Bottom Line: Deli-butcher shop helps flesh out former Kibby Equipment building storefronts

Valley News Business Writer
Published: 12/14/2019 10:10:03 PM
Modified: 12/14/2019 10:10:01 PM

The final piece is falling into place in developer Mike Davidson’s repurposing of the former Kibby Equipment buildings in White River Junction as a New Hampshire chef is getting ready to open a new butcher shop and deli.

Kevin Halligan, who has been active in the Lakes Region food scene for several years, owning a specialty meat and seafood market in Laconia, N.H., along with a well-regarded restaurant and bakery, is opening Funkalicious Market & Deli at 87 Maple St. in the same building in which Standard Company Tattoo and Royal Nutrition juice bar is located.

Halligan, who was installing deli counters last week and is targeting a February opening, said the butcher shop will source beef, lamb, poultry and pork from local farms in addition to bringing in fresh seafood from the Boston markets to his location across from Hartford Town Hall. He also will prepare and sell deli sandwiches and salads for eat-in or to-go.

“White River is a happening place, and the whole area is a good culture,” said Halligan, who resides in Norwich. “I got one of the last places available in the town.”

Halligan, who is opening Funkalicious with business partner Dee Sonthikoummane, said he ages his own beef as well as a “220-day” prosciutto, and he cuts his own meat on the premises.

Butchering “from a whole or half-animal perspective gets you cuts you don’t normally see in the supermarket,” he explained.

His approach enables him to offer such specialties as an “oyster steak” taken from inside the hip on the hind quarter and of which “there are only two cuts per cow.”

Proposed urgent care clinic stymied in West Lebanon

ConvenientMD is finding it might not be a snap to move into West Lebanon after all.

The New Hampshire chain of walk-in urgent care clinics had been hoping to open a new location in the building where Citizens Bank and the AT&T phone store is located along Route 12A in West Lebanon. But ConvenientMD notified the Lebanon Zoning Board of Adjustment that it is not moving forward with its original plan, citing complications with the party leasing the property.

“Due to the time that has elapsed since ConvenientMD filed its application, the (sub-)landlord has decided not to extend the time for availability of the space and has moved on with other options. Therefore, ConvenientMD has no choice but to withdraw its application to the zoning board,” ConvenientMD’s attorney, Barry Schuster, wrote in a Nov. 26 email to the city.

Citizens Bank holds the primary lease on the property, which was once the home of Brown Furniture and is still owned by the Brown family. Two of the retail spaces in the building were previously occupied by a D’Angelo Grilled Sandwiches shop and a Radio Shack but have long been vacant.

ConvenientMD had petitioned the Zoning Board earlier this fall for a variance on how much square footage would be allowed for signage at the site, which was challenged during a public meeting in September by some board members who thought it would be overly prominent. The board had continued the proceeding and requested further information from ConvenientMD about signage at its other clinics in the state.

ConvenientMD argued that it needed prominent signage that exceeded that zoning limits on the building in order to easily guide people, who may be in distress while driving, coming off the highway to the location.

Fast-growing Plymouth, N.H.-based ConvenientMD, with nine locations in New Hampshire, has said it has wanted a presence in West Lebanon near the heavily-trafficked I-89 and I-91 interchange ever since the company was launched in 2012. The company said its urgent care clinics can handle 70% of the cases that typically send people to the hospital emergency room.

But ConvenientMD is not giving up in finding a location to open in the Upper Valley. Schuster said that the company’s search for another site is “ongoing” and it wants its clinic to be located in a spot that has “good visibility” for people approaching from both New Hampshire and Vermont.

Dutille’s in Lebanonexpands space

The past few years have been a time of transition for Upper Valley jewelers as they have pulled back on their storefronts or retired and sold their business to new owners.

But one longtime Upper Valley jeweler is defying trends and expanding his store: Dutille’s Jewelry Design Studio on Colburn Park in Lebanon is expanding into the adjacent space that was previously occupied by the law firm Martin, Lord & Osman.

The additional space will allow Dutille’s to expand its retail space, build rooms to consult with customers and enable owner Jude Dutille to relocate his team of goldsmiths from the lower level to within view of customers on the showroom floor.

“To see the goldsmiths is a big part of it,” Dutille said of the expansion. “A lot of people know we do our own work, but we still get a good percentage of people who say, ‘Oh, wow, I didn’t know you did this.’ So we’re getting these folks up where they can be seen.”

As it turns out, Dutille’s is actually reclaiming space where it was located before a 1999 move to its current portion of the building, Dutille said. He noted that all the work being done on the expansion, including Paul Keyser’s Keyser Karpentry and electrician Bruce Dickenson of BMD Electric — both based in Canaan — is being done with local contractors.

“Trying to keep everything local is important to us,” Dutille said.

Jude Dutille took over the jewelry business from his father, the late Phil Dutille, who in 1959 bought the former J.S. Wolfe jewelry store where he had been working as a watchmaker for the previous five years. The family business is now in its third generation with Jude Dutille’s stepson, Beau Maville, now working in sales and customer service.

Comings & goings

Randolph’s Green Light Cafe, which opened in February and was seen as part of the town’s downtown revival, closed earlier this month.

Located on Pleasant Street in the location where Three Bean Cafe had operated for many years (and afterward, for a few months, Cafe Salud), Green Light Cafe was run by Josh Mather, a Randolph area native who created a warm space to enjoy espresso and other coffee drinks — beans were supplied by Carrier Roasting Co. in Northfield, Vt. — along with an assortment of fresh-baked pastries. The cafe also helped out the local library by selling used books provided by Friends of Kimball Public Library.

Seven Days reported that Mather posted on social media on Dec. 2 that “it is with much regret that I have decided that I can no longer keep the Green Light Operating” and noted “with your help we created a place that I enjoyed working and I hope you enjoyed visiting.”

Mather could not be reached for comment.

■Submit your nominations quickly: The Lake Sunapee Chamber of Commerce, citing its mission of “facilitating, encouraging and promoting commerce,” has created three new award categories that will be recognized at its Jan. 28 annual meeting: the Nonprofit of the Year Award, the Rookie Business of the Year Award and the Young Professional of the Year Award.

The traditional awards of Business of the Year and Community Member of the Year will continue.

With the exception of the CMY award, nominees must be Lake Sunapee chamber members or work for a business that is a member. Nomination forms are available to download on the chamber’s website and must be submitted by Friday. Good luck!

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