Archive for 'Small Business'

Emma’s gets planning commission’s OK

Emma’s gets planning commission’s OK

By Derrick Perkins Connie Desrosiers’ year long dream of turning a Hume Avenue home into a coffee and wine bar got a little closer to reality last week when the planning commission backed the concept. Desrosiers bought [...]

Despite competition, plenty of room for boutiques in Old Town

Despite competition, plenty of room for boutiques in Old Town

By Derrick Perkins Old Town’s plethora of small specialty shops is well known, but the bevy of potential competitors didn’t deter Gale Curcio and Coddy Eyre from opening Bucket List Boutique just off of King Street [...]

Small business owners brace for fiscal cliff

Small business owners brace for fiscal cliff

By Melissa Quinn For Joanne Sapp, the busiest time of the year is prom season. Her store, Dejavu Boutique, boasts racks and racks of dresses – floor length and cocktail, sparkles and silk – come spring, [...]

Old Town’s sauciest mothers ink distribution deal with local Whole Foods

Old Town’s sauciest mothers ink distribution deal with local Whole Foods

By Melissa Quinn Some like it mild, some like it hot, but Eli Rakis and Mary Ritley-White like it homemade. And as the owners and chefs of Sauce Queen Foods, that’s just how they make it. [...]

The show will go on at Old Town Theater

The show will go on at Old Town Theater

By Derrick Perkins The hardest decision Rob Kaufman made in the nearly yearlong effort to restore the Old Town Theater was one of his earliest. “The biggest hurdle was … the change from not doing a [...]

Alexandria’s mom and pop shops mark Black Friday with deals

Alexandria’s mom and pop shops mark Black Friday with deals

By Derrick Perkins Bishop Boutique opened up shop shortly before Black Friday last year, and owner Kelly Ferenc jumped at the chance to join Old Town’s growing celebration of the unofficial shopping holiday. “I was really [...]

Old Town restaurant gets second chance from Alexandria Planning Commission

Old Town restaurant gets second chance from Alexandria Planning Commission

By Derrick Perkins Despite a lengthy list of noise complaints since opening King Street’s Agua Viva restaurant, co-owners Mike and Nick Cordero earned a stay of execution from the planning commission last week. Neighbors began grumbling [...]

City Hall eases sign, display regulations on Alexandria shops

City Hall eases sign, display regulations on Alexandria shops

By Derrick Perkins City Hall eased restrictions on business signs in the historic districts last month, but officials warned shop owners they would begin enforcing regulations again after the holidays. The changes, approved by both boards [...]

Red Barn Mercantile reopens on King Street

Red Barn Mercantile reopens on King Street

After temporarily closing doors this summer, Amy Rutherford’s Red Barn Mercantile reopened at its new King Street location last weekend. Rutherford wrapped the store’s reopening in with its fifth year anniversary celebration. Though a South Columbus [...]

Legendary local restauranteur Pat Troy welcomes retirement

Legendary local restauranteur Pat Troy welcomes retirement

By Derrick Perkins Pat Troy left the restaurant business Sunday, but not without raised glasses, speeches and a final rendition of “The Unicorn Song.” After more than three decades running Ireland’s Own, the Irishman-turned-Alexandrian hosted one [...]