Business – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Wed, 14 Feb 2018 21:52:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://i2.wp.com/rochesternhnews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/114/2017/06/cropped-color-seal-correct.png?fit=32%2C32 Business – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com 32 32 129230579 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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In First for New Hampshire, Comcast to Overbuild Telecommunications Service in Rochester https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/06/first-new-hampshire-comcast-overbuild-telecommunications-service-rochester/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/12/06/first-new-hampshire-comcast-overbuild-telecommunications-service-rochester/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 13:50:08 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=987 Comcast and Rochester sign 10-year Cable Franchise First-of-its-Kind Development for New Hampshire Comcast Plans to Begin Construction in 2018 to Deliver a New Choice for Residents and Businesses ROCHESTER — Comcast and the City of Rochester announced today they have signed a 10-year cable franchise, giving residents and businesses in Rochester a new choice for TV, internet, voice, …

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Comcast and Rochester sign 10-year Cable Franchise

First-of-its-Kind Development for New Hampshire

Comcast Plans to Begin Construction in 2018 to Deliver a New Choice for Residents and Businesses

ROCHESTER — Comcast and the City of Rochester announced today they have signed a 10-year cable franchise, giving residents and businesses in Rochester a new choice for TV, internet, voice, home automation and wireless services.

In a first in New Hampshire’s history, construction of an overbuild to extend Comcast’s advanced network into the city will begin in 2018.

Comcast will also make available internet speeds of up to 1 Gbps for residents and 100 Gbps to business customers.

“We welcome and applaud Comcast’s commitment to serve Rochester with its innovative services, and we are exceptionally pleased that Rochester will soon be able to offer a new choice of television, internet, and phone providers to our residents and growing list of business owners,” said Rochester City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick.

The buildout will benefit Rochester’s more than 30,000 residents and the city’s quickly growing business community. Rochester is already recognized as one of the most business-friendly cities in New Hampshire. The city is rated “A+” for business friendliness by Thumbtack, and the Rochester Economic Development Corporation provides business owners with a litany of resources and information on programs, incentives, and financing solutions.

Today, Comcast is available in 103 communities in New Hampshire and employs over 2,000 people in New Hampshire.

Comcast will offer Rochester customers its complete portfolio of Xfinity services, including:

Rochester businesses will also have access to the Comcast Business suite of products, which include

Of note, Granite State businesses have selected Comcast Business as the #1 telecom provider for the last five years in a row as part of the annual BOB/Best of Business Award from New Hampshire Business Review.

Comcast gives back to the communities where its employees and customers live and work and supports nonprofit organizations focused on digital inclusion, volunteerism and service. In New Hampshire, Comcast partners with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Girls Inc. and Boys & Girls Clubs. Also, Comcast’s Internet Essentials program is available throughout the Granite State. It is designed to help families with children in the National School Lunch Program as well as residents of HUD-assisted housing. Eligible customers can obtain Internet service for $9.95/month, participate in free digital literacy training programs and have the opportunity to buy a computer for less than $150.

“We are delighted to sign this 10 year franchise agreement with the City of Rochester and we are eager to bring our Xfinity and Comcast Business products and services to a city where there is clear consumer demand,” said Tracy Pitcher, Senior Vice President for Comcast’s Greater Boston Region.

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Rochester Working to Attract Craft Brewers https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/22/864/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/11/22/864/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 18:09:01 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=864 The City of Rochester is actively working to promote the city as an option to craft brewers looking for a brick and mortar location on the Seacoast.

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When Karen Pollard saw the types of commercial properties available in Rochester, and dove into analytics that suggest there are thousands households nearby with at least one person interested in craft beer, it was obvious to her that the city should have at least one craft brewery in town.

Pollard, Rochester’s economic development manager, was eager to get the city in front of brewers at the New Hampshire Craft Brew Conference in Durham earlier this month, letting them know that Rochester is ready to welcome them.

