Updates From The World of Northeastern Massachusetts' Small Businesses
Here are a few stories from Patches throughout northeastern Massachustts on what's going on in the world of small business.
Have you noticed a new store while driving around recently? Patch loves small business and we try to cover every new opening. Here is a look at some recent business openings and happenings.
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The Stride Rite shoe store closed down roughly a year ago and the unit at 27 Main Street has sat vacant alongside the several other empty storefronts in the area, including the J.L. Coombs a few doors down.
But eclectic gift shop Sense of Wonder will be opening up a store in the unit soon.
Sense of Wonder specifically sells products and crafts purchased from the little guy.
Specifically, Sense of Wonder hopes to open before the end of the month.
The gift shop closed their location in North Andover this past June and had opened a shop on Haven Street in Reading roughly 9 months ago.
Aphrodite's Salon and Spa, 354 Main Street, is a place to go for relaxation, rejuvenation and pampering, according to owner Lana Silva-Grelle.
Whether her customers are having a haircut, facial, waxing, massage, or hair extensions, her goal is for them "to emerge feeling radiant, refreshed and renewed."
Silva-Grelle opened the salon last November 11. Although she has been in the business for 29 years, frequently as a guest international and national stylist, this is her first time owning a salon.
A Hamilton man said his social media network delivered for him on a recent Friday by having a martini ready for him when he saddled up to the bar at 15 Walnut Bistro.
Will Burns, chief executive officer at advertising company Ideasicle, on a recent Friday posted a request, aimed at 15 Walnut, on his Facebook page: “I'd like the following drink prepared, already on the bar, and ready for me at exactly 5:00: Plymouth martini, up, olive, dry as a bone, shaken like your life depends on it. I'll be wearing the "Nothing is unthinkable" T-shirt in my profile pic. Good luck. Oh, and you can keep the change."
And that is what happened, Burns said the next morning.
When the building where Margaret's Place has been a staple for consignment clothing for the past quarter century was sold, many wondered if owner Margaret Melanson would just close up shop.
But as the first ever consignment shop to open in Danvers over twenty eight years ago, Melanson at 75, was not nearly ready to throw in the towel on the business she has loved from the day she bought it from the original owner in 1984.
With a lot of help from her daughters, and some additional little luck finding the perfect space to relocate to, Margarets Place is back on track, and better than ever.
With gleaming wood floors, exposed brick walls, high ceilings with exposed natural wood beams, and an antique beehive fireplace, the new space is like a "dream come true." According to Melanson, "It's 110% better, honest to God. I just love it, you can see out of the windows, and the light comes in all day. I've only been here for about five weeks, and I went on vacation and I couldn't wait to get back."
It’s allowed under state law, but Frank Martino may have an uphill battle in front of him now that he’s selling his liquor license for a tidy profit and hoping to get a beer and wine license from the city to replace it.
Martino, who owns Martino’s Liquors & NY Delion Route 1, has an agreement with Trader Joe’sto sell his full liquor package store license for a local record $205,000. While asking the Peabody Licensing Board to approve that transfer, he’s simultaneously asking for the lesser package store license. Both points have raised some eyebrows on the board.
Trader Joe's has agreed to shell out $205,000 for a liquor license so it can stock vodka, beer, wine, high-end liquers and other alcoholic beverages at its Peabody store.
The supermarket, which is located on Route 114, is purchasing the all-alcohol package store license from Frank Martino, who owns Martino's Liquors & NY Deli on Route 1 South. Martino is then planning to seek one of the beer and wine package store licenses the city holds, according to Licensing Board Clerk Julie Rydzewski.
Peabody Patch recently chatted with Amanda Bavaro, who recently opened up Mind and Body Integration Therapies. The new health and wellness spa is located at 1 Roosevelt Ave.
She said: “Mind and Body Integration Therapies was opened in April 2012. My goal was to maximize one’s own potential mentally, physically and spiritually by using different bodywork modalities.
These modalities include deep tissue massage, Swedish massage, crystal healing, crystal massage, Reiki, meditation, magnified healing and more.” Read the full interview here.
If you happen to spot what looks like a yoga class taking place in the middle of Marblehead Harbor, you're not seeing things - and no, those aren't state-of-the-art aquatic yoga mats.
They're stand up paddle boards.
SUP East Coast Style owners Leah Beth Goodman and Christos Douroudis began offering open-water pilates and yoga classes earlier this summer and the response from the local community, they said, has been tremendous.
Following the fro-yo craze, Swizzles Frozen Yogurt is now open in Vinnin Square. The shop offers 10 flavors of frozen yogurt, an 18-foot-long toppings bar with 30 toppings ranging from fresh fruit and nuts to cereals and candy, an outdoor seating area, and its signature feature wall with changing colors.
This store, unlike any other, has a private party room which will enable Swizzles of Swampscott to provide fun birthday parties.
Westford got a dose of Reality TV stardom on Friday and Saturday, as stars of the Lifetime series “Dance Moms” made an appearance at Spotlight Dance Academy on Groton Road.
The visit by Dance Mom Kelly Hyland and her daughters Brooke and Paige were the second family from the show to visit Spotlight so far, following the appearance of Chloe and Kristi Lukasiak earlier this month.
Now in its third season on Lifetime, the show follows six mother/daughter teams as they pursue their dancing dreams in the elite Abby Lee Dance Company, renowned for producing numerous professional dancers since it opened in 1980.
Although CSA Graphics is nothing new in Westford, CSA owner Gary Lavelle is hoping to attract new customers after setting up shop at Nab Plaza this summer.
Lavelle, who purchased CSA and moved it from Route 110 near the Chelmsford border, hopes that the new location will be a positive step moving forward.
“I get a lot more customer recognition here, a lot more retail space, more visibility, and it’s a mile from my house,” he said.