Member Spotlight: Kate Goldsborough Stylist

Kate Goldsborough Stylist is an unusual shop for our area. Owner Kate Goldsborough offers her trained eye and New York style to anyone looking for an a la carte or complete makeover. Her shop, formerly known as Art To Go, is located at 85 Main Street in Littleton.

How did you become a stylist?
After graduating Bennington College, I pursued an acting career in New York City where I did my advanced training. Through the years in school and beyond, make-up and wardrobe processes were running alongside the craft of acting. I borrowed techniques from the stylists for fun and because I was interested. Through that, helping friends, plus lots of shopping as research- of course- I discovered I’d inherited an eye for color from my artist mother, Carole Goldsborough McMillen and and the hand/eye from both she and my surgeon father, Richard H. Goldsborough. Long before I earned my cosmetology license, I found I had the ability to help people bring out their looks, and I found it gratifying that I could manifest my vision while giving them an emotional boost.

Is that your mission?
As the tagline on the front of the store implies, I help women with their look from hair to footwear. But my brand line is, “Get a look that turns your head.”  What I do is for the client herself. So much of beauty is about having your own style, and style doesn’t mean fashion, style means, “I choose to be who I want to be, presenting what I want to present.”

I coach where I see I can help, and that sometimes falls into the area of confidence.

Why did you decide to bring styling to Littleton?
Though I’ve been a consistently evolving retail store, and I’ve been on Main Street since 1995 as Art To Go, Kate Goldsborough Stylist is a change from an emphasis on retail to a total style center, which also includes boutique offerings. But when I decided to re-brand I was super unsure as to whether the market could sustain the unusual business model. I decided to put everything I do under one umbrella.  My clients seem to like it, and when I was in B School (online marketing training for entrepreneurs), Marie Forleo was wowed by the idea.

I had a lot of help from experts around me. Kate Goldsborough Stylist is the evolution of my abilities and proclivities—but it was one scary move to brand the business as me. And who’s ever heard of a style center? Especially in the North Country!

 

I went into Kate Goldsborough Stylist rather bedraggled and came out shining! She is very kind and really knows how to bring out the best in her clients. I get compliments everyday from my new look. I never thought my hair could look this good. I have a skincare and makeup regime I can easily do myself. I love the clothes she picked for me and look forward to buying more. – Virginia W., Manchester VT


What services and products do you offer?
I offer a total makeover. Or people can do just their clothes, hair, makeup, skin, whatever.

The official list includes:
Cut • Color • Brows • Personal Styling • Closet Transformations • Photo Styling • Events • Inner Confidence
But I also address ongoing health for beauty from the inside out.

Browsers can stop by the Main Street location to inquire about working with me on site or have consultations from afar.

I also offer a six-week group class. 603 616-9211 or kategoldsborough.com

 

Which town do you live in?
Bethlehem

What do you love about the Littleton area?
As a shop owner, I love that so many places converge here:  Canada, Vermont, Maine, Mass all touch NH and it’s not a big effort to get to Littleton. It’s fun to hear French in the shoe aisle of TJ Maxx! We have cool shops and businesses on a street that has the advantage of being an old fashioned walking street, and people are charmed by it. As a resident, I love the countryside, skiing, and New England beauty, but there’s also music, art, theater, and a cool community of people.

 

NH Legislative Updates – June 2018

 

From the New Hampshire Travel Council. For a list of all the bills the NH Travel Council is following, click here.

The New Hampshire Legislative session came to an unofficial close this past Wednesday.  I say unofficial because the Legislature will most likely come back for a day to deal with veto messages from the Governor.  That will take place either in early June or they may wait until late August/September.

On Wednesday the two chambers voted on the Committee of Conference (CoC) reports that were finalized last week.  While most of the 60 bills that went to a CoC were passed by both chambers there were a few that did not pass.

Below is a summary of the final outcome of some of the key bills we were monitoring.

