Business – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Fri, 15 Jun 2018 20:52:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.6 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 Business – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 Last Chance to Register for Free Business Development Workshop https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/23/last-chance-to-register-for-free-business-development-workshop/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/23/last-chance-to-register-for-free-business-development-workshop/#respond Wed, 23 May 2018 13:52:07 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1698 Rochester Main Street will be hosting a free Business Development Workshop for city business owners. 

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Rochester Main Street will be hosting a free Business Development Workshop for city business owners.

The workshop will take place tomorrow, Thursday, May 24, from 9-10 a.m. in the City Hall Annex Conference Room. The New Hampshire Small Business Development Center’s Seacoast Regional Director, Warren Daniel, will be facilitating the workshop.

Complimentary light refreshments will be served.

To register for this free and informative event, please click here.

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Artisans’ Gallery Fills a Unique Niche Downtown https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/17/artisans-gallery-fills-a-unique-niche-downtown/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/05/17/artisans-gallery-fills-a-unique-niche-downtown/#respond Thu, 17 May 2018 16:11:13 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1685 ROCHESTER -- When it opened its doors less than a year ago, the Artisans’ Gallery helped to fill a previously untapped niche in downtown Rochester.

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ROCHESTER — When it opened its doors less than a year ago, the Artisans’ Gallery helped to fill a previously untapped niche in downtown Rochester.

The store stands out as the only one in the heart of the city to specialize in local, handmade, one-of-a-kind items from dozens of local artists and craft makers. It currently counts a broad range of items — pottery, sculptures, jewelry, woodworking, blown glass, fabrics and more — among its collection.

Many of the gallery’s featured artists are League of New Hampshire Craftsmen juried members, establishing them as some of the very best in their craft.

“I want to make a positive difference to our downtown and our community,” said gallery owner Sherry Beaudoin, who has made Rochester her home since 1990. “The Artisans Gallery provides a critical outlet for artists and makers in our area to make their work accessible to the community and allow customers to find unique items for their homes.”

Beaudoin is also coordinating Arts Around Town, which will kick off this summer. The three month event will feature the works of over a dozen New England artisans showing their work at various downtown locations. In June, July and August, residents will be able to qualify for prizes if they visit 16 participating businesses. Click here for more information and a map of Arts Around Town locations.

Printed maps will be available soon at each of the 16 locations. Artists interested in participating in the August showcase should reach out to Beaudoin directly here.

The gallery is open Thursday to Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

For more about the Artisan Gallery’s collection, visit its website, Facebook and Instagram.

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen Visits Rochester’s SmartATI to Learn About its Federal Government Contracting Work https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/24/sen-jeanne-shaheen-visits-rochesters-smartati-to-learn-about-its-federal-government-contracting-work/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/24/sen-jeanne-shaheen-visits-rochesters-smartati-to-learn-about-its-federal-government-contracting-work/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 18:48:13 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1623 Sen. Jeanne Shaheen visited SmartATI on Friday, April 13, to learn more about their business and how the company has benefited from the HUBZone and other federal programs through the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

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Lori Smart was caught by surprise earlier this month when she learned that Sen. Jeanne Shaheen would be paying a visit to her business, Rochester-based SmartATI. 

SmartATI is a small women-owned business specializing in construction management and information technology services for the federal government. Over the past several years, the company has earned awards such as the “Fastest Growing NH Women-Led Business” and the “Top Companies to Watch” from the Business NH Magazine.  

Shaheen visited SmartATI on Friday, April 13, to learn more about their business and how the company has benefited from the HUBZone and other federal programs through the U.S. Small Business Administration. HUBZone is an SBA program created in 1998 for small companies that operate and employ people in Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZones).

“It was a real honor and a surprise for us to learn the senator would be visiting, and we were grateful for the opportunity to share our work and our experiences with HUBZone with her,” Smart said. “It’s very rare that a small company like ours would do so much work for so many agencies and still be a very small company compared to most government contractors, so it’s something we take great pride in.”

As a senior member of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee, Shaheen has advocated to expand economic investment in rural areas through the SBA’s HUBZone program, helping small businesses like SmartATI compete in the federal contracting marketplace. Through the program, the federal government works to award three percent of all federal contracting dollars to HUBZone certified businesses.

Now in its 13th year, SmartATI has established itself as a reliable partner on dozens of federal government projects with agencies like the National Park Service, multiple branches of the military, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency and more.

Shaheen was welcomed by Smart and her husband, SmartATI Vice President David Smart, and was accompanied on her visit by New Hampshire SBA District Director Greta Johansson and Jenn Marsh of the City of Rochester’s Economic Development Department.

