New Business: Corey's Closet thrift shop moves; casino brings beach vibe

Jun. 7—THE MAIN SIGN has yet to be installed at the new location for Corey's Closet in the Kmart plaza in Hooksett, but that didn't stop dozens from lining up to wait for the door to open on day one.

The nonprofit thrift store, which opened at its original location in 2017, quickly became a go-to stop for bargain hunters, and that was no different in the new 7,000-square-foot space as people search the aisles and chatted about the transformation of the former New Hampshire Liquor & Wine Outlet.

"The line was down to the Dollar Tree when we opened," said Brenda Sliwerski, executive director. "We haven't had carriages all day."

The thrift store moved to 1271 Hooksett Road after outgrowing its space down the street.

Sliwerski and her late husband, John, founded the nonprofit as a way to support their son, Corey, as he aged out of high school special needs programs. The mission is to create meaningful work experience for adults with developmental disabilities.

The model is based on Our Thrift Store in Franklin, Tennessee.

The new space makes it much easier for the organization to process and sort the clothes and other goods that come in, and the layout is more open to display products. It also features three changing rooms for customers to use.

"It allows us to accept more donations and allows more customers to come in," Sliwerski said.

Overall the thrift shop hopes the new location eases operations and makes for a better shopping experience than its previous spot about a mile up Hooksett Road.

"We had no parking and the donations were tough," Sliwerski said of the old space.

Family friend Holly Noiseux of Bedford stopped by on opening day to offer support. It was a huge undertaking to move into the new space.

"The people who work here are like family," she said.

The excitement from Corey, who is now 26, was undeniable as he bounced around different areas of the store.

"It gives him a sense of social interaction and learning different skills for being part of the community," Sliwerski said.

Gaming rebrand

Ocean Gaming Casino in Hampton has been relaunched under the name Beach Club Casino. The charity is operated by Granite State Gaming & Hospitality, which purchased the business in 2012.

CEO Greg Carlin said one of the goals is to increase charitable contributions.

The expanded floor includes 50 new historical horse racing machines with beach decor. The owners expect to contribute $2 million for up to 73 nonprofits each year, about double what the business contributed in 2023, according to a news release.

Beach Club Casino at 81 Ocean Blvd. features "fresh, casual dining"; 15 table games, such as poker, blackjack, craps and roulette; and 140 historical horse racing machines.

Much of the expanded first floor is now non-smoking and features the Ultimate Fire Link Lounge. A smoking gaming section has a state-of-the-art air filtration system as well as a completely renovated Back Room Bar.

The BeachView Bar features panoramic views of the coast and access to the front patio, while the smaller OG's Bar in the rear of the upstairs gaming floor offers large screen TVs and arcade games, according to the release.

Fresh, new look

A home decor store in Littleton, Revive 365, which "upcycles" furniture, reopened after moving to a new spot.

Owner Evaline Parker, who has been in the interior design business for 30 years, moved the business from 365 Meadow St. to 55 Main St. The business restores furniture to give it a second or third life.

Part of the move included a project to expose some of the building's brick to give it its own second life.

"Whether you're searching for the perfect statement piece for your living room or the perfect table and chairs for your breakfast nook, we have something for everyone," according to the company.

Grand renovation

The White Mountain Hotel & Resort in North Conway recently celebrated the opening of its renovated Tullamore Tavern, Ledges Restaurant and its grand lobby.

The hotel features 80 guest rooms and 13 suites.

"You have to see it to believe it!" a Facebook post reads. "We've updated so much but also saved many of the lovely accents you know and love, including the framed tapestry in the Tavern and the lobby fireplace."

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