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BAM! Celebrates Grand Opening in North Conway

Grand Opening festivities for the Books-A-Million North Conway location in Settler’s Crossing, 1500 White Mountain Highway Saturday, November 12th to include:

  • Ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 9:45AM
  • FREE BAM! tote bag to the first 200 customers. One lucky customer will receive a tote bag with a FREE $250 BAM! gift card

The North Conway BAM! provides a selection of books, magazines, bargain books and gifts, as well as unique sections within the store. There’s a special “Kids-A-Million” section featuring children’s books, learning resources, toys and games along with a myriad of literature for children and products from Lego, Skip Hop, LeapFrog, Hasbro and more.

For the tech savvy reader, there’s an array of electronics, featuring the NOOK Simple Touch and NOOK Color; iPhone, iPod and eReader accessories and DVDs in addition to electronic accessories by brands such as Skullcandy, JVC, Built and ProtectIt.

All new customers are invited to sign up for the Millionaire’s Club, where members save 40 percent off bestsellers, 20 percent off hundreds of items throughout the store and 10 percent off everything, every day with free express shipping on books-a-million.com. Millionaire’s Club members also experience special sale events and receive exclusive promotions and coupons through weekly emails.

From quality customer service to convenient access to superior merchandise, BAM! has so much to offer, including discount programs for teachers and community organizations as well as community fundraising opportunities. The new location is open just in time for the holiday season. At BAM!, books are just the beginning.

MWVCC Annual Dinner is Tomorrow Night! (11/1/11)

Another Successful Year is to be Celebrated!

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce and MWV Economic Council
host their Annual Meeting

The Mount Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is kicking off its Centennial Year with elegance and class. Their Annual Meeting, at Attitash Grand Summit, Tuesday, Nov. 1st, marks another year of success where The Chamber and The MWV Economic Council will join forces to discuss the past year and events that shaped it, highlight accomplishments and upcoming priorities. The event will start off at 3:30 with Registration and move into their business meeting at 4pm from 5pm. A reception and cocktail hour, where all guests can bid on a vast array of silent auction items will follow until 6pm, when dinner is served. An award ceremony will bring the evening to an end, where this year’s White Mountains Treasure’s; Joan Lanoie, Howie Wemyss , Dave Eastman and NHDOT will be recognized and honored for their significant contributions to The Valley. The MWV Economic Council will also honor a Board Member and Volunteer of the Year and bestow the Bob Morrell award to The Hoyt Family of Purity Spring Resort who exemplifies Bob’s commitment to all local and regional businesses.

A big thank you – 100 years of thank you’s – goes out to all of the sponsors who have helped to make the Annual Meeting a huge success. The Centennial Sponsors; The Boston Globe Media Group, Memorial Hospital, Settlers’ Crossing, TD Bank. The Supporting Sponsors: Ruthie’s Flower Shop, Cabot Cheese and Pepsi. The Decade Sponsors, who have supported The Chamber throughout the ages: Chalmer’s Insurance Group, Northway Bank, TD Bank, Eastern Slope Inn, Public Service of New Hampshire, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Wildcat Mountain, WMWV, Magic 104, Visitor Information Radio, Woodland’s Credit Union, Attitash Mountain Resort, Red Jacket Mountain View Resort and Water Park, Cooper Cargill and Chant, P.A., Leone, McDonnell and Roberts, P.A. and Salvatore Michaels Companies.

Just as the Chamber and Economic Council’s Annual Meeting could not have come together without the help from all of their amazing sponsors, it’s the same kind of support that keeps our Valley going. Janice Crawford, Executive Director of the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber, and Jac Cuddy, Executive Director of the MWV Economic Council couldn’t be more honored to be working in an area that takes community to heart and their hoping this sentiment will come through at their Annual Meeting.

For more information, view the Chamber’s website at www.mtwashingtonvalley.org or contact Mary Seavey, who has been instrumental in organizing the Annual Meeting, at mary@mtwashingtonvalley.org. Because of the success of The Valley, The Chamber and The Economic Council, the Annual Meeting will be an event that happens year after year! Don’t be the one left out, keep it in your books for next year!



Living and working in Conway NH – a series part 3

As we went along building the inn business and creating relationships in the valley, we met many great people.

Don Nicoletta and Evelyn Whelton from Northway Bank were our bankers and were a great help with to us as new business owners in the valley.  We found Pat Murphy from Apex Plumbing to be reliable and fair especially with an older home that needed major updating.  Another Pat Murphy, this one from Heartland Payment Systems was also great in setting up our charge machine and payment options for receipts.

I will tell anyone thinking about owning an inn to be realistic and not just think about “living the life” and having it be all fun and games.  My wife and I had spoken to someone back in Rockport, MA when we lived there who was an innkeeper and he was brutally honest with us.  We also read the book “So you want to be an Innkeeper” which provided great insight.  A normal day in the busy season for me was waking up before 6:00 am and going to bed at 12:00 am.  This is normal for an inn with business and only a husband and wife as a team taking care of the property.  In the off season you do get more rest and have time to yourself, but you always have your phone with you and never are really “away” from the inn.  When we did get away from the inn we loved to go to the Kanc and sit on a rock by the water or go to Cathedral Ledge and look out over our beautiful valley in which we live.

We closed our inn in March 2005 as my wife went back to teaching full time and I took my current position with the Chamber as Business Manager.  It was at this time that we could actually take a real vacation and went to New Orleans in April before Hurricane Katrina came in later that year.  We turned one of the large suites in the barn into an apartment and a year later we built out another apartment in the lower part of the old barn.  As it was, being a landlord was much easier than being an innkeeper and the money was consistent thanks to the great tenants we had during that time.

More to come on working at the Chamber and in Conway, NH.