During the visit, the Smarts shared the work they’ve done to secure federal contracts that traditionally prove challenging for small businesses to obtain and fulfill, as well as the difficulties businesses like SmartATI face in earning HUBZone certification.

“Expanding federal contracting opportunities for firms like SmartATI is a top priority for me,” Shaheen said. “Last year, the National Defense Authorization Act included my legislation – the Invest in Rural Small Business Act – to expand economic investment in rural America by enabling more areas to qualify for the Small Business Administration’s HUBZone program, which can help businesses like SmartATI access valuable contracting opportunities. As a former small business owner, I have enormous respect for the women and men who start and run small businesses, and I will continue to fight on their behalf.”

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Sweet Peach’s Candy and Confections Celebrates its First Year on North Main Street in Rochester https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/04/sweet-peachs-candy-and-confections-celebrates-its-first-year-on-north-main-street-in-rochester/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/04/04/sweet-peachs-candy-and-confections-celebrates-its-first-year-on-north-main-street-in-rochester/#respond Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:20:03 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1419 Kayla and Melissa Peach made their lifelong dream of owning a candy shop a reality when their store, Sweet Peach's Candy and Confections, opened its doors on North Main Street last April.

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Kayla and Melissa Peach made their lifelong dream of owning a candy shop a reality when their store, Sweet Peach’s Candy and Confections, opened its doors on North Main Street last April.

The mother and daughter pair decided that the time was right to open up the shop following the birth of Kayla’s son, Brayden, and they have spent the last year offering Rochester residents a variety of nostalgic candies and chocolates.

“The store is definitely something that her and I had wanted to do since she was a little girl,” Melissa Peach said, “because I was brought up going to candy stores as a child so I did the same with my children.”

Sweet Peach’s prides itself on its wide variety of old and new age candy, which it sells at affordable prices. The store features more than 30 jars of candy under 25 cents, as well as fudge, chocolate, 17 flavors of gummy bears and handmade treats like caramel apples, chocolate covered strawberries, dipped Oreos and rice crispy treats.

As they embark on their second year, the Peachs hope to offer more penny candy and a larger variety of homemade treats. For Easter, they resolved to make their own chocolate bunnies rather than buy them elsewhere.

Sweet Peach’s also takes steps to give back to the community, whether through Facebook giveaways or by donating portions of its sales to people in need, as it did with 10 percent of its sales of bouquets ahead of Valentine’s Day earlier this year.

The shop is located at 16 N. Main St., and is open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

You can keep up with the store online on Facebook and SweetPeachsCandy.com.

 

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Main Street: Jetpack Comics Uses Events to Keep Rochester Residents Engaged https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/21/jetpack-comics-uses-events-to-keep-rochester-residents-engaged/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/21/jetpack-comics-uses-events-to-keep-rochester-residents-engaged/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 17:28:59 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1329 Jetpack Comics offers the latest and greatest comic books, board games, toys and card games like Magic the Gathering and Pokemon in downtown Rochester.

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When Ralph DiBernardo learned that Paperback Bazaar — the store where he’d worked in Somersworth — was going out of business, he saw it as an opportunity to open up a store of his own.

A dozen years later, Jetpack Comics offers the latest and greatest comic books, board games, toys and card games like Magic the Gathering and Pokemon in downtown Rochester.

DiBernardo believes that his store is a unique place, which combines a friendly environment and hands-on involvement with its surrounding community.

“Many people think of comic book stores as being a dark and dingy hole in the wall,” DiBernardo said. “But our store is bright, well-stocked and, most importantly, welcoming!”

Jetpack hosts a number of events each year. The store’s next event, Free Comic Book Day, is coming up on May 5 and members of the community are invited to participate in a massive citywide scavenger hunt. DiBernardo will also be hosting a convention that day at the Governor’s Inn, followed by a Cosplay Contest and an after party at The Garage.

Aside from its annual festivities, Jetpack Comics offers numerous Pokemon and Magic events on a weekly basis, as well as special prerelease events and tournaments.

All of the events, he said, are part of Jetpack’s larger goal of giving back to a community that’s been supportive since the store first opened its doors 12 years ago.

“Rochester is a vibrant area that has a great community and a lot to offer,” DiBernardo added. “We try to make sure that we give back to the community that has helped out so much with our events.”

Residents can keep up with all of the store’s happenings on Facebook, at https://www.facebook.com/pg/JetpackComics, and on Twitter, at https://twitter.com/jetpackcomics.

For more information on Free Comic Book Day, visit the event’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/events/1740161546043106/.

