Business – Rochester New Hampshire News https://rochesternhnews.com Official News Portal Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:47:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 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 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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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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