With a goal of growing its commercial profile, Rochester has worked proactively to showcase itself as accommodating for small breweries that can serve as catalysts for activity in the city. That approach is the result of industry-specific research performed by Buxton Analytics, which shows there are more than 80,000 households within a 30-minute drive of downtown Rochester and of those households, over 23,500 people have identified as craft beer enthusiasts.

“We really want to see more activity downtown, and a brewery would add a vibrancy that’s hard to match with just about any other kind of business,” Jenn Marsh, the city’s economic development specialist, said. “We can see that there’s an appetite for it among our residents and among people in surrounding communities, and we’re looking forward to having productive discussions about paving the way for craft brewers to move into the city.”

In anticipation of attracting a brewery to town, Rochester has done significant work to eliminate the barriers to entry that breweries have encountered elsewhere.

The city’s team arrived at the conference on Nov. 10 prepared with extensive information about available incentives, including the downtown revitalization property tax credit, the Rochester JOB Loan program — a low-interest loan incentive that allows businesses to borrow between $30,000-$75,000 — as well as opportunities for grant money to rehab signage and facades, and tax credits for opening in the downtown state-designated Revitalization Zone.

“Given all of the incentives and opportunities the city offers, I think it’s simply a matter of time before a brewery comes to Rochester,” said Building, Zoning and Licensing Services Director Jim Grant. “We’ve done a lot of work to make Rochester fertile ground for businesses of all kinds, and breweries are just part of a larger effort to create a diverse set of options for residents.”

Rochester has already relaxed its zoning requirements for breweries — significantly shortening the bureaucratic process they would need to go through — in an effort to foster a more inviting atmosphere for entrepreneurs, whose businesses would benefit from the amenities that city staff has identified as well-suited for a future brewery.

“The most important thing is that there’s a significant market for a brewery in Rochester,” Marsh said. “We’re right at the heart of a region that’s eager to support a robust craft brewery scene.”

The Gonic Mill Building, the former Rochester Bank and Trust building, a former dance studio downtown and a former restaurant at 12 Hanson St. are properties that offer ample parking, while the building at 73-77 North Main St. downtown is zoned to allow an outdoor patio, a hallmark of breweries and beer gardens in other cities.

“There’s nowhere else on the seacoast with this combination of a population center and buildings with essential amenities,” said Economic Development Commission Member Troy Dillow. “Each of the locations we’ve identified has tremendous potential and would allow a brewery or restaurant owner do a lot of really creative things.”

Of the brewers the Rochester group spoke with, several said they felt discouraged by onerous requirements in the communities where they currently operate, while others said they’re actively scouting options for second locations. According to Marsh, one said they have plans to explore Rochester in person in the coming weeks.

Those interested in learning more about Rochester’s economic development activities may do so at www.RochesterEDC.com.

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Local Gym Collects 70 Bags of Donated Food for Spaulding High School Food Pantry https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/31/local-gym-collects-70-bags-donated-food-spaulding-high-school-food-pantry/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/10/31/local-gym-collects-70-bags-donated-food-spaulding-high-school-food-pantry/#respond Tue, 31 Oct 2017 19:42:50 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=796 ROCHESTER -- Spaulding High School Principal Justin Roy is pleased to announce that the Spaulding High School Raider Station student food pantry received a large donation of nutrient-rich foods through a drive at Athletic Instinct last weekend.

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Rochester Public Schools
Michael L. Hopkins, Superintendent
31 Wakefield St.
Rochester, NH 03867

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017

Media Contact: John Guilfoil (City of Rochester)
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

Local Gym Collects 70 Bags of Donated Food for Spaulding High School Food Pantry

ROCHESTER — Spaulding High School Principal Justin Roy is pleased to announce that the Spaulding High School Raider Station student food pantry received a large donation of nutrient-rich foods through a drive at Athletic Instinct last weekend.

