December 2, 2012

Business briefs: Dec. 2, 2012


MVP will sell NuOptions both directly and through its network of insurance brokers. Businesses that are interested in finding out more about the program can visit

New manager

PLATTSBURGH — Maurices, a leading national specialty store for savvy, fashion-conscious customers with a 20-something attitude, has named Wendi Provost as store manager. Provost is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the store, including sales performance, visual presentation and personnel recruitment and training.

Maurices, a brand of Ascena Retail Group Inc., operates more than 833 stores in 46 states and Canada and stands for fashion, quality, value and customer service. Offering sizes 1-24, their styles are inspired by the girl in everyone, in every size. For store information and to shop online, visit

Status earned

SARANAC LAKE — The Lake Placid CVB/Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism is congratulating Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn and Hohmeyer’s Lake Clear Lodge for achieving Audubon International Platinum 5 Leaf Status, the highest Eco Lodging rating in North America.

This award is reserved only for properties that have met stringent guidelines in energy conservation, natural-resource preservation, guest education and outreach. The Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort in Lake Placid attained Platinum 5 Leaf certification in 2009, the first hotel in the United States to receive this status.

“With only six total properties nationwide attaining this lofty designation, it is truly remarkable three are located within 15 miles of each other,” said Fredrik Realbuto, Green Lodging program director, Audubon International. “We believe these three facilities will act as catalysts and examples to be replicated throughout the region, the state and the country.”

Nicole Brownell, director of marketing and co-owner of Gauthier’s Saranac Lake Inn, said they focus on providing a unique experience for guests including the fusion of green initiatives into their sojourn.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our environmental commitment, and further a compliment to be among properties so committed to the Adirondacks while defining our industry’s new sustainability goals.”

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