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"Happy Up" at The Studio

By Elisha Neubauer

On the hunt for something creative for a gift-giving occasion in Laconia, NH? Check out The Studio downtown. Unlike many privately owned stores in the Laconia area, The Studio does not cater only to tourists. Bright and whimsical, you'll find an eclectic selection of gifts within the walls of this charming gift shop and gallery.

The Studio was born out of a necessity for distinctive shopping in Laconia. Melissa McCarthy, owner, was sick and tired of longing for someone to open an all-occasion gift shop in the downtown area. "I kept wanting someone to open a 'cool shop' in Downtown Laconia, and finally realized that someone could be me," says McCarthy. There is no other shop in the region like The Studio, which hosts a gift shop, gallery, and 'Larks and Frolics' events. McCarthy carefully curates the shop and says she only selects objects that she would want to give or receive as a gift herself.

The gift shop side of The Studio offers carefully selected merchandise in a unique and fun shopping environment. The gallery side holds regular receptions for exhibiting artists, occasional trunk shows, and is the location of the weekly radio interview show, IPMNation.com's Local Outbreak.

The Studio is also involved in the local Tuesday Night Sunset Parties, held May through August. "On the top floor of the Downtown Laconia Parking Garage, people are invited to come and gather for fun, occasional music, giant bubbles, hula hoops and great community building," says McCarthy.

McCarthy loves her shop, and is happy to help you find something fun and funky for a friend- or for yourself. "I have gift options from Blue Q that will make you laugh out loud, mugs and jewelry from IamTra, Inc and Lucky Feather that will make you reflect, and a variety of cards that you won't find in the drug store," exclaims McCarthy. "Come in and "Happy Up"!"

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