Jetpack Comics is located at 37 North Main St., and is open 7 days a week. Its hours and services can be found online at, http://www.jetpackcomics.com.

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Rochester Beautician Returns to Her Roots to Give Back to the Community https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/08/1311/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/08/1311/#respond Thu, 08 Mar 2018 20:04:12 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1311 Open since 2016, Progressive Esthetics is a boutique featuring natural skincare treatments, facials, hair removal, manicures, pedicures and a variety of high-end products.

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ROCHESTER — Valerie Dunn comes from a long line of self-made entrepreneurs, and always had dreams of opening a business in Rochester.

Her parents were once the owners of Lou’s Pastry, a bakery that used to operate in Rochester, and she always recognized the support her parents received from the community and how it influenced her upbringing.

“If it weren’t for the citizens of Rochester buying cupcakes and brownies, my childhood would have been vastly different,” Dunn said. “I feel like I owe it to my community to bring a quality business to town and give back to my city.”

And that is exactly what she did.

Open since 2016, Progressive Esthetics is a boutique featuring natural skincare treatments, facials, hair removal, manicures, pedicures and a variety of high-end products.

After working in esthetics for over a decade, Dunn was presented with an opportunity to open her business in Rochester after working on her own out of a studio in Dover. She jumped at the chance to return home.

“People always ask me why I chose to open my business in Rochester,” Dunn said. “My answer is always, “why not choose Rochester?” This is my home. I grew up here and now I own a home here with my husband. Rochester is full of wonderful, blossoming businesses and I feel like we’re on the cusp of a breakthrough to bring the city to the next level. Why wouldn’t I want to be a part of that?”

As the first of its kind in town, Dunn’s boutique stands out based on its ability to offer custom services to each of its guests. Progressive Esthetics also features services like anti-aging treatments, eyebrow shaping and even “beard facials” for men.

Dunn recently brought on an additional esthetician, which will allow Progressive Esthetics to offer twice as many appointments as before. The boutique will also be introducing three new product lines, which Dunn discovered at the International Beauty Showcase in New York City this year.

On top of her booming business, Dunn stays busy as the founder of The Progressive Entrepreneurs Circle, a resource and support group for women business owners that meets monthly. She also holds the role of Co-Vice Chair of the Rochester Social Club, dedicating time to enriching the community through volunteer efforts.

Progressive Esthetics is located at 107 North Main St., and is open Tuesday through Saturday. Its hours and services can be found online at, www.progressiveesthetics.com. The boutique can also be found on Facebook, at www.facebook.com/progressiveesthetics.

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Collec-tiques Features Everything From Nintendo to Star Wars in Rochester https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/05/collec-tiques-features-everything-from-nintendo-to-star-wars-in-rochester/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/03/05/collec-tiques-features-everything-from-nintendo-to-star-wars-in-rochester/#respond Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:15:48 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1281 At Collec-tiques -- 56 N. Main St. in downtown Rochester -- Saxby buys, sells and trades antiques and unique items of all kinds, specializing in vintage video games ranging from the original Nintendo console to modern systems.

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As a young boy on the school bus, Marc Saxby started laying the foundation for the type of business he would one day run.

“I was always the kid growing up that collected and traded things,” said Saxby, whose entrepreneurial spirit was first on display when he’d buy candy in bulk and resell it to his classmates on the school bus. 

Saxby was also known back then as the “Walking Beckett” due to his word-for-word memorization of the Beckett baseball card price guide, a skill that’s no doubt served him well in the six years since he first opened Collec-tiques.  

At Collec-tiques — 56 N. Main St. in downtown Rochester — Saxby buys, sells and trades antiques and unique items of all kinds, specializing in vintage video games ranging from the original Nintendo console to modern systems.

The store also deals heavily in vintage toys from the 1970s through the ’90s, and boasts a huge Star Wars collection. Additionally, a Lego Lounge and a game room gives Collec-tiques a broader appeal than a typical vintage store.

Originally based in the Union Street Antiques and Collectibles Group Shop, Saxby branched out on his own at his first location on Main Street before moving the store to its current space. According to Saxby, the affordability of doing business in Rochester has played a key role in helping Collec-tiques become what it is today. 

Collec-tiques can be found online on Facebook and Instagram

The store is open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. 

 

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Rochester Native Opens Hair Studio Downtown https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/12/rochester-native-opens-hair-studio-downtown/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/02/12/rochester-native-opens-hair-studio-downtown/#comments Mon, 12 Feb 2018 21:10:53 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1196 Amber Smith opened her new Monroe Hair Studio on Hanson Street in early January. After 15 years of experience styling hair, including stops throughout the country as she perfected her craft, Smith is finally pursuing her dream of owning her own salon.

