NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

June 14, 2011

Business briefs


Girls night out at Vizcaya Active

Vizcaya Active, 1 Merrimac St. Unit 5, invites the public to join them for a night of shopping, treats and pampering tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. Check out their swimsuits, sugar hand scrubs and aromatherapy oils and leave Vizcaya Active feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and in fashion for summer.

Jewett Farms launches flooring component

Jewett Farms Studio, 58 Merrimac St., will hold an open house Friday, June 24, 3 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to celebrate their launch of Jewett Farms Flooring. Come, see, touch, feel, experience and, of course, eat, drink, and be merry with the crew from Jewett Farms as they officially launch Jewett Farms Flooring. They are well-known for their passion for great design, as well as building some of the finest cabinetry and furniture, but they also supply some of the highest-quality and most distinctive flooring.

Special rate for new chamber members

The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry invites residents, individuals and retirees to be members of the chamber at a special rate. If you are interested in getting plugged into both the business and general community, meet new people and stay abreast of local issues, then join the chamber for just $168. College students can also join for just $25 a year and get a jump-start on their career by networking, learning and being introduced to business owners they might not otherwise have a chance to meet. Discounted educational programs and events are also part of the benefits for students. For more information on how to join, contact Patty St. John, vice president Membership Development at 978-462-6680, ext. 14 or visit http://www.newburyportchamber.org/events.shtml.

AJH honored for healthy hearts campaign

The New England Society for Healthcare Communications recently honored Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport for excellence in marketing, public relations and communications. The hospital won an Award of Excellence for its Healthy Heart Torch program. To help shed light on heart disease, the No. 1 killer of both men and women, Anna Jaques, The Tannery Marketplace in Newburyport and seven communities surrounding the hospital embarked on a heart disease prevention and public service campaign.

In keeping with the spirit of the Winter Olympics athletes, heart disease survivors, elected officials, community volunteers and professional runners carried a special Healthy Heart Torch more than 35 miles between Newburyport, Newbury, Rowley, Georgetown, West Newbury, Salisbury, Amesbury and back to Newburyport. Overall, 15 runners ran more than 35 miles during a two-week period.

"The Anna Jaques Hospital entry is an example of the best and brightest work produced in our area," said Lee Reynolds Crouch, president of NESH. "The entry was creative, innovative and results-driven and showcased Anna Jaques Hospital extremely well."

The Lamplighters were established in 1974 to showcase and honor excellence in health care communications in the New England region. The 2011 competition included more than 340 entries from more than 85 organizations. Entries were judged by the Minnesota Health Strategy and Communications Network.

Chase and Lunt Insurance expands department

Chase and Lunt Insurance in Newburyport is expanding its personal lines department. Nicole Boggoch of Amesbury has joined Chase and Lunt's team of seven agents in the 12-person personal lines department. She previously was a regional manager at a large national carrier with five years of experience in the field. Ashley Whalen of Newbury has been promoted to sales account executive. She has been with Chase and Lunt for two years and has also previously worked for a large national carrier. For more information, call 978-462-4434 or visit www.chaseandlunt.com.

Greeting service celebrates milestones

Community Greetings is an in-home greeting service that has been calling on people in the comfort of their homes since 1999. Community Greetings extends a warm welcome to people who have moved, have a new family member, or a joyous occasion such as an engagement or new business opening. Recipients are given a gift bag filled with community information, including voter registration forms, recycling information and a local phone directory, which includes a local map, and much more. Also included is information from professional and service providers, along with great gift certificates from local restaurants and shops. All of this is delivered free. For more information, visit their Web page at www.community-greetings.com.

Sonora DesignWorks relocates in city

Sonora DesignWorks, has relocated to the Merrimac Mill building in Newburyport. The firm, which designs websites for companies in Massachusetts and across the U.S., is open for business at 44 Merrimac St.

Sonora DesignWorks specializes in high-quality Web design and marketing services, including SEO and PPC. The firm also does traditional graphic design for print materials. Sonora's experience includes working with a wide variety of industries, including industrial, retail and real estate. In addition to Somers, Sonora employs six people who bring to the table a deep skill set in online marketing and design.

Elements Therapeutic Massage expands to Newburyport

Matt Perry has opened Elements Therapeutic Massage in Port Plaza at 45 Storey Ave. in Newburyport. Elements has created a niche in providing therapeutic massage services. About 70 to 80 percent of massages performed at Elements are deep-tissue massages, including trigger-point work to meet clients' unique therapeutic needs. Prenatal massages, hot-stone massage, sports massage and other massage services are also offered. The studio, which is a franchise, is open seven days a week, welcomes walk-ins and offers a membership program that allows clients to receive regular, discounted massage therapy services each month. Call 978-358-7233 or visit http://touchofelements.com/newburyport.

