Sunflower Natural Foods teams up with photographer

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Laura Walker, manager at Sunflower Natural Foods, and Ian Raymond, owner of Raymond Photography, hold a photo titled "Chives!" Raymond's work is on display at the newly renovated health food store. (Courtesy photo)


LACONIA — Sunflower Natural Foods at 390 S. Main St., has teamed up with Ian Raymond from Raymond Photography at 616 Main Str. to put the finishing touch on their newly renovated store. The display features Raymond’s photographs of seasonal flora, depicting the plants from which some of Sunflower’s health supplements are derived.
Ian Raymond is celebrating his photographic studio’s 25th year at his Main Street location (39th year working in the photographic industry).

The studio specializes in commercial/industrial/architectural photography, including product photography for mail order businesses; fine art portraiture; quality reproductions of original artwork and archival printing for local artists; as well as his fine art photography. His work is available for purchase at Sunflower Natural Foods, at his Main Street studio, at Artisans By The Bay in Meredith, and at Vibes in Concord.
Sunflower Natural Foods has been a community resource for natural foods and alternative health therapies since 1985. Originally on Canal Street, the store relocated to South Main Street in 1992.
The current manager, Laura Walker, has worked in the natural foods industry for 12 years and in small, local customer service for more than 20 years. She brings her experience as an educator and certified holistic health coach as well as her commitment to cultivate awareness in the field of wellness and passion to serve the community.

"Above all," she said, "We are here to help. Whether you are searching for a particular product or have questions about natural foods and alternative health therapies, our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always happy to assist you. Sunflower, as a business, is dedicated to connecting people with the products and resources they need to enrich and better their lives. It is our mission to be socially responsible and environmentally sustainable and we’ve designed our business practices to reflect that commitment. We promote optimal health from the individual to the environment. Our dedicated staff includes teachers, a personal trainer and fitness specialist, a yoga instructor, musicians, writers, thinkers, a magician and healthy living advocates.”

Raymond is pleased to be showing his work at Sunflower.

“I had my work on display at the old location back in the 1980s," he said. "It’s great to be back. I’ve always loved having this health food store as part of our community, and Laura has done a fantastic job of updating the look and feel of the newly renovated store. I will be changing the exhibit each season with the aim of bringing the natural world in, and to tie the products back to their source.”
Walker says “We’re so excited to have Ian Raymond’s photography on our wall! Please come check out our summer installment of beauty!”
Sunflower is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and closed on Sundays. They offer everything you need for optimal health and wellness including quality vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements, therapeutic grade essential oils, organic and local produce, meats, dairy and eggs, gluten-free foods, natural and organic health and beauty products, green cleaning supplies, housewares, eco-friendly gifts and greeting cards, plus local and fair trade goods.

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Wescott Law hosting open house at Meredith office

MEREDITH -- Wescott Law will host an open house at its Meredith office this Thursday, Oct. 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. The office, which is located at 272 Daniel Webster Highway (Route 3), opened in June 2015 to better serve the needs of the Greater Meredith area. Originally housed on the second floor, the office is now more accessible in its new first-floor space.

"We look forward to welcoming the community to our freshly renovated office," said Allison Ambrose, director and managing partner at the law firm. "We invite area business members and individuals to stop by to enjoy refreshments and an opportunity to meet our attorneys and staff."

Wescott Law, with offices in Laconia, Portsmouth, Meredith, and Bristol, is one of the state's largest law firms north of Concord and has been recognized by Business NH Magazine as one of the top firms in the state for 2017. Wescott Law has a history of community involvement, with staff and attorneys currently holding many offices and volunteering for a large number of local organizations.


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Members of the Wescott Law staff stand outside the firm's Meredith Office which will be hosting an open house this Thursday, Oct. 19. Seen, from left, are Managing Partner Attorney Allison Ambrose, and Attorneys Brett Allard and Sarah Young. (Courtesy photo)



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Homeward Bound welcomes new dog walker


GILFORD — Leola Matos is joining the team at Homeward Bound Professional Animal Care as a dog walker.

Matos, of Meredith, recently retired from a career in social work and is happy to have a job working with clients who are jumping up and down, happy to see her every time she walks in the door. In addition to spending time with her husband, two children and two grandchildren, and two dogs, Matos is training for a half marathon.

“Lee’s enthusiasm for both animals and fitness is contagious,” said Homeward Bound owner, Alix Marcoux DiLorenzo.

Matos will be joining Homeward Bound’s other employees for rigorous training before she begins to take on mid-day walks and visits on her own. To learn more about Homeward Bound’s dog walking programs go to or call 603-998-0954.

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Leola Matos and her two dogs. (Courtesy photo)


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Irwin Automotive hosting event Wednesday to fight breast cancer

LACONIA — As Irwin Automotive Group does its part to draw attention to the battle against breast cancer, the company will be hosting the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce's Meet & Greet event.

To make this fight a true community effort the staff at the Irwin Automotive Group is doing its part by showing all of their customers and members of the Lakes Region Chamber how important breast cancer awareness is by wearing pink shirts this week — Breast Cancer Awareness Week — at all Irwin Automotive locations. Irwin employees see the importance in supporting this cause and spreading awareness about taking preventative measures. The Irwin Automotive Group hopes that other business owners and chamber members will help support and fight for a cure.

This Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Irwin Toyota location at 59 Bisson Ave. will host the October Chamber meeting. Chamber Meet & Greets are an opportunity to enhance business relationships, make new connections and learn about a local business. Complimentary refreshments will be served. Those attending can bring along their business cards to share with other local business professionals. Attendance is free.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about promoting awareness, sharing information and helping to provide greater access to services for those in need, says Irwin Automotive. The company has seen the struggles of employees, families and friends that were caused by a breast cancer diagnosis. Today, one in eight women is at risk for a breast cancer diagnosis. Irwin Automotive said it is proud to do its part in promoting awareness and supporting all Lakes Region families managing a breast cancer diagnosis.

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Employees of Irwin Automotive Group are all donned in pink T-shirts for a group photo, to promote the their commitment to bring attention to the ongoing battle against breast cancer.  (Courtesy photo)


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Coke franchisee closes on major acquisition; will serve all of Northeast



The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England has closed on a deal to acquire territory from The Coca-Cola Company across eight states in the Northeast, including all of New England, upstate and western New York, and a portion of Pennsylvania.

The definitive agreement was signed on Sept. 29.

CCNNE has local roots that date back 40 years to a single bottling operation in Laconia.

The expansion agreement triples the number of CCNNE employees and gives production and distribution rights in Boston, Providence, Hartford, and much of New York state as company celebrates 40th anniversary

The deal represents a significant expansion Coca-Cola of Northern New England, now based in Bedford. The company will now own and manage operations in several large metropolitan areas, including Boston, Providence, and Hartford as well as Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, and Albany, New York. In addition to its legacy footprint that includes a state-of-the-art manufacturing center and 10 sales and distribution centers around the region, including one in Belmont, CCNNE will take over two additional manufacturing plants and 19 distribution centers that were formerly part of Coca-Cola Refreshments, a subsidiary of The Coca-Cola Company.


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