Saturday, May 18, 2013
The newly launched site offers tips, info and digital know-how for small business owners.
Patch has launched a new site to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur, Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to grow her business. …
Monday, April 29, 2013
The market, located in the heart of Sharon, features fine wine, beer and provisions.
The Sharon Market, located at 17 Post Office Sq. in Sharon, is a one-stop shop in the center of town that features beer, wine, Doorknock Dinners and more. Owner Jonathan Hall took over the business in 2011 and incorporated his own style. Sharon Patch sat down with Hall to find out about the changes he's made to this popular market in Sharon. Sharon Patch: Have you made any changes to the Sharon Market since you took over, in terms of what you have to offer your customers? Jonathan Hall: Yes, we offer a popular line of Doorknock Dinners. The company is based out of Norwell, which opened in 2005 and incorporated delivery service of fresh home made meals three years ago. The meal selections change all the time. We are always open to …
Monday, March 18, 2013
The local school offers classes in ballet, tap and everything in between.
Heidi Miller's School of Dance is a place where dancers love to learn, have fun and receive the best dance education in the area. Classes at the school, which is located on the Sharon-Walpole line on Rte. 1, are kept small, with 10 or less students, so each can receive one-on-one attention in a positive environment. The staff and teachers love what they do and it shows in their classes and choreography. Patch sat down with Heidi Miller to find out everything about her dance studio which she opened in 2004. Patch: How long have you been involved with dance, and what is your background? Heidi Miller: I have been dancing for as long as anyone can remember. At the age of 5, I told my parents I was going to own my own dance studio, and from …
Monday, March 11, 2013
Find out what specials are being held this St. Patrick's Day at the local restaurant.
The Halfway Cafe, located at in the Cobbs Corner Shopping Plaza right across the border in Canton, usually has some new great deal up its sleeve. Whether the "8 Meals for $8", Tasting Tuesdays or another 5K Road Race in June, the Halfway Cafe always comes up with something new and fun for customers. Sharon Patch sat down with Tom Cahillane, manager of the restaurant's nearby Cobbs Corner location to find out more about the restaurant and what the eatery was planning for St. Patrick's Day festivities this year. Patch: St. Patrick's Day is coming up. Do you anything special planned? Tom Cahillane: Yes we do. As many of you may know we have live music every weekend. On St. Patrick's Day we will be having the live music of Max Courtney most of…
Monday, February 25, 2013
Get an inside look at the local women's boutique located right around the corner at the Village Shoppes in Cobbs Corner.
Mission Clothing, a unique and intimate boutique located in Canton, offers residents from the area contemporary women's clothing and accessories. "The goal of Mission is to give every customer who walks through the door, a personalized shopping experience," Owner Shoshanah Graupen said. "We are stylists and will help our customers put together the whole outfit from clothing to accessories." Patch sat down with Graupen to find out more about her store and background in the fashion business. Patch: How did you find this prime location in Cobbs Corner? Shoshanah Graupen: About three months after I had my son, my father told me about a boutique in Canton that was for sale. To be honest, I was not really excited about the prospect of starting a…
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Souza is here, there and everywhere, ready to take portraits of various kinds in Sharon, Canton and beyond.
Our business spotlight this week focuses on John Souza Photography. Souza been photographing kids and families for years; his experience includes family shoots, students photos, school events and more. Sharon Patch met with Souza to talk about his artistic career as a photographer in Sharon, Canton and around the area. Sharon Patch: How long have you been doing photography? John Souza: I’ve had the pleasure of photographing people professionally for the past 22 years. Sharon Patch: What did you do before you became a photographer? Souza: I left a 12-year career in the hotel and restaurant business in pursuit of something more gratifying. After some soul searching I decided upon the photographic industry and I have not regretted a moment …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Restaurant and business owners: share your Valentines Day specials on Sharon Patch.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching. Flowers are being ordered, presents being wrapped, and restaurant reservations booked. Here at Sharon Patch, we want to help local business owners get the word out about Valentine's Day specials and promotions. Maybe you're offering a discount on Valentine's Day items, or featuring a special menu for a romantic dinner. Or, perhaps your on the other end of the spectrum--hosting an anti-Valentine's Day party. Either way, let us know what you're doing to celebrate Valentine's Day in the comments, and we'll feature your business in a roundup as the holiday nears!
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Canton-based company will market, install and service a range of TomTom Business Solutions products and services, including its SaaS fleet management service known as WEBFLEET.
Canton-based LoJack Corporation announced this week that it entered into a strategic alliance with TomTom, Inc., a supplier of location and navigation products and services. As part of the alliance, LoJack plans to offer fleet telematics solutions beginning in the first quarter of 2013 to small and medium business owners, commercial fleets, automotive dealerships and law enforcement agencies, according to a news statement by the company on Thursday. In the second half of the year, LoJack plans to deliver additional solutions for automotive dealerships and consumers. Moreover, LoJack plans to market, install and service a range of TomTom Business Solutions products and services, including its SaaS fleet management service known as WEBFLEET…
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Who is your sweetheart? What is your sweet tooth? You can satisfy both with treats from this local shop in Sharon.
With Valentines Day just around the corner, Sweethearts Three, owned by Karen Schwab, is a busy place. The Sharon chocolate shop which specializes in hand made chocolates with the finest of ingredients opened in 1981 in Chestnut Hill. In 2004 the shop moved to Sharon and is run by Karen Schwab and her daughter Jill Schwab. Sharon Patch spoke with Jill Schwab to find out more about this family business. Sharon Patch: What is Sweethearts Three Confections and when did the business open? Jill Schwab: Sweethearts Three Confections is a family-owned business that opened in 1981 in Chestnut Hill. In 2004, we relocated to Sharon. We produce handmade chocolates for any occasion: weddings, anniversary or birthday parties, bridal or baby showers, …
Friday, October 12, 2012
The local business has been serving residents in the Sharon and Canton area since 1994.
Quill Travel, located right over the Sharon border in Canton, is our business spotlight this week. Patch spoke with owner Patricia Buresch about all aspects of the ever changing travel industry. Patch: How much did 9/11 impact the travel industry? Quill Travel: Sept. 11 had a huge impact on the travel industry. Airlines and tour operators had to refund money to travellers because flights and tours were cancelled. People were afraid to travel for years following the attack. People travelled only if they had to for business. Amtrak's Acella Express became a more popular means of travel between Boston, New York and Washington. Many airlines filed for bankruptcy and ultimately formed alliances with other airlines. Many travel agencies went …