LACONIA — Businesses along quaint Canal Street in downtown Laconia are celebrating a number of milestones on Wednesday, July 29 with music and open houses from 3 to 7 p.m.
Melissa McCarthy is celebrating her 1,000th day at The Studio. Bead Devine is marking one year in business. Daub's Cobbler Shop (Jim Daubenspeck) is celebrating the purchase of a building for its new location. And Frates Creative Arts Center is celebrating 40 years as a Lakes Region business and creative arts tradition.
The Frates Center began in a home basement art studio and then moved to the lower level of the then Sundial Shop in the middle of downtown. The next move was to Canal Street and that was followed, two years later, my a short move to the Tavern Mini-Mall, where the art studio combined with the Creative Dance Studio to become Frates Creative Arts Center.
The Frates Center moved back to Canal Street when the Mini-Mall was purchased by the Laconia Housing Authority to house the Laconia Senior Center.
Now located in the side entrance to the Colonial Theater building and in the former home of Paquette Sporting Goods, the center continues to offer art, dance, magic, puppet and acting classes, as well as Paint Along Parties, Art To You classes and caricatures.
Since the original move to the Sundial Shop building, points out Larry Frates, the center has remained dedicated to downtown Laconia as the heart of a vibrant community.
This summer and fall, Joan and Larry Frates will again be offering special events, classes and celebration-related activities. For details and times visit www.fratescreates.com or call 528-7651.
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