Sunday, March 04, 2001

Tristate Business Notes

Goodwrench center opens in Florence February

        FLORENCE — Kentucky's first Goodwrench Service Center opened in early February at 5980 Merchants St.Owned and operated by local Chevrolet dealer Tom Gill, the center is a stand-alone service facility offering several types of light repair and maintenance for GM as well as non-GM vehicles.

        Services include oil changes, transmission service, engine maintenance and tune-ups and service of cooling systems and charging systems.

        Mr. Gill said the shop's layout is designed with the customer in mind.

        “Our customers will be encouraged to come into the service area and talk with the technician about their service repair,” he said, adding that the waiting room has a TV and reading materials, children's play area, beverages and snacks. A work area is equipped with telephone and modem hookups.

        The Goodwrench Service Center is open 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Information: 371-8998.

Cellular, satellite links now sold at Gunn Eden

               HAMILTON — The Cellular Connection opened its doors Feb. 24 in The Crossings at Gunn Eden Shopping Center, 752 N.W. Washington Blvd.

        According to manager Charles Macnish, the store sells cellular telephone and in-home satellite systems. It represents Verizon and the Dish Network.

        “Satellite system costs are becoming very competitive with cable,” Mr. Macnish said. “We are usually able to provide some cellular and satellite equipment free of cost. The customer is responsible for paying for services.”

        Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Information: 892-0768.

Bar Humbug makes Covington debut

               @Text:COVINGTON — Britons Chris Thomson and Alan Martin have opened Bar Humbug, an eclectic drinking establishment modeled after the stylish bars of New York, San Francisco and their native London. The bar features imported beers and wines, as well as cocktails and liquors.

        Bar Humbug is located at 6-8 W. Pike St. Hours are 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Wednesday-Sunday. Happy Hour prices are in effect 4-7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and all day Sunday. Information: 859-491-1333.

Interior location makes all the difference

               @Text:Kristi Miedema has opened Visual Impact Inc., an interior arrangement service. Ms. Miedema defines interior arrangement as the art of placing a client's existing furniture and accessories to create a balanced and harmonious setting.

        “Clients come home to find that their surroundings still reflect their lifestyles and design tastes, yet nothing new was purchased,” she said.

        Ms. Miedema is a member of the Interior Arrangement and Design Association. She works to incorporate the furnishings of blended families and can help clients prepare their homes for the real estate market.

        Information: 858-6044 or

Pets N Such Mason restarts all anew

               @Text:MASON — Cam and Diane Beaty have bought Pets N Such Mason and are in the process of remodeling the store, starting with the aquarium area.

        Mrs. Beaty said the store, located at 1065 Reading Road, went through a series of managers during the last few years and suffered a decline in sales. With a fresh look and a focus on customer service, they're hoping to bring it back.

        “Our hope is to maintain our current customer base and hopefully bring in new customers,” she said. “We also want those people that now shop elsewhere to come back into our store and notice the difference. We know how important pets are to their families.”

        Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Information: 398-8484.


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