Meeting Minutes 9/11/18
September 11, 2018
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WEBA Meeting 9/11/2018

West End Business Association September 11, 2018
Present: Sara Curry, Blaze Yoga and Pilates, Erin Hayes, Ricci Lumber, Jeanne Russell, Portsmouth Center for Yoga and the Arts/Music Together; Catherine Plouffe, Gateway Taiji; Mark Willis, NH Theatre Project; Kathy Dutch, GreenGuard Center for Autism; Jacob Scanlon, Signature Title, Connie Freirmuth, Pontine Theater, Karin Meader, I Like That, Kate Harris and Keith Tharp, Sustainable Seacoast/Kate and Keith Photography, Johnathan Blakesee, White Heron Tea and Records; Steve Bowles and Jeremy Averill, Vizuluxe, Mallory Parkington, Mallory Parkington Photography, Sarah Blanchette and Ben Solomon, Wrap Jack Food Truck, Susan LaBrie, Discover Portsmouth, Donna Downes, Edible Arrangements, Steve Mailhot, Dogland, Jesse Ware, Futuro Construction, Mike Cavaretta, Cornerstone Pizza, Dawn Saari, Therapist/Resident, Meg and Jon Parker, Seacoast Sports Clubs, Amy Greenlaw, Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, Abby Peel, Sylvan Learning, Dan Umbro, Fishnet Media, Kristen Thornton, Great Rhythm Brewing
  1. 1884 HOUSE OPEN HOUSE – The businesses in the newly-renovated Frank Jones building is throwing a big open house to introduce the new space to the community. Signature Title will be open from 4-7 pm and five other businesses from 5-8 pm with an after-party at Cornerstone Pizza.
  • Pontine Theatre has season advertising opportunities available.
  • White Heron is celebrating 13 years in business and 5 years on Islington Street.
  • After 16 years in business, Bikram Yoga Portsmouth has rebranded as Blaze Yoga and Pilates.
  • Sarah and Ben are opening a new food truck in the West End at the old Getty station, “Wrap Jack.” There will be seating inside the Gerry when it gets cooler. Their next hurdle is a meeting with the City on Tuesday.
GUEST LECTURER-Warren Daniel will speak at our October 9th meeting. Warren is the Seacoast Regional Director of the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center. He will be speaking about resources available to small businesses, seminars and private coaching that they offer, as well as other Seacoast NH-focused topics. Donation suggested upon attendance.
WESTIVAL-WESTIVAL is coming right up on Saturday, September 29th from 11-3 pm at the Malthouse Exchange. Our theme for the year is West End Carnival.
  • We have printed materials for promo available and are looking for volunteers to canvas the neighborhood to build awareness. Available to help? Email Westival Coordinator Erin Hayes. A digital copy of the flyer was sent to you last month. Check your trash for your copy.
  • Volunteers! Be sure to send Erin your t-shirt sizes (and those of other volunteers from your organization) so we have the right size for you on Saturday.
There will be one more planning team meeting before the actual event. Reach out to Erin if you’re interested.
WEBA is partnering with Sustainable Seacoast to work on eliminating excess waste/positively impacting our Westival! This year, we are promoting BYOC: Bring Your Own Cup. Our beverage station, hosted by White Heron Tea and Sustainable Seacoast will provide free iced tea and water to all patrons who BYOC. Beverages will be a $1 donation if they don’t BYOC, served in a compostable cup. We strive to be a straw-free, Styrofoam free, and plastic bottle-free event! Please help us in promoting this mentality during the Westival!
Please join us at next month’s meet-up:
Tuesday, October 9th at 8 am at White Heron Tea.

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