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT:  SB 318  This bill originally dealt with repealing certain provisions of the youth employment law governing the employment of youths 16 and 17 years of age.  The bill was amended several times throughout the legislative process and was eventually adopted by both chambers and it addresses other labor laws in addition to youth labor laws.   The final version establishes criteria under which the commissioner of the Department of Labor may conduct a workplace inspection; amends certain notification and posting requirements; amends certain provisions of the youth employment law; and amends the requirements for employer retention of hour and wage records.

Regarding youth labor laws, the bill now allows 16 and 17 year olds to work 30 hours a week during a 5 day school week, 40 ¼ hours a week during a 4 day school week, and 48 hours during a school week with at least 1 but no more than 3 school days.

The bill also addressed an ongoing issue between employees and their employer concerning uniforms for the work place.  The law now states (change is underlined): “Uniform” means a garment with a company logo or fashion of distinctive design, worn by one or more employees, and serving as a means of identification or distinction.  No employer shall require an employee to wear a uniform unless the employer provides each employee with a uniform reasonably suited for the conditions in which the employee would be required to wear one, at no cost to the employee.  An employee may purchase any other company garments or items if the employee chooses.

FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE:  HB 628 establishes a system of paid family and medical leave insurance. After passing the House by a slim margin, the full Senate voted along party lines to interim study this bill 14-10.  An interim study vote is the polite way of killing a bill in the second year of the session. This bill would have created a paid medical leave program funded by and employee payroll reduction.  The benefit would have been for 6 weeks and the program was optional in that you could opt-out at the time of being hired.

UNUSED VACATION TIME: HB 1201, relative to an employee’s earned but unused vacation time.  This bill requires an employer to pay its employees for earned but unused vacation time.  After passing the House by a slim margin this bill headed over to the Senate.  The full Senate voted to kill the bill on a voice vote.

MEDICAID EXPANSION:   SB 313  As drafted, the bill establishes the New Hampshire Granite Advantage Health Care Program which shall replace the current New Hampshire health protection program.  Under this program, those individuals eligible to receive benefits under Medicaid and newly eligible adults will choose coverage offered by one of the managed care organizations contracted as vendors under the Medicaid program.  For the first time, this measure would claim 5 percent of state liquor sales profits to serve as a taxpayer match for the New Hampshire Granite Care Advantage Health Care Program. This bill has passed both chambers and is going to the Governor’s office.

CAMPGROUNDS:  SB 501, relative to immunity for campground owners.  This bill provides immunity for campground owners, except for intentional acts or omissions which cause death or injury.  The bill passed the Senate with an amendment by a voice vote.  When the bill went over to the House it met strong head winds in the House Judiciary Committee, where it was recommended inexpedient to legislate (ITL).  The full House adopted that recommendation by a vote of 170-101.  There was a last ditch effort by the sponsor of the bill, Sen. Avard, to tack this bill onto to a House Bill which he succeeded to do in the Senate.  Unfortunately, when it went back to the House Judiciary Committee, they recommended that the full House non-concur with the Senate change.

WORK SCHEDULES:  SB 422, relative to advance notice of work schedules.  This bill requires an employer to give 14 days’ advance notice of work schedules to its employees.  This bill gained some Republican support on the Senate floor, but was ultimately tabled.  A bill being tabled in effect kills the bill, but still needs monitoring as it can be taken off the table at any time (with a simple majority), but in this case I believe it went on the table to die.

MEALS AND ROOMS TAX :  HB 1609  This bill allows towns and cities to adopt an additional surcharge under the meals and rooms tax on hotel occupancy within the town or city and deposit the funds collected by the department of revenue administration and paid to the town or city into a capital reserve fund, revolving fund, or other special revenue fund.  This again had support from the City of Portsmouth as well as others from that area.  The full committee voted to recommend this bill inexpedient to legislate (ITL) by a vote of 14-7.  This bill was killed on the House floor this past week.

HIGHWAY SIGNS:  SB 400, relative to traveler information signs on highways.  This bill provides that the fee charged to a nonprofit organization for advertising space on a limited access highway shall be limited to the initial cost of the sign or its replacement. The full Senate voted to pass the bill.  The bill was amended to provide that the fee for non-profits only be enough to cover the cost of the sign.  Over on the House side the House Public Works and Highways Committee voted to recommend that this bill be killed 18-0.  The full House killed this bill.

