Sunday, August 3, 2003

Business notes

By Jennie Callison
Enquirer contributor

Got junk? Business will take it away

A former Dayton business executive and his wife are cleaning up with a new business in Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

Cliff and Mary Brahm are the owners of a 1-800-GOT-JUNK? franchise. The company is a full-service junk remover that takes anything that municipal trash haulers and charitable organizations won't accept. As much as 60 percent of material removed is recycled or donated to local charities.

"Our uniformed drivers arrive on time in clean, shiny trucks with a standardized price sheet in hand," said Cliff Brahm, who believes that 1-800-GOT-JUNK?'s high service standards will earn his franchise a broad customer base.

Customers are charged a fee based on the items they're having hauled away. Since the company was founded in 1989, 1-800-GOT-JUNK? has helped dispose of such commodities as expired canned sardines, yo-yo strings, antique rifles and an entire truckload of bowling pins.

The area franchise is located at 262 Walnut Grove Drive in Dayton.

Information: 1-800-GOT-JUNK or (937) 673-3013.

We The People is document service

Terry and Eva Martin are also new franchise owners. On Aug. 18, the couple will open the first We The People legal document service location in Ohio.

We The People, headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., provides computerized document preparation for simple legal matters such as wills, living wills, pre-nuptial agreements, name changes, power of attorney and company registration.

Terry Martin stresses that he and his wife are not lawyers and do not give legal advice, but can help people act as their own attorneys in straightforward proceedings.

"This is a unique franchise that is growing around the country," he said.

The new business is at 794 Main St. in Milford. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and by appointment on Saturday.

Information: 831-3380, or

Hyde Park Kroger selling Aglamesis

Gourmet sweets-maker Aglamesis Brothers is making its ice creams and sorbets available through an additional retail outlet.

The company, which has locations in Oakley and Montgomery, is gradually expanding its retail reach through selected grocery stores. As of July 1, pints of ice cream and sorbet were in the freezer case of the newly remodeled Hyde Park Kroger. Customers can choose from 10 of Aglamesis' most popular flavors including French vanilla, mocha chip and Dutch Holland chocolate ice cream and red raspberry and lemon sorbet. Each pint retails for $3.99.

Aglamesis Brothers also takes orders for nationwide shipment of its frozen treats and candies through its Web site.

Information: 531-5196.

Contractor forms service company

A general contractor in Sycamore Township has created a new company from one of its existing divisions.

Construction Plus Inc. recently formed Building Solutions Group Inc. because of the rapid growth of its service and repair operations. Sales for the division have grown three-fold, said Cecil Hudson, president of Construction Plus and CEO of Building Solutions Group.

"The operational needs for a successful dispatched service company are very different from that of a general contractor," he said. "A lot of our calls are for emergency service and we need to be able to respond in a timely fashion."

The new company offers heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical service and repair as well as service in general trades and general interior/exterior maintenance. It serves clients in Ohio, Southeast Indiana and Kentucky.

The company is at 11584 Goldcoast Drive, Suite A.

Information: 469-0071.

Webby Dance comes to east side

Kids on the east side will have a new option for dance instruction as Webby Dance Company steps into their communities.

Gabrielle Gilbert Gray of Maineville has purchased a franchise from the Fairfield-based company and will offer classes for preschool and school-aged youngsters in Milford, Landen, Loveland, Maineville, Blanchester, Lebanon and Anderson Township. The classes are given in child care centers as well as private and public schools.

The new venture joins eight other Webby franchises in Ohio, Florida and California. Webby Dance Company began in Southern California in 1975, later moved to Fairfield and began franchising in 1998.

Gray has been a Webby instructor for three years. She studied dance through high school and college.

Information: 697-7197 or Web site.

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

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