Sunday, May 11, 2003

Small business notes

By Jennie Callison
Enquirer contributor

Herbalist, author to sign books

An herbalist and aromatherapist will sign copies of her books at Old Thyme Herbs' Kenwood Towne Centre store Friday.

Jeanne Rose is the author of 18 books on herbs and aromatherapy. She will be at the store and available for questions from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Old Thyme Herbs, a Cincinnati-based company with locations in Columbus and in Lansing, Mich., makes and sells natural remedies, herbal soaps, bath and body products and aromatherapy oils. Information: 936-8496 or

Specialists provide help with pipes

A newly launched West Chester business helps homeowners spot potential problems underground.

Mike Fritzsche is owner of Lateral Pipeline Services, a company that offers video documentation of the condition of sewer lines and can install protective lining in the pipes that adds structural integrity and prevents problems with ground water and tree roots.

"Ground water can seep into vitrified clay pipe, and tree roots can clog them," Fritzsche said.

The company also works with prospective homebuyers who want an assessment of sewer lines before making an offer.

"I see it as a great tool for a potential homebuyer to negotiate price if the pipes are in bad shape," Fritzsche said.

Information: 942-2479.

Store sells array of leatherwear

Bob and Sandy Lackey spotted a trend and hopped on it.

At this year's V-Twin Expo the couple found a display of leather apparel, and decided to establish a store selling similar merchandise. Increased consumer interest in "biker gear" encouraged them to pursue their dream, although the store sells more than typical biker leather.

"We want to appeal to everyone who likes to wear leather," said Bob Lackey. "We carry UK, UC, NASCAR, patriotic, traditional and Western-style leather. We even have jewelry and belt buckles with more to come."

Lackey's Leather & More opened April 5 at 2606 Burlington Pike, across from the Burlington Fire Department. It's open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Information: (859) 534-5323.

Restaurant offers South Asian fare

Pakistani and Indian food for carryout is available at a new restaurant in Corryville.

Food Dot Com, at 6 W. Corry St., also serves up vegetarian dishes, sandwiches, gyros and pizzas with a touch of spice. Items range in price from $4.95 to $8.

Customers can dine on the premises or arrange for pick-up or delivery.

"We have home cooking with no use of dairy products," said owner Tariq Ashfaq. "We alter the spice according to customer needs."

Food Dot Com is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday-Saturday and 4-9 p.m. Sunday.

Information: 221-FOOD (221-3663).

Company assists borrowers, lenders

Covington-based Default Mitigation Management works with borrowers and lenders to resolve defaulted mortgages. The company was incorporated in March.

According to owner Joe Smith, the company explains to borrowers the options available to them in resolving the debt, and helps them pursue the chosen option. Possible avenues are workouts, forbearance agreements, refinancing, selling the home and foreclosure.

"We also use Consumer Credit Counseling Services to assist with the unsecured debt our customers have," said Smith, who formerly ran Provident Bank's mortgage servicing operations Default Mitigation Management is at 817 Madison Ave. Information: (859) 491-2578.

Service targets small businesses

MarCorps Services helps small businesses by providing marketing, database and Web site support.

"We are not a temp service, but a company that works from our local home-based office doing the tasks and projects that need to be done," said Teri Thomas of Anderson Township, who established the business with her husband, Mark. "We offer more than 30 years of combined experience in word processing, database development and management, Power Point presentations, Web development and maintenance, Excel spreadsheets, Internet research, desktop publishing and mass mailings."

For a limited time, MarCorps is offering an hourly-rate discount for a customer's first project.

Information: 947-0225.

Business produces Civil War images

Civil War-era images are available from a new business in Covington.

Robert Clements Enterprises has launched, which produces limited-edition prints, posters and photographs of the War Between the States.

"Ninety-nine percent of the existing Civil War Web sites simply resell existing artwork, while my company has printed many of the images available through our Web site," said Bob Clements, company president. "Our site places an emphasis on promoting emerging Civil War artists such as Andy Amato, Todd Baubie, Walt Heard and Laura Marrs." Information: (859) 344-9207 or

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

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