In split vote, Select Board awards liquor license to hotel, not new brewery
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In split vote, Select Board awards liquor license to hotel, not new brewery

On Wednesday night, the Marblehead Select Board granted The Hotel Marblehead a liquor license, disappointing the owners of a North Reading brewery competing for the same coveted license. Contingent upon the state’s approval, The Hotel Marblehead, located at 264 Pleasant St., will be permitted to serve beer, wine and malt beverages for consumption on site, including in rooms. After both businesses pitched their proposals, members Jim Nye, Jackie Belf Becker and Moses Grader sided with the hotel, while Alexa Singer and Erin Noonan backed the taproom. Contingent upon the state's approval, The Hotel Marblehead, located at 264 Pleasant St., will be permitted to serve beer, wine and malt beverages for consumption on site, including in rooms. The hotel has been in business since the ...
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Business spotlight: Compass Coaching wants to help you find your way

The following is an interview with Amy Tate Berenson, owner of Compass Coaching, conducted by Discover Marblehead. To learn more about Amy’s coaching business, go to Amy Tate Berenson runs Compass Coaching. COURTESY PHOTO Tell us about Compass Coaching and why you started it. At some points in my life, I’ve been uncertain about what work I really wanted to pursue. It can be unsettling, undermining one’s confidence. After 35 years in corporate for-profits and nonprofits, I sought a different, more fulfilling direction. When I discovered coaching, I knew it was the right fit and a culmination of my prior experience. I became a professionally-certified career and fife coach and started Compass Coaching to help adults find work that aligns with who they are and what’s...
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Business Spotlight: Minding Your Business

The following is an interview with Jodi-Tatiana Charles, owner of LCG Brands Consulting and the “Minding Your Business” podcast, conducted by Discover Marblehead. To learn more about Jodi’s marketing business go to and listen to her podcast at Tell us about LCG Brands. LCG Brands is disruptive by design, partnering with the humans behind small businesses, startups, global organizations, economic development and nonprofits with change in mind. We use our 30+ years of experience to reinvent your marketing potential and take your business to a level not yet achieved. We are a research, consulting and internal communication firm bringing deep expertise in marketing and brand resolution. We provide a full range of services through workshops, seminar...
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The Marblehead Current is proud to partner with photographer and historian Dan Dixey, who regularly shares photos of Marblehead from his extensive collection, along with information about each shot. “This is a photo of the old Lockerbie’s restaurant on Darling Street,” said Dixey. “It was taken May 4, 1973, by Harry Wilkinson. Aiken Brothers Restaurant was there much earlier (1898). Later, Rinaldo’s started in that location and then moved to Village Plaza before closing for good.”
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Young entrepreneurs shine at Marblehead Charter School fair

Everen Tan, a fifth-grade student, started crafting wildlife art featuring tarantulas, eagles, wolves and owls just weeks before the Young Entrepreneur Fair at Marblehead Community Charter Public School. David Bruno, a fifth-grader from Swampscott, took part in the Young Entrepreneur Fair at Marblehead Community Charter Public Schools on May 7. CURRENT PHOTO / WILLIAM He sold his wildlife portraits for $7 each, adding a personal touch with his autograph on each one. "I had to purchase all the frames, the tablecloth and also cover the $20 vendor fee," he said energetically, standing behind his booth where his artwork was arrayed on a round table. "I had to plan everything."  Tan took home almost $200, planning to use this money to buy a new tablet. He was one of nearl...
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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Coastline Ballet Center is run by retired dancers

The following is an interview with Jessica Kreyer, owner of Coastline Ballet Center, conducted by Discover Marblehead. To learn more about the ballet school at 165 Pleasant Street #12 in Marblehead, go to Tell us about Coastline Ballet Center. Coastline Ballet Center is a ballet school that serves students ages 3 to adults. My husband, Pavel Gurevich, and I own the studio and are both former professional ballet dancers. I danced with the Milwaukee Ballet, Columbia City Ballet, Ballet Memphis and Jose Matoe's Ballet Theatre. Pavel danced with the Milwaukee Ballet, Suzanne Farrell Ballet and Boston Ballet as a principal dancer for over 10 years.  Jessica Kreyer and Pavel Gurevich want to pass on their love of dance. COURTESY PHOTO After retiring from ...
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Marblehead resident wins legal marketing award

Marblehead resident Kati Ferrante, director of marketing and business development at the law firm Sunstein, was recently announced as the sole honoree in the “Excellence in Marketing” category in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s 2023 “Excellence in the Law” program. Kati Ferrante The annual awards program was established to celebrate attorneys, firm administrators and legal support staff who regularly go above and beyond the call of duty, not just professionally, but also in their daily lives. Honorees will be formally recognized at an awards event on May 16. Outside of the office, Ferrante serves as an advisor to PeerPro Health, an organization that improves the well-being of professionals by providing confidential peer recovery coaching to those struggling with substance use dis...
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NEWS IN BRIEF: Marblehead Charter to host youth entrepreneur fair

The Current welcomes submissions (150-200 words) to News in Brief. Send yours to Securing a future for African elephants Kenyan wildlife conservationist Gini Cowell, manager of Elephant Aware Masai Mara, will be at the King Hooper Mansion on April 22 from 3-6 p.m. Cowell focuses on the future of wild elephants and educating local communities on coexistence with wildlife. Elephant Aware Masai Mara funds education for Maasai girls. Cowell, from Kenya and educated in Nairobi, has traveled to raise awareness and funds for the project. She has written for publications such as National Geographic and has a blog at The event includes a presentation by Cowell, a question-and-answer session and a reception. Donations are suggest...
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BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT: Fresca Pizza and Pasta

The following is an interview with Claudio Araujo and Dan Domingues, the owners of Fresca Pizza and Pasta, conducted by Discover Marblehead.To try their Italian food, stop by their restaurant at 50 Atlantic Ave. in Marblehead or order online at Tell Us About Fresca Pizza and Pasta and why you started it. Our business, Fresca Pizza and Pasta, is a dream come true for us. We’ve always wanted to serve traditional Italian casual food in a welcoming atmosphere where customers become friends, and hopefully, repeat customers. Our employees are family. We all have a passion for fresh ingredients and our prized wood-fire Neapolitan brick oven gives a special touch to everything we cook.   Owners of Fresca Pizza and Pasta Dan Domingues (left) and Claudio Ara...
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END OF AN ERA: After century in business, Bartlett’s Garage to shutter March 30

Bartlett's Garage, an Old Town institution whose owners have repaired 'Headers vehicles for three generations, will soon close after more than a century in business. Thursday, March 30 will be the last day for one of the oldest continuously operated independent auto shops in the county, according to Greg Quillen. Marblehead natives and brothers Greg and Mike Quillen will retire March 30, closing Bartlett’s Garage, one of the country’s oldest continuously operating independent auto shops. COURTESY PHOTO / STEVEN ROOD A private buyer has bought the Stacey Street garage and has other plans for the property. "It's not going to be an auto shop after we leave," Quillen told the Marblehead Current.  By "we," he means himself and his older brother, Mike. The brothers are re...
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