Tristan Swanson

Food Drive to Benefit House of Hope

Williams Realty Partners (WRP) is excited to announce their partnership with North Berwick Hannaford this holiday season. The two businesses are partnering together on Sunday, December 10, 2017 to host a food drive to benefit House of Hope based in Berwick, Maine. This is one of many events throughout the month celebrating the WRP Month of Giving.

Jordyn Koelker and Tristan Swanson of Williams Realty Partners will be at the North Berwick Hannaford on December 10th from 10am-2pm collecting nonperishable food and monetary donations. This family friendly food drive includes hot cocoa tours of the WRP Trolley. Swanson details more about the event, “Jordyn [Koelker] and I want to do our part in helping people in need. We had a great turn out at our food drive at Hannaford in York and decided to reach out to Hannaford in North Berwick to do the same thing at their location. They agreed and we couldn’t be happier. The House of Hope is an amazing organization with a great new facility. Our goal is to give them a kick start to helping others! I want to stress that any amount of support is fantastic.  If you would rather give your time to the House of Hope reach out to them directly and they can suggest the best way for you to volunteer.  Otherwise, please bring your donations to the event on the 10th and check out the Williams Realty Partners Trolley! The kids will love it!”

The beneficiary, House of Hope, is a safe place for those with a need to receive nourishment for the body, heart and soul. Their location is strategically situated between two under-served communities – Somersworth, NH and Berwick, ME. “At the House of Hope we served more than 14,000 meals and over 1,000 people shopped in our pantry, just last year alone. I’d like to thank everyone in advance for contributing to the food drive in such a meaningful way,” explains Mike Henessey, Executive Director at House of Hope. The ministry operates a fully functional soup kitchen, food pantry and transitional house for men with the intent of growing into a deeper and broader scope as opportunity presents.

"I grew up in Berwick and really wanted to participate in helping out a charity of my home town this holiday season. After speaking with a representative from the House of Hope and hearing his excitement that we wanted to contribute to raise awareness and encourage people to make food donations, I knew we made the right choice. I was also ecstatic to hear that they are raising money to try to build a community youth center. We will collect cash donations as well as non-perishable items to put toward their goal to bring this youth center to fruition. Community involvement is important so that no one is alone or hungry ever, especially during the holidays. We are really happy to help,” Koelker enthusiastically states.

If you would like information about the WRP Month of Giving and this food drive, please click here. For more information about House of Hope, please visit https://houseofhopemission.wordpress.com/.

Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

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    14 Unique Local Gift Ideas for the Holidays

    The holidays are here and along with the lights, music and numerous holiday parties many of us are tasked with buying gifts... a lot of them... for friends, family and more. While some people are easy to shop for, others leave us scratching our heads and stressing out.

    At WRP, we say "stress no more!" There are so many local businesses that offer delicious food, unique gifts, fun experiences and even the opportunity to relax (gasp!). Check out these gift ideas and remember that when you shop local you are impacting our economy and supporting people within our community. We think that in itself is truly a gift! 

    An Experiential Gift

    • Ocean Fire Pottery in York, Maine: Check out their variety of classes and give that as a gift to the creative person on your list! For the not so creative, they have some beautiful pieces you can purchase.
    • Wiggly Bridge Distillery in York, Maine: Belly up to the bar for a monthly cocktail class and learn the tips and tricks of home bartending. Not only is it a fun gift to give someone, but you can also tag along! (Sidenote: Please check out our Meet the Wiggly Distillery blog post!

    A Relaxing Gift 

    • Ameday Nails & Spa in York, Maine: Word has it they give a great massage, facial and mani/pedis. Be sure to check out their Spa Day Specials and consider a girls relaxation day or gift certificate. 
    • Liz Avery Massage in York, Maine: After the holidays are over a massage is well needed (and deserved). Pair a massage gift certificate with a bottle of wine from My Winey Sister or a gift certificate to grab a warm drink and pastry at The Central Bean and Bakery. (Bonus: Liz Avery is giving away a $10 gift card each time you purchase a massage gift card this holiday season.)

    The Gift of Health

    • Village Classical Acupuncture in York, Maine: Give someone you care about a gift certificate here and they will feel rejuvenated, healthy and relaxed - all in one! 

