Sunday, March 14, 2004

Tristate business notebook

By Jennie Callison
Enquirer contributor

Gabby's restaurant has Starbucks link

WYOMING - A new restaurant has the distinction of being the first restaurant in the country with which Starbucks has established a partner relationship.

Gabby's, which opened in late January, serves Starbucks coffee beverages as well as a range of lunch and dinner fare. The menu includes appetizers, pizza, soups and salads, pasta dishes, hamburgers and desserts. It also has a full bar.

The restaurant is owned by Steve and Teresa Schuholz, who also own The Century Inn in Woodlawn. Manager is Adam Pratt. Gabby's, at 515 Wyoming Ave., is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-11 p.m. Saturday and 4 -9 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 821-6040.

Session invites business owners

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Small-business owners throughout the area are invited to a free networking reception.

The session, sponsored by the Small Business Owners Association of Northern Kentucky, takes place March 23. The association, an affiliate of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, is a group of home-based, micro- and small-business owners who are doing business in Northern Kentucky.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to network, exchange ideas and meet other entrepreneurs," said the association's Audra Aton. "Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be provided."

The event takes place 6-9 p.m. at the Town and Country Sports Complex, 1018 Town Drive in Highland Heights. Reservations are needed.

Information: (859) 647-0263 or e-mail

Pump company opens local branch

MONROE - Florida-based Thompson Pump has opened a Cincinnati-area branch.

The location sells and rents the entire line of Thompson's products, which includes wet and dry prime trash pumps, hydraulic submersible pumps, well point pumps, and parts and supplies for the equipment. Flygt electric submersible pumps also are available for purchase or rental.

Territory salesman Mark Singleton is manager of the new store and oversees office, service and installation personnel. Service is available 24 hours a day.

Thompson Pump locations are primarily in the Southeast and on the East Coast. Its newest store is at 700 Lakeview Drive, Monroe.

Information: 539-9106 or

Fitness center caters to women

FINNEYTOWN - A chain of women's fitness centers has opened a location at 8588 Winton Road.

Curves, which offers fast-paced 30-minute workouts, is based in Waco, Texas, and has grown to a network of 7,000 individually owned centers. Owner Laura Kinney opened the Finneytown location in early January. Hours are 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and 3:30-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

Information: 931-1300.

Booking company joins events group

BRIDGETOWN - CMA Entertainment, a business that books bands for clubs and weddings, has joined the International Special Events Society as a way to expand its lineup and reach new markets.

"By joining the ISES, we aim to refocus our talent on local, regional and international clients," said CMA owner Mick Martino. "It gives us access to more national acts and more opportunities within the local corporate market."

CMA also books DJs and provides karaoke setups. The company has been in business for eight years.

Information: 324-2168 or e-mail

Dental office adds massage therapist

MILFORD - Milford Dental Excellence now offers services that soothe and calm patients.

Licensed massage therapist Cristina Egbert has joined the practice of Dr. Randle Egbert and Dr. Robert Reineck. She is available Tuesday-Thursday to give patients complimentary 10-minute massages before or after dental treatment. Longer sessions of Swedish massage or craniosacral therapy can be arranged by appointment.

Other items on the practice's menu of comforts include a pillow or blanket, individual CD player or AM/FM radio with headset and heated and vibrating cushions for back or neck.

"Additionally, our dentists are now open on some Fridays, which is an expansion of our services," said Sheila Atkins of Milford Dental Excellence.

Egbert and Reineck have been in practice for 26 years. The office is at 1188 Ohio 131.

Information: 831-1446 or

Computer service makes house calls

BATAVIA - Randy Noll brings computer service to customers' homes and offices.

Noll, a technician with A+ and Microsoft certifications, launched Mobile Computer Guy in February. His specialties include computer installations, networking, upgrading, configuration, hardware or software troubleshooting and computer training.

He is available seven days a week, day or evening, at the same rate.

"With so many important tasks that computers are doing, it's imperative that consumers take care of them, know how to operate them, and know whom to call when they need help," Noll said, adding that the Mobile Computer Guy saves customers the trouble of unhooking and transporting their computers to a fixed-location technician.

Noll recently returned to the Cincinnati area after 15 years in West Palm Beach, Fla., where he provided network architecture for several corporations including Jacuzzi Brands International and Pratt & Whitney.

Information: 735-2020.

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

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