Category Archives: Mount Washington Valley Business

Leadership MWV wins Rising Star Award for Leadership Development Program

Congratulations to Leadership MWV, just named winner of the NH Rising Star Award for Leadership Development Program of the Year!
Stay Work Play, in partnership with New Hampshire Public Radio, announced the winners of the eighth annual Rising Stars Awards at the  2017 celebratory event on Monday, October 2 at Fieldhouse Sports, 12 Tallwood Drive, in Bow.

Pictured (l to r): Scott McPherson, Acting President and CEO/VP Operations & Finance, New Hampshire Public Radio; Jessica Wright, Leadership Mount Washington Valley, and Leadership Development Program of the Year; Will Stewart, Executive Director, Stay Work Play NH. Photo credit: Allegra Boverman Photography

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STREETSIDE AT SETTLERS GREEN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING WITH DANCING IN THE STREET, OCTOBER 9-15, 2017

Streetside, Settlers Green’s newest ten-store-and-restaurant addition, is poised to celebrate a grand opening that’ll get visitors dancing in the street.  Starting on Tuesday, October 10, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and concluding on Sunday, October 15th, the Settlers Green Streetside Grand Opening festivities will include a full line-up of musical themed events, community celebrations, shopping specials, art unveilings, giveaways, fundraisers and a gala fireworks display, plus more.  Dancing in the Street is the theme for the Grand Opening events, and that’s just what visitors will be doing throughout the celebration.

Kennett High School Dance Team – Photo courtesy of Holly Fougere
Photo Kennett High School Dance Team – Jay Philbrick

Get ready for a brand-new beat on the North Conway shopping scene

While retail is the primary focus at Settlers Green, the commitment to “shoptainment” here is evident in the mall’s many playscapes, photo opportunities, and the new Streetside Art Project featuring works of public art by local and regional artists. In addition to Streetside’s ten new stores and locally owned restaurant, shoppers will savor a sense of excitement and commitment to the community, taking shopping to the next level here.

An important part of Streetside’s Grand opening will include a unique fundraising partnership with Mountain Top Music, intended to put the music education and performance non-profit organization closer to their fundraising goal to create a community-oriented performing arts center and gathering place. Settlers Green has pledged a $15,000 match for any donations made to Mountain Top Music between September 15-October 15th, and the Streetside Grand Opening will create multiple opportunities for community giving to be matched. Look for a display in center court focused on this project.

Throughout the Grand Opening festivities, take time to view the Streetside Art Project, with works from Northern New England artists.  Dancing in the Street offers up the following schedule of events and entertainment:

 Tuesday, October 10, 12:30pm: Celebrate with a Ribbon-Cutting Event: Official ribbon cutting followed by light refreshments.  Chamber members, politicians, media and interested public welcome to attend and meet the developers, artists and more.

 Wednesday, October 11: Discover The Art:  Learn more about White Mountains art history and culinary art from local experts.   All programs are free and open to the public. Events take place at the Pedestrian Walkway by Francesca’s and Skechers at Settlers Green Streetside.

  • 10:30am: Special presentation by local artists, Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq  – a 45-minute presentation by two local artists from Jackson, NH. The art talk includes review of their recent “Recovering the American Sublime” exhibit plus other works and techniques by these traditional landscape artists.
  • 11:30am:  Bob Cotrell from Conway Historical Society – Local historian, Bob Cotrell, will discuss the history of art in the White Mountain during a 30-minute presentation, highlighting 19th century and early 20th century artists.
  • 1:00pm: Culinary art demo by Kathy Iannuzzi from White Mountain Cupcakery –  Kathy Iannuzzi, co-owner of the White Mountain Cupcakery, and winner of the 2011 Cupcake Wars, will demonstrate cake decorating at the White Mountain Cupcakery at Settlers Green Outlet Village Suite D52.

Thursday, October 12: Beauty Stroll in the Street

Today is the day to shop for a cause! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to celebrate, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation will have volunteers on-site with information about the nonprofit and how it serves the Mt. Washington Valley. Receive one of only 100 commemorative canvas bags with free goodies and coupons with your minimum $10 donation. Proceeds go directly to Jen’s Friends, and Settlers Green will match it! Plus, enter to win a $500 raffle prize to the stores at Settlers Green Streetside. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds also benefitting Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.