BUSINESS TAXES:  HB 1292, relative to the effective dates of changes to the rates for the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax.  This bill changes the effective dates of the rate reductions to the business profits tax and the business enterprise tax to the beginning of the respective calendar year. In essence it bumped up the start date for the next round of business tax cuts by 6 months.  Starting January 1, 2019 the business profit tax will decrease from 7.9% to 7.7% and the business enterprise tax will decrease from .675% to .60%.

Member Spotlight: Lincoln Sign Company

 

Lincoln Sign Company has been crafting custom wood signs since 1972. We spoke with owner Roy Whitaker about his business, which he purchased in 2015.

Why did you decide to purchase a sign company?
Roy is a serial entrepreneur who has lived in many places. He has been visiting northern New Hampshire since 2002, and a position with New England Disabled Sports brought him to the North Country permanently. “I wanted to be in the mountains,” explained Roy. “It was an opportunity to move in a different direction than where my life was at the time.”

While living and visiting northern New Hampshire, Roy “Noticed the awesome signs around the area that Lincoln Sign had made and I saw the opportunity to continue the craftsmanship tradition.” Although the business wasn’t officially for sale, a conversation with the owner at a BBQ piqued his interest in purchasing the business.

What services and products do you offer?
Lincoln Sign Company is a full-service sign shop offering custom signs of all kinds, banners, and vehicle lettering. They’re known for their carved and dimensional sign work. They also offer design services for the graphics to be used on their products, as well as installation and maintenance services.

Tell us about your expansion!
Lincoln sign is set to relocate to a new building in the Lincoln Industrial Park this summer. According to Roy, “The current shop was founded in 1972 and we’re going to expand by almost three times the footprint, which will give us the opportunity to make more signs. We expect to increase capacity by 40%. Right now we have to start a sign and can’t move it until after the paint dries. With our new space, we won’t have to worry about carving wood on one side of the building and painting on the other.”

Volunteerism
Lincoln Sign Company joined the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce in 2015. Roy also serves as the President of the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce and the Vice President of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.

Which town do you live in?
North Woodstock

What do you love about the Littleton area?
Roy loves the access to outdoor recreation, such as skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Member Spotlight: Northern Lights Music

Northern Lights Music has been a highlight on Main Street, Littleton since 1978. We spoke with owners Dan and Moocho Salomon about their business.

Why did you decide to open a music store?
Dan was waiting for Moocho to finish up her degree at Franconia College since he was a semester ahead. He opened up a teaching studio in Littleton while he was waiting. It had accessories and a few instruments to supply his students.

Dan thought that with the student population at Franconia college that there would be a market for a small music/teaching studio. Unfortunately, the year Northern Lights Music was born Franconia College closed its doors. Of course, the store has evolved over its 40 year lifespan starting as a music store, then selling everything from satellite dishes to stereo equipment and then going back to  its roots as a music store which is what it does today.

What services and products do you offer?
The store offers some of the finest guitars in the country now, from luthiers from across America. Collings from Austin Texas, Santa Cruz from California, Bourgeois Guitars from Lewiston, Maine and National and Fender are just some of the companies that are represented today. The store supplies accessories, does repairs and even supplies some fun things for the tourists on Main Street who wander in. The store’s website is an important component of our store today and people can “visit” the store virtually before traveling to see the Main Street location. Northern Lights also ships nationally as the website offers a great up-close representation of what’s in stock for guitars.

 

What roles do each of your family members play in the business?
Dan is the founder and is alway sought for his expertise and wealth of knowledge on all things guitar. Moocho keeps the eye on merchandise, displays, and the retail image. Sons Asher and Ben have been around the store all their young lives and have been working in the business since college. Asher is the videographer for the store’s YouTube page and photographer for the website. He and Ben both are great salesmen and bring essential youthful enthusiasm to the store. Their ability to do IT work has been an important contribution to the store. Everyone in the family is a musician.

