Katie McQuaid's Scene in Manchester: When a tattoo is no longer for you
How does a guy known around here for running self-storage and records management companies make the leap to medical aesthetics?
The answer is simple. Tattoos. Charlie Morgan, the owner of Morgan Storage, said he kept seeing beautiful young women walking around the city with tattoos. Sure, getting a tattoo seems like a good idea when you're young and newly independent. Sometimes, they even look attractive.
But Morgan can see the future, and it isn't pretty.
Morgan knows those same girls are going to mature into women with different ideas and different bodies. And some will pay to have those permanent marks of distinction and independence go away.
I am horrified to admit it. But I am Morgan's target market. Let's just say the small blue rose I had inked into my abdomen when I was 18 doesn't look the same after three pregnancies.
When Morgan looked into the laser tattoo removal industry, he discovered that lasers had the potential to provide all kinds of beauty treatments, and Pellé Center for Laser and Medical Aesthetics was born.
I had the opportunity to accompany two friends to their recent laser hair removal appointments at Pellé. They shall remain nameless (and hairless).
The interior of the building at 159 Frontage Road, near South Willow Street, looks nothing like the Dean's Carpet it once housed. The low lights and quiet music lend to the relaxing atmosphere I imagine one needs while preparing to have laser beams shot at your hair follicles, or Botox injected into your skin.
Purely there for chauffeur and research purposes, I never made it past the waiting area. But the two laser patients assured me the treatments are not as painful as you might expect, and totally worth the cost. And I was reassured when I saw all the credentials listed after Medical Director Tara Patten's name. Patten, who operates the center's lasers, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and advanced practice registered nurse who holds a master's degree in nursing.
In addition to hair and tattoo removal, Pellé's lasers can remove age spots, acne scars and even freckles. Treatment cost and frequency varies depending on what you would like done, but customers should expect to pay a minimum of several hundred dollars.
Pellé also offers other services such as chemical peels and something called a liquid facial. Office Administrator Tami Lee Smith said they are in the process of expanding the more traditional spa services of facials, waxing and massage.
Since I just bought what seems like a lifetime supply of razors at BJ's and I don't have plans to bare my midriff anytime soon, my body and bank account are not quite laser-ready. But, it's good to know what my options are.
If you have a bad tattoo too, check out Pellé's website at www.pelleskinrenewal.com.
Chow down for CHaD
Police and firefighters from across the state are preparing for another exciting Good Vs. Good hockey game at the 2014 CHaD Battle of the Badges at the Verizon Wireless Arena.
The March 1 game is a culmination of months of fundraising by the players and their "CHaD Buddies," some of the children who have been helped by the life-saving services of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth.
The families of two CHaD Buddies — Elliot Perry and Isabella Lawler — are holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser with the help of The Derryfield Restaurant to support Team Police players Chris Horn, Dan Gillieo and Jake Tyler. Each player must raise $1,500 to participate. The spaghetti supper is being held at The Derryfield on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6 p.m. The $20-per-person cost includes the dinner and a ticket to the Battle of the Badges game. To reserve your spot, contact Carrie Perry at 557-8668 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out more about the game and fundraising efforts of other Battle of the Badges players, visit Chadhockey.org.
Citizen of the Year
Arthur Sullivan was named the 2013 Citizen of the Year by the Manchester Chamber of Commerce on Thursday.
There is no doubt that Sullivan has invested much in our city. Just look at the many buildings that literally bear his name. Less obvious are the countless hours and expertise he gives to so many non-profits in our area.
I have the pleasure of serving with him on the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation's Manchester Region Advisory Board, and for a guy with a lot on his plate, he is always willing to take on a little more.
Robin Comstock, Gemma French, Julie Picard and the rest of the Manchester Chamber's staff and volunteers did a marvelous job turning the Radisson Armory into a winter carnival, complete with ice skating rink, giant snow globe, and Carnival King Dick Anagnost, who chaired the planning committee. The Scene wishes Comstock the very best as she steps down from her long tenure as Chamber of Commerce president. We can only hope her replacement has as much style and grace as she does.
Next year's Citizen of the Year event will be here before you know it, and it is never too early to begin thinking about an appropriate honoree for 2014. Who do you know with outstanding leadership and citizenship in the community, while demonstrating exemplary vision, civic pride and commitment to the betterment of society?
Nomination forms are available at www.manchester-chamber.org/coyapplication. The winner will be chosen by secret committee just prior to the 2015 event.
NH365.ORG Event of the Week
I love driving past Steven's Pond on Interstate 93 and seeing the ice fisherman braving the cold. If you have ever thought about joining them, you can learn the art of ice fishing this weekend with staff and volunteers from New Hampshire Fish and Game.
This two-part program will start Friday evening at Amoskeag Fishways from 6 to 8 p.m. with an introduction to ice safety, fish ecology, equipment and bait, and how to dress to beat the cold. Then on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon, participants will head out to a local pond to try out their new skills. The program is free for ages 10 and up, but registration is required. All angling gear will be provided, but bring your own lunch and proper outdoor clothing.
Visit www.NH365.org to find out how to register.
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