Friday, October 13: #ShopStreetside Part I, throughout the day:  “It’s all about the shopping” New brands featuring Grand Opening special deals.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.

Saturday, October 14: Dancing in the Street: Throughout the day enjoy plenty of reasons to dance in the street at Streetside.

  • 10:00am – 3:00pm: Enjoy a full day of festivities including the Streetside Art Festival.
  • 4:00pm-until 6 pm: American Bandstand-style festival!  It’s a dance party and you’re invited!  Dozens of dancers from regional and student led dance groups will take you through the best dance years of the century.  Grand final featuring Sarah-Katarina “SkooJ CorE-O” Jerome and director of the Boston Community Dance Project.  As seen on MTV, ESPN, Sarah-Katarina will dazzle with her dance troupe for a grand finale event.
  • 6:45 pm/Dusk:  A gala fireworks display over Streetside fills the sky with celebration.

Sunday, October 15: #ShopStreetside Pt. 2:  Close out the Grand Opening celebration with shopping specials and raffles throughout the day.  Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more.  Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.

More than 500,000 square feet of North Conway retail centers, including Settlers Green, Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner, are developed and managed by OVP Management, Inc. a Newton, Massachusetts based company with management offices in North Conway.  For more information please contact General Manager, Dot Seybold at dot@ovpmanagement.com or for leasing information please contact Robert M. Barsamian at RMB@ovpmanagement.com.  Additional details about the shopping centers located in North Conway, NH is available at Settlersgreen.com or OVPManagement.com.

Photos:  Members of the Kennett High School Dance team will perform at Settlers Green during the Dancing in the Street celebration.  Please note photo credits in file name.

Cranmore Mountain Resort Announces New Kearsarge Brook Real Estate Sales Director

Cranmore Mountain Resort is pleased to announce the appointment of Eileen Difeo as the resort’s new Real Estate Sales Director. She will oversee all aspects of Kearsarge Brook Condominium sales, working with Badger Realty of North Conway Village.


Difeo, a Valley native, graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History and Philosophy. She is a licensed real estate sales agent and has worked in real estate sales for a number of years, most recently in the Greater Boston Area. Difeo has also worked in many customer service positions and is an avid skier.

“We are thrilled to have Eileen join our team,” said Ben Wilcox, Cranmore President and General Manager. “With her background in real estate and customer service, we are confident she will be a great asset to the Kearsarge Brook sales office.”

Cranmore’s Kearsarge Brook Model Unit and sales office is open daily, from 11am-4pm. For more information, visit Kearsargebrooknh.com.

Artist Reception at Opening Night of The Last Romance

In conjunction with M&D Playhouse’s latest production, “The Last Romance,” an artist reception will be held for local artist Mary Bastoni-Rebmann on Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m. at 1857 White Mountain Highway, North Conway.

Bastoni-Rebmann has lived in Mount Washington Valley for 34 years and is a professional musician and voice teacher. She has her masters degree in performance in classical voice and teaches at the University of Southern Maine and Mountain Top Music School, and has her private studio in Fryeburg. She directs and composes scores for her children’s musical theater workshops which are held throughout the year, and has directed several musical and non-musical productions throughout Maine and New Hampshire.

Bastoni-Rebmann made her first acrylic painting over a year and a half ago and has found a new and deep passion for working with watercolor, oils, pastels, drawing, and charcoal. She joined Friday Painters in 2016 and became a juried artist with the Mount Washington Valley Arts Association in the late summer. In this time, Bastoni-Rebmann has had her paintings featured at The Met in North Conway, Ellis River Gallery, Art in the Park, her home studio and has done commission work thanks to Facebook.

There is no cost to attend the reception, which will offer refreshments and a cash bar. However, tickets for “The Last Romance” are $20 in advance or $25 at the door.

