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India eatery to move

Look for Rochester’s Cuisine of India restaurant to move to a new south Broadway home in the near future.

And it will pick up a new name on the way.

Owner Om Parkash plans to move his restaurant from 7 12th St. S.E. into the former Phnom Pehn restaurant at 1647 S. Broadway. A sign for India Curry House, the new name, is already there.

Phnom Pehn closed in July. Timing of the move is still being worked out.


Downtown spa coming

Downtown Rochester might loosen up a bit this holiday season.

Naoko Vold is opening Naoko Esthetics Spa and Shiatsu at 320 S. Broadway in November

Vold, who owned a similar spa for 29 years in Michigan, plans to have four massage rooms, three facial rooms, a pedicure and manicure area, spa rooms with steam and showers as well as a hot tub.

She describes the business she is creating as "a unique beauty and wellness system with a holistic and natural, utilizing Chinese medicine and acupuncture methods."

The goal is "to help people in a holistic way," Vold says.

To open the spa, she is looking for a staff of about 16 people.

Vold also plans to sell retail skin care and cosmetic products.


BCS opens second office

A Rochester computer firm – Business Computer Solutions – is looking to reach beyond offices into homes.

BCS took over the lease of the Computer Rx building at 15 Civic Center Drive N.E. in early August. This is its second Rochester location with its main office being at 3253 19th St. N.W. in the Highlands business park.

"At our 19th Street location, 90 percent of what we do is about business-to-business and 10 percent is consumer work," says BSC Majority Owner Kelly Kolb. "This location is going to be the flip of that — 90 percent consumer, 10 consumer."

BCS, which first opened in 2001, has three people at each office now.

African grocery coming

Many Rochester people looking to buy ingredients for West African and Caribbean dishes are driving to the Twin Cities to do their grocery shopping.

Banji Adafin hopes to change that.


He plans to open the African Mini Grocery Store at 1109 Seventh St. N.W., possibly in early October.

"We have Somalian, Asian and Sudanese stores here, but nothing for West African and Caribbean food," he says.

What does a West African and Caribbean grocery store sell?

Bitter Leaf, dried fish, palm oil, cassava and cocoyam are some of items he plans on carrying.

Biz buzz

• Do I smell pancakes?

The word is that International House of Pancakes is getting closer to firing up a griddle in Rochester. If it works out, look for it in the northwest quadrant.

• Is a drug store chain looking for a new Rochester location?

That’s what some insiders are saying and this time they’re not talking about Walgreens.

We’ll see if anyone fills this prescription.

Jeff Kiger can be reached at 285-7798 or Check out Kiger’s Notebook, his Web log on, for daily updates. Listen for him on the Jake and Tracy in the Morning show on 102.5 The Fox on Wednesdays.

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