Sunday, March 7, 2004

Tristate Business Notes

Pewter Place changes name, digs

KENWOOD - The past year has brought major changes to the 30-year-old Pewter Place Engravery at Kenwood Towne Centre.

The first was a name change. The Gilson family, which owns the business, decided that "Pewter Place" didn't adequately represent its broadening product line. So the store became Gilson's.

Now the company has announced that it will relocate within the shopping complex this year. Co-owner Susan Gilson said the quarters will be larger.

"We will have more retail space, more engraving space, more corporate sales space and more stockroom space," she said.

Gilson's has added collectible lines from Waterford Crystal, as well as pewter Lord of the Rings figurines. Information: 891-0730 or

New shop says it with flowers, plants

DOWNTOWN - Lisa Dowrey's new business is blooming at 435 Elm St.

Queen City Plants and Flowers, in the Convention Place Mall, is an extension of Dowrey's interior plantscape business. The new shop sells cut flowers and a variety of plants. Photos of available arrangements and plants are on the store's Web site.

"We can special order, and we do a lot of custom work," the owner said.

Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Customers may make appointments at other times.

Information: 723-1155 or

Speed shop readies for grand opening

SHARONVILLE - Car owners bent on improving their vehicle's performance can check out a new hot-rod shop at 11245 Reading Road.

Kisor Performance, owned by Brad Kisor and John Ray, can provide anything from motor swaps to complete on-race applications. The pair can also address suspension and other driving issues and can work on Hummers.

Kisor has made a career of fine-tuning performance cars. Ray is an ASE master technician and has been factory-trained to work on AM General and GM vehicles.

Kisor Performance will host its grand opening April 25. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and at other times by appointment. Customers can also make appointments during normal business hours to discuss their needs.

Information: 891-2295.

Doggy day care is just like home

GREEN TOWNSHIP - Mary Seiter has paid her dues in the world of dogs. After three years' experience volunteering at area doggy day cares, Seiter designed her new canine care facility to address what she sees as dogs' desires for a homelike environment.

"I am now the happy owner of Mary's Canine Play & Daycare," she said, adding that she decided against a large facility. "I've strived to offer a smaller, more homelike setting with a 1,500-sqare-foot upper floor that has chairs, a couch, TV and carpeting, and a lower level with a more open floor plan, rubber flooring, and a grooming area with a Booster Bath for those interested in a self-serve bathing area."

The 3,500-square-foot outdoor play area is partly shaded and enclosed with 6-foot fencing. The new owner plans to install play ramps, tether balls and pools for summertime splashing.

Mary's Canine Play & Daycare is at 5311 Robert Ave. It is open 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

Information: 451-PLAY (7529).

Speedy Signs & Apparel relocates

BOND HILL - Speedy Signs & Apparel has a new home.

The company, formerly at 1726 Seymour, has moved to 7030 Reading Road, inside Jordan Crossing (formerly Swifton Commons).

"After considering several suburban locations, Speedy Signs decided on a location that will serve central Cincinnati," said owner Waughney Yarrell, a Cincinnati Bell retiree.

Speedy Signs & Apparel produces all kinds of signs as well as graphic designs on clothing and promotional items. Yarrell's son Brian is production manager, Bradley Davis is the graphic artist and Brandon Davis is sales associate.

More information: 531-1919.

Soccer CSI moves to Eastgate Station

EASTGATE - Soccer CSI is also in new quarters.

The sports outfitter, formerly at 4530 Eastgate Blvd., is now in Eastgate Station, 700 Eastgate South Drive, across from Bigg's Plaza. Soccer CSI opened at its new site in mid-February.

Company officials say the new location has a better store layout and increased parking capacity. The new store is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 753-0111.

Queen of Sheba dishes up Ethiopian

DOWNTOWN - Looking for a new cuisine to sample? Queen of Sheba restaurant, at 126 W. Sixth St., features Ethiopian food. The location is a few doors down from the new Sixth & Race Apartments.

Partner Nardos Gemechu has modeled the eatery after her aunt's successful venture in Indianapolis. In addition to ordering from the menu, customers can opt for Queen of Sheba's lunch buffet.

Queen of Sheba is open 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday and 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday. Saturday and Sunday hours are 3 to 10 p.m.

Information: 421-0100

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

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