For more information, call (603) 733-5275 or visit online >

Northeast Credit Union Welcomes Northwood Branch Manager Nicole Harton

Northeast Credit Union is thrilled to announce the hiring of Nicole Harton, who has joined the organization as the Northwood Branch Manager. Nicole brings with her ten years of banking experience, beginning her career at Bank of New Hampshire and most recently transitioning from Kennebunk Savings Bank.  

“Nicole’s extensive knowledge of the industry and impressive leadership skills makes her a strong addition to our growing team,” states Andrea Pruna, Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing and Retail Officer. “Her active volunteerism in the community reflects the values we hold as an organization, and we’re thrilled to have her on board.”

 “I am excited to be a part of the Northeast Credit Union family, where there is so much focus on ‘people helping people’,” states Harton. “I’m looking forward to assisting members and the communities that NECU serves.”

Harton holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Management from McIntosh College, and has enriched her education with several courses and certificates from the Center for Financial Training. As a New Hampshire native, she enjoys volunteering for various non-profits and participating in local chamber initiatives. She serves as a Committee Member of the Greater Barrington Chamber of Commerce, where she helped organize events like the Bingo Bash, the Peeper 5k and the Community Expo.

About Northeast Credit Union
Northeast Credit Union (NECU) has been a trusted neighbor and the financial partner of choice for people since 1936. Our central focus is our members and the communities in which we serve. We have nearly $1.3 billion in assets and serve over 120,000 members at 20 branches throughout New Hampshire and Maine. We offer a full range of financial products and services. Along with traditional checking and savings accounts, they include mortgage and auto loans, investment products, business accounts, credit cards, and innovative online and mobile services. For more information >

Summer Fun! The American Eclipse is coming August 21!

White Birch Book is excited for Monday, August 21, when a solar eclipse will cut across the entire United States. And wherever you are, you will be able to see it!

Even though the “totality” — the area where the sun is completely blocked out by the moon — is only 70 miles wide, the whole country (even Alaska and Hawaii) will experience a partial eclipse. The temperature will drop, stars will appear, and birds will become confused and start chirping their night time songs. It’s going to be awesome!

So to get you prepared they suggest you pick up a copy of AMERICAN ECLIPSE by David Baron to read about the eclipse of 1878.

Their Book Groups meet the second & fourth Thursday of the month and are open to any and all readers. Discussions are good, varied and – for the most part – stay on point. But they have a lot of fun, too. Stop in, meet some new friends and read some great books.

For more information >

 

 

Holy Rosary Credit Union and Northeast Credit UnionPartner in 8th Annual Spaulding High School CU 4 Reality Fair

June 1, 2017, Rochester, NH – The 8th Annual Spaulding High School (SHS) CU 4 Reality fair was held on Wednesday, May 17th. Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) and Northeast Credit Union (NECU) partnered in sponsoring the event. A number of credit union staff were on hand volunteering and working with the kids. Over 350 SHS and homeschooled students participated in the fair.

The CU 4 Reality program is an event where students are taught basic financial literacy skills like budgeting, saving and planning for unexpected life expenses. Being able to have an opportunity to develop these skills, before students venture into the real world, can be greatly beneficial in leading to success in life.

Students are given the opportunity to meet with various representatives of businesses from the community to discuss real-world monthly expenses for needs like housing and transportation, while also being given spending options for entertainment and other discretionary expenses.  At the program’s completion, each student’s spending is evaluated against the monthly income for their selected occupation and they get a feel for how within budget, or over budget, they may be.

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“The CU 4 Reality program is a fantastic approach to introducing students to real world financial decision-making,” states Tim Collia, Northeast Credit Union President and CEO. “The kids take on the challenge with enthusiasm, and come away with their eyes open to the importance of smart spending habits. We believe the fairs truly have a lasting impact on the students.”

