Business Notes: Glen Road Plaza Hobby Shop Evicted

Valley News Business Writer
Sunday, July 30, 2017

West Lebanon — The hobby and crafts supplies store known as Hobbies ’N’ Stuff and Valley Art Suppliers was evicted from its Glen Road Plaza site by the Grafton County Sheriff’s Department on July 13 after Triton Realty Corp., owner of the plaza, filed an action against the business over nonpayment of rent, according to filings at New Hampshire Circuit Court in Lebanon.

Triton said the store was $10,800 in arrears on rent of $1,710 a month, according to the filings.

The court awarded Triton a total of $3,000 plus court expenses in judgment against the tenant.

A-j Maranville Jr., of Claremont, owner of Hobbies ’N’ Stuff and Valley Art Suppliers, said in a telephone interview that the business “closed due to my health.” He said he had operated the store for 30 years in West Lebanon, the last eight at the Glen Road Plaza location.

Maranville said he had no plans to reopen the store. He operated the business, which sold model kits, remote-controlled cars and trucks, drones, paint-by-number kits, toy railroad supplies, and various craft kits and supplies, with the help of his daughter-in-law, Melissa Maranville.

Bruce Waters, of Lang McLaughry Commercial, who is representing the property owner, said the Glen Road Plaza storefront’s location makes it attractive for businesses and he is optimistic he will be able to find a new tenant relatively quickly.

“We already have several people (who) have contacted us and are interested,” Waters said.

Company News

The owners of the Vermont Alpaca Store have opened Quechee Gorge Italian Bakery adjacent to their store at the Route 4 Quechee Gorge Village tourist and shopping center. Lisa Mattei said when she and her husband, Brian Mattei, who together opened the alpaca wool clothing store 15 months ago, began thinking about what could be done with the available space adjacent to their store in Quechee Gorge Village, they realized an “Italian bakery is the one thing that’s missing in the village and surrounding communities.” Mattei said most of the treats they are serving are baked on the premises and include such traditional Italian sweets as cannolis — “piped with a creamy ricotta filling” — tiramisu, chocolate eclairs, cream puffs, mini cheesecakes, and focaccia breads.

Brian Mattei’s family has been in the catering business, Lisa Mattei said, so they understand the pressure and stress that attends running a bakery — but the work has its rewards. “We’re baking all day,” she said. “The place is always smelling great.”

The Upper Valley has a new U-Haul location: Upper Valley Automotive in Enfield. Upper Valley Automotive owner Leon Dixon said he wasn’t planning on becoming a U-Haul location but a representative for the Phoenix-based company “just showed up one day and asked: ‘Would you like to become a U-Haul dealer?’ And I said, sure, I guess, yeah.” Dixon, whose automotive service center located on Route 4A celebrated its 22nd anniversary on July 4, said so far signing on with U-Haul has turned out to be a good decision. Demand for U-Haul trucks and moving equipment, he said, “has been really good. I am kind of surprised.” U-Haul lists 75 locations in New Hampshire, including nine in the Upper Valley. Other U-Haul dealers in the Upper Valley are located in Lebanon, Claremont, Hanover, Canaan, Newbury, Newport, North Haverhill and Springfield.

Usherwood Office Technology has opened its first New Hampshire office at 30 Airport Drive in West Lebanon. Usherwood is an independent family owned information technology services provider with 10 offices and 120 employees in the Northeast. It offers managed IT, managed print, video conference, video surveillance, digital signage and mailing services.

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