Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce

Ribbon Cuttings / Grand Openings

The Provident Bank opens new Hampton branch on Lafayette Road


Seabrook Walmart Celebrates Grand Reopening

The Walmart located at 270 Lafayette Road in Seabrook celebrated a grand re-opening, giving local shoppers a glimpse of the company's next generation of store design and customer experience.  The results of a two-month remodeling project was unveiled at the Seabrook Walmart on Wednesday, November 11, during a grand re-opening ceremony at 7:30 a.m.  Among the many improvements are a new layout, wider aisles, low-profile shelving, bright interior paint scheme, enhanced lighting, and easy-to-read signage to make the shopping experience more convenient for customers than ever before. 

"We listened to our customers and have redesigned the store to make shopping at Walmart even easier," said store co-manager Patty King.

New Layout Improves Customer Experience.  The remodeled Seabrook store features a more open shopping environment with wider aisles that contain no product displays.  Walmart also aligned the departments that customers shop most frequently, making it quicker to purchase everyday items.  "The new layout is easier to navigate, which will save our customers time as they shop for necessities," said King.

A bright interior paint scheme and enhanced lighting creates a more inviting shopping experience and helps define the store's merchandise areas.  Low-profile shelving creates an improved sightline and directional signage helps customers find the products they need. 

Expanded Departments Add Value and Savings.  The remodel also brings Walmart customers an expanded electronics department featuring a wide selection of the latest consumer electronics and home entertainment.  The new design includes a more hands-on experience for customers with interactive displays for hi-definition Blu-ray, video gaming, and portable electronics.  The interactive experience enables shoppers to test new technology.

A new department called Celebration Station has been added and will feature party supplies, greeting cards, balloons and helium tanks, cake supplies, and gift wrap.

About Walmart.  Every week, millions of customers visit Walmart stores, Neighborhood Markets, and Sam's Club locations across America or log on to its online store at www.walmart.com.  The company and its Foundation are committed to a philosophy of giving back locally.  Walmart (NYSE: WMT) is proud to support the causes that are important to customers and associates right in their own neighborhoods, and last year gave more than $378 million to local communities in the United States.  More information about Walmart can be found by visiting www.walmartstores.com.

Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce President Doc Noel (left) and Director of Membership Development Pat Morgenstern (right) celebrate the grand reopening of the newly remodeled Seabrook Walmart with Store Co-Manager Patty King (center).


Chamber Welcomes New Edward Jones Office

The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new Edward Jones Investments office with a ribbon cutting on November 10.  Friends, many from the Hampton Chapter of One More Referral, and family stopped by to wish success to the team of Jim Farnham, Financial Advisor and Lucy Champion, Branch Office Administrator.  The office is located in the Stoneleigh Plaza on Route 1 across from Harley Davidson.  Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors and small business owners in the communities in which they live and work.  The firm embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients and creating well-balanced portfolios emphasizing a buy-and-hold strategy.

Shown at the ribbon cutting are (from left):  Tim Stoner, Stoner Financial; Pat Morgenstern, Director of Membership Development, Hampton Area Chamber; Rich Demanowski, Fine Photography; Tom Nelson, Otsuka Pharmaceuticals; Amy Farnham; Jim Farnham; Lucy Champion; Mary Alice LaPoint, To the Point Marketing; Dianne McMillen, Everyday Money Matters; Mike Rust, Shaklee; and Louise Juneau-Kurylak, Pre-Paid Legal Svs.

The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Hampton location of Lavalley/Middleton Building Supply during the Grand Opening on June 5th, 2009.  A pig roast was held for their customers and the community, and the event helped professional Firefighters Local 2664 raise $300.00 for the Little Miss Mollie fund, which benefits 5-year-old Molly Rowlee of Hampton, who was diagnosed with lymphoma in February.

Lavalley/Middleton stresses that they are a community-based company that is here to service their customers with low cost materials and exceptional customer service. They are excited to be in Hampton and are confident that they will be a great addition to the community.

Lavalley/Middleton Building Supply was founded in 1962.  To date it is the largest independently owned building materials supplier in Vermont and New Hampshire.  The company gained two new stores located in Hampton and Meredith NH in October of 2008, totaling 10 stores to service their customers.  For more information, call 603-926-7626, visit 864 Lafayette Road, Hampton, or online at http://www.lavelleys.com/.

Pictured at the Lavalley/Middleton Building Supply open house are (from left):  Debbie Gagnon, Office/Credit Manager; Katie Regan, Assistant Manager: Andy Craberry, Manager; Ladd Johnson, Inside Sales; Doc Noel, President, Hampton Area Chamber; and Pat Morgenstern, Membership Director, Hampton Area Chamber.

The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed 180 Restaurant and Bar, located at 180 Lafayette Road (Route 1) in North Hampton, with a ribbon cutting recently.  180 has been open since late May with new ownership, a new look, and a menu which features wood fired pizza cooked in an authentic wood fired oven and everyday lunch and dinner favorites with a unique and tasty flare. The full menu can be found at www.180restaurantandbar.com.

Best friends and owners Graham Pellerin and Brendon MacMahon, both of Kingston, are thrilled about opening the new restaurant.  "The food is absolutely amazing," MacMahon said. "We've combined the best elements of menu items from our favorite restaurants from the Seacoast to New York City to create a truly unique and tasteful menu.  I think our guests will be pleasantly surprised with the array of specialty pizza and sandwich options."

Featured menu items include the sausage sub made with all natural peppers and onions; wood-fired wings; wood-fired pizza; the 180 burger; and The Lafayette sandwich, a flavorful combination of grilled chicken, bacon, Monterey jack cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms, garlic and honey mustard.