Left to right: Athletic Instinct Trainer Heather Bollinger, Spaulding High School Principal Justin Roy, Athletic Instinct Owner Ben Higgins and Athletic Instinct Trainer and Optimal Nutritionist Evan Cook. (Courtesy Photo)

Athletic Instinct, a local gym and training facility, hosted the food drive on Saturday, Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at their headquarters, 27 Hancock St. Gym members and residents donated enough items to fill 70 large grocery bags, which were given to the Spaulding High School Raider Station student food pantry.

“We are fortunate to have our community support the Raider Station,” said Principal Roy. “The overwhelming response from Athletic Instinct is heartfelt and greatly appreciated. Our students will greatly benefit from this partnership.”

Members from the Rochester City Council, school board and Spaulding administration were in attendance to accept donations in exchange for Athletic Instinct branded apparel. The gym partnered with the Rochester Hannaford supermarket so that community members could fill special bags in the store and purchase items the pantry needs most. Bags were available in three different sizes — small, medium and large — each corresponding with a type of clothing. A small bag equaled a tank top, a medium bag equaled a t-shirt and a large bag equaled a hooded sweatshirt.

“I truly believe that a core value of our community is the amount of support and care that we collectively are willing to give to our school system. I have a great deal of passion and want to help or assist in a major shift in the culture of Rochester,” said Ben Higgins, Owner of Athletic Instinct. “I am glad to have been part of something that directly impacts the students of Rochester. The members of Athletic Instinct all seem to want to do the same thing and was a group effort to collect everything we have to give to Raider Station.”

The pantry, which opened in Spaulding’s basement in 2014, assists approximately 100 students at the high school during the year.

“Each and every day we are honored to be surrounded by some of the most dedicated. compassionate and generous people I have ever met,” said Evan Cook, a trainer and optimal nutrition coach at Athletic Instinct. “To every AI member and the entire community of Rochester, we love you. Thank you for your selfless generosity for those who need it most.”

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Rochester Antiques Store Works Around Roadblocks https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/09/08/rochester-antiques-store-works-around-roadblocks/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/09/08/rochester-antiques-store-works-around-roadblocks/#respond Fri, 08 Sep 2017 20:15:54 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=561 Trinkets and Treasures on Milton Road is doing its best to continue its success in spite of challenges presented by infrastructure improvements.

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Businesses Remain Open During Water and Sewer Project

ROCHESTER — The dollar bill that sits in a distressed wooden frame behind the cash register serves as a reminder of how far Brian and Felicia LaBranche’s business has come in 11 years.

Trinkets and Treasures earned that first dollar on May 1, 2006, and in the years since has survived — and thrived — despite obstacles well beyond its owners’ control.

In the wake of the global financial crisis, the store expanded from its downtown location to a standalone store on Milton Road in 2008. Then the LaBranches bought the red building that houses their store, expanding to fill all of the building’s 5,000 square feet with vintage artifacts and antique furniture.

Lately, though, business has slowed as residents and visitors steer clear of the area around Trinkets and Treasures due to ongoing construction that has impacted traffic.

“In the long term, it’s good for the city and it’s good for us, but in the short term it’s been a bit of a squeeze,” Felicia LaBranche said. “Still, though, we have a lot of loyal customers who will get here no matter what, and we’re grateful for that.”

According to the store’s owners, they’re prepared to accommodate customers who are hesitant to travel through the area multiple times while the work is ongoing. They’ve made sales over the phone to passersby who spotted items in the store’s window, and they offer free delivery within the Rochester city limits–especially on bigger items like the sofas and bureaus.

Traffic flow has improved on Milton Road, though Salmon Falls Road remains under construction. The project, once done, will expand the city’s sewer system capacity and greatly improve the city’s water distribution system.

In an effort to help the store, the city has placed signs nearby reassuring drivers that Trinkets and Treasures and its neighboring merchants remain open for business.