Specialty food company nationally certified

In its third year of business, local specialty food company Good Tastes Kitchen owned by Sarah Pike of Newburyport has recently received national certification as being a woman-owned business. Since its launch, Good Tastes has changed from a local meal delivery service and catering company to a gourmet food wholesaler, specializing in a line of gourmet frozen macaroni and cheese. The mac and cheese has also recently gone through a product relaunch, with new packaging, new flavor profiles and a new retail price. It has been distributed nationally online as well as in seven states and more than 50 stores in New England, including Whole Foods Market and many independent, upscale gourmet shops. At a recent food show, Whole Foods Northeast, which is the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut area, expressed interest in taking the product on for fall 2011. The woman-owned business certification will help Pike gain a foothold in larger grocery retail chains and allow access that would have previously been cost-prohibitive given enormous slotting fees for shelf space.

Organizing and staging company open

Less Is More LLC, a professional organizing and home staging company owned and operated by local residents Merri-Lee Steeves and Sharon Honey is now doing business in the greater Newburyport area. Less Is More offers a professional and friendly service guiding you toward the creation of efficient organization and relieving the stress of a cluttered environment. For a complimentary one hour consultation and assessment, contact Sharon 978.494.2132 or Merri-Lee 978.569.3093 or visit www.onyourwaytoLessIsMore.com.

Drouin joins Elder Services team

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley is pleased to announce the addition of Maureen Drouin to the company. Maureen joins Elder Services as director of housing and community programs.

Before joining Elder Services, Maureen worked as a director of planning for Vinfen Corporation providing strategic planning and implementation for the organization. Also within Vinfen, Maureen held the role of director of planning for the department of mental health where she focused on supervising and supporting 14 community- based programs.

Maureen brings extensive planning, development and coordination experience to her new role at Elder Services. She will be responsible for area agency on aging activities including distribution of grant funding, development and implementation of an area plan, grant writing, community outreach and oversight of a number of different programs including Ombudsman, SHINE and nutrition services. She is also an active member of the agency's senior leadership team.

Jendrysik joins Mechanica as creative director

Ted Jendrysik, award-winning copywriter and creative director, joins Mechanica as creative director. He will work on a variety of the agency's accounts. Before joining Mechanica, Jendrysik was creative director at Arnold, and prior to that an SVP creative director at Mullen, both located in Boston.

Mechanica, a 7-year-old Newburyport-based firm, employs 20 strategists, creative directors and brand directors pioneering a new approach to creating compelling, profitable brand experiences. Current and recent Mechanica clients include: Saucony, Global Pari-Mutuel Solutions, Weight Watchers, FCHP, Communispace, Kronos, PTC, Abt and Associates, Symantec, the U.S. State Department and Irving Oil.

iMarc named Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce 2011 business of the year

iMarc, LLC is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the 2011 business of the year award from The Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce.

iMarc, a leading provider of web and application development services, has been a mainstay of the downtown Newburyport professional community since it moved in 1999 from Topsfield with two employees. Since then, iMarc has expanded its downtown Inn Street location, growing to 22 full-time employees in 2011.

iMarc serves roughly 200 clients including local companies such as Strem Chemicals and international companies such as Motorola and Starwood Hotels. In 2010, iMarc was recognized by Inc Magazine for the second time as one of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country.

iMarc strives to give back to the Newburyport community and has produced entire websites pro bono for Newburyport Pedicab, Customs House Maritime Museum, The Newburyport Public Library, ROOF Collaborative, and is currently doing strategy work in-kind for Anna Jaques Hospital. iMarc has provided financial support to many local organizations and has donated over 20 computer workstations to Newburyport public schools. Additionally, iMarc has presented seminars and talks for the Chamber and its members, participated in focus groups, and consulted to local government.

Dr. Jim Sisolak Joins Videyko Chiropractic

Dr. Jim Sisolak of Georgetown, MA has joined the team at the office of Dr. Robert Videyko in Newburyport. Dr. Sisolak received his bachelor of science degree from the University of Maryland before continuing to Parker Chiropractic College in Dallas Texas and earning his doctor of chiropractic degree. He then spent 3 years with a Chiropractic Spinal

Rehab facility in the Dallas area before working for several years with a large practice in the Merrimack Valley area.

Dr. Sisolak specializes in the Activator technique and neuro-muscular therapy. For more information about chiropractic care or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sisolak, 128 State St., call 978.465.1500 or visit the website at www.videykochiropractic.com.

Bank continues concerts series sponsorship

Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank's President and Chief Executive Officer Janice C. Morse recently announced that the bank has renewed its sponsorship of the Saturday evening concert series at the Maudslay Arts Center located at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport. The bank was the founding sponsor of the Maudslay Arts Center series (2005/06). To view 2011 Summer Season, visit http://www.maudslayartscenter.org/category/events/

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