Category Archives: Mount Washington Valley Business

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.”

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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.

Public Art Proposal Deadline Nearing for Settlers Green and the New Streetside Expansion

North Conway, NH:  In early February, Settlers Green announced a Request for Proposals for Art/Craftwork (RFP) for new or existing artworks to grace both the existing shopping center and the new Streetside expansion.  The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017 and General Manager, Dot Seybold, encourages local, state and regional artists to enter existing works of art as well as proposals for commissioned pieces.  “We have received inquiries from fabulous artists working in all kinds of media from metal and stone for sculptors to muralists working with digitally printed images.  It’s been so interesting talk with and meet these accomplished artists. “stated Seybold. 

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The RFP can be downloaded from the Settlers Green Streetside Art RFP website at http://www.settlersgreen.com/settlers-green-streetside-art-rfp.  Artists will find the actual application, along with the original press release and additional information within this page.  As construction on Streetside continues, Settlers Green is planning the grand opening celebration to include arts related activities and celebrations including music, dance and original art on display.  “We are really excited about this project and look forward to sharing it with the community.” Seybold added.   

Interested artists can contact Dot Seybold at dot@ovpmanagement.com with any additional questions.  Please limit correspondence to email. 

Measure Your Success: Free Email Marketing Analytics Workshop


The last workshop in a series of workshops by Joanne Randall, co-founder of Sprout For Business, is rescheduled for Thursday, March 30th from 9:00-11:00am at the Technology Village in Conway, New Hampshire. The workshop is free, supported through funding from the Community Development Microenterprise Block Grant, and is a great opportunity for business professionals seeking new networking and professional development opportunities.

Metrics – can be like magic.

Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed? This seminar will take you step-by-step through the amazing data generated by all the key online marketing tools – and give you tips on how to use it.

 You’ll learn:

  • How email open- and click-through reports can help you know which of your products/services are hot, which are not, and how to test for best resultsOut of a field of everyone, who is interested in what topics – so you can focus your precious time, efforts & energy
  • The calls to action/messaging that actually WORK
  • Best times, days and ways to get the response you want
  • How social media engagement and click rates can tell you the topics, type of media posts, andfrequency your connections really want
  • How research, setting goals, monitoring campaign results and applying lessons learned will continually improve your results!

Each workshop begins with a half-hour networking opportunity from 8:30am to 9:00am. Workshops start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am and will be held in the Community Room at Granite State College, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway.

Pre-registration is required for this workshop. To register, interested participants may visit the register page here, or by calling 603-447-6622.  Please note that a journal for note-taking is required for each workshop, but laptops are optional.

New and Exciting Business Workshops at the Tech Village in Conway NH

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For business professionals seeking new networking and professional development opportunities, the Tech Village in Conway, New Hampshire welcomes Joanne Randall, co-founder of Sprout for Business as she instructs three business workshops starting January 31 and extending into the month of February.  The workshops are free, supported in part through funding from the Community Development Microenterprise Block Grant. Each workshop begins with a half-hour networking opportunity from 8:30am to 9:00am. Workshops start at 9:00am and end at 10:30am and will be held in the Community Room at Granite State College, located at 53 Technology Lane in Conway.

January 31 – Standout Subject Lines: Get Your Email Opened!
How are your subject lines working – or NOT working – to capture the attention and interest of your audience?

February 2 – Look Great in the Inbox: Best Email Design Practices 
First impressions matter – how are YOU doing with your emails? This workshop will help you avoid common mistakes and maximize your emails for powerful impact!

February 16 – Measure Your Success: Email Marketing Analytics
Metrics can be like magic. Have you wondered: how can the reports and analytics of digital marketing give you the insight and key info you need to succeed?

Pre-registration for the workshops is required. To register, please email alisha@mwvec.com or call 603-447-6622. You may also register for workshops online by visiting the events calendar at https://www.sproutforbusiness.com/event-calendar.html. Please note that a journal for note-taking is required for each workshop, but laptops are optional.