 

 

Which town do you live in?
Bethlehem

 What do you love about the Littleton area?
Dan and Mooch always wanted to stay in the area after the College closed. They have always loved hiking, skiing and swimming in the rivers, loving the White Mountains and the quality of life up here. Littleton has always been the center of commerce for the area and it has been interesting and exciting to see its evolution. When we started out it still had Saranac Gloves and JJ Newberry. Now there are hip little shops and a great art and music scene.

How long have you been a Chamber member?
We’ve been a member of the Littleton Area Chamber since the beginning of the store in 1978. We just thought, as we were starting out, that that was the right thing to do.

Are you doing anything fun to commemorate your 40th anniversary?
We will have a celebration for the 40th on June 21st!

Member Spotlight: Thayers Inn

In the early 1840’s Henry L. Thayer was a successful Littleton merchant in the early 1840s. He had always dreamed of building a modern hotel with character. Despite warnings of failure, the dream started taking shape in 1843 when he purchased the lot just east of his store. Although the exact year construction began is unknown, sources indicate January 14, 1850 as opening day for “Thayer’s White Mountain Hotel.” Thayer’s found success not long after when the railroad came to Littleton in 1852.

Additionally, stagecoaches were owned and operated by Thayer to transport guests between the hotel and the train depot as well as on tours of Franconia and Crawford Notches.

Henry L. “Dad” Thayer and his son Frank operated the hotel into the late 1800’s. In 1984, “Thayer’s White Mountain Hotel” became simply “Thayers Inn.”

With its Greek revival architecture and commanding position on Main Street Littleton, the hotel maintains a long history of hosting Presidents, leading politicians, celebrities and other notable dignitaries. Slanted doors and crooked floors add character to the building and is testament to its heritage and post and beam construction. Today the hotel comprises of 35 bedrooms and suites, Grill One Eleven restaurant – serving lunch and dinner, and space for private and corporate events.

Member Spotlight: Kerri Harrington, LAc

Kerri Harrington, LAc is an acupuncturist based in Littleton. We spoke with her about her business.

When did you start your business?
I’ve been nationally licensed since 2001 and have had my NH licensure for 8 years and my business for four. Previously I was licensed in Vermont. My business first opened on Cottage Street and I moved to 32 Main Street about a year ago, just above The Coffee Pot.

Originally I was pre-med in undergrad at Hamilton College, focused on neurobiology and totally geared towards becoming a doctor. Then I joined the Peace Corps and served on the Chinese border ofKazakhstan from 1994 to 96. While there I was introduced to a lot of different ways of healing because they treat things differently. They deal with a lot of chronic conditions at home and use natural healing methods.

 

When I came back and was thinking about med school, something switched and I began looking at other options. I decided to go to California to study acupuncture.

What services do you offer?
I’m an acupuncturist with a larger scope of practice. I offer acupressure, massages, cupping (deep tissue), and moxibustion (fire and herbs).

I see a lot of people as part of their circle of healing. They have their MD, they may see a therapist, and they see me. A lot of things come together to help the situation. It’s truly holistic medicine.

People come to me for pain the most, but I do work with mental health. Asthma, chronic conditions, insomnia.

I can accept insurance.

Which town do you live in?
Bethlehem. My husband teaches math at the White Mountain School and I’m the mom to a 12 and 14 year-old.

What do you love about the Littleton area?
Just about everything! I love the community. There’s so much to do, especially in the arts and the music. I’ve been an assistant at the Loading Dock since the beginning. I’m also the guitarist in Not Your Mother and play in a ukulele band called the Mother Pluckers. “Acupuncture by day rock star at night.”

Member Spotlight: State Farm – Lynne Warren

Lynne Warren is a State Farm agent based in Lincoln. We spoke with her about her business.

When did you open your State Farm Agency?

After continuously traveling for nine years for my job, I decided it was time to do something that would allow me to stay closer to home. I had always been an entrepreneur and wanted to do something where I was contributing and participating in the community.

I have friends who have been State Farm agents for years and they love it. And it hits all the marks for me – be in the community, participate in the community, and entrepreneurship. After a year of preparation, my State Farm agency opened September 1, 2017.

State Farm is one of the financially strongest companies (not just insurance companies) in the country. We were #33 on the Fortune 500  for 2017. When you are purchasing insurance – you are buying a promise. I would want to buy that promise from a strong company – so I can rest assured they will be there to deliver on that promise.

