Sunday, March 21, 2004

Opportunity session for Kroger project

Tristate business notes

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer contributor

CARTHAGE - Minority and women-owned businesses interested in participating in the Kroger garage project are invited to attend a free business resource opportunity meeting Wednesday.

Kroger representatives will be available to speak with attendees. Specialist firms also will share information about how small-business owners can increase their bonding capabilities, acquire custom technology and land a small-business loan.

"This meeting is very important for helping small, minority and women-owned businesses to prepare for the bidding process for the Kroger Co. project," explained Kia McWhorter, project manager with Ellington Management Services, the firm overseeing economic inclusion aspects of the development.

The session takes place from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Este Conference Center, 6270 Este Ave. Reservations must be received by Tuesday.

Information: 554-4012, ext. 11.

New firm handles finances for seniors

MADISONVILLE - A new company handles everyday banking, financial, medical claims and tax planning and preparation services for older adults.

Bill Luchsinger is the owner of Specialty Services for Seniors LLC. The new company operates in association with F. William Luchsinger Inc., a CPA firm established in 1996 to handle small-business accounting and business and individual taxation.

"We have always met the needs of our clients in the areas of tax planning and preparation," Luchsinger said. "Specialty Services for Seniors takes into consideration those individuals who prefer to have their everyday financial needs handled by a team of experts in the field instead of handling this responsibility on their own."

Information: 272-3100.

4 Blanchester firms take part in tour

BLANCHESTER - Friday and Saturday, the Blanchester Area Chamber of Commerce will offer tours of four local business operations.

The first tour, at 8:45 a.m. Friday , is of the Allen Co., 712 E. Main St. The company produces advertising and promotional specialties. A tour of Curless Printing, 202 E. Main St., begins at 10:15 a.m. Friday. Curless prints packaging materials, marketing tools and bulletins. Both companies will be operating during the tours.

On Saturday, the 8:45 a.m. tour takes place at K.D. & Steele Cabinetry, 700 E. Cherry St. The company manufactures special-order cabinets for residential and commercial customers. At 10:15 a.m. visitors can tour the Blanchester Water Treatment Plant and witness the process through which drinking water travels before it reaches their tap.

Refreshments will be served at all locations. Although the tours are free of charge, reservations are important, said organizer Rachael Williams. Participants should contact the chamber by telephone or e-mail and leave their name, phone number and number of people in their party. Deadline is Tuesday.

Information: (937) 783-3601 or

Moeller's Weed Man expands area

GROESBECK - A lawn care franchise here is now offering its services in southern Butler County.

Moeller's Weed Man, a part of Moeller Nursery and Landscaping at 2471 Banning Road, has expanded from western Cincinnati to provide residential and commercial services in Ross Township, Fairfield, Hamilton and Oxford.

"Moeller's Weed Man provides lawn fertilization, core aeration, grub control, insect control and weed control," said owner Robin Moeller.

Moeller's started in 1886 as a greenhouse and has since expanded into landscaping services and garden enhancements. Moeller purchased the Weed Man franchise in 2002 and last year was honored with the Toronto-based company's "Rookie of the Year" award.

Information: 522-0517.

Lobby Latte opens in Barrett Center

CORRYVILLE - Melissa Flohn's business is expanding to a third location.

Flohn has just opened her third Lobby Latte coffee bar, this one inside the Barrett Center for Cancer Treatment. The company offers coffees, mochas, hot chocolate, soft drinks, snacks and pastries.

"The 'comfort' drinks and food are especially important to those waiting for treatment as well as to the hard-working medical staff," Flohn said.

Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. The Barrett Center is at 234 Goodman Ave., next to University Hospital.

Information: 477-9614.

Clinic now offers muscle treatments

ANDERSON TWP. - A massage clinic has added a muscle-conditioning regimen to its services.

Wellness Connections, at 7205 Beechmont Ave., now offers endermology treatments with the Endermo Sport, a portable machine that uses a continuous massage-like action to develop specific muscle groups. This kind of therapy is popular with athletes.

"These same treatments are extremely effective for use with clients seeking cosmetic applications such as cellulite reduction and body contouring," said Kathy Dandurand, licensed massage therapist and co-owner of Wellness Connections.

Dandurand recently completed a training and certification program at the headquarters of LPG, a company that specializes in connective tissue technology.

Information: 624-8300.

Three Reading businesses honored

READING - Three local businesses received Business Recognition awards from the city council and Reading Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.

The honorees are Lakeshore Drive Apartments & Health Club, Oasis Florist and Gifts, and European Bridal.

"These model business citizens demonstrate commitment to our city day in and day out," Mayor Robert "Bo" Bemmes said. "We are happy to salute them and to recognize their contribution in making Reading a great place to live and a great place to do business."

Lakeshore Drive Apartments, a CMC property, was one of the first multi-family developments to offer an indoor health club and swimming pool. It allows Reading senior citizens to use its health club at no cost.

Marcia Geltner's Oasis Florist and Gifts mostly does wedding-related business, but the store also has a plantscaping component.

European Bridal has expanded twice since it opened in 1991. It specializes in exclusive wedding gowns. In recent renovations, owner Tina Gutierrez was careful to maintain the building's historical and architectural integrity.


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

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