“Between our high school branch and assisting with events like CU 4 Reality, we are very proud to continue helping the education of the youth in our community on financial literacy,” said Brian Hughes, President and CEO of HRCU. “Something we always hear is that “I wish a program like CU 4 Reality existed when I was a student” because it really can be eye-opening to see first-hand what the real cost of living can be. Providing this education early on is a real bonus to students”

Community members from HRCU, NECU, Bernier Insurance, Northeast Planning Associates, NH Banking Department, NH Department of Education, Broadview Animal Hospital, Hannaford, First City Motor Sales, CU Alliance, Delta Management Associates, Hourihane, Cormier & Associates, Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce & SHS Guidance Counselors volunteered as advisors during the event.

Holy Rosary Credit Union (HRCU) is a state-chartered and federally insured community credit union with assets over $250 million and serving over 21,000 members in Rochester, Dover, Farmington and Spaulding High School. For more Information visit www.hrcu.org or call (603) 332-6840.

Northeast Credit Union (NECU) is a state chartered and federally insured community credit union with assets over $1.1 billion in assets and serves over 111,000+ members at branches throughout New Hampshire. For more information visit www.necu.org or call (888) 436-1847.

For more information please contact:
Brian Hughes, HRCU – bhughes@hrcu.org * 603-332-6840
Andrea Pruna, NECU – apruna@necu.org * 603-422-9815

Cigar Shenanigans Grand Opening

Welcome a new business to the Mt. Washington Valley, Cigar Shenanigans Cigar Bar & Lounge, on Saturday, June 10th from noon to midnight and beyond. Join the fun at this special event with raffles, gifts, live music by Taming Strange, tastings, drink specials, a cigar ‘how-to’, and a food truck offering delicious fare! Paul Joyal of J Grotto Cigars is a special guest at the event to discuss his brand and offer discounts.

While this is a cigar and cocktail lounge, smokers and nonsmokers are welcome! Cigar Shenanigans boasts a nearly silent air filtration system that is constantly cleaning the air, making the place comfortable for everyone that enters.

For more information, visit Cigar Shenanigans on the web at www.cigarshenanigans.com or by phone at (603) 307-1036.

 

White Birch Book’s 25th Anniversary Celebration

white birch books2White Birch Books in North Conway is traveling back to 1992 when the store first opened to celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, May 27th. Join in the celebration and party like it’s 1992: learn what was on the best-seller list, what staff was reading, and even what people were wearing while they were reading!

In addition to the bookstore’s blast from the past, shoppers will receive a 25% discount on 25 selected staff favorite books. There will be giveaways for adults and children as well as fun activities for the whole family.

For more information on the event, visit http://www.whitebirchbooks.com or call 603-356-3200.

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Long Time Cog Railway Partners Announces Retirement

Press Release by Cathy & Joel J. Bedor
603-616-5907
jbedor@roadrunner.com

Mount Washington, New Hampshire –Cog Railway partners Joel and Catherine Bedor have announced their retirement effective April 30, 2017, and sale of their interest in The Mount Washington Railway Company to their partner, Wayne Presby.

“A dedicated and expert group of managers and staff have made it possible for us to restore an aging and tired business founded in 1869 and make it the leading attraction in the White Mountains,” said Joel Bedor. “I am confident that under the continued leadership of Wayne Presby the Mount Washington Cog Railway will continue to prosper and be a major economic engine for the White Mountains of New Hampshire.”

The Bedor and Presby families and a group of other investors purchased the Cog Railway from Ellen Teague in 1983 and have operated the Railway since then.  Joel Bedor has served as the Company’s Treasurer for 34 years, was President from 1986 to 1991 and has served as Chairman of The Board since 1991.

The Presby and Bedor families with other investors bought the Mount Washington Hotel in 1991 and Joel became the President of that Company until its sale in 2006.  During the last 34 years, the Cog has been a family affair, with Cathy Bedor serving as the Company’s marketing director, and son William working during high school and college in several positions including engineer and more recently CFO.

The Bedors and Presbys brought a commercial power line to the base station, built a new base lodge, restored an aging fleet of steam locomotives and coaches and more recently have replaced many of the steam locomotives with eco-friendly biodiesel locomotives, and have updated the coaches with larger and more comfortable models allowing ridership to more than quadruple during their 34 years of ownership.   In addition, major portions of track have been replaced and more efficient solar powered hydraulic switches have been designed and installed on the mountain.