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Northeast Credit Union Announces Promotion of Two Executives

Portsmouth, N.H. – Northeast Credit Union (NECU) proudly announces the promotion of two members of the senior leadership team, Andrea Pruna and Steve Giguere.

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Pruna’s new role as Senior Vice President – Chief Marketing and Retail Officer will expand her duties to include oversight of the Marketing and E-Commerce departments, as well as leading the branch network and product management. Andrea Pruna joined Northeast Credit Union in 2011. She happily serves as a member of the Social Responsibility Committee, the Marketing and Business Development CUNA Council, and the Marketing Committee for New Hampshire Credit Unions.  Andrea holds an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, and a BS in Business Administration from EAFIT University in Medellin, Colombia.  She resides in New Castle with her husband Max, two sons Lucas and Emilio, and wonderful dog Coco. In her free time, Andrea can be found spending time with her family, cheering her boys’ soccer teams on from the sidelines, serving on the PTO and volunteering in the community.

photo-2-steve-giguereGiguere’s new role as Senior Vice President – Chief Financial Officer will expand his duties to include oversight of Finance, Risk Management and General Services. Steve has been with Northeast Credit Union for over 31 years, and brings a multitude of experience in operations, accounting, and lending. He earned his Economics degree from The University of Maine at Orono, and his MBA from Southern New Hampshire University. Currently, he resides in Dover with his wife Pam and two children, Belle and Jeremy, and his rescue dog Elliot. When not at work, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and riding his bike on the many scenic coastal roads of New England.

“The outstanding commitment, passion, and knowledge that Andrea Pruna and Steve Giguere have demonstrated are absolutely vital to the success of our organization,” states Tim Collia, NECU President and CEO. “Their expertise and strong leadership is invaluable to our team, and we are excited to see them thrive in their new roles.”

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 over $1.1billion in assets and serve 110,000+ members at branches in Berlin, Concord, Conway, Dover, Exeter, Gorham, Lebanon, Lee, Manchester, Merrimack, Northwood, Plymouth, Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, and Rochester. 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, please visit www.necu.org.

Written by Andrea E. Pruna
Vice President of Marketing, Northeast Credit Union

Grand Celebration at Locally-Owned 7-Eleven in North Conway

Nicole L. Milewski, owner of North Conway 7-Eleven, welcomes the community to their grand celebration on Friday, January 20th, in celebration of becoming a locally-owned franchise. Visit 7-Eleven at any time during their regular business hours to participate in door prizes, free samples, lottery raffles, and give-a-ways. Join the fun and welcome a community-centered, generous franchise owner to the Mount Washington Valley!

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The North Conway 7-Eleven Store is located at 2039 White Mountain Highway in North Conway, New Hampshire. For more information about this event or the store itself, please call (603) 356-5858.

Hancock Lumber Home Again Design Showroom adds 4th location in North Conway, NH!

Hancock Lumber celebrated the launch of their newest Home Again Kitchen and Bath Design Showroom with an open house and
ceremonial ribbon cutting. The showroom is located on the Hancock Lumber campus at 2451 White Mountain Highway, North Conway, NH.

Kevin Hancock, President, Hancock Lumber introduced his staff, including Lisa Williams, Kitchen and Bath Designer for the North Conway location.

Hancock Lumber is a sixth generation, family owned business with 10 locations and 4 signature showrooms across Maine and New Hampshire. For more information visit www.hancocklumber.com.

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Pictured in photo from left are Cary Latham, North Conway General Manager, Lisa Williams, Kitchen + Bath Designer, North Conway,
Kevin Hancock, President, Hancock Lumber, Jennifer Yeaton, Kitchen + Bath Designer, Yarmouth, and Cindy Gaudin, Home Again by Hancock Lumber, General Manager.

Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council Annual Meeting

MWVEC is celebrating 25 years of serving the community and invites you to join them for a night of awards and recognition at their Annual Meeting on Thursday, November 17
$50 per person

5:00 pm – Cash Bar and Hors d’oeuvres
5:45 pm – Business Meeting
6 to 8:00 pm – Dinner and Awards Ceremony

RSVP by November 11
Mt. Washington Valley Economic Council
53 Technology Lane, Conway, NH 03818
603-447-6622

Cathedral Ledge Resort Celebrates With a Ribbon Cutting

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce recently joined Cathedral Ledge Resort to celebrate their refurbishing with a ribbon cutting. Cathedral Ledge, a fixture on the “hill” in the North Conway area since the 1980’s, has spent the past two years polishing and renewing both the exterior and interior.

