Business Notes for Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018

Sunday, December 02, 2018

Omer and Bob’s, the seller of bike, ski, running and outdoor gear located on the downtown Mall, has been named “Business of the Year” by the Lebanon Area Chamber of Commerce.

The Chamber also has named Frank Gould as its 2018 “Citizen of the Year.”

Gould has been a driving force for the Mascoma River Greenway.

A Lebanon resident for almost 40 years, Gould taught third grade in Enfield for more than two decades and has served as a foster parent and on the board of Ledyard Charter School. He also was a Democratic representative in the New Hampshire House for two terms.

Opened in 1964 in Hanover before moving to the Lebanon mall in 2008, Omer and Bob’s today is co-owned by Breck Taber and Jonathan Wilmot.

In singling out Omer and Bob’s for its 19th annual BoY award, the Lebanon Area Chamber cited the store’s popular consignment sales to sell used bikes and ski equipment that allow “many people to enter their chosen sports for a much more modest initial investment or upgrade their equipment at a fraction of the cost of new.”

Taber and Wilmot both joined the store in 1996 and later acquired the business from former owner Richard Wallace.

The Lebanon Area Chamber credited each of them with their longtime involvement in Upper Valley Youth Sports — Taber as the varsity girls soccer coach for Lebanon High School and Wilmot as a Bill Koch League cross country ski volunteer in Plainfield.

The Chamber will honor Omer and Bob’s at its annual holiday social on Dec. 12.

Longtime Real Estate Listings Print Magazine Shifts to Web-Only

This news always distresses the world of print publishing, but another magazine has bitten the dust, citing the internet for its demise.

After 25 years and 272 issues and “tens of thousands of properties sold,” real estate listing shopper Picket Fence Preview has ceased publication, the magazine announced in its last fall issue.

The South Burlington-based listings service, which covers homes on the market on both sides of the river in the Upper Valley, said it will now be available only online.

Although the general public still was picking up between 30,000 to 40,000 print copies each month, demand for the print publication, especially among younger readers, “has steadily declined over the past several years,” the magazine said in its last issue.

In contrast, in one recent 30-day period, Picket Fence Preview’s website received more than 69,000 visits from viewers in all 50 sates and 150 countries.

“Sellers would often say they didn’t see the need for a print advertising because they believed the website — and maybe a yard sign — was all they needed to get the job done,” Managing Editor Toni Supple said in a note to readers.

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