By ALANA PERSSON, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — Businesses on the Colonial Theatre side of Canal Street in downtown Laconia are presently in the process of packing their belongings and moving.
Since the purchase of the Colonial Theatre by the Belknap Economic Development Council occurred, businesses on Canal Street have been looking to relocate their businesses. Those asked to relocate include U-Frame We Frame, Frates Creative Arts Center, the Silver Screen Salon, The Downtown Gym and Star Nails. Almost of these businesses have found new locations, and some have already began operating out of their new facilities.
After 20 years of business in the same place, U-Frame We Frame has moved across the street to 50 Canal St. Although Sara Rines, owner of the business, feels fortune that she was able to keep her family business on the same street, she said the time crunch to move was a bit of a challenge. After closing last week to complete the transition between stores, the shop is again open today at its new location. An open house is to be scheduled sometime in the coming weeks.
Silver Screen Salon owned by Jenn Russo will also be moving down the road through a merger with Lori Anna's Hair Affair, located at 58 Canal St. Lori Chandler, owner of Lori Anna's Hair Affair, had been looking to alter her business model for quite a few months, as she still wanted to pursue her passion for hair without being a business owner. Upon hearing of the request for Russo to move from her location, Chandler extended a proposal to Russo that would allow Silver Screen Salon to remain in business and Chandler to step down as a business owner.
After the move is complete Chandler will rent a booth at Silver Screen Salon, which will be owned and operated by Russo after Sept. 1.
"I figured that this was the best way to keep Silver Screen Salon alive, help me pursue my passion of hair without the pressure of owning the business, and also help keep the downtown area alive" said Chandler, who is excited to work alongside Russo within the coming weeks.
The Downtown Gym located at 609-611 Main St., has confirmed that they will be moving from their current location to 171 Fair St., formerly known as the home of The Citizen newspaper. The lease was officially signed last week, and plans for the move are currently under way. More information on when the gym will relocate and open at the new location is to be announced.
Larry Frates will now operate under the title of Frates Creates Art to You, which will bring art classes to the community in various locations. More information about where the art classes will be held is to be released in the coming weeks.
“It’s quite the reversal we have going, where the oldest dance studio in the area and oldest art program have become the newest,” said Larry Frates, with echos from Joan Frates stating that she has a feeling it is going to be a very exciting season for the Frates family.
Additionally, Star Nails is still in the process of confirming its new location and cannot state any solidified plans presently.
Jenn Russo, right, and Lori Chandler have decided to pursue a business merger that will allow Silver Screen Salon to move into the former Lori Anna's Hair Affair salon at the start of September. Jasmaine Kapplain, Russo's daughter, is also pictured. (Alana Persson/Laconia Daily Sun)
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