Ski NH moves its HQ to Conway from Lincoln

By Tom Eastman

ski-nh-3-womenFrom left: Karolyn Castaldo Jessyca Keeler and Kathleen Harrigan of Ski NH at their new quarters in Conway. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)CONWAY — Formerly based in Lincoln, Ski NH has a new home this side of the mountains.

In July, the trade association of 16 alpine ski areas and 18 ski touring centers began leasing part of the former office of the Mountain Ear newspaper off Route 16.

"We're still getting unpacked, but it's beginning to feel like we've really moved in," said Ski NH Executive Director Jessyca Keeler this week.

She was joined by office coordinator Kathleen Harrigan and newly hired marketing manager Karolyn Castaldo.

Both Keeler and Harrigan have long been residents of Mount Washington Valley, while Castaldo recently moved from Sunday River in Maine.

Ski NH had rented a satellite office on Washington Street in Conway in recent years but now has consolidated its Conway and Lincoln offices in the move to the former Mountain Ear building, now called the Riverside Offices.

The building is next to Jonathon's Seafood and most recently was home to several therapy businesses. It was built in 1987 by late Mountain Ear publisher Steve Eastman and his wife, Sarah, the latter of whom still owns the three-story timber frame building.

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'Hourglass Adventures' escape game holding open house at Whitney Center July 21, games July 22

By Tom Eastman

7-19-17-Biz-Keith-ForceKeith Force will unveil his latest escape games in Jackson. (COURTESY PHOTO)JACKSON — Want to learn more about the escape game craze?

Entrepreneuring sleuth Keith Force invites the public to learn more about his new business, "Hourglass Adventures" at the Whitney Community Center in Jackson on Friday at 7 p.m.

Force says the game can be brought to the locale of your choice for a fun group exercise with family, friends, church groups or business colleagues.

"Basically, we're portable, and the business is for hire to come to your place for your special event," said Force, known for his past work as a videographer, editor and producer who co-produced with the late Dick Pollock the "Happy Conway 250th" video for Conway's 250th celebration in 2015.

Force started an escape game business in July 2015 and has been active in the industry for over two years.

When he started his first business, there were only two escape rooms in the state — now there are more than 10, with 1,800 nationwide.