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Pictured from left are Melody Nester, Assistant Director, MWV Chamber of Commerce, Kathy Nichols, General Manager of Cathedral Ledge, Gene Chandler, State Representative and Beth Hopper, Marketing/Sales Manager Cathedral Ledge.

 

Cranmore Resort Among First in the East to Use Sustainable Snow Groomer Technology

Cranmore Mountain Resort, recognized in the past for its sustainability practices, made a major sustainability statement today by announcing that it will be one of the first ski resorts East of the Mississippi to add an electric/diesel driven snow cat to its grooming fleet. The new energy efficient Pisten Bully 600 E+ has been successfully tested in Europe and in the western U.S. and will now be used on the slopes of Cranmore, and Bromley Mountain in VT. Both resorts are operated by the Fairbank Group which has a long history of implementing sustainability projects at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, located in the Berkshires of MA.

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“The new Pisten Bully 600 E+ is the future of snow cats and Cranmore is pleased to be among the first to use this new technology,” commented Cranmore President and General Manager Ben Wilcox. “Cranmore was among the first areas to use biodiesel in our cats over 10 years ago for sustainability reasons and this new cat is the next wave in sustainable resort operating practices that we are excited to implement.”

Built by the German company Kassbohrer, Pisten Bully’s “Green Machine” 600E+ is the world’s first groomer with a diesel- electric drive. One of the most significant advancements in snowgrooming technology over the past two decades, the 600 E+ uses a diesel engine to drive two electric generators which power electric motors that turn the tracks and the snow tiller. On its trip downhill, the electric energy created from the breaking effect of the electric drive motors is used to power the snow tiller, while the engine idles.

With its cost effectiveness and low environmental impact, its high efficiency reduces the emission of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxides by 20%, produces 99% fewer sooty particles and reports a 20% fuel savings over their standard 600 model. Noise is also reduced with the engine operating at lower engine RPMs.

The new PB 600 E+ is just one of many sustainable initiatives planned at Cranmore this winter. The resort has teamed up with Tesla to add two electric charge stations in its base area. Tesla drivers will be able to plug into one of two designated charge parking spots for a free charge while they enjoy the resort.

Over the summer, the resort also purchased 25 Mckinney low energy snow guns and retrofitted 20 of their existing tower guns with state of the art energy efficient snow gun heads. With the addition of these new tower guns, Cranmore’s inventory of energy efficient tower guns now stands at 475 fixed guns on the mountain. This total is a 300% increase since 2010 when the Fairbank Group first purchased the resort.

With construction now underway of Phase One of Cranmore’s $50 million base area redevelopment, Kearsarge Brook Condominiums at Cranmore will be one of the first condominium buildings in the state of New Hampshire to use an energy efficient electric heat pump system which will provide heat and air conditioning to each residence. Electric heat pumps represent the most efficient alternative to fuel, oil and electric systems when it comes to heating and cooling. The system reduces carbon emissions and has an efficient conversion rate of energy to heat.

“New Hampshire Electric Co-op has enjoyed working with Cranmore over the years to help improve the energy efficiency of their operation. These initiatives are another example of their leadership in the industry, and utilizing the latest energy efficient technologies. We look forward to supporting Cranmore with their base area redevelopment,” said Bill Johnstone, New Hampshire Electric Cooperative.

“Sustainability is a major part of our resort and parent company’s mission,” added Wilcox. “Our owners, employees and guests know that being sustainable is the right thing to do for our environment and we are proud to be a leader in this category.”

