Sunday, August 1, 2004

Business notes



Libby's featured on Al Roker show

FOREST PARK - The Food Network goes backstage at Libby's Gourmet Desserts in a TV special this week.

Al Roker Productions filmed Libby's staff at work earlier this summer, and the results will air on Tuesday's Roker on the Road at 9 p.m.

Libby's Gourmet, owned by David and Julie Zennie, produces a variety of cheesecakes, pies and cakes. The desserts are sold to area restaurants and to individuals through the company's retail bakery at 2110 Waycross Road and on the Web.

Information: (513) 674-1674 or www.libbysgourmetdesserts.com.

Ballet expansion adds rehearsal space

WEST END - Paul Hemmer Companies has broken ground on a $1.7 million expansion for the Cincinnati Ballet at 1555 Central Parkway. The 8,000-square-foot addition will house a fourth rehearsal studio that will double as a 250-seat performance space.

The addition, which should be complete in March, is needed to accommodate growth of the ballet company and the Otto M. Budig Academy of Cincinnati Ballet, said executive director Susan Redman-Rengstorf. The new space also will allow the ballet to expand community outreach.

"The arts community is taking a leadership role in creating a vital and energized neighborhood," Redman-Rengstorf said.

Information: (859) 341-8300 or www.paulhemmer.com or www.cincinnatiballet.com.

Bugaboo Moosetraks opens in Deerfield

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP - Rustic home furnishings specialist Bugaboo Moosetraks is opening a second store at 5165 Deerfield Blvd.

The retailer launched its first store in Miamisburg six years ago. Owners are Todd and Jody Lyons.

"We offer upscale, elegantly rustic home furnishings, lighting and accessories," Jody Lyons said. "Interior design services are also available."

The 4,800-square-foot store is in the Deerfield Towne Center, located on Mason-Montgomery Road at Irwin Simpson Road. Opening is scheduled for late August.

Information: (513) 770-0380 or www.bugaboomoosetraks.com.

Physician opens acupuncture office

MIDDLETOWN - A physician has opened an office for the practice of acupuncture.

Dr. Robert E. Buring has launched Acuity Medical & MRO, LLC at 2050 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, Middletown. He will treat a variety of acute and chronic injuries, pain syndromes and medical problems through acupuncture and without drugs or surgery.

"Many people with health problems not responding to traditional medical care are turning to acupuncture, which can be very effective," Buring said.

Buring has practiced several medical specialties, including internal, emergency, sports, occupational and naturopathic medicine. He received his acupuncture training at the Helms Institute of the David Geffin School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Information: (513) 422-7776.

RV service center opens on Rialto Dr.

WEST CHESTER TWP. - A generator manufacturer that also specializes in servicing and maintaining recreational vehicles has opened a center here.

Minneapolis-based Onan Corp. is continuing a national expansion effort by establishing a Coach Care Service Center at Cummins Bridgeway Inc., 5400 Rialto Dr. Cummings Bridgeway will now service Onan generators as well as other RV components.

"The need for experienced, professional RV service centers keeps growing, particularly as we see baby boomers continue to embrace the coach-life lifestyle," said company spokesman Richard Coon.

Onan describes its Coach Care services as "bumper-to-bumper warranty work." In addition to servicing Onan generators, Cummins Bridgeway will perform chassis and main drive engine repairs and partner with accessories manufacturers and appliance manufacturers to maintain those repairs.

Onan has 28 Coach Care facilities in 18 states and expects to open several more this year.

Information: (513) 563-6670 or www.onan.com.

Window treatments now shown online

LOVELAND - With a laptop and special software, Claudia Mills can show clients what their windows would look like with a variety of window treatments.

Mills' new venture, V2K Window Fashions, uses technology that allows a client to see window treatments like draperies, valances, cornices, Roman shades and swags on their windows. V2K also offers all types of blinds and shutters as well as custom bedding, pillows and cushions.

"I can visit with a client, input the dimensions of their walls and windows and then show them what different window treatments will look like," Mills said. "I can give them a price instantly. The client can make adjustments to the style, fabric and hardware to achieve the design that suits their taste and budget."

Consultations are done in the client's home.

Information: (513) 677-8245.

Silly Bean expands with kids shoe line

MADEIRA - After growing steadily during its three years of business, Silly Bean Children's Fine Apparel and Gifts is expanding its product line to include shoes for infants and children. Shoe brands include Born, Primigi, Aster and L'Amour.

The shop, at 6934 Miami Ave., carries gifts and clothing for boys and girls from newborn to size 7 for boys and size 16 for girls. Owners are Holly O'Dell and Gabrielle Calvert.

Information: (513) 561-3991.

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




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