Meet Fred Marco Photography

Meet Fred Marco Photography

Tell us about Fred Marco Photography and why you started it. I was a headshot photographer in New York City for over a decade. I moved to Marblehead to be a speech-language pathologist and I was so inspired by all the beauty around us here that I busted out all my equipment again. I shoot land and seascapes with a large emphasis on Marblehead and particularly unsung corners of our great town. All photographs are available with or without a large selection of matting and framing and delivered directly to you when you order from my website, I also specialize in intimate family, child, engagement, and personal portraiture by appointment.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of advice I’ve ever received is, “Do what you love and the money will follow”.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? I have to say that my favorite spot in Marblehead is Devereux Beach because of my ocean addiction.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I once gave a speech/language evaluation to a Crown Prince (HIPAA prevents me from saying more).

Fred Marco Photography
Fred Marco

Meet Relux Decor

Meet Relux Decor

Tell us about Relux Decor and why you started it. I established Relux Decor in 2015 after providing personal, interior styling consulting, to friends and family for years. I believe interior design should be accessible to people with any project scope and budget. I’m also passionate about getting homeowners the most amount of money for their home when they want to sell. I specialize in home preparation consultations for sellers to help get their photographs MLS ready, resulting in higher traffic, more offers, and increased financial outcome.  

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? “Believe in yourself”. Although it seems straightforward, sometimes as a business owner it’s difficult. When faced with obstacles or failures, it’s easy to start doubting oneself. I discovered that being successful as an entrepreneur requires having a strong sense of self belief.  

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? My little home near Redd’s Pond. I’m reminded every day how far I’ve come and how lucky I am to be surrounded by such history and beauty. Spending time with my son, Elliot, and my dog, Finnegan, fulfill me the most. I also happen to have the best neighbors in all of Marblehead (including the ducks).

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I come from a family with a remarkable entrepreneurial spirit. My family boasts a legacy of successful businesswomen, with ventures like Jambu, Ocean House Surf, Lomac Designs, and Yoga Bohdi, which were all created and owned by my aunts and cousins.

Relux Decor Interior Styling & Home Staging
Ashley O’Shea
(781) 979-6532

Meet Nordic Oasis

Meet Nordic Oasis

Brendan, tell us about Nordic Oasis and why you and Barry started it. Nordic Oasis offers steam, sauna (both infrared and traditional) and cold plunge services at our location at 201 Pleasant Street in Marblehead. Our mission is to provide a refreshing and rejuvenating experience while creating a club vibe where everyone in the community feels welcome. We also offer monthly memberships and club rentals for private events. Barry and I started the business to spread awareness of the physical and mental benefits of hot and cold therapy – something humans have been doing for more than 1,000 years! 

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? The best piece of advice I’ve received is, “Stay determined”. Every day you will encounter issues and problems, be patient and push through them. 

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? My favorite spot in town is Marblehead Neck. It’s beautiful and very unique.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? Most people may be surprised to know that I lived in Asia for 3 years – mostly in Seoul.

Nordic Oasis
Brendan Binkoski & Barry Paskivich
(781) 990-8990 or [email protected]

Meet Gingle-Lerman Realty Group

Meet Gingle-Lerman Realty Group

Roberta, tell us about your real estate business partnership. Marcie and I both became Realtors in the early nineties at what was then known as Hunneman Real Estate in Swampscott. We became fast friends and soon realized we had a similar, strong work ethic. We both found it satisfying to match buyers with the right house and help their dreams of owning a home become a reality. With our combined business knowledge and individual skill sets that complimented each other, we realized we made excellent partners as well. So, in 2018, the Gingle-Lerman Realty Group partnership was formed. We pride ourselves on being with our clients every step of the way to the closing and beyond. Our satisfied clients and successful sales along with our consistent awards tell our story. We’re “Your GPS in Real Estate”.

What is the best piece of business advice you ever received? We agree that the best business advice we’ve received was, “Don’t judge anyone by their appearance”.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead and why?

  • Roberta: Old Burial Hill, I love the view, the stillness, the history and stories written on the stones of the people that once lived in Marblehead.  
  • Marcie: Lower Washington Street and Old Town because of the history, the architecture, and the beautiful, sometimes hidden gardens.

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you?

  • Roberta: I write historical romance novels that take place centuries past and usually in Scotland. 
  • Marcie: I want to raise miniature pygmy goats when, and if, I retire.

William Raveis
Gingle-Lerman Realty Group. (Marcie Gingle & Roberta Lerman)
11 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead

Meet Lopenote

Meet Lopenote

Kristen, tell us about Lopenote and why you and Maggie started it. Lopenote started over a fireside chat where Maggie and I talked about the struggles of remembering our friends and families’ birthdays and the challenge of keeping track of all the addresses. We felt we wanted to help people keep connections strong and what better way than to let people know you’ve remembered them on their birthdays. Lopenote enables you to easily remember important dates within your social and family circles and easily send cards with a personal touch. The key feature of being able to upload a personal photo further supports our idea that in this world of personal disconnect due to our busy and sometimes demanding schedules, Lopenote can help to build those connections again.

Share with us the best pieces of business advice you’ve each received. 

  • Kristen: Don’t let your insecurities get in the way when it comes to starting a project or business, just go for it.
  • Maggie: Don’t expect to know exactly what you’re doing from the start. It’s a long journey with many turns and pivots where hard work will lead to success.

 Tell me about your favorite Marblehead spots, and why they are your favorite.

  • Kristen: Preston Beach because it always feels like you’re on vacation. I have a close second favorite, which is the sweet little bar at the Harbor Light Inn.
  • Maggie: Marblehead harbor. There is nothing better than a summer sunset looking out over all the boats in the harbor. Also, I love a great morning pick-up at Plus Café…best breakfast sandwiches in town.

 What is something people would be surprised to learn about each of you? 

  • Kristen: I love getting tattoos.
  • Maggie: When I was born, I was almost 11lbs! My poor mother…

Co-Founders: Kristen Durand and Maggie Svirk

Panakio Insurance Adjusters, Inc.

Panakio Insurance Adjusters, Inc.

Tell us about Panakio Insurance Adjusters, Inc. and why you started it. Panakio Adjusters Inc. has been my family’s business since 1937. Five years ago, I bought the business with my business partner, Joe Caponigro. Panakio isn’t affiliated with any insurance companies. Our role is that of a private adjuster (technically called a Public Adjuster) when a property owner experiences a real estate property loss. We handle losses such as fire, pipe breaks, water damage, etc. The claims process is very complex and overwhelming, our service takes the mystery out of the equation which results in peace of mind and greater settlements for our clients.

What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received? This is a tough question! My Dad always told me that in this business, you can’t fake empathy and the harder you work the luckier you get. We see so many awful claims, you would think that we become immune, but we don’t. Every claim is different, and every family has unique circumstances and needs. Our passion allows us to do our absolute best to take care of every client. Unfortunately, we engage with our clients when something awful has happened. The ability to see the big picture and know what the end result looks like, keeps us going when the battle gets tough.

What is your favorite spot in Marblehead, and why? I love the stretch between Fort Sewall and The Adams house. I walk early most mornings and if you catch the sunrise at the right time, there is nothing more peaceful and beautiful. That is always the best way to start the day!

What is something people would be surprised to learn about you? I’ve always been an entrepreneur! I had my own fitness business for 20 years in Marblehead. It seems like a drastic change from fitness to public adjusting but there are many similarities. Most of all, I love to be of service to others!

Panakio Insurance Adjusters, Inc.
Melissa Sherwood
[email protected] or 781-592-7575

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