“We do our best to be responsive to the needs of all businesses in town and minimize the impact of circumstances beyond their control,” Rochester Economic Development Specialist Jennifer Marsh said. “Stores like Trinkets and Treasures are a part of the fabric of our community, and it’s the kind of success story that we want to continue supporting.”

The LaBranches’ store — a two-story maze walled by throwback campaign buttons, antique china, rare collectibles and sports memorabilia — has survived challenges before, and they expect it will thrive again so long as the customers they’ve grown so fond of continue to offer their support.

“Gratitude has served us well,” Felicia said. “We’re grateful for our loyal customers who are here regularly, and for the support the community as a whole has shown us over all of these years.”

Trinkets and Treasures is located at 125 Milton Rd. in Rochester, online at TrinketsAndTreasuresNH.com and on Facebook.

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Seacoast Manufacturing Exchange Bringing Businesses, Schools Together https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/07/27/seacoast-manufacturing-exchange-bringing-businesses-schools-together/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/07/27/seacoast-manufacturing-exchange-bringing-businesses-schools-together/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 16:59:59 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=463 The Rochester Office of Economic and Community Development earlier this month held a meeting of the Seacoast Manufacturing Exchange

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ROCHESTER — City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick and Superintendent of Schools Michael L. Hopkins are pleased to announce that the Rochester Office of Economic and Community Development last month held a meeting of the Seacoast Manufacturing Exchange.

The quarterly forum allows business leaders representing the diverse manufacturing and composite sectors in the region to connect with one another.

At the meeting, leaders discussed the importance of coming together to address their shared needs, including contributing to the development of a well-prepared local workforce and sharing the variety of career pathways available.

The Rochester Office of Economic and Community Development launched the Seacoast Manufacturing Exchange in October 2013 in order to act as an economic catalyst for the region’s manufacturers. It also serves as a marketplace of ideas to identify strategic partnerships and cultivate new business and collaborative opportunities.

One such partnership has been with the Rochester Schools and the Richard W. Creteau Technology Center at Spaulding High School, which it has fostered by inviting guidance counselors to its meetings and opening a dialogue about the essential skills that students will need when seeking jobs with area manufacturers.

“This program fosters a direct connection between our students and a diverse set of businesses and career opportunities,” Superintendent Hopkins said.”I am looking forward to strengthening our relationships with area employers and giving Rochester’s students a variety of pathways to pursue once they graduate.”

Manufacturers and guidance counselors have also discussed the importance of building both students’ enthusiasm and parental awareness about the benefits of manufacturing vocations like aerospace compositing and machining.

Past attendees at exchange meetings have included State Senators James Gray and David Watters, who raised legislative topics that impact manufacturing as well as a representative from the New Hampshire Public Utilities Office, who discussed electricity costs from a statewide perspective.

“The seacoast’s manufacturing community is continuing to grow and we are proud to support a group that helps encourage even more development,” City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick said. “It’s important that we be proactive about working with area employers and maintain our thriving economy.”

At the October meeting, Seacoast Manufacturing Exchange participants will gather to discuss ongoing efforts to increase the stock of workforce housing, and will again invite school guidance counselors to further the discussion on preparing students who hope to enter the manufacturing industry.

The Exchange is limited to regional manufacturers that are invited to participate by the Office of Economic and Community Development. Seacoast region manufacturers who are interested in participating in the exchange should reach out to the organizers via e-mail by clicking here.

