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New Virtual Grocery Store, News Store Closure Top Local Business Headlines

A look around the North Shore at some of the changes with businesses and shopping.

Have you noticed a new store while driving around the North Shore recently? Patch loves small business and we try to cover every new opening. Here is a look at some recent business openings and happenings on the North Shore.
Have you noticed a new shop and have been wondering what it is? Leave us a note in the comment section and we will check it out.

HAMILTON-WENHAM

Wenham Attorney Takes the Helm at Wenham Museum

Kristin Zampell Noon is the new executive director at Wenham Museum.
Noon was named the new director last month by the museum’s Board of Trustees. She takes over for Lindsay Diehl, who retired during the summer and said she wanted more time to take care of her elderly father.

Mike’s Auto has been given the go-ahead by the Zoning Board to sell used cars at its downtown Hamilton auto repair garage.

The board’s decision was made final in a written decision last month allowing eight used cars to be sold on the Bay Road property.

BEVERLY

Peapod Launches Virtual Grocery Store at Beverly Farms Train Station

A virtual grocery store is coming to Beverly Farms. 

Peapod.com, the nation’s leading Internet grocer, announced the launch of more than 100 virtual grocery stores at commuter rail stations in Boston, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. 

The first of its kind in the U.S., the virtual store technology features billboards of larger-than-life grocery aisles on the train platforms.

Cummings Center Hotel Plans Suspended [POLL]

Cummings Center officials have announced they will be suspending the plan to build a six-story hotel on the property, the Salem News reported.

The lack of a hotel industry partner, as well as a recent unfavorable market study that suggested there was not enough demand for the hotel right now, were the reasons cited for the suspension, an email sent to clients this week stated. While the possibility of a hotel hasn't been ruled out indefinitely, for the time being the project will be suspended until 2013.

Bizulu Opens Doors in Beverly

Beverly Mayor Bill Scanlon helped two Beverly natives, Patrick Gillis, founder, and Bizulu CEO Brendan Smith, officially cut the ribbon at Bizulu’s headquarters. 

Beverly's PARLEE Cycles Featured in New Joseph Gordon-Levitt Film

The staff of Beverly based PARLEE Cycles, a leading builder of high-end road bicycles, were in for a thrill at the multiplex.

They were there to see one of their handcrafted bicycles prominently featured in the new Sony Pictures action thriller Premium Rush, which stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises).

Mingo Gallery Under New Ownership

Mingo Gallery is now under the ownership of two Montserrat Alumni.

DANVERS

East Coast Alpine Sports Promotes An Active Lifestyle Combined With Family Fun

The award winning bike, ski and snowboard specialty shop will be featured at the annual Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo in Boston for the thrid consecutive year in November.

Nicastro's Drives Over The Bridge Into Danvers Square

By embracing burgeoning technology and the advantages of social media, Nicasto's Driving School of Gloucester is set to propel their business into the 21st century, and they are taking Danvers along for the ride.

News Store Closes After 38 Years

For nearly four decades, you could count on Danvers News Store in Danvers Square as a place to buy a newspaper, magazine or lottery ticket.

Bowling Alley Becomes Setting for 'Hallmark' Movie Scene

The Sunnyside Bowladrome became home to a scene from a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie recently.
The bowling alley on Water Street, near the Peabody line, was transformed into a scene from “The Makeover” where Elliot Doolittle (played by David Walton) hosts a “Doolittle for Congress” event where he invited the public to come “bowl with their candidate,” according to the movie’s publicist, Ellen Nesselrode-Jasa.

Solstice Massage Has A Hands On Approach To the Military

Laura Broderick may have found the best way to give back to our honored active military men and women - literally.
“They get their massages complimentary - I don’t charge them,” the Danvers resident stated.

'Addiction to Extreme Recreational Businesses' Pushed Motorized Paraglider to Create Wipeout Course

The man arrested recently for flying a motorized parachute over Salem is the mastermind behind a public Wipeout course planned to be built in Danvers last this year.

Patrick Tarmey the same adrenaline quest that lead him to create Wipeout at first got him into motorized parachuting.