    Give Something Unique and Personal 

    • Tayla Mac in Kittery, Maine: This warm, yet hip, boutique is one of those places that you won't want to leave. Allow yourself some time to browse their eclectic collection and pick out some gifts that are sure to please so many people on your shopping list. (Bonus: Many of Tayla Mac's vendors are based out of Maine. This brings shopping local to a whole new level!)
    • The Daisy Trading Company in York, Maine: There is something for everyone at Daisy Trading! With two floors warmly filled with signs, furniture, unique gifts and more, you'll feel so at home that you won't want to leave. 
    • Hilton's Gifts and Decor in York, Maine: Classy rustic is the name of the game at Hilton's! Check them out for signs, wall art and other beautifully crafted wooden gifts. 
    • Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollingsford, New Hampshire: Pick up a gift certificate good for their many products or one of their events (wouldn't wreath making be fun!?) or if you like to give a physical gift consider a nice floral arrangement, holiday decoration or bulbs/seeds for the snowbirds on your list!
    • York Flower Shop in York, Maine: Check out this full service shop for hostess gifts, floral arrangements or other unique gifts that will surely catch your eye. Not sure what to buy? Gift certificates are always a hit.
    • York Weekly Subscription: Buying a gift for a news junkie or perhaps someone new to the area? This is a great gift that will have them thinking of you every time they read the paper!

    A Gift to Please Any Foodie

    • Lil's Cafe in Kittery, Maine: If the way to a person's heart is through food, a gift from Lil's Cafe is a sure fire way to get there fast! Pick up some sweet and savory nosh for an upcoming event or drop it off to a friend, family, client or teacher. 
    • Beach Pea Baking Co. in Kittery, Maine: If special is the name of the game then Beach Pea has you covered! Not only is their food a yummy treat, but they also offer daily specials including a soup of the day! Why not treat someone to one of the experiences mentioned above and then swing in for a meal sure to please any palate.
    • Stonewall Kitchen in York, Maine: Do we need to say more? ;-) Okay, we will. Stonewall Kitchen is the perfect place to grab a bite and pick up a gift (they have dozens of premade baskets and gift sets or you can put together your own!). If you are buying for a foodie or master chef (wannabes are welcome too) consider a gift certificate for one of their cooking classes. 

    Where are you favorites places to shop and gifts to give? We'd love to know! 

    Thank you to Troy Williams, Tristan Swanson, Maureen Hogan, Jordyn Koelker and Tamara Milliard for sharing (some) of their local favorites!

    Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full-service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home. 

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        Great list! My favorite place to shop in that area is The Shops at Cape Neddick. If you haven't been there you need to stop by. It is a boutique mall with 12 stores in an old restored barn. The owners of the different shops run the shops so someone knowledgeable is always there to greet and help you. They carry everything..... One stop shopping. Check them out. www.theshopsatcapeneddick.com Happy holidays!

        Update: Food Drive to Benefit House of Hope

        On Sunday, December 10th, Jordyn Koelker and Tristan Swanson hosted a food drive at North Berwick Hannaford to benefit House of Hope based in Berwick, Maine. Tis’ the season of giving and this community sure knows how to give! Check out this amazing amount of food that was donated!

          

        Pictured: Jordyn and Tristan                                                                    Pictured: Jordyn, Tristan and Maureen Hogan

        For more information about House of Hope, please visit https://houseofhopemission.wordpress.com/.

        Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in Northern New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

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          Meet the Team: Tristan Swanson

          Meet Tristan Swanson, one of our talented and dedicated Realtors here at WRP!

          Tristan grew up in York, Maine and still resides in town with his wife Heather Razin, son Hendrik (3.5 years old) and daughter Bellamy (2 years old). His eclectic experience before joining WRP includes a Business Economic degree from University of Maine, Farmington, 11 years as Owner/Operator of Cider Hill Painting LCC and 3 years as a bartender at Windowmaker Bar and Grill at Sugarloaf USA. It comes to no surprise that Tristan is a people person and makes friends wherever he goes!

          We asked Tristan a few questions and even the team at WRP got to know a few new things about him! 

           

           

          A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT TRISTAN

          What are you listening to or reading these days?  