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A hair stylist with deep roots in Rochester has returned home to open a studio of her own.

Amber Smith opened her new Monroe Hair Studio on Hanson Street in early January. After 15 years of experience styling hair, including stops throughout the country as she perfected her craft, Smith is finally pursuing her dream of owning her own salon.

That she’s doing it in her hometown, where she is an original member of the Rochester Social Club, is an added bonus.

“I’m just a small town girl hoping to make a great impression on Rochester,” Smith said. “I wanted to open in Rochester because I’m from here and I’m becoming a huge part of the community. Rochester has so much potential and I want to be part of it thriving!”

After sending her youngest of three children to preschool, she said that now felt like the right time for her to start her own business.

Monroe Hair Studio is a full-service hair salon offering everything from special occasion styles to maintenance trims and all things in between. She prides herself on her advanced color and cut techniques.

The studio is open on a by-appointment basis, with some walk-in service to start, including added walk-in hours for a new part-time stylist who just joined the salon’s staff. Smith hopes to expand to full-time hours within the first few months as more stylists join the staff.

Monroe Hair Studio is located at 59 Hanson St., and is on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmberSmithStylist/.

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Rochester Businesses Alerted About Suspicious Advertising Solicitations https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/29/rochester-businesses-alerted-about-suspicious-advertising-solicitations/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/29/rochester-businesses-alerted-about-suspicious-advertising-solicitations/#respond Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:05:40 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1147 The City of Rochester wants to make business owners aware of an ongoing outreach effort by a company falsely claiming to have an affiliation with Rochester Main Street and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

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The City of Rochester wants to make business owners aware of an ongoing outreach effort by a company falsely claiming to have an affiliation with Rochester Main Street and the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

According to Rochester Main Street, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce members recently received solicitations from a company claiming to represent the Chamber, Main Street and “all the stores.” The company, Mass Marketing Inc., is trying to sell advertising space on an area map that is not endorsed by the Chamber of Commerce nor by Rochester Main Street.

However, the Chamber of Commerce is partnering with another company called Town Square Publications to produce an area map for advertising space.

For questions and more information, please contact Laura Ring at the Chamber’s office at 603-332-5080.

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Photos: Fresh Vibes Cafe Establishing Itself as Go-To Dining Option in Downtown Rochester https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/23/photos-fresh-vibes-cafe-establishing-go-dining-option-downtown-rochester/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2018/01/23/photos-fresh-vibes-cafe-establishing-go-dining-option-downtown-rochester/#respond Tue, 23 Jan 2018 15:30:51 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=1134 Rochester's Fresh Vibes Cafe, which is still in its first year of operation downtown, serves a full breakfast menu all day long and offers an affordable on-the-go option for early morning commuters.

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ROCHESTER — On a chilly Monday morning in January, Fresh Vibes Cafe downtown had a small but growing group of diners inside. 

Two of the booths were occupied by couples visiting Fresh Vibes for the first time, while a pair of regulars — one celebrating her 74th birthday — took a seat at another. 

When he wasn’t working his way back and forth from the narrow kitchen in the rear of the restaurant, Rich Enis was stationed behind the bar updating guests’ tabs and keeping the music on point.

Enis, who moved back to New Hampshire from Chicago last year, decided to pitch in to help his sister with her restaurant, which is still less than a year old. Now 32, he attended middle school in Rochester and enjoys seeing the occasional familiar face — whether it’s a former teacher or classmate — come through the door.

Between those old acquaintances and the restaurant’s regulars, Enis is getting to know more and more of the people who frequent Fresh Vibes.

“I know a lot of people by name here, which is pretty cool,” said Enis, who had worked in the moving business prior to joining Fresh Vibes. “I was just helping out here on the weekends until I found another job, but I was having a lot of fun doing something different.”

Kris Enis opened Fresh Vibes last summer, and since then the restaurant has become an appealing downtown destination for people from all walks of life. Despite still only measuring the restaurant’s age in months, rather than years, they can expect many of the same people to come in on the same days every week.

“That’s what’s cool about Rochester,” said Rich Enis. “You know, if you go to Chicago and open a restaurant, nobody is going to care. But here, people notice.”

Saturdays feature live music from 9 a.m to noon, and on weekday mornings from 7-9, the cafe offers egg and cheese sandwiches with bacon or sausage on English muffins for $1.75, or it can be combined with a coffee for $3.75.

Fresh Vibes Cafe, 45 North Main St. in Rochester, is online at www.facebook.com/freshvibescafe. It’s open Sunday-Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday-Saturday from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

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