Published On: Wed, Jan 14th, 2015

New Hope Business Alliance to hold another merchant ‘open forum’ Jan. 26

The room was packed at Havana, which provided the space free of charge

Oct. 15 open merchant forum at Havana

The New Hope Business Alliance (NHBA) announced today it will be holding another merchant open forum on Monday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Logan Inn.

Said the group in statement, “All New Hope business owners are invited to attend the first monthly meeting of the newly-established New Hope Business Alliance. Join us as we discuss the future of the NHBA and plans to expand cooperative efforts to promote business in the community.

“We encourage all participants to bring their energy and ideas to this meeting,” continued the announcement. “A formal agenda will be sent out on Jan. 22, and will be available online. Please plan on attending this very important meeting.”

The NHBA is an ad hoc group of local business owners that emerged from an open merchant forum held at Havana on Oct. 15, 2014. This informal “steering committee,” whose meetings this reporter has attended, produced a series of holiday season events to help draw visitors to New Hope, including a Christmas tree lighting near the Logan Inn, a holiday party for the business community, and bagging borough parking meters to provide free spaces for customers during December.

Since then, some business owners have wondered whether the NHBA will remain active in producing events, or fizzle out. The next open forum on Jan. 26 is intended in part by organizers to help refine the objectives and priorities of the group, and continue the conversation with the business community on what form and structure the NHBA should take.

Members of the NHBA steering committee organizing the event include Linda Sghiatti (Clusters Bucks County Caramel Corn), Greg Gauthier (Village Toy Shoppe), Herb Millman (Cockamamie’s) and Victoria Gialias (Victoria Hair Couture).

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