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Explore Sewickley base to move again

| Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 4:45 p.m.

After less than a year in its current location, Explore Sewickley is on the move.

The nonprofit organization whose mission is to market Sewickley will relocate to the former Dollar Bank building on Beaver Street. Its current space at 611 Beaver St. will be taken over by The Slippery Mermaid, a restaurant that currently rents space from Jennifer Markus, head of Explore Sewickley.

Markus said restaurant owner Karen Hineman approached her recently about expanding into the rest of the building.

The restaurant will use the new space for a bar area. Markus said she didn't want to prevent the restaurant from expanding. She declined to list the rent for the space.

“We are about bringing new business to town,” Markus said.

She bought the Dollar Bank building at 420 Beaver St. through her company, Mulberry Street Properties, and will convert it into space for the Explore Sewickley office. A sales figure was not available.

Markus' company is performing the remodeling of the new space. It will include more space for meetings, something she expects to be important as the group becomes more active and seeks out more community participation. The new location will be more central to the business community.

“It's right in the center of town so people will be able to find us,” she said.

The building will have an entrance area that will have brochures for various programs on display for people to pick up even when the office is closed.

“People will be able to come in and get that all the time,” Markus said.

Markus said she plans to paint the building blue and said it will have a more “industrial” feel, compared to its current location.

Alex Lancianese, marketing director for Explore Sewickley, said in the past, the group has held meetings with as many as 70 people. Its new space will make those type of events better to plan, she said.

“For what we're doing, this space is going to be awesome,” Lancianese said.

Tom McGee is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-324-1408, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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