What type of insurance do you offer?
-Auto
-Home
-Life
-Short/Long-term disability
-Hospital income
-Liability
-Personal articles
-Business
-A variety of financial services. Visit www.insuredbywarren.com to learn more.

State Farm has been the #1 auto insurer in the U.S. since the 1940’s, the #1 home insurer since the 1960’s, and is the #1 life insurer as well.

Which town do you live in?
Sugar Hill – We absolutely loved the culture, which was hugely different from the small town we came from in Florida.

What do you love about living in the Littleton area?
We love the cohesive community feel that the North Country in general has and Main Street communities like Littleton with a walkable downtown. The change of seasons rather than hot and hotter have also been wonderful.

Tell me about the signpost painting that you are pictured with.
I had a vision of the old hand-painted signpost painting for my office.

With the help of friends, Maxine and Brenda Aldrich, I was able to connect with New Hampshire artist Giselle Thompson. Giselle took my idea and ran with it – to create this beautiful piece you can see hanging in my office. I selected the places for the sign, and she added the local scenery and wildflowers.

Meet Our New Intern: Skylar Carr

Skylar grew up in Lancaster and is a 2017 graduate of White Mountains Regional High School. She is attending Endicott College for Hospitality Management with a concentration in Event Management and a minor in Dance. Continue reading to learn more about Skylar.


Why did you decide to intern at LACC?

While searching for a internship, I realized that a lot of larger hotels and event companies aren’t near me. I had to do a lot of searching and I thought that I was going to end up staying downstate to complete my internship. However, one of my friends at Endicott mentioned that she had done an internship at the Chamber of Commerce in her town and she loved it! She told me that it is a great start for an internship in the Hospitality field, because the Chamber plans events all over the area. As an aspiring event planner, I thought this would be the perfect start to my future as an event planner!


What is your post college dream job?

My dream job after college is to be a wedding planner, but I wouldn’t mind planning other events as well. However, if I decided that event planning wasn’t working out, I would LOVE to work in a luxury hotel!


How do you think your experience with LACC will help you in your career?

I think that my experience at LACC will help me with my career, because I am learning a lot of different aspects of the hospitality industry. From planning events, to marketing, to social media aspects, etc. I feel as though I am learning a lot of great skills sets that are going to be a asset to my future of work. I also believe that being a part of a Chamber, means meeting all the members of the local businesses and networking. This is huge in this industry, because you have to be great with people and willing to put yourself out there.


What do you love about the Littleton Area?

I have lived in Lancaster, NH my whole life, but I frequently come to Littleton! Whether it is to shop, eat, or to visit the river district. I love walking along main street as well and seeing all the local businesses, they are some of my favorite places to shop. Plus, there are endless places to eat here and they are all delicious! The town is just so friendly and there are a lot of places to go and things to see in just one small town. Even with the temperatures lately, you can’t complain about living in the mountains!


What are your favorite hobbies and activities?

Dance is my all time favorite activity. I danced for 11 years at Dance Images and now I am going into my 12th year of dance at Endicott College. I am apart of the Repertory Dance Ensemble at Endicott College. I am excited that I have the opportunity to continuing dancing in college. Aside from dancing, I love to plan events, work with kids, shop, spend time with family and friends, and listen to music.

Member Spotlight: Grid North Guide Service

Grid North Guide Service’s mission is to provide their guests the opportunity to experience the beauty of the New Hampshire Wilderness through various activities, such as fishing, canoeing, ice fishing, and more.

We spoke with owner Paul Starring to get the scoop on Grid North.

 

When did you open Grid North Guide Services?

I started Grid North Guide Service, LLC in 2016 after I became a Licensed New Hampshire Fishing Guide. Working as a teacher at the Woodland Community School in Bethlehem kept me busy during the 2016-2017 school year, but I used my free time preparing to guide during the 2017 spring, summer, and fall months. My first guest was from California and he was interested in catching eastern brook trout. I took him to a spot where the fish were rising and he caught his fill of rainbow & brook trout.

 

Why did you decide to open Grid North?

