EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

May 26, 2013

Business briefs


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — NORTH ANDOVER — Fans of artisanal, locally-sourced food now have a new establishment to check out with the opening of Pazzo Gelato Cafe (Pazzo) in North Andover. Featuring a bright, colorful backdrop with a cheerful mural, tables crafted of reclaimed wood and a state-of-the-art gelato machine imported from Italy, Pazzo offers hand-crafted gelato and sorbetto, baked goods, hot pressed Panini sandwiches and espresso drinks from mid-morning through evenings, seven days a week. The company philosophy centers on providing an authentic Italian gelateria experience by serving freshly-made products sourced from local dairy producers, using imported Italian flavorings and high-quality fresh fruits.

Pazzo is located at The Eaglewood Shops at 99 Turnpike St., Route 114, and is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The cafe provides a selection of flavors and offerings that change daily, based on the availability of the freshest ingredients. For more information, visit facebook.com/pazzogelatocafe.

MERRIMAC — Certified personal trainer, Beth Fahey, established BrickHouse Fitness, located in downtown Merrimac, back in October 2009. As the economy finds its strength again and Fahey’s brand and reputation continues to grow, she has welcomed two new key players to the BrickHouse Fitness team.

Ariana Corcoran of Haverhill will be taking on an administrative role at this old-fashioned “anything goes” gym. Her addition to the team has already proven to be an asset for Fahey, who works from dawn to dark six days a week. Corcoran began working out at BrickHouse Fitness in December 2012, before taking on her new-found responsibilities.

Katelyn McNamara has joined the BrickHouse team in a marketing and public relations capacity. Originally from Londonderry, McNamara brings a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University and a lot of drive and creativity to the table. Aside from her full-time job as a brand manager and journalist for a suite of products in the Merrimack Valley, McNamara is now being mentored by Fahey as she works on her personal trainer certification in her free time.

For more information about BrickHouse Fitness, call 978-337-9063.

HAVERHILL — The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce its merger with Creative Haverhill. Creative Haverhill, formerly located in City Hall, has been relocated to the Chamber office, located at 80 Merrimack St., in downtown Haverhill.

The blending of the organizations was devised by the Chamber’s board, the City of Haverhill and multiple stakeholders interested in a strategy to cohesively and strategically drive economic development in the city. The coordinated efforts of both organizations will further expand opportunities for businesses to grow and prosper, particularly the creative economy.

Creative Haverhill works with the Chamber’s staff and Board of Directors to provide a central resource for arts and culture in the city. The Chamber is pleased to be working with Creative Haverhill’s David Zoffoli as the arts and culture coordinator and the newest member of the Chamber team.

Zoffoli, a seasoned veteran in the arts and culture sector, shares with the Chamber his 30 plus year career as a theater director, producer, administrator and educator, notably working with the North Shore Music Theatre and the Merrimack Repertory Theatre, as well as with Boston University, Northeastern University, Harvard, UMass Lowell, and Middlesex Community College.

In 2004, Zoffoli introduced the city to the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s (MCC) prestigious John and Abigail Adams Arts Grant program when Mayor James Fiorentini appointed him to the all-volunteer Haverhill Cultural Council. He has stewarded five successful years of Haverhill arts programming with MCC funding for the Haverhill Cultural Council and Creative Haverhill, which has become the central resource for arts and culture in the city.

The Adams Art Grant program, which provides resources to Massachusetts cities that want to leverage local assets to drive the creative economy, was the financial catalyst to birth Creative Haverhill when Haverhill was awarded the grant money in 2010. The state funding is matched at the local level to drive economic development and build the capacity of creative micro-enterprise, such as local artists and cultural institutions.

Creative Haverhill identifies, nurtures and promotes a regional creative workforce, supporting creative businesses and organizations by building their capacities to do what they do with more tools to operate smarter. Creative Haverhill provides the public with creative programming which features hundreds of things to do and learn about in Haverhill. For more information on Creative Haverhill, visit creativehaverhill.org.

The Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce creates and fosters a prosperous business environment and supports the growth and profitability of their members, providing the resources, advocacy, information, networking and marketing opportunities for members’ success. For more information on the Chamber, visit haverhillchamber.com.

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