LACONIA — Local salon owner Kelsey Nims knew she needed more space to satisfy growing customer demand for services. As the owner of Beyond the Fringe, she knew that she needed more parking, larger styling areas and updated equipment, which meant moving.
So, when she began searching for just the right space for her salon, she knew it was going to be a challenge. When introduced to the available space in the historic Streetcar Building in downtown Laconia she knew it was the right fit, for her and her clients. Open in the new location since early 2013, Nims is thrilled with the growth she's witnessing.
"To take Beyond The Fringe to the next level, I knew I was going to have to move. When I saw the Streetcar Building location, it was obvious: the physical characteristics of the building and the available space were so impressive, I knew I wanted my salon associated with the heart and soul of the Lakes Region community. With over 1,000 employees in one-quarter mile of the downtown area, the Streetcar Building is the right space for the salon, now and in the future. I couldn't be happier with the increase in our client base."
Weeks Commercial, the largest commercial and industrial real estate brokerage firm from the Lakes Region to the north country, handled the transaction. Sales Associate Kevin Sullivan brokered the lease and maintains the exclusive listing for the available remaining space in the building.
The Streetcar Building houses professional/office and restaurant space in a historic, turn of the century brick manufacturing building. Completely renovated in the 1980's for its current use, the building was originally home to the Laconia Car Company, which manufactured cable cars, and then the Laconia Shoe Company. It is owned by Cable Car Realty of Nashua.
Bill Dube, owner of Cable Car Realty, reflected on his confidence at having a locally owned real estate firm handle the transactions in the building. "Weeks Associates has done a great job bringing quality tenants to the Streetcar Building. Cable Car Reality has a history of downtown revitalization efforts in New Hampshire and we want to be an integral investor in the redevelopment of downtown Laconia. As such, the addition of Beyond The Fringe to the building is a welcome addition to the other fine tenants we have and continues to help rebuild a strong economic base in the local community. Our partnership with Weeks is a rewarding and fruitful one."
Realtor Kevin Sullivan of Weeks Commercial Real Estate and salon owner Kelsey Nims stand in front of the entrance to Beyond The Fringe Salon, which opened early this year. (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 11:40
MEREDITH — This summer, the Lakes Region Planning Commission (LRPC) is implementing Soak Up the Rain Waukewan, a new site-level education and planning program to assist selected property owners in the five communities comprising the Lake Waukewan watershed.
The purpose of the program is to work with residents interested in evaluating their property's interaction with the lake and taking steps to maximize the property's ecological performance. Property owners in the Lake Waukewan watershed are eligible to receive free technical assistance that will provide a snap shot of their property's current impact on the lake, a list of low-cost, do-it-yourself improvements, and an action plan for implementation.
Although the program is new, its formation is the result of many years of hard work advanced by local officials, researchers, and volunteers seeking to manage and protect one of the region's key natural resources. Randy Eifert, Chairman of the Waukewan Watershed Advisory Committee recalls the outcomes first envisioned by his Committee when it released its award-winning Waukewan Watershed Management Plan almost a decade ago: "Since 2005, our Committee, comprised of volunteers from the Lake's five communities, has been seeking opportunities to address the top recommendations from our Plan. Stormwater planning is one of our highest concerns and this project will complement our endeavors and assist us tremendously."
While the primary focus of the program is to provide technical assistance, some funding is also available to go a step further with four pilot sites, where recommended best management practices (BMPs) will be installed to emphasize the program's educational component.
According to Kimon Koulet, LRPC's Executive Director, "These installations, funded partially through the program and partially by the property owner, will create functioning, three-dimensional examples of the installations and practices that DES, LRPC and others have been featuring and promoting for effective storm water management. They will serve to educate and familiarize local officials with simple, low-cost stormwater solutions."
Sites selected to receive assistance will exhibit high potential for improved runoff interruption, dissipation, infiltration and/or detention. In particular, the program seeks to facilitate improvements that will alleviate dissolved oxygen impairment in the lake. For example, properties with large areas of bare soil/sand susceptible to erosion, sites with roof/driveway runoff that travels uninterrupted during storms, and sites with lawns extending to the shoreline all represent sites whose ecological function would be enhanced through the program's recommendations and implementation projects.
Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 11:22
Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 11:19
090113 Appalachian Mountain Teen Project Receives $2000 Grant from Meredith Village Savings Bank Charitable Fund (380 w/2 col MVSB Fund) 2 col. photo
MEREDITH — The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP), a non-profit, community-based prevention program that operates throughout the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, has received a $2,000 grant from the Meredith Village Savings Bank Fund. These funds will help support the organization's activity-based mentoring program, which uses a powerful combination of interventions to encourage the social, emotional, economic, academic and vocational success of young people facing challenging life circumstances.
The activity-based mentor program fosters resilience and leadership skills in youth through group activities and weekly one-on-one mentoring in the school setting from a professional staff member. The group events range from school activities to day long and multi-day/overnight trips focusing on outdoor wilderness adventure and experiential education. The program also provides opportunities for older participants to serve in leadership roles.
"With recent budget cuts at the state level, many community programs have had to close or cut services," said Nathan Boston, Executive Director for Appalachian Mountain Teen Project. "With support from local organizations, we have been able to continue helping local youth that are facing challenging life situations with few resources available to them. We appreciate Meredith Village Savings Bank's willingness to support this initiative to give struggling children and young adults a second chance at a bright, successful future and the opportunity to build friendships and mentor relationships that will last a lifetime."
The Appalachian Mountain Teen Project (AMTP) was initiated as a summer program in 1984 with start-up support from NHCF by program founder, Donna San Antonio, and was incorporated as a year round program in 1987. AMTP was created as an independent, community-based non-profit youth and community service program to serve the Lakes Region of Central New Hampshire.
Since 1984, AMTP has formed long-term mentoring relationships with over 550 teens and conducted thousands of activity days with teen groups. Over time, the program has expanded to include parenting courses, classroom based diversity programs, a program to help youth successfully transition to Middle School, and efforts to improve access to and success in post-secondary education. Since 1984, the AMTP has served over 5,400 people in 8 school districts and 19 communities.
Meredith Village Savings Bank recently awarded the Appalachian Mountain Teen Project a $2,000 grant to help support the organization's activity-based mentoring program. Meredith Village Savings Bank AVP Branch Manager, Marcus Weeks (left) and Appalachian Mountain Teen Project Executive Director, Nathan Boston (right). (Courtesy photo)
Last Updated on Monday, 19 August 2013 11:12
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