OPENED: Shinola Outlet, Monroe
The region’s first Shinola Outlet opened April 25 at Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe.
The Detroit, Mich.-based company offers a variety of watches, leather goods, bicycles, journals and accessories for men and women.
MORE: Shinola at Monroe outlet mall specializes in luxury accessories
OPENED: Rodizio Grill, Liberty Twp.
After a six-month closure, Rodizio Grill reopened its Liberty Center location under new franchise ownership.
The restaurant, located at 7630 Gibson St. inside Liberty Center, features rotisserie grilled meat, expertly seasoned and carved tableside by traditionally dressed Gauchos.
MORE: Liberty Center steakhouse reopens after six-month closure
OPENED: Panera, West Chester Twp.
Panera’s newest bakery-café in Butler County opened at 8210 Marketplace Drive, just off Ohio 747/Princeton-Glendale Road.
The new location features a drive-thru, a patio and kiosk ordering stations.
MORE: Everything to know about the new Panera
OPENED: Guthrie’s Chicken Fingers, Fairfield
Fairfield’s Stockton Station, a retail center between the Spinning Fork and a new Starbucks, recently welcomed Guthrie’s Chicken Fingers at 6775 Dixie Highway.
MORE: Chicken chain opens first Southwest Ohio restaurant in Butler County
Started in 1965, Alabama-based Guthrie’s Chicken Fingers’ blend of chicken fingers, crispy fries, cole slaw, buttered Texas Toast and special sauce has been copied by various other chains over the years, but Guthrie’s is “the original chicken finger restaurant,” Harder said.
OPENED: Duck Donuts, Deerfield Twp.
Duck Donuts opened its fourth Ohio location April 13 in Warren County.
MORE: Duck Donuts specializes in made-to-order
At the new location, 5635 Deerfield Blvd. in Deerfield Twp.’s Deerfield Towne Center, customers may select 1, 6, 12 or 18 donuts from a signature assortment of fan favorites and seasonal offerings.
OPENED: ALDI, West Chester Twp.
Revamping the ALDI store at 7910 Tylersville Square Drive in West Chester Twp. is a continuation of the $14 million investment ALDI is making to remodel 11 stores in Cincinnati and the surrounding area by 2019.
MORE: Changes give ALDI shoppers faster, easier shopping experience
OPENED: Numprik Thai Lao, Monroe
Numprik Thai Lao opened April 8 at 214 S. Main St. in Monroe in the space that previously was Red Onion Bar & Grill.
Owner Laiwan Flanigan said the restaurant combines Thai and Lao cuisine. The restaurant takes its name from a type of spicy, chili-based hot sauce typical of Thai cuisine.
MORE: New restaurant opens at former Red Onion location in Monroe
OPENED: BEYOUTIFUL Salon, Barber & Spa, Hamilton
The new salon and spa in downtown Hamilton is located at 14 N. Third St., which formerly was First Financial’s mortgage building.
The salon was founded in Fairfield in 2012, but opted to move to Hamilton for a “bigger and better location,” said owner Casey Thompson.
MORE: New salon in downtown Hamilton
CLOSED: LaRosa’s, West Chester Twp.
The longtime delivery and carry out pizzeria in West Chester Twp. closed April 27, but will be replaced soon with a bigger location with more options.
LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria, which has been providing delivery/carry out to the Lakota/West Chester area since 1992 at at 6875 Fountains Blvd., will be replaced next month by a newly constructed full-service family pizzeria across the street at 8178 Highland Pointe Drive.
MORE: LaRosa’s relocates, expands with new Butler County dine-in location
CLOSED: McDonald’s, Fairfield
A McDonald’s restaurant demolished in Fairfield this month will be rebuilt into a new McDonald’s with new features.
The new location will open this summer at 563 Nilles Road with all the “Experience of the Future” amenities the fast-food giant is working to bring to all 18 of its Butler County restaurants, according to a spokesperson.
MORE: McDonald’s is putting its new ‘Experience of the Future’ in area locations. Here’s what it does.
CLOSED: Serendipity on Main, Hamilton
The store opened in the summer of 2016 at 233 Main St. aiming to provide rediscovered, repurposed vintage, antiques and treasures for the home, office and garden.
It expanded upstairs last year, adding a selection of vintage clothes.
MORE: Why owners decided to close Hamilton shop
ANNOUNCED: ALDI, Fairfield
No-frills grocery discount chain ALDI has submitted plans to build a new location in Fairfield.
Officials with the grocery chain received approvals to build a new store at the Patterson Place shopping center that once housed a Marsh grocery store that was razed several years ago.
MORE: Here’s what you’ll find in the new ALDI in Fairfield
ANNOUNCED: JoAnn Fabric & Crafts, Fairfield Twp.
JoAnn Fabric & Crafts will open a new location at 3177 Hamilton Princeton Road in Fairfield Twp.
The building, which was home to an Office Depot until last November, is in the Indian Springs Center, a shopping center that also features a Walmart Supercenter and a Kohl’s.
MORE: National fabric, craft retailer coming to Butler County
An exact opening date is expected in May, a company spokesperson said.
ANNOUNCED: Kate Spade, Monroe
Premium Outlets in Monroe is getting a Kate Spade store. The 4,500-square-foot store will open this summer among the Warren County outlet mall’s roster of nearly 100 stores.
MORE: Kate Spade store to open at Cincinnati Premium Outlets in Monroe
ANNOUNCED: ALDI remodeling, Middletown and Hamilton
Fresh off the expansion, remodeling and reopening of its West Chester Twp. store, ALDI is planning the same to its Hamilton and Middletown locations.
The Hamilton store, at 1431 Main St., closed for the changes this month and will reopen in June.
ALDI’s Middletown location, at 3634 S. Dixie Highway, is set to shut down for less than two weeks in September for the changes.
MORE: Grocery chain to remodel Hamilton, Middletown stores
ANNOUNCED: Kitchen 1883, Anderson Twp.
The Kroger Co. announced it will open its second Kitchen 1883 restaurant, following the successful launch of its first full-service dining experience last November in Kentucky.
The new Kitchen 1883 will be a stand-alone restaurant with a patio located in Hamilton County’s Anderson Twp.
MORE: Here’s what’s on the menu at Kitchen 1883