The new ownership is truly a family affair. MacMahon's sister, Danielle Sullivan, was hired on as restaurant manager, their dad, George, can be found behind the bar, and mom, Fran, will always be met with a warm hug and a smile in the kitchen.  Sullivan comes to 180 with an extensive culinary background in gourmet foods, fine catering and international travels.  In addition to Sullivan's menu creations, several long-standing family recipes, including the pizza sauce, the savory meatballs, and the meat marinades, can be found behind many of the menu items.

The restaurant, formerly Rosario's, has been given a complete makeover.  The new look and feel that 180 has brought to its storied location features a warm ambience filled with the inviting aroma of the wood fired oven, three large flat-screen TVs, a bar that seats 11, and a dining capacity of 42.  Hours are Sunday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to close. Call 603-379-6666 or visit http://www.180restaurantandbar.com/.

Photo:  Pictured at the ribbon cutting at 180 restaurant and Bar are (from left):  George; Danielle Sullivan, Restaurant Manager; Fran; Graham Pellerin and Brendon MacMahon (owners), Pauline Maloney, Hampton Chamber Director and Ambassador; and Doc Noel, Hampton Chamber President.


Jumpin Jack's Java is pleased to announce the opening of their 2nd location!   Located at the Hampton House Hotel one block north of the main strip on Hampton Beach, the newly renovated Express Café features a comfortable atmosphere and friendly service.

The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated with Jumpin Jack's at a ribbon cutting with many family members and well-wishers attending.

Join them year round as they serve premium hot and iced coffees and lattes.  They also offer a variety of frozen fruit smoothies and iced teas as well as an assortment of flavored lemonades to cool you down on a hot day!  Compliment your favorite drink with our freshly baked muffins, donuts, and assorted bagels. Breakfast sandwiches are made to order and are guaranteed to fill you as you enjoy your day on the beach!

Enjoy the views from comfortable seating as you read the newspaper or catch up on some work using the complimentary wireless internet service.

Jumpin Jack's Java is a proud supporter of the local high school community.  The Winnacunnet Scholarship Foundation offers college scholarship money to motivated seniors.  100% of the tips earned are given to this fund!   Jumpin Jack's has been fortunate to donate almost $20,000 over the past 3 years to this great endeavor, and they are proud to be an active participant in the Hampton community.  

Jumpin Jack's Java is open daily 6am-6pm.  They will be open late into the evening on Wednesdays during the summer months to enjoy the weekly Hampton Beach Fireworks displa Best Western The Inn at Hampton is now under new ownership, and was welcomed by the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce with a ribbon cutting recently.  The property was sold by a division of Maine Course Hospitality Group to Jenica Hospitality LLC, a division of Jamsan Hotel Management, Inc, located at 815 Lafayette Road, on March 12.  Recipient of the 2009 Best Western Director's Award, the Best Western Inn at Hampton is a full-service hotel featuring a leased restaurant and lounge, leased conference center, and an Avis rental facility. The property also includes an indoor heated swimming pool, hot tub, exercise facility, game room, full business services, and meeting and banquet facilities accommodating up to 500 people.

Jenica Hospitality and General Manager Sunny Limbachia along with all the Best Western Staff are very excited with this new Seacoast venture.  "We know Best Western The Inn at Hampton has maintained a strong community relationship and we look forward to continuing this tradition," says General Manager Sunny Limbachia. 

Located with convenient access to Hampton Beach, Portsmouth, Phillips Exeter Academy, and a variety of corporate locations, the hotel hosts guests with a variety of travel needs - from corporate business to leisurely stays.  Jenica Hospitality and Best Western The Inn at Hampton welcome the opportunity to host your guests.  Please feel free to contact the Inn at any time to discuss local or corporate rates.  

Pictured (from left):  William Berthiaume, Wendy Hartford, Pam Dahlstrom, Joyce Santos, Manager of Galley Hatch Conference Center Diane Farnham, Sonal and Baby Jenica Limbachia, General Manager Sunny Limbachia, Front Office Manager Alissa Fedele, Jacquelyn Benson, Beverly Saulnier, Hampton Chamber of Commerce Membership Director Pat Morgenstern, and Chamber member Geoff Merrill of Tobey & Merrill Insurance.

The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Chez Boucher celebrated the opening of the Seacoast area's first Culinary Arts Training Center, a significant expansion of its regionally acclaimed French cooking school established for the budding professional and novice alike, with a ribbon cutting this week.  The Center, now housed at 32 Depot Square in the heart of Downtown Hampton, is complete with its culinary arts education programs, a company store, film production studio kitchen, and authentic bistro.

One-third larger than its prior Hampton location, Chez Boucher occupies a 3,200 sq. ft., custom-equipped facility decorated in the warm, welcoming tones characteristic of the Old World.  Executive Chef-Owner Ron Boucher's master plan for a cooking-school-turned-culinary-training-center features several exciting enhancements.

The new, larger teaching kitchen is designed as a film production studio outfitted with cameras and monitors for taping and viewing of cooking techniques and demonstrations.  Later this year, Boucher plans to launch a professional, on-line training program.

Chez Boucher's approach is based on an appreciation of the Slow-Food movement:  from the farm to the kitchen to the table.

For more information about the center or for a tour, contact Chez Boucher French Cooking School at 603-926-2202 or info@chezboucher.com.

Executive Chef-Owner Ron Boucher, C.E.C., A.A.C, founded the school in 2003.  Winner of the Hampton Chamber of Commerce's "2008 Faith in the Future Award," Boucher is a proponent of the Slow-Food Movement and the wide range of classes are designed to satisfy the novice cook, the gourmet enthusiast as well as the career-minded culinary professional.  Visit www.chezboucher.com for a comprehensive overview of the center.

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