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Downtown: Lilise to sell custom furniture by state prison inmates
By .concordmonitor.com - Laura McCrystal
Published: 02/25/2013

NEW HAMPSHIRE - A Storrs Street shop will become the first in the state to market and sell specialty furniture made by state prison inmates.

Lilise Designer Resale, a clothing store, is expanding into a connecting storefront. The new space will become an antique shop and a showroom for a custom line of cherry furniture, handmade by five master craftsmen at the state prison in Berlin.

“I think between their reputation, and Lilise marketing it and having an ideal location, I think that it will be a very successful partnership,” said Greg Lessard, who owns Lilise with his wife, Ellen.

Lessard said he had wanted to begin selling furniture but stumbled into his partnership with the state “sort of by accident.” When he heard the state prison’s furniture store closed last year, he called the Department of Corrections.

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