Sunday, July 07, 2002

Tristate Business Notes

Loveland gallery houses Kinnebrew art

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer contributor

        Downtown Loveland is home to a new art gallery. The Joseph Kinnebrew Gallery features the two- and three-dimensional works of the American artist.

        “Mr. Kinnebrew, now one of the West's most diverse and prolific artists, began his career as a sculptor in the Midwest,” Diana Hewett, a co-owner of the shop, said. “He is collected by avid followers both nationally and internationally, and is in the permanent collections of over 25 major museums.”

        The original Joseph Kinnebrew Gallery is in Sun Valley, Idaho. Ms. Hewett said the opening of a companion establishment in Loveland represents Mr. Kinnebrew's return to his Midwestern roots. The artist lives and works north of Seattle.

        The Artist and his Garden, an exhibition of floral canvases, is at the gallery through July 30. The Joseph Kinnebrew Gallery is at 204B W. Loveland Ave. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday and by appointment. Information: 583-1488.

Anemone Gardens sells fragrant oils

        The aroma of flowers is available at Anemone Gardens, a Web-based business that offers more than 100 fragrance and essential oils for blending into products such as bath and shower gels, shampoos, lotions and bath salts.

        Company president Michelle Isaacs said orders are processed one at a time when they are placed.

        “We can blend up to three fragrance choices into one product,” she said. “We can cater to the corporate customer; we also create gift baskets and sell gift certificates.”

        Anemone Gardens also carries products for children, bath and spa accessories and hand-poured soy candles. A catalog is available.

        The Web site accepts payments through Pay Pal; orders may also be telephoned or faxed to Anemone Gardens' office and charged to MasterCard or Visa.

        Information: or (859) 485-6577.

Business supplies specialty wines

        Imported wines are available in Greater Cincinnati through a new wine distribution wholesaler in Hamilton.


        Tramonte & Sons LLC provides specialty wines from Australia, New Zealand and Italy for sale to hotels, restaurants and wine retailers.

        “My father and I established the business with the help of family friends in Connecticut who opened a similar company four years ago,” said Matt Tramonte, who manages the operation.

        Mr. Tramonte has a master's degree in hotel and restaurant management, and he ran military clubs and dining facilities during a career with the Air Force. His father, Michael Tramonte Sr., is a partner in the venture. Information: 200-7569.<

Cyberstore carries ethnic beauty products

        Products for hair and skin are offered on the Internet by Treasured Locks.Com.

        The new business was launched by Tywana Smith of West Chester Township.

        “Treasured Locks has an emphasis on natural products for natural hair and skin care,” she said. “It also specializes in difficult-to-find products for African-Americans.”

        Ms. Smith said she grew frustrated trying to locate high-quality products for her daughter's hair. Those who sold them often were not knowledgeable about ethnic hair care, she said. Even Internet purchases were problematic.

        Her cyberstore carries a full line of products made with shea butter, a natural moisturizer.

        Information: (888) 675-7161 or

Training group earns Microsoft certification

        MAX Technical Training has been named a Microsoft Certified Gold Partner for Learning Solutions. It's the seventh Microsoft-certified technical education center (CTEC) in the United States to earn the distinction.

        The designation, introduced by Microsoft in January, recognizes the software company's top training affiliates.

        “These companies are selected based on their commitment to the Microsoft platform, enterprise customer focus and overall quality in delivery,” said Marie Tosi, training and services partner manager for Microsoft.

        “We are very pleased to be the only CTEC in our region to be selected as a member of this elite group,” said Denise Bartick, MAX Technical Training CEO.

        Founded in 1998, MAX's mission is to increase the skills of software developers and information technology professionals by providing challenging technology training. Classes are available at client sites or in the company's Dayton and Norwood facilities.

        MAX Technical Training is at 4592 Montgomery Road. Information: 531-5200, (800) 657-9709 or

Fund gets backing to serve Appalachia

        Adena Ventures has just received endorsement from the U.S. Small Business Administration as the nation's first new-markets venture-capital company.

        Through a program launched in December 2000, the SBA will provide such companies financial support to bring resources to under-served and overlooked markets.

        Adena Ventures, based in Athens, Ohio, is a $34 million enterprise that will make equity investments in small businesses in central Appalachia. It will also provide operational assistance to those businesses.

        “This is a significant development for central Appalachia and other parts of the country that have been left behind,” Adena founder and partner David Wilhelm said. “For the first time, entrepreneurs here will have an opportunity to compete.”

        Mr. Wilhelm said the fund intends to invest in several industries, including information and energy technologies, life sciences and value-added food production.



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