Sunday, October 13, 2002

Tristate Business Notes

By Jenny Callison
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Snooty Fox opens 12th location

The Snooty Fox consignment shop opened its 12th location recently at 8122 Beechmont Ave. in Anderson Township.

The new shop consists of a 4500-square-foot Furniture Den and a 3500-square-foot clothing store. The clothing portion has relocated from the Five Mile Center.

“With all the growth in the Anderson marketplace, it was timely to expand the clothing and open our fifth Furniture Den,“ said Snooty Fox owner Donna Speigel .

Mrs. Speigel launched her first consignment venture in 1980 in Terrace Park. Today, the local chain lists more than 100,000 registered consigners. Mrs. Speigel said that an average day brings more than 3000 pieces of clothing and over 300 furniture items to one of her stores. Plans are underway to open several more locations in the northern and southern regions of Greater Cincinnati.

Hours are the same as all Snooty Fox locations: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Information: 231-0457.

Former executive turns consultant

A former corporate executive has established his own business consulting firm in Bridgetown.

Thomas J. VonderBrink, former principal with IBM Global Services and vice president at Great American Insurance, has founded Seven Hills Consulting LLC. The new company provides management and information technology services designed to improve the effectiveness of business operations, reduce costs and increase market opportunities.

Mr. VonderBrink said that Seven Hills' services provide clients with multiple views of their operations, from the “big picture“ to operational details. His work draws upon 25 years of experience with companies such as Novartis Pharmaceuticals, Procter & Gamble, Kroger, Dannon, Heinz and Nationwide Insurance.

Information: 598-9319.

Sandwich shop opens near UC

A sandwich shop catering to college appetites has just opened in Clifton Heights.

Jimmy John's Sub Shop at 335 Calhoun Street is the city's first such franchise. It is owned by Jeff and John Bayer of Bayer Holdings.

John Bayer got his first taste of Jimmy John's enterprise in West Lafayette, Ind. While a student at Purdue University, he both ate and worked part-time at the local Jimmy John's. The 19-year-old sandwich chain targets locations near major college campuses. It was founded by Jimmy John Liautaud in a converted garage in Charleston, Ill.

The restaurant, which offers 24 varieties of sandwiches, is open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. It has sit-down space for 40 and also delivers to the UC campus and surrounding areas.

Information: 751-9555.

Healing center adds members

The Center for Contemporary Therapies welcomes three new members to its practice.

The new professionals are Dr. Patrick MacDonald, a psychiatrist whose specialty involves adults with chemical dependencies, Jackie Concodora, PCC, a clinical counselor who offers adult psychotherapy and anger management sessions, and Tim Kellerman, LMT, a massage therapist who specializes in deep tissue massage.

Center for Contemporary Therapies is a holistic healing center that combines psychiatric services, counseling for individuals and groups, massage therapy and yoga instruction. It was established in October 2001 at 1095 Nimitzview (off Five Mile Road) in Anderson Township.

Information: 231-3030.

Virtual assistant certified as master

Virtual assistant Nora Rubinoff has been certified as a Master Virtual Assistant by VA According to the industry association, the certification process involves submitting an expanded resume, references, verification of employment history and education, and obtaining a review of a candidate's business presentation.

“VA certification is an important component of our industry,“ said Fred Gandee, president and CEO of the International Association of Virtual Office Assistants. “It indicates a VA's dedication and discipline to their practice and is an indication of professionalism and commitment.“

Ms. Rubinoff's West Chester-based business, At Your Service Cincinnati Ltd., provides administrative support and Internet services for small to medium-sized businesses, business travelers, college students and individuals. She established the business in 1993.

Information: 779-7030 or

Superior Products expands its space

Superior Products Exteriors, Inc. has moved into bigger showroom and warehouse space. The company, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary, is now at 11128 Luschek Drive in Blue Ash.

Superior Products Exteriors specializes in window replacement as well as siding, gutters, doors and roofs. The company's product mix includes Alcoa vinyl siding, Alside vinyl siding and windows, Gorrell Windows, Marvin Windows and Leaf-Proof Gutters.

Information: 231-1168.

E-mail or fax 564-6991 with openings, expansions and other news about neighborhood businesses.

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