The passion to create fresh homemade cuisine started young for Annie Bridgeman. She learned the art of creating beautiful food and combined that with the desire to share with others and she was
The passion to create fresh homemade cuisine started young for Annie Bridgeman. She learned the art of creating beautiful food and combined that with the desire to share with others and she was hooked in the restaurant & catering industry.
Today, Annie owns and operates Annie’s Café and Catering. Since its inception in 2009, Annie has had a loyal customer base and has continued to grow her business into a well-known and respected catering option in New Hampshire.
After nearly a decade of leasing space, and outgrowing that space, Annie knew it was time to own her own building and relocate not only her catering business but the café which offers an extensive menu of bakery items to daily soups, salads, sandwiches and specialty drinks
“When you see an opportunity, you make the investment and go for it,” said Annie Bridgeman. Through the assistance of CRDC and Franklin Savings Bank, Annie was able to purchase a building near downtown Laconia. “We couldn’t grow the business in the existing space we were leasing. I just couldn’t offer a comfortable experience.”
Annie was eyeing the building located at 138 Gilford Avenue in Laconia for sometime because of its ideal location, close to downtown. Formerly a pizza restaurant, it provided Annie with a turnkey kitchen & dining layout.
“Working with Franklin Savings Bank, we were able to structure a 504 SBA loan for Annie that allowed her to purchase the building with a very small down payment,” said Jennifer Boulanger, CRDC Loan Officer. “She has since renovated the space, added new equipment, and really created a beautiful and welcoming atmosphere for her customers. This new location provides much better exposure for the business.”
“CRDC and Franklin Savings Bank really worked together to get me into this new space,” said Annie. “We really love this new location. It allows me more freedom and I now have the potential for growth.”
CRDC's Jennifer Boulanger and Annie Bridgeman stand in the dining area of Annie's Cafe Catering.