Sunday, February 23, 2003

Business Notebook

Eat in or take out at Salt of the Earth

Eat in, take out, order a box lunch or a meal for many. A new specialty food shop in Madisonville hopes to attract folks who hanker for something a bit different.

Jim Jennings and Debbie Johnson are the owners of Salt of the Earth, which opened in late 2002. Their eatery offers sandwiches, takeout entrees, side dishes and desserts, as well as soups, salads, deli items and wines. Specialties include meatless lasagna, sauteed coconut shrimp, boursin cheese-stuffed tomatoes and bleu cheese coleslaw.

Jennings formerly was chef at Funky's and the Celestial; Johnson is a cook who creates distinctive vegetarian dishes.

The shop, at 4760 Red Bank Road, has indoor and outdoor seating. It is open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 272-3650.

Libby's Closetmoves and grows

Libby has found herself a bigger closet.

Libby Barr is relocating her consignment shop, Libby's Closet, to 8312 Plainfield Road in Deer Park to provide more space for her women's clothing. The shop will stock a wider range of apparel sizes 2 to 14 and fashion accessories. She's also adding collectibles and furniture to the mix.

Libby's Closet will be located in the same building as Jean-A-Faye Consignment, which specializes in women's sizes 14 to 30 and is owned and operated by Barr's son and daughter-in-law William and Cathy Feltner.

The store is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 791-6064.

Seapine Software links with N.Y. firm

Lifestyle management software developer Seapine Software Inc. has formed a strategic alliance with Information Laboratory Inc.

Information Laboratory specializes in software engineering, visualization and complexity science. It is based in New York.

According to officials at Mason-based Seapine, the two companies will work together to integrate their products, aiming to help customers improve quality, reduce time to market and lower costs throughout the software development cycle.

"Information Laboratory's automated structural analysis product, Small Worlds, will integrate well into our life cycle management solution and will benefit our customers greatly," said Richard Riccetti, Seapine's president.

More than 4,600 companies worldwide use Seapine's products to enhance the quality of their software.

HomeBiz network changes time

HomeBiz Networking After Hours has adjusted its meeting time to make sessions more convenient for members.

"By meeting in the evening, this group is now meeting the needs of stay-at-home moms and dads, as well as others, who are running a business in their spare time or running a full-time business," group founder Elaine Milstein said. Milstein is the owner of HomeBizSOS.

Meetings are held the second Monday of each month at Johnny Chan 2, located in Harper's Point, 11296 Montgomery Road in Symmes Township.

The next meeting is 6 to 8 p.m. March 10. Chris Nachtrab, property manager for CMC Properties, will speak about working more effectively by moving out of your home office.

Meetings are open to anyone who owns a home-based business. A fee of $15 is payable at the door; attendees are responsible for their own meals. Pre-registration is required by March 9.

Information: 891-7015.

Pet-sitting service handy for travelers

A new pet-sitting service is available to pet owners in southeastern Cincinnati.

Barks, Purrs, Feathers and Fins Ltd. opened Feb. 1 and serves customers in the Eastgate, Anderson Township, Batavia, Newtown, Withamsville and Milford areas. In addition to in-home pet care, company employees can also water plants, turn lights on and off, and bring in mail and newspapers. Four days' advance reservations are requested.

"Our goal is to make it much easier for east-side pet owners to travel by using our quality pet-care services," owner Troy Van Veen said.

The Mount Carmel company is a member of Pet Sitters International, an educational organization for professional pet sitters.

Information: 668-PETS.

Damon Tax Service opens in Roselawn

After 20 years in business, Damon Tax Service Inc. has opened a second office at 1705 Section Road in Roselawn. The company's original location is on Glenway Avenue in Bridgetown.

The business offers free electronic filing and direct deposit of clients' refunds to checking or savings accounts.

"Our offices offer a friendly atmosphere and experienced tax preparers who are on the cutting edge of the new tax laws and are ready to put those new laws and changes to work for you," Damon representative Linda Robbins said.

Both locations are open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Sunday appointments may be made through April 15.

Information: 574-9087 or 351-8800.

Blue Ash offices come with services

Furnished office space on flexible terms is available at the Cincinnati Regus Business Centre, which opened Feb. 5 in Blue Ash. It's located in the Summit Woods Corporate Center at 300 E-Business Way, Suite 200.

This "serviced office" facility provides phone and high-speed Internet access for its clients, as well as a receptionist who answers the phone with each company's name. Meeting rooms, teleconferencing, videoconferencing, beverage service and clerical support is available as needed. Interested individuals may arrange tours.

The new office center is a member of the Regus network of more than 400 such facilities in 50 countries.

Information: 247-6100 or

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