Customer Spotlight

Weathering the pandemic storm, a hard cider company thrives

After years in the music industry, Shannon Edgar decided to channel his creative energy and business acumen into a new venture by founding Stormalong Cider of Sherborn, MA. It’s been quite a “wild ride,” especially while navigating this pandemic, but the Stormalong team has been exploring innovative ways to delight customers and meet the climbing demand. When additional space recently became available at their production facility, Shannon jumped at the opportunity to move away from a third-party canning contractor and start their own canning operation. All they needed was the capital for the equipment, and when Shannon knocked on our door, Northern Bank answered. Read more

Taking the Plunge, A Swim School’s Story of Perseverance

After thirty years in the financial services consulting sector, Tobey Kelly decided it was time to take a step back and develop a plan for her “second act.” She looked to her sister-in-law and brother-in-law for inspiration, as they had recently become a Goldfish Swim School Franchisee in Pittsburgh, PA. “They were loving life, had found something they were passionate about, so we took a closer look.” After additional research, Tobey and her husband, Tim determined the aquatics industry would be a good fit for them. In June of 2018, Tobey left her job in the corporate world and by November 2018, her and Tim were the newest franchisees for Goldfish Swim School in Milford, MA. Read more

7 Ways 1031 Exchange Can Help You Achieve Your Investment Goals

Good journalists know that in order to communicate information effectively, they have to answer the who, what, where, when, why and how questions in the first sentence of their article. So many recent articles and social media posts have focused on who can utilize a 1031 Exchange, what types of properties qualify, when is the best time to exchange and most often, how the process works. However, it is equally as important to understand WHY investors exchange, so you can better determine if an exchange is right for your business and how you can benefit. Read more

Germ Fighting Soap Leads to New Possibilities

When the state of Massachusetts shut down and recommended the Commonwealth work from home, the large Boston office buildings emptied, and Myeong Lowe, founder and owner of Utopia Cleaners, witnessed the need for dry cleaning services plummet overnight. Rather than dwelling on the loss of business, Lowe focused resources on another arm of Utopia; wash, dry and fold with pickup and delivery services Read more

We Now Have Time…Time to Get Back to the Basics

A positive takeaway from the pandemic has been the gift of time and reflection. Edward M. Connolly Insurance Agency has reduced their business hours to allow for more time to take care of their loved ones. “It’s all about getting back to the basics,” Ed told Northern. Whether it’s taking walks with your family, having dinner together, or playing a board game, we should all cherish this time. Ed is committed to Stay True to the values the company was built on, family first. Read more

Social Distancing Doesn’t Mean Disconnecting

Now more than ever people are turning to their healthcare providers for guidance. Acton Medical Associates has remained committed to their patients, pledging to be a trusted resource for information and advice. Discover how this Adult and Pediatric Primary Care Practice is determined to #StayTrue to their community of patients, by keeping them feeling connected and supported as they navigate the unknown. Read more

Embracing the Unknown and Finding the Fun

Libby Dagostino took a leap of faith when she purchased Options Boutique, a consignment shop in Littleton, MA. After just eight months of running the boutique, and really “hitting her stride”, everything came to a crashing halt. Being forced to shut her doors when the pandemic hit was incredibly emotional for Libby. She had to embrace what she was passionate about and #StayTrue to why she bought the shop in the first place. Read more

A Time for Collaboration, Not Competition

Small businesses are shuttering every day, due to unfathomable loss from the Coronavirus. Sheila Clarke, owner of M&H Interiors, believes now more than ever, businesses must collaborate, not compete. This is a time where “we need to know our neighbors and support each other”. With a lot of unknowns ahead, Sheila is ready to persevere and #StayTrue to her fellow small businesses, clients and beloved community. Read more

More Than Just A Workout, A Community Worth Fighting For

When the stay at home order was declared, Lauren Macaulay, owner of 4 TITLE Boxing Clubs, was determined to develop a plan that would keep her members engaged, feeling connected and supported. Thinking outside of the box, the TITLE team developed virtual classes, meetups and fundraisers. Lauren and her employees strive to #StayTrue, no matter how many pandemic punches they take. Read more

Tapping Into Technology to Keep Dancers on their Toes

Center Stage Dance Studio in Melrose was forced to suspend all classes and close their doors when COVID-19 struck. Although extremely difficult for the staff and students, they knew it was necessary to keep their dance community safe. Navigating through these unprecedented times has been challenging, but not even a pandemic could stop this mother-daughter duo. Read more

Building Bridges for a Brighter Tomorrow

For over 14 years Joe Cataldo and his son Mike have run M.J. Cataldo, Inc., based in Littleton, MA. Their business specializes in site development, full-service landscaping and property maintenance. Northern recently connected with Joe to discuss how his team, which he refers to as Team Cataldo, has adapted their day-to-day operations in response to the pandemic. Read more