PEABODY

Without much ado, city councilors agreed last month to let Trader Joe's obtain a package store license for its Route 114 location.

Councilors voted 9-1 to approve a special permit that allows the grocery store to seek or obtain an all-alcohol license for retail sales. Only Michael Garabedian voted against the petition, but did not explain his vote during the public hearing.

TELL US: Centennial Industrial Park for the Future?
From the time it opened in 1985, Centennial Industrial Park has been regarded as one of the crown jewels of Peabody, providing a home for some major industry businesses, well-paying local jobs and generating significant tax revenues for the city.

By all accounts, the business park is not what it once was, despite the presence still of some major employers and key tax-generating businesses for Peabody, such as the Analogic Corp., Boston Acoustics, Children's Hospital North and two hotels.

Local Mayors Urge Patrick to Force Amazon to Collect State Sales Tax

It's only fair -- that's the argument from advocates behind an effort to get giant online retailers, such as Amazon.com orOverstock.com, to collect the 6.25 percent state sales tax on purchases by Massachusetts customers.

The Massachusetts Main Street Fairness Coalition (MMSFC), an organization made up of retailers, local elected officials, labor unions, trade and business associations and individuals, says these online retailers are exploiting a legal loophole that allows them to not charge sales taxes unless they have a physical presence in that particular state.

What Should Go Here at 167 Washington St?

The property at 167 Washington St. has been vacant or only marginally used for several years -- the Comcast signs are still on the building -- despite being located in a busy intersection in Downtown Peabody.

Well, it turns out that new owner Gary Nadeau of Salem is trying to ink a deal with a financial institution, be it a bank or credit union, to take up residence at the corner of Washington and Foster streets.


The Container Store, which is slated to open at the Northshore Mall on Oct. 20, says it will be donating 10 percent of its sales over its opening weekend to the Boston Children's Museum.

The national chain, which only has two locations in Massachusetts other than the new Peabody store, says it will be adding about 80 jobs to the community and it's still looking for "neat people" to apply online. The company says it may be adding two more stores eventually to the Greater Boston market.

SALEM

Wynott's Wands Ready for Halloween in Salem

Everything about Wynott's Wandsis straight out of a Harry Potter novel.
From the store's cashier, decked out from head to toe like Albus Dumbledore, to the rows of magic wands at the ready, exact replicas of those found for sale in the book series' famed Diagon Alley.

TELL US: Are You Affected by Noise from Local Businesses?

A bench outside In a Pig's Eye was the center of conversation at a recent City Council meeting.

Ward 2 Council Michael Sosnowski told the city council residents nearby have complained of noise and people congregating. 

During their discussion, councilors discussed the possibly of a bench that can be taken in at night and whether or not it's the bench that causes issues or the actual people. 

What is the Salem Open Market?

We've had lots of questions about the SoWa Open Market and whether or not Salem will be getting an open market of its own.

Here's your answer courtesy of Destination Salem.

'Avalanche' Comes to Front Street

Avalanche will officially join the Front Street business scene today at 2 p.m. at a ribbon-cutting with Mayor Kim Driscoll.

The business specializes in outerwear and activewear including fleece, according to the business Facebook page, and has a corporate office on Congress Street.

Witch City Consignment and Thrift Helping Animal Shelter

Here's a creative way a local business is helping out our local animal shelter.

ANDOVER

Sense of Wonder Opens Its Doors to Andover

27 Main Street, quietly opened Labor Day Weekend, said co-owner Jean Smith. 

The store, which had been previously located at the Eaglewood Shops, in North Andover since 2006, moved to Andover. One of two locations, the other store is in Reading Square.

side of 10 Essex St., is one stop shopping for fabric, fabric trim, hardware, blinds and shutters, custom window treatments, bedding, rugs and reupholstery services, according to owner Paula Bakies.

For those who are "not inclined to sew", they have an on-site work room for custom services.

Chill Wants Clients To Look and Feel Fabulous

"Everyone needs to chill," said co-owner Caitlin Sullivan when describing Chill Andover which recently opened at Indra Salon at 8 Main Street.