The Fairbank Group, LLC based at Jiminy Peak and co-owner by the father-son team of Brian Fairbank and Tyler Fairbank, manages and oversees Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Cranmore Mountain Resort Bromley Mountain, EOS Ventures and Bullwheel Productions. Jiminy Peak Resort is one of the few in the nation to be powered by 100 percent renewable energy. A wind turbine, solar field and co-generation facility, all located at the resort makes the resort energy self- sufficient. For more information on the Fairbank Group visit Fairbankgrp.com.

Residence Inn North Conway Acquired by Lafrance Hospitality

Lafrance Hospitality of Westport, MA announces the recent acquisition of the Residence Inn by Marriott® in North Conway, NH from True North Hotel Group. With a portfolio of 11 hotel properties in New England, Lafrance Hospitality is a well-established and highly successful business that is founded on family values, customer satisfaction, and employee well-being.

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“Acquiring the Residence Inn in North Conway strategically aligns our company’s growth in destination markets throughout New England.”  said Richard Lafrance, President and CEO, Lafrance Hospitality. “We are thrilled to expand our presence in New England, and especially in New Hampshire.” Tim Burkhardt, VP Hotel Operations, Lafrance Hospitality, states, “The acquisition process went very smoothly. We have retained all staff who were currently employed at the hotel and we are working with them to ensure our acquisition doesn’t affect their position or history with the property.”

The Residence Inn by Marriott® North Conway offers sophisticated yet comfortable lodging for both leisure and business travelers. Guests can experience all the comforts of home and more including: complimentary breakfast buffet each morning and manager’s reception on select weekday nights, Complimentary high-speed Internet access, a fully equipped kitchen with a refrigerator, stovetop, microwave, dishwasher and coffee maker, separated living and sleeping areas, flat-screen, LCD HDTV(s), a spacious work desk with a telephone and an ergonomic chair, luxurious Marriott® bedding, a fireplace (available in select suites), indoor saline-mineral pool, fitness center, spacious lockers for ski and snowboard equipment, and 100% smoke-free accommodations.

The Residence Inn by Marriott® North Conway hotel is conveniently located on the White Mountain Highway minutes from area attractions, shopping, and ski resorts. Walk to Settler’s Green Outlet Village, ride the scenic Cog Railway up Mount Washington or step back in time on the Conway Scenic Railroad. Entertain the family at Story Land, hike the trails of the White Mountain National Forest, or ski miles of slopes at the ski areas and mountain resorts located just a short drive from the hotel. A seasonal favorite is the “Journey to the North Pole” package that includes overnight accommodations including buffet breakfast with Santa, 4 coach railcar tickets, a present under the tree from Santa, and craft time with hot chocolate and cookies.

Perfect for both one-on-one and small group conferences, the hotel provides 500 square feet of flexible space with exclusive features to suit business meeting needs. Whether you’re looking for business accommodations or the perfect place to stay with your family, you’ll feel right at home at the Residence Inn by Marriott® North Conway. For reservations or more information, call the hotel directly at 603-356-3024, or visit marriott.com/pwmcw.

About Lafrance Hospitality

Lafrance Hospitality, headquartered in Westport, MA, is a multifaceted organization that owns and operates fourteen hotels throughout New England and Florida, five function facilities, three restaurants and a catering division. In addition, Lafrance Hospitality offers management and consulting services as well as distressed asset management. Their vision is to be the premier hospitality company by employing the very best people, trained and empowered, to deliver a quality product with sensational service to every guest, every time. For more information, visit www.lafrancehospitality.com.

Kendra Jean Phalen has joined New Business Directions, LLC

We are pleased to announce that Kendra Jean Phalen has joined New Business Directions, LLC. Kendra has a BA from Keene State College and will be joining our amazing marketing team.

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She has worked and lived in the Mount Washington Valley for the past 30 years and loves playing outside with her dog Olive, her new husband Cam, and traveling with
them both!  She is looking forward to working with us here at New Business Directions.

New Business Directions, LLC specializes in QuickBooks® set up, clean up, consulting and training services, coaching small business owners and providing innovative business solutions.

To learn more about New Business Directions, LLC and QuickBooks®, or to schedule an appointment, please call (603) 356-2914, email info@newbusinessdirections.com or visit the website at newbusinessdirections.com