New businesses coming to Newport on the Levee

NEWPORT, Ky. — Two new businesses are set to open at Newport on the Levee, further increasing visitor foot traffic and small business success.


What You Need To Know

  • Two new businesses are coming to Newport on the Levee
  • As of 2022, Kentucky was home to more than 360,000 small businesses, with an employment of 716,000
  • At Newport on the Levee, visitor foot traffic was up 15% year-over-year at the end of 2023
  • Stephen Marro and Andrés Maldonado Espinosa have owned Bon Mi Street for seven months

Business partners and married couple Stephen Marro and Andrés Maldonado Espinosa are living out their dreams running Bon Mi Street, a local bubble tea shop, at the Newport on the Levee. The two said they’re the opposite of each other, yet their team works smoothly.

Bon Mi Street sells dozens of items such as traditional Vietnamese sandwiches, smoothies and bubble tea. Maldonado Espinosa moved from Mexico and worked as an employee with Marro before taking over the business seven months ago.

“I feel like I’m doing what I like for the most time … it’s creating new drinks for our customers, seeing them actually enjoy my creations and everything,” Marro said.

Now, she

Lincoln business owner frustrated at city’s ‘Glory Hole’ closure

A business owner in Lincoln is calling for quicker action following the closure of the city’s ‘Glory Hole’ walkway.

There was a partial collapse of the footway between Wigwford Way and the High Street in February 2023 which resulted in Lincolnshire County Council closing it for temporary repairs. Further investigations found there was more damage and extra work would be required.

Roger Baldam-Lucas, owner of the Now Hair by the Glory Hole footway, said he has had to move to a temporary location.

“It’s a huge inconvenience,” he said.

“We had to shut this down and let our customer base know and redirect because they couldn’t come through here. We’ve not got any passing trade which has impacted our footfall.

“Costs are going up constantly with the business and if there is no money coming in then we’ll have to close our doors.”

The owner of Now Hair salon says his business has been impacted Credits: ITV Calendar

Lincolnshire County Council says there needs to be more extensive work before the footway can reopen.

In a statement it said: “We’ve had to deal with several external agencies. And dealing with each takes time on their part. In addition, we have

Strong corporate business boosts Flight Centre’s 1H results

The Flight Center Travel Group recorded a AU$106 million underlying profit before tax (PBT) for the first half of its financial year, boosted by “strong” business travel growth which saw corporate total transaction value increase 16.8 per cent to a record AU$5.9 billion .

Its underlying profit increased AU$90 million, or 565 per cent, from AU$16 million in the previous corresponding period.

Underlying corporate PBT increased 53 per cent, to AU$93 million, in the six months to 31 December 2023. In its results statement, the Australian company said its corporate business “again achieved new sales milestones and comfortably outpaced the broader corporate travel sector’s recovery. ”

The group’s corporate business contributed 52 per cent of overall TTV which rose 15 per cent to AU$11.3 billion, marking FCTG’s second-strongest start to a financial year behind only July-December 2019.

“These record results, built on high customer retention rates and large volumes of new account wins, were achieved in a sector that has only recovered to around 70 per cent of pre-Covid transaction volume levels, pointing to our healthy market-share growth, ” said Chris Galanty, global corporate CEO, Flight Center Travel Group.

“We have seen strong corporate growth across Europe in the first