4A • COMMUNITY RECORDER/BOONE • OCTOBER 12, 2017
BUSINESS UPDATE Metzger Eye Care celebrating 60 years Metzger Eye Care is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its founding by Dr. Ferd J. Metzger, who opened the first optometrist office in Boone County, Kentucky in 1957 on Main Street in Florence. Dr. Julie Metzger Aubuchon bought the practice from her father in 1995. “It has been our goal for sixty years to provide exceptional eye care services including offering high quality eye wear and contact lenses,”she said. “Our practice has remained up to date with the latest technology over the years and that has continued to make us relevant to the healthcare services offered in the community”.
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The practice focuses on full service eye care with patients ranging from infants to the elderly. Because the office is independent, Metzger Aubuchon feels they can provide personal care for conditions that other eye doctors do not manage, such as children’s vision and treatment of eye diseases such as dry eye and glaucoma. Metzger Eye Care has grown from two employees at the Florence location in 1957 to 20 employees over their two locations in Florence and Covington. The company’s headquarters is in the city of Florence, and Mayor Diane Whalen congratulates their success. “When a small business can exist, expand and flourish for 60 years, it is
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indeed an event to be celebrated”, Whalen states. “Congratulations to Metzger Eye Care and to Doctors Ferd and Julie for the dedication, hard work and community spirit that has helped drive their success. The city of Florence is proud to be home to such a great legacy business. We’re looking forward to helping honor this great success story.”
First Welcomemat to help small businesses thrive Union residents Joe and Kathleen Borne are opening the first Welcomemat Services in the area to help the many locally owned business stay competitive as more and more residents move to the area. Joe, who was born and raised in Union, will be bringing his 25 years of consulting experience to businesses throughout Northern Kentucky. Welcomemat Services uses a unique technology to target new residents in the area and provide them with a welcoming package to their new home. These packages include discounts, freebies and promotional items to locally owned shops in town. The idea is to invite the new residents into their new neighborhood and get acclimated with what makes Northern Kentucky such a great area. It also allows the locally owned shops to capitalize on the new business before they go to the more well-known big box retailers.