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June 14, 2011

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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.

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