Retail & Tourism

Taking the pulse of the Lakes Region

NHBR’s editors sat down last month with businesspeople from the Lakes Region at the Chase House at Mill Falls in Meredith to discuss how the region’s economy is faring and their expectations for the future. The participants were: Joel Arsenault,…

Hirshberg to step down as president of Stonyfield

Gary Hirshberg, the visionary co-founder of Stonyfield Farm in Londonderry, has announced that he is stepping down from his role as president and "CE-Yo" of the organic yogurt company. Hirshberg will remain as Stonyfield's chairman. Walt Freese, former CEO of…

Bloomingdale's Outlet to open at new Merrimack mall

A Bloomingdale's Outlet will be among the 100 stores opening this spring at the Merrimack Premium Outlets, the high-end clothing retailer announced Wednesday. Macy's Inc., owner of the Bloomingdale's department store chain, made the announcement in a press release. In…

Locally certified restaurant program slow to start

Since it was launched this summer, the New Hampshire Farm to Restaurant Connection's Certified Local program -- which gives bragging rights to restaurants in the state that serve local food on their menus -- has only received a few applications.…

In Lakes Region, tourism a mixed bag

It's not a bad life, economically speaking, up in the Lakes Region. But that doesn't mean it's the good life either. It should be. New Hampshire Business Review contacted a sampling of those who make their money off visitors in…

State rep taps China’s bounty

Ten years ago, state Rep. Fran Wendelboe, the staunch conservative deputy House majority leader from New Hampton “wouldn’t have dreamed of doing business in China.” Even now, as a “pro-life person,” China’s encouragement of abortion and its one-child policy, “absolutely…