Thursday, May 16, 2013
The newly launched site offers tips, info and digital know-how for small business owners.
Patch.com has launched a new site to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur, Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to grow her business. …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
As part of our new Smart Spending series, Windham Patch wants to uncover the true going rate for various goods and services in town, so you'll know exactly how much you should pay for what you need. Help us out by replying in the comments.
How much do you pay for your lawn service? And what does that cover - just mowing, or does it cover weeding, pruning, planting? Please share in the comments below - we promise we won't judge you! And if you've got a lawn service you love, tell us that too. Also, click here to see local lawn service businesses in the Windham area. This is the first of an ongoing series, "What's the Going Rate for..." where Patch seeks to uncover how much things cost so you never have to ask again.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The event will take place tomorrow night in Atkinson.
A local fundraiser hosted by the Greater Salem Chamber of Commerce will see participation from Windham-based food businesses. The annual "Taste of Salem" event will take place at Atkinson Resort & Country Club between 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday. The fee is $30 to enter with proceeds helping to fund the Chamber Scholarship Program. Participating from Windham will be three Windham-based businesses – The Common, Culinary Capers and J. Michael's Family Sports Pub. Other participants in the event include Balducci's Wood Fired Pizza, Chief Wok, Gourmet Bites, Greystone Farm, Hawksie's Ice Cream, Lobster Q, Michael's Market, SalemHaven, Salem Farmer's Market, T-Bone, Tuscan Kitchen, Who You Callin' Cupcake?! and Zorvino Vineyards.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Karen Plant began crafting sweet treats in 2007 as a hobby.
Six years ago, Windham resident Karen Plant began crafting cakes and baking sweet treats as a hobby. After living in town for two decades, she now has a storefront to show off and sell her creations to neighbors, friends and family alike. Plant officially opened Synfully Sweet Treats in the Cobbett's Pond Plaza on April 6. Her cleverly-designed bakery slips in perfectly to the location once occupied by Shabby Chic, now located on Route 111 under the new name of Sophisticakes. But baking for a living wasn't always in the cards for Plant. "I've always liked to bake, but in college I went to school for computer science and took that route, worked in the corporate world," she said. While she was working quality assurance for a startup software…
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
One owner says that the light's removal would mean big trouble for his business.
Local property and business owners urged the Board of Selectmen and state officials to reconsider plans to re-locate the traffic light at the intersection of Range Road and Route 111-A as part of the ongoing I-93 project. I-93 Project Manager Pete Stamnas said the board’s directive to minimize the number of traffic signals in the area played a role in the decision to move the traffic light. But business and property owners say removing the traffic signal will lower their property values by reducing access. “We would be in big trouble if that light were to go,” said Max Puyanic, chief executive officer of ConvenientMD, which is located at the intersection. “We will be known as a place that is difficult to get into, which will impact our …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The 23-year-old Alex Puglisi will soon open her doors in Manchester.
On the cobblestone corners of Boston, Cambridge and Somerville, European-style coffee houses are easy to find and hard to leave. When it comes to slowing down your day for a cup of java and a conversation, Windham resident Alex Puglisi wants to bring that experience to downtown Manchester. Her creative work of art is almost ready. Café La Reine is tucked into a narrow space just a stumble away from The Shaskeen Irish pub on Elm Street. Loosely translated, the shop's name means "The Queen Cafe" in French, named after the "Queen City" of Manchester and meant to pay homage to the city's large French Canadian population. The idea for the business has been brewing in Puglisi's head for about two years. "My senior year of college I decided that …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
After staying home to raise her three girls, Laura Calamari is ready for a sweet business venture.
Laura Calamari says it's her daughter's fault that she's having the time of her life running her own frozen yogurt shop in a great location at a busy Hudson shopping plaza. In fact, life is pretty sweet for the Windham mother of three, who has embarked on this venture along with her business partner, Desty Masucci, also from Windham and also a mother of three. "Last summer the trend with the kids was driving long distances to get frozen yogurt. My daughter and I got to talking about how it would be a cool business to have," said Calamari, of her oldest daughter, Jamie. "She did the research, and we started looking at franchises, but we weren't really that impressed. Then, my husband saw an ad for Sweet Kiwi in Methuen. We tried it out and …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
A massive open house event took place this weekend.
The Windham Community Development Department and Windham Economic Development Committee welcomed four new businesses to the community during a March Madness Open House event on Saturday. The celebration featured new businesses Appletree Insurance, True Blue Cleaners, Paint pARTy and Elite Feet Artists. Representatives from both the Community Development Department and WEDC were on hand to greet the business owners. "You are a welcome addition to the business community and we wish you the greatest success," said Community Development Director Laura Scott in a statement.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Laura Calamari and Desty Masucci are opening up shop in Hudson this month.
After six years acting as support staff for PixAds Media, LLC, a company developed by their husbands from a napkin, two Windham women are ready to take the next step and start something for themselves. Laura Calamari and Desty Masucci are about to open up a Sweet Kiwi Frozen Yogurt shop on Route 3A in Hudson. The opening comes on the heels of a Sweet Kiwi shop that saw a January opening in Manchester. The Hudson location will occupy half of a 4,000-square-foot unit in a relatively new plaza that also includes a Gold's Gym and Valentino's Restaurant and Lounge. For Calamari, the Sweet Kiwi idea is something entirely new to both her and her business partner. Both have children in high school and college who keep them aware of the current …
Monday, December 31, 2012
We are counting down the biggest 10 stories of 2012.
From the editor: As 2012 winds to a close, I am proud to say that Windham Patch is about to log its first complete year in the books. Since January, the town has seen a blend of stories. There have been articles of bravery, sorrow, leadership, accomplishment, teamwork, controversy and growth. All the while, many of you have come to my site as a direct source for your information, and for that I am thankful. You have found the site on Facebook and Twitter. You have called me personally or sent me an email to offer kind words or constructive criticism. Some have even stopped to have a chat with me in person as I've traveled around town. As we inch toward 2013, join me as I count down some of the biggest 10 stories of the year between Dec. 27…