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Consolidated Electrical Distributors opens new storefront in Gilford

GILFORD — Citing an opportunity to develop new business in northern New England and central New Hampshire, Consolidated Electrical Distributors has recently leased space in a Route 11 strip mall.

Under a five-year lease, Consolidated Electrical Distributors (CED) will occupy 8,100 square feet in the former State of New Hampshire Liquor Store location on Old Lake Shore Road, adjacent to the movie theater. CED serves the commercial, industrial and retail markets in the central and northern New Hampshire regions, including Belknap, Carroll, Coos and eastern Grafton counties.

With several vehicles and a staff of approximately seven people, Consolidated Electrical is poised to embrace a demanding and rebounding new building and renovation marketplace. CED is the exclusive area distributor of Square D products, a preeminent American manufacturer of electrical controls and distributors.

According to General Manager Mike Mains, the contractors in the area have extremely tight schedules and meeting their delivery demands is key to CED's success.

"Our customers are contractors who are working on tight deadlines. Time is money," said Mains. "Only CED can provide delivery of electrical supplies the same day the order is placed. Same-day service is what sets us apart from other wholesale distributors. Our mission is to simply delivering the best products in a more timely manner."

Mains, who has been with the company for 17 years, had been manager of the firm's Dover location. A key individual in the selection of the new space, Mains says location was the driving factor for the CED opening in the Gilford location. "This spot has a lot going for it. Being located right off the by-pass with ample parking, the Gilford location gives our customers quick and easy access to the building and the needed items."

Kevin Sullivan of Weeks Associates Commercial Realtors, brokered the deal for CED, with Summit Realty Partners of Lexington, MA, representing the building's owner. The managing broker for Summit Realty was Frank Normandin, who grew up in Laconia and retains local family and business connections in the Lakes Region area.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 December 2013 10:05

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Belknap Mill Holiday Bazaar held on December 14

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill's 5th annual Holiday Bazaar held on Saturday, December 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The Holiday Bazaar offers a variety of unique gifts for the holidays and beyond. The items for sale by the 30 local crafters will include homemade jam, jellies and pickles, peanut brittle, zucchini salsa, maple syrup, candy and nuts, raw honey, goat milk soap, jewelry, crocheted hats and gloves and towels, table runners and placemats, stenciled canvas totes, quilted pot-holders, hot pads and coasters, aprons, dog sweaters, gourmet dog treats, pottery, wooden bowls, toys, pens, greeting cards, wine bottle stoppers and rocking horse, soy candles, birch tree candle holders, bat and bird houses, holiday decorations and ornaments, and photography.
The Belknap Mill will hold a bake sale and a drawing for donated craft items, proceeds of which will benefit the Mill's historical, educational, and cultural programs.
In addition to items by the vendors, the Belknap Mill Gift Shop offers items year-round, including socks made on the Mill's vintage machines, note cards, postcards, matted prints, toys, books on local history, walking sticks, jigsaw puzzles, and jewelry.
"Our Holiday Bazaar is a wonderful opportunity to support local crafters and the Historic Belknap Mill," said Bazaar Coordinator Judi Taggart. "This year, we've added new crafters from outside the Lakes Region, with many things perfect for gift baskets or hostess gifts."
For more information, call 603-524-8813, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.belknapmill.org.

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Tapply Thompson Santa Village and Open House kicks off on December 12

BRISTOL — The 59th Annual Santa's Village will be held from Friday, December 13 through Sunday, December 15 at the Tapply-Thompson Community Center in Bristol. The Village will be open from 6-8 p.m. on Friday and 2-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

On Thursday, December 12 an Open House will be held from 5-7 p.m. for all the contributor's that donate money, materials and time to the Village. Refreshments and

treats available for those who attend the Open House.

Visitors to Santa's Village should also be aware that there is a Christmas Craft Fair on the main floor during the three days. The Craft Fair begins one half hour prior to the Village and ends one half hour after the Village closes. There will be over 25 vendors at the fair.

Some of the exciting cast of characters that will be encountered this year will be Cadderly the Bear, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, Raggedy Ann & Andy, the Elves, and of course Santa & Mrs. Claus.

All children will have the opportunity to receive a cookie from Mrs. Claus and to visit with Santa and receive a small Christmas gift to take home for their tree. There will be instant photos available with Santa for a small fee. Cameras are allowed.

This event is free to all individuals. Canned good items for donation appreciated. For more info call the TTCC at 744-2713 or check the website at www.ttccrec.org.


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Nashville Nights Songwriters perform at Tower Hill on December 12

LACONIA — The Nashville Nights Songwriters in the Round will perform at the Jazz Bar stage at Tower Hill Entertainment on Thursday, December 12 at 7 p.m.

The Nashville Nights Songwriters in the Round is a collection of musicians who play original and classic folk music. The line-up features celebrated New England artists Phil Henry, Audrey Drake and Eric Erskine. While sharing the stage they will offer a rare glimpse into the stories behind the songs throughout this intimate concert experience.

Phil Henry is that rare contemporary folk artist with a sweet voice, intricate guitar work, and songs rich and sweeping. He's an old-school storyteller who builds songs from a place of honesty, a skill that has earned him praise from the proprietor of legendary club Caffe Lena, who simply stated that "it's no surprise that Phil is finding his way onto the best folk stages."

Audrey Drake is a singer and guitarist whose long history of songwriting has earned her high regards in New England folk circles. A New Hampshire native who often incorporates pastoral landscapes and rural life into her works, Audrey is a spiritually-oriented musician who embodies the connectivity of music. Her formal training combined with real-world tour experience sum up to a multi-dimensional performer who is a delight to hear.

Combining elements of pop, folk and rock, Eric Erskine delivers songs that can elicit emotions, provoke the mind, or just relax the body. With a unique vocal and writing style Eric takes the listener on a musical journey with varied but integrated themes and musical styles. Erskine has teamed up with acclaimed musician Tom Dean to produce four albums, all released to rave reviews. Eric was recently nominated for Best Male Vocal Performance by the LA Music Awards.

The show will feature a short opening set by Mike Rossi. While known as an in-demand electric bassist with Mighty Sam McClain and Donkilo! Afrofunk Orkestra, Rossi has been quietly establishing himself as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Mike's songs rely on subtle shifts in rhythm and harmony, and are lyrically driven. His songs, a reflection of his life experience and innumerable musical influences, are always delivered with honesty, passion and respect.

Tickets are $10 and available at www.Towerhillclub.com or by calling (603) 366-9100. Full bar and menu are available.

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