Second Proposed Marijuana Store on Amesbury Road May Launch Competitive Battle

A second contender to open a recreational marijuana store on Amesbury Road creates the city’s first retail competition since only one of the proposals may be approved by law. Haverwell Market of Newburyport has proposed a storefront in what would be a new building at 399 Amesbury Road, near Interstate 495. The plan appears to be in competition with one proposed by Mellow Fellows, down the street at the former Seafood Etc. property. Haverwell Market CEO Christopher Edwards told WHAV the site is ideal.

85-Acre Hilldale Ave. Site Receives Development Boost with $50K State Grant

A company with more than a century of local history is receiving state support in determining the types of businesses most suitable for an 85-acre site along upper Hilldale Avenue. Frontier Development will benefit from a $50,000 Site Readiness grant given to the city. The Hilldale site is one of 10 across the state sharing in $2.3 million of grants designed to “overcome obstacles to developing otherwise prime locations.” Frontier Development’s Joseph “Jack” Paley told WHAV how the money may be used here. “This study grant will allow us and the city to plan what is in the best interests of the taxpayers for that area up there. It is a very large, undeveloped area,” Paley said.

Climate-Controlled Storage Facility Taking Over Haverhill’s Former Building 19 Space

Vacant no more in RiversEdge Plaza. By the end of this year, 211-299 Lincoln Ave., the space Haverhill locals knew as the place to shop for bargains at Building 19, will be reinvented as a climate-controlled storage facility by New Hampshire’s NAI Norwood Group. Going before the city’s Board of Appeals earlier this month, Attorney Michael Migliori petitioned on behalf of Norwood Group’s Joe Mendola, who plans to oversee the development of the 600-unit space adjacent to Riverside Park and Trinity Stadium. Mendola is confident Storage Direct’s fourth Massachusetts location will be a welcome addition to the strip mall that currently houses Market Basket and Registry of Motor Vehicles, among others. “It’s going to bring a fresh new look to the shopping center and it’s going to bring people there from five miles away, because that’s where they store their stuff.

Downtown Haverhill’s Design Her Eyes Relocating to Bradford Square

The team at Jill Lagasse’s Design Her Eyes is preparing to bring beauty across the bridge from downtown Haverhill into Bradford this spring. After two years at 62 Wingate St., the salon is relocating to a space double the size at the 3 Ferry St. former home of Papa Gino’s in Bradford Square, Lagasse tells WHAV. With construction currently underway, Lagasse hopes to be open for business by early May and anticipates a “seamless” transition for her staff of five “lash artists” and their customers. As a result of the revamp, Design Her Eyes plans to still prioritize eyelash extensions, tinting and eyelash lifts, and will also expand offerings to include massage, waxing and spray tanning.

MVCC Networking Mixer Is Monday in Methuen

A business networking and referral mixer is planned for Monday, March 25 at Mi Mexico Lindo, 5 Pleasant St. in Methuen, put on by the Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce. From 5-7 p.m., professionals can network, enter raffles and enjoy complimentary appetizers. Chamber members are invited for a $10 entry fee, while potential members may attend for $20. Registration is accepted by calling 978-686-0900.

Deadline for Align Credit Union Scholarship Applications Is May 3

Head’s up, Hillies: Align Credit Union—with offices in Haverhill, Methuen and Amesbury—plans to offer several graduating seniors money for college, with applications due on May 3. To apply, students must be a graduating high school senior or current college student enrolled in an undergraduate course of study. Applicants must also be a current member of the Align Credit Union with an account in their own name. Students may sign up for a new customer account in order to apply for scholarship aid. “For over 25 years, Align has helped students reach their goal of a college degree with our scholarship program,” Align President Ken Del Rossi told WHAV in a statement.

Haverhill Native O’Neil Returns to Complete Medical Residency at Greater Lawrence Family Health Center

Haverhill native Patrick O’Neil is one of 12 medical students completing their residencies through the Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, making the cut from a pool of 746 international applicants. O’Neil’s time back in the Merrimack Valley follows coursework at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Others in his residency program hail from as close as Fall River and as far as Pakistan and Vietnam. As a result of increased state funding, the program was able to accept one additional doctor, for an incoming residency class of 12. “We are able to train 20 percent more family physicians here in Lawrence thanks to new state funding focused on increasing the primary care workforce in Massachusetts, particularly in community health centers,” Residency Director Dr. Wendy Barr said.

Merrimack Valley School Nurse Job Fair Is Friday at Northern Essex

Local nurses interested in getting hired at a Merrimack Valley school are encouraged to attend Friday’s school nurse job fair on Northern Essex Community College’s Haverhill campus. School nurse managers and human resource staff members from districts including Haverhill, Andover, Chelmsford and Lowell will be on hand at Northern Essex’s Hartleb Technology Center 100 Elliott St., between 4-6 p.m.

For more information, call Shanyn at 978-420-1919.