Blooming Businesses


More pizza coming to Court Street, along with other businesses

Emily Leber / For The Post

Athens has seen several new or changing businesses since May, including restaurants, a music store and a dog training site, according to new vendor license tax account reports.


The businesses that received new vendor licenses include Tavolino, Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza, Mel’s Roadhouse, Athens Cellphone and Electronics Care, GO-TO CHIC, Digital Dominion and Dan Erlewine Guitars. Additionally, Lizzie Potter and Richard Thieret also received new vendor licenses, but no further information was included in the reports about their coming businesses.


Tavolino, 9 N. Shafer St., is an Italian restaurant opened by first-time business owner Emily Houpt. The restaurant is in the previous location of West Side Wingery, which merged with Fluff Bakery during the summer, according to a previous Post report.

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Tavolino is a new Italian restaurant that opened on Shafer Ave over the summer.


Houpt said being a new business owner felt surreal.


“I’m incredibly excited and can’t wait to start rolling out pasta,” she said in a previous Post report.


Athens Cellphone and Electronics Care, 386 Richland Ave., held its grand opening on Aug. 1 and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The company’s goal is to provide Athens County with reliable repair services for cell phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers, according to a news release.


“I relocated from California back home to Athens county,” Dennis Jones, the owner of Athens Cellphone and Electronics Care, said in an email. “It’s great to be home and servicing the people of Athens county.”


Lotsa Stone Fired Pizza is a casual pizza restaurant focused on fresh and fast pizza and salads, according to its website. According to its Facebook page, the company currently has eight locations throughout the country and is in the process of opening more in 2017, including the Athens location at 14 S. Court St.


Dan Erlewine Guitars, 90 Columbia Ave., is owned by Dan Erlewine, who has made his living as a guitar repairman and builder since 1963, according to the shop’s website.


“I operate my current shop in Athens, Ohio, where I have been for 30 years,” the website reads.

In 2016 he built a new shop behind his house, according to the site. “It's bigger and better than ever,” the website reads.


GO-TO CHIC, 14 1/2 S. Court St., Apt C, filed for a new vendor license, along with Digital Dominion, 11 Stimson Ave., and Mel’s Roadhouse, 10971 State Route 550.


Additionally, Raphael’s Hair Salon is moving to 42 N. Court St. Owner Tiffany Griebel moved the salon from its old location at 18 S. Court St., which was where her mother had moved the business to from its original location, 44 N. Court St.


Griebel said her grandparents started the salon in 1978. It was passed down to Griebel’s mother in 1999, and Griebel became the owner in June.


“We love working within Ohio University's campus,” Griebel said in an email. “We strive to give each guest the best experience possible. From hair care to nail care.”


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