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Winter 2019

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Get Crafty

If you’re looking for a new hobby (or want to expand your horizons), local businesses and organizations offer evening and weekend classes to spark your creativity. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

12 Kearsarge Magazine's Holiday Gift Guide

22 A Fiber Artist's Paradise Dorr Mill Store in Guild, N.H., celebrates 60 years of success. By Patrick O’Grady

28 Doubling the Joy These couples in business are collectively carving out their unique place in our communities. By Leigh Ann Root

Laura Jean Whitcomb

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Two products and a service that provide not only the perfect gift, but a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart that you’ve made a difference by shopping locally. By Donna Long and Laura Jean Whitcomb

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36 Home Away from Home Seventy years later, the Fairway Motel continues to surprise and delight guests. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

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40 Painting Fun Try your hand at painting glass, ceramics, canvas and more at The Ceramic Corner in Claremont, N.H. By Patrick O’Grady

46 Post and Beam Dreams

54 Buy Local...Fashion? Sure, you can get clothing anywhere from t-shirts at the grocery store to entire outfits online. So why would you shop locally for something to wear? Two words: personal service. Photography by Leigh Ann Root and Jennifer Stark

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Yankee Barn Homes in Grantham, N.H., celebrates 50 years. By Laura Jean Whitcomb

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Habitat for Humanity builds houses for local families and helps many more with rehabs, upgrades, repairs and roofs. By Laurie D. Morrissey

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editor’s letter Hello friends, I’ve been thinking about winter since August — since the fall issue of Kearsarge Magazine hit the stands. (That’s when the writing and editing for the winter issue wraps up.) I’ve been selling ads for winter since early September. Believe me, NO ONE wants to talk about winter in August and September. Summer went by all too quickly and, as I write this, the leaves are just turning in anticipation of our breathtaking fall foliage season. But, as a publisher, I have to think about winter. It’s a big part of our lifestyle here in New England. Locals, second homeowners and visitors from near and afar come to the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area to snowshoe, cross country ski, downhill ski, snowmobile, skate, and slide with sleds and inner tubes.

Local businesses depend on a sizeable (and consistent) snow season. Instead of focusing on outdoor winter adventures (which KM covered in the 2018 winter issue), this issue highlights indoor winter fun in the area: shopping, learning a new craft and meeting a local business owner. That way, even if we don’t have a long, cold, white winter, we can still enjoy the season, and support our local economy in different ways. Thanks for reading!

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CORRECTION In the fall 2019 issue, the “Kearsarge from Afar” article, the caption on page 62 is not correct. We switched out a photo at the last minute and neglected to switch the caption. So the mountain in the photo from Clark Lookout is Mount Sunapee. (The island in the middle is Great Island.) There’s also a typo in the table of contents (don’t laugh when you find it) and a grammatical error on page 62. Thanks to our readers for catching them!


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If you’re looking for a new hobby (or want to expand your horizons), local businesses and organizations offer evening and weekend classes to spark your creativity.


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llioops Flowers & Gifts in New London, N.H., looks like a winter wonderland. There are bows, candles, pinecones and greenery arranged by seat at a large farmer’s table. Seven ladies are taking their places, eager to be participants in a class Allioops is hosting: how to create a Christmas centerpiece. Emma Whittemore, Allioops event coordinator and designer, is the instructor. She holds up a finished centerpiece, the model for what the students will be designing tonight. “It won’t look exactly like the one here,” she says, “but that is what I am guiding you to make for your table.” Students start with oasis, a square of green foam, and place a white candle in the center. Now it’s time to add some greenery. Judy Stewart-Gagnon, floral designer at Allioops, passes out fir tips with the bottoms pre-stripped of branches. Whittemore distributes lemon leaf and bay leaf sprigs. “Start with the fir tips,” says Whittemore. “Give them a fresh cut — you’ll want to cut the bottom

