Peter Karagianis, owner of Happy Jack Pipe and Tobacco Shop in his business. Time restrictions on parking spots in front on his business are being changed. (Rick Green, Laconia Daily Sun)
By RICK GREEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN
LACONIA — It should be a little easier to find a parking spot in front of the Laconia Spa neighborhood store and the Happy Jack Pipe and Tobacco Shop in the coming days.
The City Council on Monday approved a change that will set a 15-minute limit for a few spots on the street in front of the two businesses, instead of the current one-hour restriction now in place.
Peter Karagianis, who owns the tobacco shop and the space out of which the store operates, said a successful restaurant across the street, Karma Cafe, has been good for this part of the city, but has put a little extra pressure on his parking.
“We just need to have spots people can move in and out of,” he said.
The clientele of Happy Jack and the Laconia Spa like to be able to park right in front of the businesses and are not there long.
Karagianis would like the time limit marked in paint on the spots, but has also told the city it can place signs on the building notifying people of the parking restrictions. Signs posts placed near the street could interfere with snow plow operations, he said.
His late father, also Peter Karagianis, began operating the Laconia Spa in its present building at 65 Church St. in 1957. The elder Karagianis, who served as a state representative, moved the business from another location.
At one time, the Laconia Spa had a soda fountain. People once called such businesses spas for the refreshing drinks they served.
The building itself dates to the early 1900s, when its rooms provided overnight lodging to railroad passengers.
The building also was once an automobile dealership and repair operation known as the Esty Garage.
The Laconia Spa and Happy Jack Pipe and Tobacco Shop have parking spots that are being changed from one hour to 15 minutes. (Rick Green/ Laconia Daily Sun)
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