Take home a ‘Telly’
You’ve seen them. A store owner throwing a hammer through a TV to illustrate he’s smashing prices. A car salesman in the doghouse for outselling his wife’s auto franchise. Two furniture dealers offering solutions to “sectional frustration.” Local commercials.
If you think your commercial is just as memorable, you can submit it for a Telly Award.
Founded in 1978, the Telly Awards honor the best in local, non-network and cable commercials and non-broadcast films and videos. With categories ranging from banks to beer and over 100 more, your commercial will likely fit into a category.
To qualify, commercials or programs must not have appeared on the national feed of one of the four major TV networks. Spots appearing on a local network affiliate are eligible.
The deadline for entries is March 5. For more information, visit tellyawards.com. —CK
Making the clothes that make the man
Nothing looks more smashing than an impeccably tailored, custom-made suit. But if you think you have to go to Italy to get one, think again.
Regan Clothiers Ltd. of Hudson will not only create a suit to your exact measurements, they’ll come to your home or office to take those measurements.
“Very few of us are shaped like the store mannequins, so ready-made suits often don’t fit,” said owner and clothier James Regan. “A custom-tailored suit will fit you properly. And if it fits properly, you’ll look good and feel good.”
A benefit often overlooked with custom-made clothing is that it is typically more durable. “If it fits you properly, there will not be as much stress on the fabric or seams,” said Regan.
Regan also keeps all measurements on file, so a new suit is just a phone call away.
If you just want to add a little dash to your haberdashery, Regan Clothiers also makes custom shirts, trousers, shorts and other casual wear.
“Off-the-rack shirts are made according to neck size and are made to fit the largest guy out there, so many times the body is way too big when all you needed was a roomier neck,” he said.
Regan’s shirts measure to within a quarter-inch of the neck, have longer tails to stay tucked, fit the body and arms appropriately and are guaranteed not to shrink.
“If you only purchase one piece of custom clothing, shirts are the best,” he said.
Regan’s clothes come in over 3,000 fabrics. Prices for suits start at $595 and shirts at $75.
And ladies, Regan can suit you up, too. He said, “Women are a small, but growing segment of my business.”
For more information, call 682-4607 or visit reganclothiers.com. — CK
A growth industry
Business is blooming at Pleasant View Gardens, a Loudon-based company that recently received the distinction of being named Grower of the Year for 2004 by Greenhouse Grower magazine. This award is given to growers who demonstrate the highest standards of quality within the industry.
This home-grown, family-owned and -operated business took root in 1976 and was established by brothers Jeff and Henry Huntington.
The company is perhaps best known as one of the founders of the popular line of starter plants, Proven Winners. Beginning 13 years ago with just four varieties, the line has expanded to include over 135 varieties and is expected to grow to over 150 by year’s end.
Pleasant View Gardens distributes Proven Winners as well as textural accents, perennials, herbs and other seasonal flowering varieties throughout the United States.
“We are honored to be named Grower of the Year,” said co-owner Jeff Huntington. “We are committed to producing the best quality products we can, and being recognized for that makes it all worthwhile.” - BEN SCANNELL
North Country 'fairy godmothers'
The Cinderella Project of New Hampshire, a non-profit organization that gives free formal gowns and accessories to young women facing financial hardship, will be spreading a little magic in the North Country.
On Feb. 25 and 26, students from New Hampshire’s North Country and the border region of Vermont will be invited to browse and try on gowns, shoes and accessories for prom or other formal occasions.
The selection includes never-worn and gently-worn items donated by bridal shops and formal wear stores throughout New England. The gowns come in a wide variety of styles, colors and sizes, including petite and plus.
The Cinderella Project also will be serving those who are serving the country. A new program had started offering wedding dresses to military brides-to-be.
Boutiques will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. Feb. 25 and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at Stratford Public School in North Stratford.
To ensure a selection of wedding dresses, formal gowns and sizes, women interested in attending the North Country boutiques must call the Cinderella Project at 472-8043 or Sarah Jackson of Stratford Public School at 636-2634. More information is also available at TheCinderellaProjectOfNH.org. — CK
And the winner is...
If the closest you’ve ever been to an Oscar is in the Sesame Street aisle at Wal-Mart, now’s your chance to get in touch with your inner celebrity.
The Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce is turning its 2005 annual meeting and awards night into an “Oscar Party,” rolling out the red carpet on Feb. 18 at the Galley Hatch Conference Center at 6 p.m.
As you arrive, free souvenir photos will be snapped by “paparazzi.” Of course, there’s dinner and dancing, but also a “Best Celebrity Look-Alike” contest. Costumes are not required, but it may just impress the judges enough to garner you the Gold Oscar Award — an overnight stay for two at Foxwoods Casino and Resort.
Tickets are $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door. Tables of eight are available. For more information, call the chamber at 926-8718, ext. 102. — CK
Colby-Sawyer College in New London is hosting an exhibition of contemporary printmaking, paper and sculptural ceramics by internationally known artists Doug Trump (whose work, ‘Ungraphed,’ is shown at left), Sarah Amos, Catherine Farish and others. Works, ranging from paintings to ceramic wall hangings to paper designs, will be displayed at the Marian Graves Mugar Art Gallery from Feb. 4 through March 8. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 3. For more information, call 526-3647. — CK
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This article appears in the February 4 2005 issue of New Hampshire Business Review