reopened by a downtown restaurateur.

Nader Musaitif, owner of Jordan Valley restaurant at 211 W. Fourth St., has taken over Apple on Elm.

The cafe reopened in early February and now serves breakfast and lunch fare.

"It's Mediterranean food with a diner flair," explained Musaitif.

"We offer omelets, muffins and bagels in the morning; and serve wraps, healthy vegetarian dishes as well as meat dishes and gyros."

Apple on Elm is at 801 Elm St. and open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

Information: 421-3408.

Shoe repair shop offers 150 colors

DOWNTOWN - Apple on Elm's next-door neighbor, at 803 Elm, is Frenchy's shoe repair.

Owner Frenchman E. Napier Jr. learned his trade from his father, who runs Frenchman's Shoe Repair in Covington.

In addition to repairing shoes and other leather articles, Napier cleans leather goods and can do custom dye work on a variety of fabrics.

"I've got 150 different colors and can pretty much match any shade," he said.

Frenchy's opened in January.

Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and Friday, and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Information: 381-5100.

Small-business consultant opens 2

MONTGOMERY - Small-business consultant Elaine Milstein is the founder of two new businesses.

One, BizChat Live, presents educational seminars for independent business people.

The other, BijouxBazaar, sells special jewelry.

"With BijouxBazaar I showcase and sell antique and vintage costume jewelry on eBay and at the Duck Creek Antique Mall in Oakley," she said.

"With BizChat Live I conduct monthly educational seminars and discussions for business."

Milstein will be the speaker for the first BizChat session, which takes place 6-9 p.m. March 15.

The talk is titled "Starting a successful eBay business" and it will include opportunities for discussion and networking.

Dessert, coffee and tea will be served.

The seminar takes place at the CMC Office Center, 10979 Reed Hartman Highway, suite 225, in Blue Ash.

Cost is $20 prepaid or $25 at the door. Space is limited to the first 20 reservations.

BizChat Live meetings will be held on the third Monday of every month.

Information: 891-7015.

Infrared checks can spot flaws

MOUNT CARMEL - A new company knows what's hot and what's not.

TrendFormersprovides infrared inspections for electrical and mechanical equipment, which can reveal elevated operating temperatures, an indicator of potential problems.

TrendFormers tests equipment to determine baseline-operating temperature, and compares later readings.

"Infrared inspections of electrical equipment are highly recommended by insurance companies, because the inspection can reveal hot problems that can cause fires," said company founder L. Terry Clausing. "Many fires are caused by wiring problems, overloaded circuits and bad connections. That is exactly the kind of problem that our inspection service can identify."

TrendFormers serves commercial and industrial customers, inspecting mechanical and electrical equipment including motors, pumps, bearings, gearboxes and drive assemblies.

Clausing, an engineer, has 20 years' experience in infrared temperature measurement and industrial equipment. He has consulted with companies such as Procter & Gamble Co. and Kroger and performed infrared inspections to identify energy loss problems at the Taft Museum prior to its remodeling.

Clausing hopes to license other TrendFormers offices to professional engineers around the country.

Information: 831-7020.

Anderson pet store offers free classes

ANDERSON TWP. - Pet Care 101 is in session at Anderson Township Family Pet Center.

The store, which opened in November, is offering free Sunday afternoon seminars on a variety of topics, said owner Daryl Meyerrenke.

"How to Speak Dog" is scheduled for today, and "Disaster Preparedness" is on March 7.

"This will cover what to do with pets in case of a natural or man-made disaster," Meyerrenke explained.

"Selecting the Right Breed of Dog," is on the calendar for March 21.

All three sessions begin at 2 p.m. at the Pet Center, 6666 Clough Pike.

In addition, the League for Animal Welfare will conduct an adopt-a-thon at the store March 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Pets will be available to good homes.

Anderson Township Family Pet Center is open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 231-PETS (7387).

Massages available at Club at Harper's

SYMMES TWP. - Massage is now available at The Club at Harper's Point with the opening of Harper's Massage Studio.

Services are available to nonmembers as well as members of the tennis club, according to spokeswoman Carole Meldon.

"We have seven state-of-Ohio-licensed massage therapists that specialize in Swedish, deep tissue, therapeutic, athletic, muscle energy, aromatherapy and pre-natal massages," she said.

Meldon said demand for therapeutic and relaxation massage led to the service.

The Club at Harper's Point has been featured by Tennis Magazine as one of the 50 greatest indoor tennis facilities in the United States. It is at 8675 E. Kemper Road.

Information: 489-9700.

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

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