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110 Grill Announces “Kids Always Eat Free” in August https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/07/25/110-grill-announces-kids-always-eat-free-august/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/07/25/110-grill-announces-kids-always-eat-free-august/#respond Tue, 25 Jul 2017 16:27:13 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=457 News Release From 110 Grill: We’ve all seen it before – touting “kids eat free” from 3 to 5 p.m. or some other ridiculous restaurant promotion. Known for serving its modern American cuisine in a trendy, yet casual atmosphere, 110 Grill located at the Ridge Marketplace on Route 11 in Rochester, New Hampshire isn’t just running a promotion this summer, …

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News Release From 110 Grill:

We’ve all seen it before – touting “kids eat free” from 3 to 5 p.m. or some other ridiculous restaurant promotion. Known for serving its modern American cuisine in a trendy, yet casual atmosphere, 110 Grill located at the Ridge Marketplace on Route 11 in Rochester, New Hampshire isn’t just running a promotion this summer, but moreover beta-testing an entire concept. Beginning August 1, 2017, the restaurant will launch their first in-market test in Rochester, NH for a new “Kids Always Eat Free” pilot program that will provide parents with a free child meal option with no restrictions for both lunch and dinner.

At 110 Grill, we aren’t about being promotional, but rather about creating programming that is meaningful to the communities in which we operate and ultimately become part of,” said Ryan Dion, Chief Operating Officer of 110 Grill.

The restaurant will run the pilot program from August 1-31 2017 in an effort to measure customer response which could lead to a larger roll-out. Every child will be offered a free meal with the purchase of each adult entree with no restrictions. The offer will be available for children 0-12 years old and there are no time restrictions. The program is unique to 110 Grill Rochester and will only be offered at this location.

110 Grill Rochester is located at 136 Marketplace Blvd., Rochester, N.H. and open Sunday-Tuesday 11:30 am – 9:00 pm, Wednesday-Thursday 11:30 am – 10:00 pm and Friday-Saturday 11:30 am – 11:00 pm. To make a reservation and for more information, please visit: www.110grill.com or call 603.948.1270.

110 Grill is a growing restaurant group based in Westford, Massachusetts, which currently has eight locations in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Its comfortable, but yet upscale-casual atmosphere, complete with open kitchens, private dining rooms, large horseshoe-shaped bars and outdoor patios with fire pits, creates the ideal dining environment for any occasion.  110 Grill prides itself on preparing its dishes from the freshest ingredients in its scratch kitchens and offers seasonal menus and monthly specials. The organization is very committed to allergy awareness and features extensive gluten free menus. For more information, visit www.110grill.com.

 

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Rochester Economic and Community Development Office Announces New Website https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/11/rochester-economic-and-community-development-office-announces-new-website/ https://rochesternhnews.com/2017/05/11/rochester-economic-and-community-development-office-announces-new-website/#respond Thu, 11 May 2017 19:45:54 +0000 https://rochesternhnews.com/?p=124 ROCHESTER -- City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that Rochester’s Office of Economic and Community Development has launched a new website and welcomes the community’s feedback.

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ROCHESTER — City Manager Dan Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that Rochester’s Office of Economic and Community Development has launched a new website and welcomes the community’s feedback.

Rochesteredc.com was developed to update the previous website to incorporate a new vision, marketing elements and emphasis on attracting all types of business. This includes the revitalization of the historical downtown district and promoting retail, commercial and industrial real estate opportunities.

ED Suite, a Texas-based company that specializes in designing websites for municipalities and economic development organizations, was selected through a competitive bidding process to design the new Rochester Economic Development site.

“The updated site has the same great focus on clients and community, with new navigation and lots of pictures that highlight our hard working businesses and spectacular quality of life,” said Economic Development Manager Karen Pollard. “We invite both residents and business owners to explore the site and let us know their thoughts.”

Those who visit the new site will see a sleek design with plenty of visuals, information about site selection and the ability to search properties available for purchase. The website also provides details about the benefits of purchasing corporate real estate in the City of Rochester and resources like upcoming incentives, master plans and studies, and city maps.

“Our old economic development site was a great online brochure, but really needed an update to reflect the way in which site selectors and businesses access information, as well as improve our branding,” City Manager Fitzpatrick said. “We are confident this new platform will contribute to economic growth in Rochester.”

Visitors to the site can also learn about the Rochester Economic and Community Development Office staff and opportunities to volunteer.

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