Sunday, April 01, 2001

Tristate business notes

Bird shop opens

        MASON — People who want to enjoy backyard birds can find the right supplies and equipment at a shop that opened March 12. The Wild Bird's Nest sells bird feeders, birdbaths and fountains and bird houses, along with nature-oriented books, music and gift items. The shop also stocks binoculars and scopes for those who wish to observe their new friends.

        The Wild Bird's Nest is at 3187 Western Row Road near Interstate 71, in the new Western Row Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Information: 336-0061.

Dresses at 2 stores

               The Dress Barn, a women's apparel company, has opened a new Tristate location in Florence at 7731 Mall Road in the Florence Square Shopping Center and reopened another in the Western Hills Plaza, 6026 Glenway Ave. in Westwood. Both opened in mid-March.

        Julie Schlotterbeck, manager of the Western Hills Plaza store, which was closed for remodeling and expansion for six months, said Dress Barn carries misses' and women's sizes 4-24 and caters to women aged 25-65. The stores carry shoes as well as clothing.

        Dress Barn, based in Suffern, N.Y., operates more than 700 stores nationwide.

        The stores are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Sunday hours in Florence are noon to 6 p.m. and in Cincinnati, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information: 481-8422, (859) 746-2817 or

Feet get cuddled

               MONTGOMERY — Folks with finicky feet have an additional place to shop, with the opening of Foot Solutions, 10014 Montgomery Road.

        According to owner Ken Shuller, the shop carries comfort shoes, specialty shoes for diabetics and arthritis sufferers, and three lines of therapeutic shoes.

        “All shoes in the store are orthotic ready,”

        Mr. Shuller said. “A professional shoe fitter will measure your feet and be sure your shoe and orthotic match for a perfect fit.”

        Foot Solutions is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, with other hours by appointment. Information: 984-4475.

Grote offers lunch

               WHITE OAK — Grote Bakery has added a complete lunch menu at its shop in White Oak Shopping Center, 5876 Cheviot Road. Named Grote.good, the menu includes salads, soups, sandwiches, pizza breads, baked potatoes and a kiddie menu. Fresh-baked specialties will be offered each day.

        President Joseph W. Grote said the company plans to use its White Oak location to test the concept, and hopes to add the Grote.good menu at four more bakery locations within two years. In-store seating will vary with the location.

        Other plans include selling lunch items packaged to go for customers on their way to work. Information: 385-3503.

Yoga fights stress

               Trying to address workplace stress? Veteran yoga instructor Frieda Hughes is offering a series of yoga classes that teaches short, simple yoga exercises to combat fatigue and tension.

        “Taking five minutes two or three times a day to do one or two yoga techniques can re-energize you and cut down on stress-related physical and emotional situations,” said Ms. Hughes, who has taught yoga for 14 years.

        In the series, Ms. Hughes will visit a work site for a 50-minute session to demonstrate breathing techniques and exercises that can be done without leaving one's work station. Information: 621-2060.


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