Sunday, March 25, 2001

Business Notes

LifeSphere debuts, was Seniors' Services

        SPRINGDALE — Southwestern Ohio Seniors' Services Inc. has changed its corporate name to LifeSphere.

        William B. Ciferri, president and COO of LifeSphere Management Inc., said the new name better reflects the company's holistic approach to providing quality-of-life services.

        “The word "LifeSphere' also emphasizes our continuum of care — opportunities for growth and fulfillment wherever a person may be on the spectrum of life,” he said.

        More than 10,000 Cincinnati-area senior citizens are involved in the company's programs, which include Maple Knoll Village in Springdale, the Knolls of Oxford, Anderson Senior Center, Sycamore Senior Center, Corbly Trace, Mount View Terrace and The Meadows. Information: 782-2400.

Specialty shops new at Northgate

        COLERAIN TOWNSHIP — Three specialty shops will open in Northgate Mall during the next month. Clothing store Limited Too and Whitehall Jewelers are new tenants; a remodeled Children's Place will reopen.

        Those retailers will bring to 12 the number of new permanent tenants at the shopping center since its purchase in June by David Hocker and Associates. DHA set a goal of increasing and improving the shopping opportunities in the mall.

        “DHA is doing exactly what they had said they would do,” said Cindy Hart, Northgate Mall assistant general manager. “We're proud of the top-of-the-line tenant lineup we have created for our shoppers.”

        Information: 385-5600.

Cartridge Plus has new location

        CHERRY GROVE — Toners, inkjets and ribbons for fax machines, printers and personal copiers are the specialty of Cartridge Plus Imaging Supplies Inc., newly relocated at 4004 Commercial Blvd. near Eastgate. The business also offers supplies and repair for a variety of machines.

        “We are a Hewlett Packard partner and a Dataproduct distributor,” president Terri Pennington said. “Most users will find that using compatible products will result in a savings with the same results.”

        Store hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Information: 752-7666 or

Service finds day-care providers

        WEST CHESTER — Diana Cunningham and Debbie Heider have started Child Care Choices, a service that helps parents find quality, affordable day care in the Greater Cincinnati area.

        Child Care Choices was launched three years ago in Philadelphia and expanded through franchises. The West Chester venture is the most recent. The company screens all day-care providers through personal interviews, background checks, references and questionnaires.

        “As both mothers and child care providers, we know how important it is to find a caregiver or setting which will provide a safe and nurturing environment,” Ms. Heider said. “We will give parents the important background information on centers and providers needed to make an informed decision.”

        Information: 779-9835 or

New store clothes big and tall men

        FLORENCE — Supersized men in Northern Kentucky now have a new shopping choice. Casual Male Big & Tall has a new location in the Village at the Mall, 7634 Mall Road. The store opened March 8.

        Casual Male Big & Tall bills itself as the nation's largest specialty retailer for men, with more than 450 stores. The venture credits its growth to its market focus: men taller than 6 feet 2 inches or with waistlines exceeding 44 inches.

        The store carries a range of clothing labels as well as footwear in sizes 11 to 17. Other merchandise includes proportionately designed backpacks and luggage.

        Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: (859) 746-2537.


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