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New businesses abound in ‘13

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By The Staff

The News-Democrat is highlighting local businesses that have recently opened or changed owners. This is the second installment; more profiles will be published in upcoming editions.

Miss B’s Boutique and Consignment

Owners: Jeff Harmon and Teresa Shaw

Address: 445 Main Street, Carrollton, 41008

Phone: (502) 663-2176

Opened: Dec. 3, 2012

Description: Miss B’s Boutique is a consignment and used-items shop.
Unique: The shop has many varied items for different members of the community.
Why decided to open their business:  “It was a spur-of-the-moment idea last November. My wife and niece wanted to do this,” said Jeff Harmon.

#1 Nail Pro’s Jewelry Center

Owners: Hien and Jennifer Ngo

Address: 102 Floyd Drive

Phone: 732-6069

Opened: August 2012

Description: The Jewelry Center offers on-site repairs, watch battery replacement and also has a range of new jewelry pieces for sale in the office connected to Jennifer’s manicure/pedicure shop. Hien Ngo also buys and sells gold.

Why decided to open their business: Hien Ngo said he decided to add the jewelry repair and sale services because he saw a need for a jewelry store in Carrollton, since nearby Floyd’s Jewelry went out of business in 2011. “We sell a little bit of everything,” he said, including rings, necklaces and bracelets.

Unique: What makes the shop unique is that patrons may bring jewelry in for repair and have the work done while they are getting their nails done, he said. Additionally, customers can also come here to buy or sell gold, rather than having to travel to other towns, such as Madison, Ind., or La Grange or Louisville, Ky.

“The gold market is up pretty high right now. We’re here to give people the opportunity to get cash for their gold,” he said. “It’s the best time to sell.”

Osborne Law Office

Owner: Lisa Osborne

Address:  20030 Hwy. 227

Phone:  (502) 662-0700

Opened: May 1, 2012

Description: “We are a full-service legal firm with a focus on bankruptcy, Social Security disability and family law issues,” said attorney Lisa Osborne. Her staff includes Jennifer Searcy Cox, legal assistant, and Katie Martin, receptionist.

Why decided to open their business:  “I’ve been in practice before in Carroll County, but for the past few years I’ve been legal counsel for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Her duties were working with income support – SSDI benefits and child support, plus working with abused and neglected children.

“I loved that job and learned a lot. But it got to be too much. I was anxious to come home to my family,” she said, adding that she has two children who attend Carroll County Schools and one who attends the University of Kentucky. She also serves on a Site-Based Decision Making Council in the district and is a member of the Parks and Recreation board of directors.

“I missed being able to participate in local activities,” she said, adding that she enjoys helping people she knows and working with clerks and judges she knows.

Unique: “I bring a unique perspective, since I have experience working with disability cases from the government’s perspective, as well as child custody and family court matters, from the government perspective,” she said. “I bring experience and knowledge to help people who are in tough situations. I see it from both sides, and I know the hurdles [my clients] need to overcome.”

Purse Heaven

Owner: Lita Harell

Address: 507 Highland Ave.

Phone: 732-1121

Opened: June 28, 2012

Description: Purse Heaven is a retail store with designer inspired by handbags, wallets, fine fashion jewelry, a variety of other accessories, Grandco sandals, and all-natural soaps and lotions.

Unique: Purse Heaven is the only business in the area that has a great selection of designer inspired by handbags.

Why decided to open their business: Harell opened the shop because she loves working in retail sales, she said. She used to own a floral business and loves working with people.

Stories and photos by Phyllis McLaughlin and Sarah Beach/The News-Democrat.