Business Notes: Café Closes in Norwich; Hanover Firm Moving to Lebanon

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Norwich — The Norwich Square Cafe is closed and might soon have a new owner.

At least that’s what the cafe’s website says.

The bistro in downtown Norwich that opened in the space formerly occupied by Allechante is “currently closed while negotiating the sale of the cafe,” according to a notice on the cafe’s website.

Norwich Square Cafe was operated by Brent Gosselin and his wife, Fausta Gosselin, who provided a breakfast and lunchtime menu with an assortment of paninis, salads, soups, and bakery items.

The Goselins opened the cafe in January 2016, after the space had been vacant for a year. Prior to Allechante, the cafe was known as Alice’s.

Brent Gosselin did not respond to an email for comment.

Jane Osgood, who co-owns the Norwich Square commercial site with her husband, Ted Hilles, declined to comment about the status of the cafe or space.

Hanover’s Gallagher, Flynn Plans Summer Move to Lebanon

Hanover accounting and business consulting firm Gallagher, Flynn & Co. is planning to move out of its Lyme Road office and into new space at the Rivermill Commercial Center in Lebanon.

Firm co-managing partner Phil Lapp said the lease is expiring in June at Gallagher, Flynn’s current location in the office complex across the road from Hanover emergency services building and the accounting firm is currently undertaking a “heavy remodel” of about 3,200 square feet in the so-called spinning and weaving building at the Rivermill complex on Mechanic Street in Lebanon.

The renovations will include stripping the floors to the woodwork and an open-air, high-ceiling interior that will give the space the work environment of a high-tech start-up, Lapp said. Gallagher, Flynn currently employs between 10 to 12 people at its Hanover location, depending on time of year.

“We’d like to grow to 20 people,” Lapp said, “and staffing can be tough in the Upper Valley.” But the firm hopes the new workplace offices will be a drawing card for potential hires and “add to the quality of life for our employees.” The firm expects to be in the new offices by July 1.

The Rivermill Commercial Complex was acquired last year by Hanover real estate investment firm Connecticut River Capital for $8.2 million. Connecticut River Capital also owns 23 South Main Street in downtown Hanover — also known as the Bridgman building — whose ground floor tenants include the restaurant Canoe Club and Dartmouth Co-op store.

Workshops & Seminars

The UNH Cooperative Extension Workshop is offering a “Farm Taxes for 2018 and Beyond” workshop on Friday, Feb. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Claremont Savings Bank at 152 South Street in Claremont. UNH Cooperative Extension will have experts on hand to field farmers’ questions about how the new 2018 tax law changes will affect their farms and operations. Contact Seth Wilner at 603-679-5616 for information.

UNH extension also is teaming up with the Grafton County Conservation District and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to offer a workshop on “Everything You Need to Know About Growing Blueberries” on Wednesday, March 7 at 1 p.m. at the UNH Cooperative Extension Conference Room at the Grafton County Complex in North Haverhill. For info call Pam Gilbert at 603-353-4652.

Twin Pines Housing will offer a “secrets of homebuying” workshop in auditorium A at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The full-day workshop, which costs $65 per household, will cover everything first-time home buyers need to know, including working with a realtor, how to apply and qualify for a mortgage with special financing, and homeowners insurance. Call 1-800-974-1377 for details.

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