Sullivan, a licensed esthetician, teamed up with Chrissy McQuade, owner of Chill Spa in Manchester, New Hampshire, to open the Andover location. Sullivan previously managed the full-service Manchester location for six years.

Store Owner Loves Local Galleries

This week's Meet Your Neighbor is CoCo Collection owner Nancy Dube.

Andover Inn Changes Ownership to Conn. Firm

A Waterford, Conn. company, Waterford Hotel Group, recently purchased the Andover Inn, which includes Samuel's Restaurant, and obtained new permits from the Board of Selectmen last month.

After discussion and some light grilling, the board unanimously approved a liquor license, common victuallers license and live entertainment license, in three separate votes, for the new owners.

New Dance Studio Opens in Andover

Platinum Dance recently opened up at 7 Iceland Road in Andover offers training to all ages and skill levels. Platinum Dance focuses on pushing students to excel in Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz. The goal at Platinum Dance is the growth and success of future generation of dancers.

Platinum Dance builds technical performers. Dance offers self-discipline, self-confidence, and the rewards of hard work. The studio says that they want to prepare students for the professional world of dance.

NORTH ANDOVER

Ives Meets With Local Business Owners

A few local business owners gathered at Buono Bistro Tuesday afternoon to meet with Democratic State Senate candidate Kathleen O'Connor Ives.

The purpose of the lunch meeting was to discuss issues related to small business in North Andover and ideas on how to foster small business growth. Attendees expressed concerns about regulation, taxes, incentive for growth and competing with big business.

A Pumpkin Tree?!

People have been driving their cars up to it, staring at it, taking photos of it and marveling at its beauty.

Smolak Farms has a pumpkin tree.

Bridal Fashion Show for a Cause in October

Just get engaged and deciding what you and your bridesmaids should wear? Or planning a lavish upscale party and need to find that right look?
No need to head to New York for a fashion show. There will be one right in your town this month, and you can give to a great cause while you're at it.

MARBLEHEAD

Boston Hair Reopens Under New Ownership

Boston Hair Salon, located at 191 Pleasant St., was recently purchased and renovated by new owner and lifelong Marblehead resident, Lisa Buswell.
Buswell said the entire salon was updated to give it an "open, warm feeling."

Bliss Salon Adds New Entrance

If you haven't noticed, Bliss Salon recently added a new first-floor entrance that owner Richard Cutting said is aimed at increasing the overall visibility of the Village Plaza salon.

New Building Coming to Atlantic Avenue

The former home of the Fruit of the Four Seasons on Atlantic Avenue is expected to be torn down by the end of the year to make way for a new one-story, 2,000-square-foot commercial space.

SWAMPSCOTT

Swampscott Couple's Home Decor Company Opens Online

The Swampscott couple have an eye and passion for home decor.
So much so that they just launched an online business, Banarsi Designs.

Harvest at the Farmers Market

Sunday was the next-to-last time the Farmer's Market will be open in this its inaugural season. The last market of the season is Sunday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Swampscott High.

All About Dance Unveils New Space And New Store

One hundred students, parents and friends explored the bright new mirrored space that is All About Dance recently at its grand reopening.

Hardwood floors shined. Mirrored studios gleamed. Pink and black walls and trim popped, as did fresh flowers, tiaras and tutus.

Changing Face of Spa Industry at Essential Friends

Essential Friends Spa welcomes two nurses and new services this fall. Linda Wagner RN and Elyse Tufts RN, BSN join the Spa to offer injectables such as Botox and Juvederm along with new IPL machine services.

WAKEFIELD

What Do You Get The Person Who Has Everything? An Action Figure Of Course

One of the area's longtime business owners has come up with a fun and unique new gift idea with some help from an increasingly emerging new technology.

Many in Wakefield know Bob Sardella as the owner of Sardella Sign and Graphics at 68 North Ave., which marks its 40th anniversary on Friday with an open house. However, those who pay a visit to Sardella's sign company, which he founded in 1971 soon after his graduation from Wakefield High School, will see that Tribute Action Figures has taken an increasingly prominent role in the business space.

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