In October 2010, Spencer got an email from Merit Tukiainen, former owner of Night & Day, a specialty store for women’s lingerie on Park Street. Tukiainen suggested Spencer contact Belhumeur of CHB Enterprises of Swampscott, the owner of 1 and 8 Main St., the two buildings on opposite sides of the main thoroughfare through downtown.
Belhumeur agreed to let Spencer and his group install brackets on his buildings, which now hold the removable steel cables for the banners to be flown.
Working closely with Mark Baldwin of Baldwin Crane in Wilmington as well as his engineer, Jeff Berry, they figured out a way to put up the banner without a lot of fuss.
Finally, at 5 a.m. on Tuesday, the first of what is hoped to be a series of promotional banners was installed.
Spencer’s efforts were lauded by town officials, including selectmen.
“I applaud Mark’s persistence,” Selectman Paul Salafia said. “He is focused on business development in Andover and he should be commended.”