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Business briefs: USS Nightmare is hiring, Kona Ice reaches milestone, Bunches of Bows gives back

It’s a job to die for!

The USS Nightmare is seeking the most intense, creepiest and scariest monsters in the tri-state to join Captain Mitchell’s ghastly crew. Visit one of three job fairs for an opportunity to join the crew of a real live haunted ship!

Interested crewmembers must:

 Be 18 years or older
 Have energetic and fun personalities
 Have a strong desire to work for the best haunted attraction in Cincinnati
 Be able to work during the show season
o Friday and Saturday from September 13-September 21
o Wednesdays through Sundays from September 25-November 2
o Show time is 7 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday and 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday. Shifts generally start between 5 and 5:30.

Please apply in person, and be prepared to interview and complete paperwork if hired. Hiring paperwork includes an I-9 form which requires identification such as a valid passport or a government-issued photo ID combined with a social security card or birth certificate.


 Thursday, August 15 from 6 to 8 p.m.
 Saturday, August 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.
 Saturday, August 24 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, KY 41071
For additional details regarding USS Nightmare employment, email jobs@ussnightmare.com.

Kona Ice reaches milestone

Kone Ice, the Florence-based shaved ice franchise company, now has more than 1,200 of its colorful, tropical-themed trucks running across the country.

“Kona Ice has passed the 10 year landmark, the 1,000 truck landmark, we’ve donated more than $62 million nation-wide to non-profit organizations, and now …we are already looking forward to the next big milestone we can surpass,” said Tony Lamb, the brand’s president and founder. “The energy behind the brand is contagious.”

In 2018, Kona added 175 franchised trucks. Taking into account Kona Ice’s mini version of its trucks and its kiosks, it now has more than 1,600 units operating.

The implementation of the Kona kiosk allows Kona to now be brought indoors.

In addition to serving tens of millions of consumers every year, the franchisees that run the units are generating revenues that directly impact the communities thorough the company’s giveback to community schools and organizations.

Kona Ice

Bunches of Bows Gift Boutique gives back

Beginning August 21, and running through mid-November Bunches of Bows Gift Boutique, located in the heart of Fort Mitchell, will host several Shop for a Cause events.

All ticket proceeds benefit the charity listed. As an added bonus, Bunches of Bows will offer 20 percent off to the event attendees’ entire purchase.

Giving back is never a second thought to Traci Punch Alexander, owner of Bunches of Bows. It is engrained in her and the business model almost daily.

From donations to local schools, charities etc. for their fundraising efforts, to holding Shop for a Cause Events at her store, Alexander says, “giving is better than receiving.”

A list of all of the scheduled Bunches of Bows Shop for a Cause events, to date (click to enlarge).

Alexander started making bows in her home 27 years ago for friends and family who loved her creations. Bunches of Bows grew, so she opened a brick and mortar in Fort Wright in 2009. Today, Bunches of Bows is not just about bows. The line has grown to include home decor and gifts of all kinds.

The entire Bunches of Bows staff is passionate about creating gifts with sentimental meaning for all of their customers and giving back to the community.

See the Bunches of Bows Facebook page for more details and for information on how to purchase tickets. Events are updated periodically.

Bunches of Bows

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