The Mount Washington Cog Railway is a National Historic Engineering Landmark. Its first locomotive, Old Peppersass, reached the summit of Mount Washington on July 3, 1869, making it the world’s first mountain climbing railroad using a toothed cogwheel to engage the rack between the rails.

For more information, contact The Cog at 1-800-922-8825 or in New Hampshire at 603-278-5404.

A Successful Ski Season for Alpine and Cross Country Areas in New Hampshire 2016-17

Press Release from Ski New Hampshire

CONWAY, NH (April 24, 2017)-As the weather warms and the chairlifts stop spinning for the 2016/17 season, Ski New Hampshire’s 34 ski area members reported a successful season overall, thanks in part to well-timed snow storms in the Granite State and the greater Boston area.

Though final numbers are still rolling in from the trade association’s member resorts, a consistent weekly tally of skier visits from 10 of the state’s alpine resorts shows that skier visits for the 2016/17 season are up 31 percent over last year. Nordic ski areas also saw a much healthier skier visit base than last season.

“Winter storms blew through when it really mattered this season: during Christmas vacation, leading up to Presidents’ Weekend and February vacation, and during March for many resorts’ spring events,” says Karolyn Castaldo, Communications and Marketing Manager for Ski New Hampshire. The late season snow storms even allowed some resorts that typically close early to extend their season by a week or two.

For those skiers and riders who want to take advantage of great deals in preparation for next season, many resorts are offering season passes for the 2017/18 season at http://www.skinh.com/season-passes at discounted spring sale rates. Deadlines begin on April 30 and will run through early June, depending on the resort.

But just because the snow is diminishing doesn’t mean that these resorts will stay dormant for long. A growing number of summer activities are available at these resorts, which typically open on or around Memorial Day Weekend and continue through Columbus Day.

About Ski NH
Ski NH is the statewide association representing 34 alpine and cross country resorts in New Hampshire. For more information on ski areas, vacation planning, and updated winter events at Ski NH resorts, visit the Ski NH website at www.SkiNH.com. For statewide travel info, visit http://www.visitNH.gov.

Fun and Fresh, Francesca’s Outlet Coming to Settlers Green Streetside

Press Release by Laura Tuveson, OVP Management, Inc.
Marketing & Administrative Assistant

April 5, 2017 (North Conway, NH) – Francesca’s Outlet, a boutique shop that specializes in jewelry, dresses and shoes, is the latest store to be announced for Settlers Green Streetside, the 50,000 square foot expansion project at Settlers Green that is currently under construction.

Francesca’s brand offers an eclectic mix of carefully-curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts. Established in 1999, in Houston, Texas, the company now has 670+ boutiques in 48 states.

“Francesca’s popularity continues to grow and it will be a perfect addition to our mix of jewelry, accessories and fashion stores,” said Laura Tuveson, assistant director of marketing and events at Settlers Green. “It’s fun and fresh, and we think our customers are going to love it.”

Settlers Green Streetside, Aerial View

Francesca’s joins Columbia Sportswear Outlet and Polo Ralph Lauren as new stores opening at Settlers Green Streetside. Settlers Green Outlet Village has its fair share of new stores coming in including Express Factory Store and Corningware, Corelle & More expected to open this spring.

In addition, Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton has relocated within Settlers Green Outlet Village to Suite C22 and Brooks Brothers Factory Store will soon be relocated to Suite C8. There is also a new restaurant opening on April 20 at Settlers Corner. Wicked Fresh Burgers will serve up fresh ingredients on its original menu of burgers, hand cut fries, and shakes.

The addition of Settlers Green Streetside will increase Settlers Green to 300,000 square feet of commercial retail development. Settlers Green Streetside is expected to open this summer. It will have a total of 10 brands including a new concept restaurant featuring an extensive list of craft beers from around New England and the world.

About OVP Management, Inc. 
OVP Management, Inc., a Newton, Massachusetts based real estate development company, has developed over 500,000 square feet of commercial properties in North Conway, including Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner.