Sunday, June 03, 2001

Tristate Business Notes

West Chester Billiards offers Brunswick tables

        WEST CHESTER — Playtime is the specialty of West Chester Billiards, a store that opened May 15 at 6080 West Chester Road, in the West Chester Centre retail complex.

        The store is an authorized dealer of Brunswick pool tables and ChildLife Playsystems and also features game tables and bar stools.

        “In 1845, John Brunswick built his first pool table here in Cincinnati,” said Travis Mouse, president of West Chester Billiards. “We're bringing Brunswick pool tables back to Cincinnati.”

        The store is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 870-0089 or (877) 427-0372.

Dealer Specialties undergoes expansion

        MIDDLETOWN Dealer Specialties Inc. recently completed an expansion at 4665 Emerald Way. The used-car sales industry services provider has doubled its square footage, has added personnel and is considering outsourcing some administrative functions because of growth in its business.

        Dealer Specialties sells window stickers for used cars and provides links from dealer Web sites to used-car inventories. In business for about eight years, the company relocated to its present site in 1999. Information: 705-2000.

ITI forms joint venture with Japanese firm

        MILFORDInternational TechneGroup Inc. (ITI) and Information Services International-Dentsu Ltd. (ISI-D) of Japan have announced they will form a joint-venture company specializing in engineering consultancy. The new entity, which began Friday, will be known as iTiD Consulting Ltd. and be based in Nakano-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

        Currently, Milford-based ITI provides consulting, engineering and related software products. The new company solidifies the business relationship it has enjoyed with ISI-D, according to Tom Gregory, vice president and chief financial officer.

        “We will get the benefit of more business from Japan, and ISI-D will be able to expand its business contacts,” he said.

        iTiD will focus on manufacturing process development, global collaboration and project data integration and management. Information: 576-3900.

Firm aids companies with Hispanic employees

        WEST CHESTER — Employers with growing numbers of Hispanic workers can find help in training and retaining them, thanks to Common Link Consulting.

        Partners Alfonso Cornejo and Grace Martinez Bunker have combined their expertise in human relations and Spanish to form a company that works with employers and employees.

        “We can provide orientation and English training that is specific to a particular industry,” Ms. Bunker said. “We also can help Hispanic workers understand the local culture and the laws that affect them. We also help employers understand their workers through diversity training.”

        Information: 777-8120.

Seeger's Meats has bar, more dining

        LEBANONSeeger's Meats, at 744 Columbus Ave., has expanded its offerings to include evening dining, Sunday brunch and a full bar operation, said owner Fred Seeger.

        “The changes were necessary to include more family members and their talents, and keep up with the ever-changing food industry,” he said.

        Seeger son-in-law Nathan Reed has joined the enterprise and oversees all kitchen operations. Also new to the business is chef Andrew Fernsler, formerly of Snow Hill Country Club.

        Seeger's interior has been remodeled to create more seating and a lounge area.

        Meat counter hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; lunch is served from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; dinner is served from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Sunday brunch hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Information: 932-6565.

New store offers custom embroidery

        BELLEVUE — A new retail venture, Kennedy Specialties Embroidery & Gifts, has opened downtown. The shop is at 227 Fairfield Ave., six blocks from the Newport Aquarium.

        Kennedy Specialties offers custom embroidery on garments and gift items. Customers can purchase an in-stock item or bring in their own. Digitizing of customers' designs is available. Owner Deborah Kennedy also sells her own handcrafts, which include ribbon weaving, magnets, tie-silk vests and purses and baby gifts.

        Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Information: (859) 581-3312.


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