Sunday, May 23, 2004

Tristate business notes

Spaces available for antiques dealers

MADISONVILLE - A multi-vendor antiques space is now open in the old Swallen's building at 3700 Red Bank Road.

Master Pieces Antiques is the venture of veteran antiques dealers Doug and Mary Pat Master. Although the business is comprised of booth spaces for dealers, the couple have tried to evoke a shop - rather than a mall - atmosphere.

Doug Master said the store's standards are high, but that doesn't mean Master Pieces will try to attract only well-established dealers.

"This is a great opportunity for dealers seeking a venue to advertise their antique shops and is an affordable manner for individuals to have a little spot to sell their antiques," he said.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 271-8765.

Taylor's Landing Antiques expanding

NEWPORT - An antiques store has taken on additional space in the same building at 627 Monmouth St.

"We have expanded to the second floor," said Susan Bramel, co-owner of Taylor's Landing Antiques. "We needed more room for table sets and large furniture pieces. We've been in business now for 20 months, and business has really picked up."

Bramel said she expects further expansion soon.

Information: (859) 291-1712.

Computer firm named emerging business

COVINGTON - Computer network consulting firm C-Forward was named "Emerging Business of the Year" by the Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce at its annual Small Business Excellence Awards May 5.

Firms were judged on innovation, financial performance, workplace excellence, business sustainability and community involvement.

C-Forward president Brent Cooper said the company met these criteria despite having several setbacks to overcome early in its history. The company, at 5 W. Fifth St., was founded in 1999 and has grown 15 percent to 20 percent each year.

"C-Forward has succeeded by using solid traditional business practices: hard work, good communication and treating customers and employees fairly," he said.

Information: (859) 442-7877.

Baron Engraving acquires Mr. Mugs Co.

WEST PRICE HILL - A long-time West Side glassware decorator has been purchased.

Baron Engraving of Price Hill has acquired Mr. Mugs Co. and moved the Delhi Township-based company to its headquarters at 4074 W. Eighth St.

Mr. Mugs, founded by the Ryan family in the late 1970s, specializes in kiln-firing images on ceramics and glassware for sale as personalized gift items.

Baron Engraving started as College Hill Engraving in 1971. Company president Pete Witte believes this acquisition will spur even more growth.

"We believe the combination of Mr. Mugs' strong product line and niche in the market, and Baron Engraving's sign and engraving expertise, will create a strong player in both the sign/recognition industry as well as the advertising specialty industry," Witte said.

Information: 251-0880.

Transfer cell-phone numbers easily

CLIFTON - Anthony Fulkerson makes sure that when cell-phone users change telephones, their list of frequently called numbers goes with them.

"I provide the quick transfer of phonebook data from one cell phone to another," Fulkerson said. "With everybody wanting a new cell phone with the latest features and some folks changing cell-phone carriers, many people are left repunching all their numbers in by hand. I transfer them in minutes."

The new business, Cellular Phone Book, provides a free backup disk containing the telephone numbers so that data can be restored if the phone is lost or damaged. It also can create a list of phone numbers from other sources, such as PDAs and address books.

The company, at 3224 Jefferson Ave., also sells cell phone accessories and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 751-3150.

Sales strategy fills computer needs

PIERCE TOWNSHIP - A newly created selling process aims to help people who sell high-priced computer systems to clients with complex needs.

The Advance Selling Process was developed by Mike Whitney, president of Creative Strategies LLC. Whitney said Advance is the culmination of six years' worth of research with companies that purchase and sell high-value systems.

"Advance employs a process that is customer-needs-based, starting before any contact with a prospect and continuing beyond the sale to ensure ongoing customer loyalty," he said. "It provides a new 21st century tool kit ... that includes up-to-date methods to assess needs, determine buyer priorities and design winning strategies."

Information: 947-8165 or

Video service transfers slides, photos to DVD

SHARONVILLE - A new business takes customers' slides, photos, home movies and videos and transfers them to DVD.

Lochard Video Services is a home-based video service company that takes advantage of sophisticated technology to preserve photographic materials in high-tech format.

It is a member of the Home Video Studio Inc. family, a nationwide network of studio owners, said co-owner Joyce Lochard.

"Half of all movies made before 1950 are gone. They become very brittle with age," she said.

"We love being able to help people view these treasures and heirlooms using today's technology."

Lochard and her husband also can produce videos of current subjects.

Recently they videotaped a high school volleyball player and created a DVD showing her skills. The student used the DVD when applying for college sports scholarships.

Information: 777-0625, (800) 876-2681 or

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

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