Chamber Connections BLOG
Chamber Connections BLOG
By Brian Barrett
Imagine Gift Store is located in historic Warren, RI. It is the largest gift store in New England! The building is located in the fully-restored Lyric Theatre. From the quirky, to the heartfelt, Imagine Gift Store has three floors full of every gift you could think of for that special someone or even yourself!
Remember that feeling you got when you first walked into a penny candy store? Re-live that experience with your children or grandchildren at Imagine Gift Store! Imagine Gift Store offers a wide assortment of over 500 different candies to choose from! Imagine also offers a seasonal 1950’s themed ice cream parlor! You can enjoy these tasty seasonal treats whenever you stop in starting April 1st!
With so many different flavors to choose from, we are sure to have your favorite frozen treat! At Imagine Gift Store, 4 Full-Sized Cows are featured on display both inside and outside the store, as well as miniature cows which can be purchased within the store! These cows come from the Cow Parade, the largest and most successful public art event in the world.
Michelle, the owner of Imagine Gift Store always had a vivid imagination growing up. However as far as specifically owning a retail business such as Imagine Gift Store, that is where fate jumped in. Michelle graduated from a college nearby Imagine Gift Store and during school the store quickly became her favorite gift shop. About five years after she graduated and heard the business was being sold she jumped on the opportunity and the rest is history.
Michelle cherishes the moments where she is able to meet and talk to her customers. She also looks forward to holidays every year and decorating the store. Imagine Gift Store also hosts many different events which Michelle loves participating in as well as community events. Be sure to check out the website to learn more about Imagine Gift Store!
featured member: lobster Pot
Article by Beth Carter
Jeff Hirsch, owner of the Lobster Pot, is an artist in more than one way. Not only does his restaurant offer delicious food that is pleasing to the eye on the plate but he is also a jewelry designer. His love of design and his passion for making his customers happy has led to very happy moments and a great success as a business person.
Jeff grew up in Barrington and now lives in Warren. In his 20's, he had the opportunity to buy the Lobster Pot that had already been in existence for almost 60 years. Jeff had worked in restaurants while in high school and college but admits that he "tried to talk himself out of doing this". He does credit others who provided sound advice and support to buy this famous restaurant. Once he took ownership, he did a major renovation to "refresh" the place. He also kept it open year round (previously it was only open eight months of the year) and expanded to include having a lunch service and private event functions.
One thing that stands out when talking to Jeff is that he is very customer service focused. He really enjoys talking to customers to get their feedback and ideas. He incorporates those into new menus that he has several times of the year. He feels he is also perceptive and describes himself as the "quarterback" of his restaurant.
When asked what advice he would give others who want to get into the business, Jeff replied "follow your passions and be sensible." He recognizes you have to be business savvy but if you don't like what you are doing it will not matter.
Pilgrim Title Launches New Digital Closing SystemPaperless System Benefits Real Estate Agents, Home Buyers and Lenders
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. - July 31, 2017 - PRLog -- Pilgrim Title Insurance Company announces that it has launched a new web-based Digital Closing System in Rhode Island. The Digital Closing Package provides buyers and sellers with a more convenient and secure method of storing and accessing closing and title documents.
"We are excited about providing the Digital Closing Package to our valued customers and enhancing their closing experience," said Jeff St. Sauveur, Vice President of Pilgrim Title Insurance Company. "This is something that not only makes our clients' lives easier and keeps their documents secure, but also benefits realtors and lenders."
Pilgrim Title is the first company to offer the Digital Closing Package in Rhode Island through Forensis, a leading provider of digital document management services. The paperless system is currently utilized in other states throughout the country, but Pilgrim is the first to implement the Forensis system in Rhode Island.
The Digital Closing System gives home buyers, sellers, agents and lenders a convenient and secure place to store closing documents and promotes post-closing communication among all parties.
Here's how the digital system works:
· At every closing, instead of traditional copies, the buyer/seller is given a branded USB Key.
· The USB Key takes clients to a secure site (digitalclosingpackage.com) where they can view their closing documents.
· Contact information, photo and/or company logo is displayed on the site every time a client logs in.
· Throughout the year, content-based emails are distributed to clients automatically (example: mortgage rates, homes sold in the area, homestead exemption reminders).
· Notifications are provided to agents and lenders when a client accesses their documents.
· If they need to refinance or sell, everything is readily available.
· The system helps speed up the closing process.
About Pilgrim Title
Pilgrim Title Insurance Company has been providing professional, responsive and accurate residential and commercial closing, escrow and title insurance services to homeowners, lenders, developers and other attorneys across RI and MA for more than 30 years. Pilgrim Title has offices in East Providence and Barrington, Rhode Island. For more information, call 401-274-9100 or visit www.pilgrimtitle.com.
More details about the Digital Closing Package can be found at www.PilgrimTitle.com and www.digitalclosingpackage.net.