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Exercise Etc.
Womens Fitness Center

Women seem to like the idea of sweating in a no-men-allowed environment. That has been the key to the success of Exercise Etc. Women’s Fitness Center. “We felt the need in the market to address women’s fitness in an atmosphere ...

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HG Creative Communications

Howard Gates is looking forward to engineering a variety of projects through his new firm, HG Creative Communications. This is a second career of sorts for Gates, who took early retirement in 1995 after 25 years as director of community ...

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Thelma’s Mastectomy Boutique

Bathing suits, bustiers and breast prostheses in every size, shape and skin color draw customers to Thelma’s Mastectomy Boutique, co-owner Sandra Schwab says. Schwab, a registered nurse, and her aunt, Thelma Atkinson, opened their shop 14 years ago, at a ...

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Subway Development
of Western New York

Joseph Franch is in the business of opening restaurants. He agreed to become a development agent for Subway Franchise World Headquarters in Milford, Conn., on an independent-contractor basis, in October 1994. He recently incorporated his business, Subway Development of Western ...

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Kids Kreations

Rochester’s newest pay-for-play children’s center is set to open tomorrow–with a new twist. Kids Kreations will focus on arts and crafts instead of the games and play equipment prevalent at its competition, operations like Discovery Zone Inc. Owner Julie Wegman ...

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Botanicus

Remember the houseplant craze of the 1970s, when it seemed like every other home or apartment turned into a pseudo jungle? That outdoor-indoor look never really died, but, like her own business, moved from a home to an office setting, ...

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BCC Services Inc.

If the customer-feedback system developed by BCC Services Inc. relied on traditional methods–direct-mail surveys and outgoing calls–to collect data, Michael Emmerling and his crew might still be on the street. Instead, BCC got its foot in the door with an ...

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Chime Time Clocks

When Peter Schryver was 12 years old, his grandmother tossed him a broken clock to play with. Schryver fixed it, though neither he nor anyone else could figure out how he did it. Last year, when he inherited it, the ...

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Son of a Tuner Dave Bean

There is more to his craft than merely being able to hear the intervals, piano technician David Bean says. That’s technician, not tuner, a distinction Bean makes to separate the musical wheat from the discordant chaff. Just about anybody other ...

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Made On the Park Quilts

“I want a bath and I want a nap,” moans Susannah Gravino, who just pulled two back-to-back all-nighters. The result of her sleepless nights? Another custom-made quilt, ready for pickup. Gravino does not have far to go when she decides ...

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Kermis Awning Co.

Blanche Geraci has been sewing since she was 13. Make that industrial-strength sewing, back when there were a number of factories in the area turning out clothing. In those days, “if you made a mistake, it was costly.” These days, ...

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Hilarski’s Chocolate

Open for business only half the year, and run out of a Marsh Road store and candy kitchen that doubles as the owners’ residence, Hilarski’s Chocolates is no threat to put Mars Inc. out of business. Which, owners Carolyn and ...

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Attenzione Graphics

Early in her career, Deborah DePasquale kicked around as a member of the starving-artist class. For steadier income she turned to retail work, with stints in the art department at McCurdy & Co. Inc. and as art director for Present ...

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Adetto Publishers and Distributors LLC

“La Storia,” the title of the book that started the company off, has two meanings: the story and the history. Otto Bruno had been in love with la storia of Italian-Americans for a while when he launched Adetto Publishers and ...

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Enterprise Solutions Inc.

Time was when business consultants were high-powered troubleshooters, mostly from the big accounting firms. Then came a rash of corporate downsizings in the 1980s and 1990s that prompted a legion of laid-off middle managers to hang out consultant shingles, at ...

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