Sunday, July 27, 2003

Business notes


Family pride goes into bakery's goods

By Jenny Callison
The Cincinnati Enquirer

One family's favorite sweets are featured at a new bakery in Montgomery.

Nostalgic Gourmet, which opened July 14, bakes the owner's culinary heritage into its cakes, pies and cobblers.

"All of our desserts are old family recipes and all are made from scratch," general manager Beverly Spoonamore said.

The bakery also offers hearty sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats and cheeses on Bake House bread.

Spoonamore said that Nostalgic Gourmet prepares box lunches which contain a sandwich, Boar's Head pickle, two side items and a dessert. For orders of 10 or more, delivery within a three-mile radius is available.

The new venture is owned by Tracy Atchley. .

It is in the Montgomery Square Shopping Center at 9871 Montgomery Road.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Information: 791-6603.

Broker promises reduced drug cost

A local pharmacist has started a company to help individuals save money on their prescriptions.

"Independent Medical Consultants Inc. serves as a liaison between the client, the client's physician and the pharmaceutical companies to obtain significant medication cost savings for the clients," company founder Emmett K. Hammond said.

Hammond got the idea for his business from his experience negotiating reduction of his own mother's prescription expenses.

If ICMI cannot reduce an individual's drug costs, it does not charge a fee.

If a cost reduction is achieved, Hammond said, his company charges 10 percent of a client's first-year savings, with a maximum of $199.

There is no fee for continued cost savings.

Hammond is chief of pharmacy service at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center.

Information: www.RxCostSavings.com.

Ex-P&G worker opens agency

A former Procter & Gamble Co. professional has established her own marketing agency.

Karen Hite's new venture is NewHites Marketing & Administrative Solutions, which opened in June.

"I established NewHites to introduce the idea of outsourcing to small and midsized businesses," she said.

"Our goal is to effectively communicate the goods and services of these businesses and at the same time cut their current marketing and administrative costs. We not only develop marketing strategies, but we create the tools and get them to the market."

Hites said her firm can promise quick turnaround on administrative projects as well.

She has a degree in business administration from the University of New Haven and spent 13 years with P&G in research and development.

She then served five years as marketing director of a nonprofit organization in addition to providing marketing services to business clients.

NewHites is located in Wyoming.

Its hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Information: 821-6551.

Touch-free wash offered for your car

Florence has a new touch-free car wash.

Cars travel on a conveyor through the tunnel at Executive Springs, a touch-free cleaning facility that opened July 12.

It's located at 8720 Bankers Street behind the Fifth Third Bank tower. The car wash is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Owner Mark Edward Kormanis said he chose the Bankers Street location because of its high traffic and the growth of the surrounding area.

Information: 859 802-3175.

Ferrari's offers new gourmet pizza line

There are new aromas from the ovens of Ferrari's Little Italy Restaurant and Bakery.

The Madeira eatery has introduced a line of individual gourmet pizzas, said general manager Tony Bassano Jr.

The menu consists of 10-inch pizzas made with Italian meats, cheeses and spices. All the pizza dough is made in the restaurant's bakery. Combinations include the Trio Meat Pizza with meatballs, sausage and pepperoni, Sun-dried Tomato Pesto Pizza with smoked gouda cheese and whole-milk mozzarella, and Mediterranean Pizza with garlic, olive oil, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives and other regional specialties.

Ferrari's Little Italy is at 7677 Goff Terrace.

Information: 272-2220.

Mortgage firm adds Web site dimension

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage has entered a partnership with neighborhood Web site developer ConnectingNeighbors.com to produce online resources for several Tristate communities.

"The Web sites, easily accessible to anyone living in a designated area, offer detailed, up-to-date community information: everything from baby-sitter and handyman referrals to homeowners' meetings and neighborhood clubs," Jessica D. Bowling of Wells Fargo's Springdale office said.

Each area's Web site is sponsored by a corresponding Wells Fargo lending specialist.

Residents in neighborhoods served by a site will be notified when the site is complete. Among the first to be available are www.InsideClifton.com, www.InsideDeerPark.com, www.InsideReading.com and www.InsideWaterford.com.

Information: 771-2240.

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




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