Sunday, July 4, 2004

Business notes

Consulting firm opening Atlanta office

DOWNTOWN - A local firm that specializes in supplier diversity is opening an office in Atlanta.

D. Butler Management Consulting, with headquarters at 328 W. Fourth St., will expand southward by October, according to company founder and President Darraugh Butler. Butler said the Atlanta area represents a strong market for supplier diversity consulting because of its broad base of major corporations.

"Today's demographics and changing economy are creating a need for organizations to rethink their procurement strategy and approach to the inclusion of small businesses," she said.

Cincinnati will continue to be the firm's home.

Information: 684-0866.

Breadsmith bakery planning fund-raiser

WEST CHESTER - Before it opens to the public, Breadsmith plans to raise a little dough.

The bakery chain, which sells artisan breads baked in a stone hearth oven, will hold a fund-raiser Saturday, two days before it launches its newest location at 7580 Cox Lane. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., all proceeds from the purchase of Breadsmith breads and baked goods at the new store will benefit the Wellness Community, an organization that offers support and resources to people with cancer and their families.

"Breadsmith is committed to giving back to the community," said Bob Harris, owner of the new store as well as the one in Blue Ash.

The store's grand opening is July 12. It will initially employ 20 people. Information: 779-9900 or

Kidz Hair Zone opens Skytop Pavillion site

MOUNT WASHINGTON - A child-centered business has just opened a second location.

Hoping to duplicate the success of its original Symmes Township salon, Kidz Hair Zone is now trimming and styling at 5200 Beechmont Ave. in the Skytop Pavillion.

"The salon has been designed entirely around making kids feel comfortable," said manager Deitrea Martir. "The goal is offering a fun entertaining environment while giving great hairstyles."

In the lobby children can read, work puzzles or play with video games. In lieu of traditional barber chairs, the young clients sit in toy sports cars or airplanes. Each styling station has its own VCR.

Information: 233-CUTS.

Kinder Garden School offers art emphasis

BLUE ASH - A mother and daughter team has launched a child-care facility that will offer developmental activities with an emphasis on the arts.

Kinder Garden School is at 10969 Reed Hartman Highway, in the Reed Hartman Corporate Center. It will accept children as young as 6 weeks old through preschool. It is the venture of Suzi Lenhart, a former elementary school teacher, and Tami Lanham, who taught at CPS' Fairview German Language School.

Among the center's amenities are Web cameras, which enable parents to view their children at any time. Interested parents are welcome to make an appointment or stop by during the day Monday-Friday.

Information: 791-4300 or

Aveda salon opening Walton Creek shop

COLUMBIA TOWNSHIP - There is a new Aveda salon in the Wooster at Walton Creek Shopping Center.

Valenti Salon, whose first location is on 7159 Beechmont Ave. in Anderson Township, is opening a second shop to serve clients from Indian Hill to Mariemont. The new 4,000-square-foot salon opened Thursday and offers hair, nail, skin and massage services. It also sells Aveda products.

Wooster at Walton Creek is at 7459 Wooster Pike.

Information: 232-0774.

Visiting Angels starts volunteer program

ROSELAWN - A franchise that provides care to the elderly is celebrating a successful first year in business by reaching out to those who cannot afford its services.

Visiting Angels has started a program in which its caregivers volunteer eight hours to needy senior citizens.

The local Visiting Angels franchise, at 1821 Summit Road, Suite 104, was established by Shannon Garfunkel last year. One of more than 200 locations in the United States, it provides nonmedical home care services to elderly people in Cincinnati and surrounding areas.

In the last year, the company has supported more than 100 families, providing senior citizens with the skills and assistance that allow them to remain in their homes. Services range from helping clients perform basic tasks to running errands and preparing meals.

Information: 531-0048 or

Tenants returning to Morand Building

MAINEVILLE - The Morand Building, long part of Maineville's business community, has been rebuilt after fire destroyed it last fall.

Construction Plus, a Sycamore Township-based design/build firm, constructed a new building on the site of the old one. The Morand Building contains four 1,000-square-foot tenant suites and is located at 8961 Columbia Road.

Karen's K-9 Korner, a former tenant displaced by the fire, has moved back in.

Information: 681-8898 (Construction Plus) or 683-2211 (Karen's K-9 Korner).

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

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