          I’m reading the 7 levels of communication and I always am listing to NPR. I just finished reading The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene.

          What is the weirdest job you ever had? 

          Working at York Corner True Value Hardware Store

          If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

          Quantum Mechanic

          You just stepped outside and found a winning scratch ticket for $5 million dollars. What would you do?

          First I would do all the boring stuff, like pay off bills. I would also put a million into a trust for my kids. Then I would take off 6 months and travel the world, buy a summer house, a ski house and a fleet of ATV’s for the family. 

          What inspires you? 

          Security for my kids, Troy Williams, Coming From contribution

          What’s your favorite food?  

          Lobster bake at the beach

          Please tell us your favorite quote. 

          15% of the time 87.4% of statistics are made up.

          A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT THE AREA

          What is one thing you love most about the area? 

          I love this area because there is such an amazing amount of activities we have easy access to. In a 4 hour drive you are in New York City, in 1 hour you are in Boston and then can be anywhere in the world. There are ocean activities (surfing, fishing, sailing, and beaches) and fresh water activities (water skiing, fishing, ice fishing, skating, swimming, boating). Miles of hiking trails are available in York and if you are looking for more of a challenge you can be in the White Mountains in 45 minutes. The dining and entertainment is endless between Portsmouth NH and Portland ME. The school systems are great for families and there are also many alternative education programs.

          I grew up in York ME so, I know the area very well and continue to enjoy all these things. The area is continually growing and evolving with more ideas, ideology, culture and diversity every day.

          What’s an insider tip for tourists that only locals would know? 

          Don’t go to Short Sands Beach, locals prefer the beach at Long Sands for a true Maine beach day experience without the hassle of crowds.

          Name some of your favorite restaurants and stores.  

          My favorite restaurants are: Flo’s Hot Dogs, York Harbor Inn, Clay Hill Farm, The Central Restaurant and Bar, Rick’s All Season and Green Leaves

          My favorite stores are: Kittery Trading Post and Eldredge Lumber and Hardware.  (This is a better question for my wife).

          Do you have a favorite nonprofit you’d like to share? 

          The York Food Pantry and the York Community Service Association (YCSA).

          NOW LET'S GET DOWN TO REAL ESTATE

          What led you to work in the real estate industry? 

          Working as a tradesman and then owning my own painting company I became frustrated with employees and sub-contractors, however, I truly enjoyed the interaction with my clients. After some searching and careful contemplation I chose to get my real estate license.  I was intrigued by the business and wanted to continue working with people on, in most cases, their largest investment. I am captivated by the construction process, land uses, zoning, and people’s personalities. What better way to work with families and cover all these areas than to work as a Real Estate Professional?!  

          Why Williams Realty Partners? 

          It was a “no-brainer” for me. I spoke with several other agencies and just kept coming back to my notes about Keller Williams and Williams Realty Partners. First Keller Williams because they have, hands down, the best training available on Earth.  Education is the key to this industry. As a highly productive agent I need to be kept on the leading edge of technology, laws, contracts, lead generation, etc. Keller Williams offers this training and more.                                                                         

          I ended up with WRP because I have know Troy since high school and always knew he was going to make a big splash.  Knowing his drive and expertise, I wanted to learn from the best! Also, when I met the agents and administrative staff I know this was the place for me to grow my business and my life.

          What’s your favorite home design trend these days? 

          I am a sucker for old homes with a modern twist. I love exposed beams and to be able to see that it was built with care and someone handled that piece. I love to imagine the history and story with every old home and property.

          Okay, give us your tips! We want to hear them!

          Home buyers: Do a drive by of the property before you set up a showing. It is amazing what you can tell about a property by just driving by.

          Home seller: There is no time like the present. 

          Someone thinking of selling their home:  Call me before you do anything. The changes or repairs you are thinking of doing may not be your best use of time and money.

          We hope you enjoyed getting to know Tristan! If you'd like to get in touch with him, here's his info:

          (207) 200-1483 - Email - Website - Facebook 

          Williams Realty Partners of Keller Williams Coastal Realty is the number one Keller Williams Team in New England. WRP is a full service team collaborating to bring buyers and sellers together. With this structure, our agents get to spend their time doing what they do best: working with clients to provide an exceptional experience whether buying or selling a home.

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