ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS; Congressional Record Vol. 158, No. 151
(Senate - November 29, 2012)

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                         ADDITIONAL STATEMENTS



 Ms. AYOTTE. Mr. President, today I wish to recognize and 
congratulate Scontsas Fine Jewelry and Home Decor, a small business in 
my hometown of Nashua, NH, as it celebrates its 100th year in business.
  Scontsas, which began as a shoe shining and repair business and hat 
blocking service, is now a third generation, family owned small 
business that specializes in fine jewelry and home gifts and 
decoration. A century ago, a Greek immigrant named George J. Scontsas 
first opened his doors at 173 Main Street in Nashua, and ever since, 
his family's business has remained a permanent fixture at this same 
downtown location. The Scontsas legacy, by any measure, is a testament 
to the entrepreneurial spirit that makes America great.
  In an effort to expand his customer base, George began stocking 
greeting cards, and by the mid-1940's, his store became the first 
Hallmark store in Nashua. The Scontsas family business continued to 
expand by selling children's toys, books, yarn, and gifts.
  In 1974, George's son Peter, and his wife Joan, purchased deMontigny 
Jewelers in the adjacent building. Since Peter Scontsas' passing in 
1995, his son Phillip and daughter-in-law Amalia have served as the 
principal owners of the business. Together, the Scontsas family 
developed a new department within the family store, featuring home and 
garden decor.
  Since its inception, Scontsas has focused not only on growing bigger, 
but also on growing better. The reasons for the Scontsas family's 
success are many. Chief among them are the family's commitment to 
building enduring relationships with their customers and their strong 
community involvement. Scontsas Fine Jewelry and Home Decor prides 
itself on treating every customer like a member of the family.
  In typical fashion, the Scontsas family decided to celebrate their 
business' 100th birthday by giving back to the Nashua community in a 
series of events this year. The year long celebration showcased their 
strong roots in the community while promoting their products. I had the 
pleasure of attending the city of Nashua's Annual Holiday Stroll this 
past weekend, where the Scontsas family unveiled their limited edition 
100 Year Holiday ornament for their loyal customers.
  As Nashua helps the Scontsas' celebrate a century of family, 
business, and community, I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing 
Scontsas Fine Jewelry and Home Decor's 100th anniversary.