I have always loved the outdoors and for years I searched for jobs that would put me in an outdoor environment. The idea of becoming a guide was on my mind for years, but it wasn’t until 2015 that I started to pursue it. A NH business, called the NH Outdoor Learning Center, offered a three day course to prepare individuals for the NH guide test. The test included a written portion and an oral board test. Upon passing the written test I went before a board of two conservation officers and a local guide/retired conservation officer. The test comprised of showing comprehensive map & compass knowledge, first aid, fish identification, boating laws & safety, and a lost person scenario. As an outdoorsman I am continually trying to become better in the outdoors and learn new skills. The NH guide test not only gave me the chance to become a guide, but was a way to test myself as an outdoorsman. At the end of 2016, I decided to challenge myself even more and began to prepare for the Maine guide test, which is known to be one of the hardest guide tests in the country. In the spring of 2017 I became a Registered Maine Guide for Recreation & Fishing. I guess to sum it all up; I enjoy the challenge of the outdoors, the continued need to learn new skills, and the ability to pass my knowledge and passion on to others.

 

What do you love about being a guide?

I love the forests, mountains, fields, lakes, rivers and streams of NH. There is nothing better than standing in a beautiful river, casting a fly, and looking at the pristine beauty of the White Mountains. Being able to take a guest outdoors to experience what I love is great. I have guided individuals who are both experienced and beginners. Most guests are interested in fly fishing and hire me as a guide for my knowledge of the area and for a better chance to catch fish, which is never a guarantee. I enjoy watching a guest catch a fish and fight to bring it in, almost as much as I love catching fish. The excitement on their face gives me a great sense of satisfaction.

 

Activities Grid North can guide you on:

  • Fly fishing – multiple fish species in a boat or wade fishing
  • Spin Fishing – multiple fish species in a boat or wade fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Canoeing 14’ Old Town Canoe – paddle trips and fishing
  • Fishing from my 21’ Freighter Canoe with outboard engine.
  • Scenic boat rides in the freighter canoe
  • Wilderness Navigation classes
  • Coming soon – Multiple days remote fishing trips into Maine – Fly into remote lakes & ponds by seaplane or hike in.

 

Which town do you live in?

I moved to NH when I was four and Littleton has been my home for 30 years. I live in an old farm house (1839) with my wife and three daughters.

 

What do you love about living in the Littleton Area?

Growing up in Littleton I spent the majority of my time outside either behind my house or hiking through the woods with my friends. I have fond memories of grabbing a fishing pole with my best friend and heading down to a pond near his house to catch pickerel, when were only 9-10 years old. Now that I am older I still pursue my outdoor hobbies like fishing and hunting, but also enjoy the ability to grow vegetables, raise chickens & pigs, and harvest firewood of my land. Being on the outskirts of Littleton I have the ability to enjoy all the outdoor activities I love to pursue, but I can also quickly head into town to spend time with my family eating at a great restaurant or shopping on Littleton’s beautiful Main Street. Littleton is also a great place to raise a family and my daughters can experience everything this area has to offer. I am truly blessed to live in such a great place.

Dawn D. Bugbee Elected to Board of Directors of Union Bank

 

Morrisville, VT – David S. Silverman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Bank announced today that, on August 19, 2015 the Board of Directors of Union Bankshares, Inc. appointed Dawn D. Bugbee of South Hero, Vermont to the Board of Directors of Union Bank.“We are excited and honored to have Dawn Bugbee on Union Bank’s Board, stated Silverman.

Dawn’s financial expertise at the corporate level and keen understanding of customer service will be of great value to Union Bank’s board and management team. We look forward to her contributions as Union Bank continues to grow.”

 

Bugbee, a CPA, is currently Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Green Mountain Power Corporation. Previous positions held include CFO of Northwestern Medical Center of St. Albans, Vermont and serving as Senior Audit Manager for a regional accounting firm. Dawn served on the board of Vermont Educational and Health Buildings Finance Agency for the past ten years. She serves on the Goodwill of Northern New England board. Dawn is married to attorney Jesse Bugbee of Kissane Associates in St. Albans and has four grown children.