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New businesses: a listing of new businesses in Central Arkansas.

English Tailors Co.

Owners: Adam and Penelope Roberts

Address: The Russian Villa, 634 Prospect Ave., Hot Springs, 71901, 321-0963

Start-up date: late 1991

Adam and Penelope Roberts started by purchasing a historic house, The Russian Villa in Hot Springs.

They transformed the house into what some observers call "the gingerbread house."

The couple hopes the landmark location will be a plus in attracting clients to the unique business.

English Tailors Co. designs "gentlemen and ladies outfitting," co-owner Adam Roberts says.

Roberts says he and his wife, Penelope, both in their mid-30s, provide "a totally personal design service."

From men's suits, tuxedos, shirts and ties to ladies' suits, skirts and blouses, English Tailors can design one piece or a whole wardrobe in classic English or modern fashion styles.

"We use the words personal imaging," Roberts says.

Specializing in corporate executives, English Tailors will travel to the customer's home or office, develop clothing that creates a desired image and ensure the designs will never be reproduced.

Roberts is an American citizen who spent most of his life in Europe. He says all clothing is handmade in England by a tailoring firm. American-style shirts and ties made by a New York firm also are available.

Orders are filled in about six weeks.

Prices vary according to the type of cloth used, Roberts says.

More than 600 of Britain's finest cloths are available, from workday woolens to Italian silks.

Suit prices start at under $500, Roberts says.

English Tailors has acquired more than 50 regular clients in several states. Roberts attributes the quick take off to word-of-mouth referrals.

Eagle's Nest Books and Gifts

Owners: Mac and Fay Smith

Address: 2909 Kavanaugh Blvd., Little Rock, 72205, 663-8880

Start-up date: September 1991

Fay Smith says one word accurately describes her new bookstore -- eclectic.

The shop, located in Little Rock's Heights area, carries self-help, religious and children's books and other family related material.

Smith also carries a wide selection of gift books.

In addition to books, Eagle's Nest sells specialty items such as vases, stuffed animals, postcards, potpourri and jewelry.

"We carry an assortment of ecumenical items, including books, angels and prints," Smith says.

Her husband, Mac Smith, a co-owner of the business, runs a counseling center in an office above Eagle's Nest.

Fay Smith plans to place tables outside the store and offer espresso to anyone who wants to read or visit.

Eagle's Nest has been advertised in local newspapers.

M & M Marketing and Distribution

Owner: Mason Day

Address: 22 Vista Drive, Little Rock, 72210, 224-8843

Start-up date: January

Mason Day is an independent distributor of videos.

He markets "B title" movies to area video stores.

Day, who worked in the production department of Storer Cable Communications for more than a decade, says the desire to be his own boss prompted him to start his home-based business.

"I'm chief cook and bottle washer," he says.

Day says he chose to market lower budget "B" films because not only are they less expensive than "A" titles but 30 to 40 percent of all movies rented are "B" titles.

Movies range in price from $22 to $50 and are available individually or in quantity.

M & M Marketing and Distribution is promoted on the radio and through personal sales calls.

The Carriage House

Owners: Dr. Dan and Sandra Cook

Address: 1700 Louisiana St., Little Rock, 72206, 374-7032

Start-up date: late 1991

Sandra Cook says she and her husband, Dr. Dan Cook, hope their new bed and breakfast will provide them with a nice income and avocation after retirement.

The Cooks, both in their 50s, own a historic house in the Quapaw Quarter of downtown Little Rock.

Their carriage house is decorated with informal, turn-of-the-century furnishings. It has two upstairs bedrooms with private baths and a shared sitting room downstairs.

Each room rents for $79 per night.

The Cooks provide a full breakfast, served in the main house, and afternoon tea in the courtyard. Sandra Cook says her made-from-scratch recipes were her grandmother's.

Listed on the national historic registry, the property is one of only three bed and breakfasts in Little Rock, according to Sandra Cook.

"We're very small," she says. "Therefore, we're able to provide a lot of very personal touches."

Those personal touches include starched linens, fresh flowers and polished silver.

The Cooks hope to maintain the inn after retirement.

"This is something we can do when my husband retires," she says. "We could expand into the main house in the future."

Saratoga Management Co.

President: Hans Holzmann

Address: 124 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 1003, Little Rock, 72201, 374-9404

Start-up date: February

Saratoga International Inc., an international marketing and management company headquartered in Little Rock, recently opened a new division.

Saratoga Management Co. will provide corporate management services to companies operating in the mid-South region of the United States.

Services include strategic corporate planning, corporate partnering, business expansion analysis, market and marketing analysis and international marketing services.

Stephan Zimmermann heads the new division. Zimmermann is a co-founder and current executive vice president of Saratoga International.

With more than two decades of experience, he has participated in the start up and expansion phases of more than 50 private companies.

According to Zimmermann, the management services division will provide a wide range of expertise in both domestic and international corporate management. A European staff will provide extensive experience in Eastern and Western Europe to companies interested in international trade.

Saratoga International, which also maintains operations in Munich, specializes in Euro-marketing of computer components for American and Asian manufacturers.
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Date:Mar 2, 1992
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