Mason entrepreneur to turn old church into music venue

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 10:50 AM
Updated: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 11:27 AM


            A Mason entrepreneur is planning to convert the former St. Mary Catholic Church into a music and spirituality center. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
A Mason entrepreneur is planning to convert the former St. Mary Catholic Church into a music and spirituality center. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A Mason entrepreneur has purchased a recently decommissioned Roman Catholic Church and is planning to renovate it as a music center.

Ramesh Malhotra is converting the former St. Mary Church into a music venue.

“It will be called The Harmony Center,” Malhotra said.

“The theme of the spiritual songs and music performed should bring peace and tranquility,” he said. “Not rowdy rock and roll music.”

Malhotra envisions The Harmony Center as a place where musicians can play and perform as well as rent out the facility for performances and offer a space where people can talk about or reflect on different faiths.

Malhotra, who owns several businesses and properties in Warren County, said he was originally interested in buying the entire church campus and converting it into a conference center and music venue.

But the Warren County Educational Service Center purchased the church campus in January to create a special education school.

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However, the education agency was not planning on keeping the former church worship space. So Malhotra purchased that building for $140,000 from the WCESC.

Malhotra said he expects to invest $80,000 to $90,000 into the facility, which he hopes to open in July.

Custom-built home for sale in Liberty Twp. for $1.8M

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 8:56 AM


            FILE
FILE

A custom-built home is for sale for nearly $1.9 million in Liberty Twp.

The seven-bedroom home, located at 6385 Coach House Way in Liberty Twp., has more than 10,000 square feet of living space and seven bedrooms. It is listed by Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty.

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Other home highlights include a grand foyer, hardwood flooring, a study with a built-in bookcase and French doors. It also has a kitchen with granite countertops and a walk-in pantry. Additional amenities include a wet bar, wine cooler, theater room, a fenced-in pool area and concrete patios with a wood-burning fireplace outdoors.

Price: $1,894,200

Home highlights:

• About 10,180 sq. ft.

• 7 bedrooms, 7 full baths and 2 half baths

• First-floor main suite with sitting room

• Secondary full suite with own entrance

• Lower level theater/media room, bar

• Billiards/recreation room

• In-ground pool

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Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 9:53 AM

1658 W. Alex Bell Road
1658 W. Alex Bell Road

An Italian-inspired home on West Alex Bell Road is for sale for $1.7 million in Washington Twp.

The home, located at 1658 West Alex Bell Road, sites on more than seven acres of land — overlooking thickly wooded areas and Hole’s Creek. The architecture of the home features multiple arches, wide limestone columns, walls of windows and glass doors.

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The home offers 6,130 square feet of space with an indoor swimming pool, tennis court and a guest home with a private driveway. There are also 50 sconces around the home, including custom-made ones in the foyer. The kitchen also has a six-burner gas cooktop with double ovens under a counter and a custom-built wine rack. The side buffet counter offers a wet bar and upper display cabinets.

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)
1658 W. Alex Bell Road(Staff Writer)

Price: $1,695,000

Directions: West on Alex Bell Road, left before Chartwell Drive

Highlights:About 6,130 sq. ft., 3-plus bedrooms, 3 full baths, gated estate, 7.6 acres, indoor pool, Italianate architecture, 1998 ranch, study, addition in 2003, multi-purpose room, 7 fireplaces, patio, screened porches, veranda, custom-designed lighting, attached 3-car garage, updated ranch guest house with 4-car garage

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Dozens of Joe's Crab Shack restaurants abruptly close

Published: Friday, August 18, 2017 @ 3:17 PM

Over 40 Joe's Crab Shack Locations Close Without Warning

Dozens of Joe’s Crab Shack locations across the United States abruptly closed without warning amidst its parent company’s bankruptcy proceedings.

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Calls to a location in Duluth, Georgia, went unanswered Thursday afternoon, and restaurant review site Yelp deemed it closed based on user feedback. The Gwinnett site is also not listed on the company’s website.

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The Duluth location was included in a list of the 41 locations that closed without advance warning to employees, originally reported by Consumerist. The list included restaurants in nearly 20 states, including Florida, Oklahoma and Texas.

Joe’s Crab Shack’s parent company, Ignite Restaurant Group, did not return a request for comment. Ignite filed for bankruptcy in June. Landry’s, Inc. won an auction this month to acquire Joe’s Crab Shack and Brick House Tavern and Tap brands from Ignite for $57 million.

The Cox Media Group National Content Desk and WSBTV.com contributed to this report.

Scooping up profits: Dayton-area ice cream couple rolls on

Published: Sunday, August 20, 2017 @ 6:00 AM


            Shelly and James “Jimbo” Greenberg sell ice cream from a fleet of vans — and business has been good, the Greenbergs say. On a recent afternoon, they were in the neighborhood around Steam Academy of Dayton. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF
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Shelly and James “Jimbo” Greenberg sell ice cream from a fleet of vans — and business has been good, the Greenbergs say. On a recent afternoon, they were in the neighborhood around Steam Academy of Dayton. THOMAS GNAU/STAFF(Thomas Gnau/Staff)

Shelly and James “Jimbo” Greenberg’s business is selling ice cream — and if you ask them, business is good.

The married couple and their employees have been selling frozen treats across the Dayton area for close to a quarter of a century. Today, they have a fleet of some 20 vans and right-hand-drive Jeeps plying their delicious wares.

“We’ve been here for over 20 years,” James Greenberg said, who started his ice cream career as a Good Humor truck driver.

The Greenbergs sell exclusively Blue Bunny ice cream. They own their trucks and affiliate with Ice Cream on Wheels, which describes itself as a “network of hundreds of independently owned ice cream trucks.” They call their business simply: “Shelly & Jimbo’s Ice Cream Treats.”

Ice Cream on Wheels is allied with Roaming Hunger, a company that specializes in letting customers book a variety of food trucks for corporate and other events.

If you think about it, ice cream vans can be seen as the original “food trucks.”

“It’s a win-win situation,” said Shelly Greenberg. “If you call them (Ice Cream on Wheels) and say, ‘I have a hundred people coming over, I’d like an ice cream truck,’ they will call me and Jim. I will go to that event.”

“We’re a distributor that buys (ice cream) from them (Ice Cream on Wheels),” her husband said.

They also drum up their own independent business through cold calls (no pun intended) and that age-old, never-fail method from summers past: Driving around residential neighborhoods and playing music.

“I’ve worked with them for many years,” said Sharon Rislund, property manager for Miller-Valentine Group Realty Services. “They’re good people, and they do a great service.”

Rislund said she has hired the Greenbergs at least once a year for six to eight years, perhaps longer, mostly at what she described as “client-appreciation” events at properties she manages.

“They bring their truck, and they play their music, and they have their selection of ice creams,” she said. “(People) love it.”

The couple say they emphasize clean, well-maintained, attractive vans. Customers care about the appearance of the truck, they insist.

“We’re bringing the image of the ice cream truck up,” James Greenberg said.

Even in an increasingly diet-conscious age, ice cream remains big business. About 1.54 billion gallons of ice cream and similar frozen desserts were produced in the United States in 2015, according to the International Dairy Foods Association, which says the ice cream “industry” contributes $39 billion to the national economy and supports more than 188,000 jobs.

But the business means more than numbers to the Greenbergs. The couple says they have become close to many of their customers, particularly nursing home residents. They said they were giving ice cream away to children near the Steam Academy in an event organized by the school.

“That just warms my heart,” Shelly Greenberg said. “If I can bring smiles even to little kids who can’t afford an ice cream … let them have what they want. You live once. Let them enjoy an ice cream.”