on an angle. Not all stems are created equal, so pull needles off the base or trim if you need to.” As the students prep their fir tips, Whittemore walks around the room and checks on their work. “Place the fir tips around the bottom of the oasis, one on each side, to create a half circle shape. You’ve just laid out the grid work, and you should see your centerpiece taking shape.” Lemon leaf is added between the layers of fir. “No matter where you are sitting at the table, you should see lemon leaf,” says Whittemore. Bay leaf fills the holes anywhere there might be one, even at the top. “Spin your arrangement. You’ll see the holes,” says Stewart-Gagnon, who is also helping students with each step. “How many would you end up putting in?” a student asks. “I would use both pieces. You want it to be thick and luscious,” says Whittemore. “You don’t want to see any oasis.” ›››››

Fresh floral supplies (and more!) at Allioops Flowers & Gifts in New London, N.H.

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Pretty things Allioops was established in 2009 but started offering classes after the store’s grand reopening in 2017. “We had our farmer’s table custom built for the purpose of community classes and extra workspace for large weddings and events,” says Alli Coy, owner and designer. The classes are a great way to bring the community together. “We live in a pretty rural area, where there isn’t always something new or exciting to try. We wanted to create a space where anyone could come in and try something that they hadn’t before,” says Coy. “Floral and plant design is extremely therapeutic. It’s creative, and it expands our minds to think in new ways, while being hands-on. Add in a cocktail, and that’s a really fun Friday night in New London!” That’s right — there’s a complimentary beverage included in each class seat. The signature drink is themed to the class’ subject matter. The winter class, for example, had a white chocolate martini called a “Snowman Martini.”

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Coy and Whittemore work together to come up with skill-building classes that encourage laughter and learning. It’s not unusual for locals to take multiple classes and build on each new skill set. Students have the advantage of learning from experts, who are more than happy to share tips and tricks. Once the greenery is in place, students move on to flowers. There are mini red spray roses, hypericum berries in pink, white flax flowers, lavender freesia and delicate pink orchids. “You want color on every side but see where your eye and heart take you with placement,” says Whittemore. “There’s no right or wrong answer. You can create interest with different heights, different textures and varied composition.” All the materials were prepped and prepared by the instructors, so there’s nothing but fun for the participants. The hour goes by quickly. “When you start with pretty things, you can’t go wrong,” says another student. The class ends with finishing touches, such as ribbon tucks — smaller bows with big colors of red and gold. Stewart-Gagnon demonstrates how to


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Participants at the herbal chocolate workshop at the Warner Public Market

make “ribbon candy kind of loops” by using the wire in the ribbon to hold it on a pick. Students are delighted with the result, made just in time to decorate a holiday table or give as a hostess gift.

Always learning Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee residents are lucky to live in an area that offers so many opportunities to learn a skill, art or craft. The Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H., offers drop-in classes to make holiday ornaments, a different design each week. Last December, locals could make felt wreath ornaments, tissue paper ornaments, 3D punched paper ornaments and wreath ornaments made from fabric and jelly jar lids. Pleasant Lake Cheesecake in New London, N.H., hosts cookie decorating parties, helping students make a dozen delicately decorated cookies. And the Warner (N.H.) Public Market offers educational workshops amidst the retail shop stocked with fresh local produce, dairy and meat; sustainably

sourced household goods; and handmade arts and crafts. Hosting classes has been a part of the market’s mission since the beginning. “We wanted to be a multifaceted space. This can be challenging to explain to folks, but we believe it’s where our greatest value lies — in defying the idea that we have to be one thing or another,” says Sarah Hansen, one of the market’s six member-partners. The others include Liane Tyrrel, Jason Paul, Sam Bower, Kristin Ingold and Bret Ingold. “We are equal parts a source for local, in-season healthy food, for arts and crafts, and for workshops and events. Creativity and curiosity are what binds us together as a collective, and we believe there is great value in gathering together and learning together.” In February, just before Valentine’s day, 12 participants gathered to make herbal chocolates with Audrey Bethel, who studied with master herbalist ›››››

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Rosemary Gladstar. “Participants made herbal chocolates with organic chocolate, coconut oil, turmeric, maca, cayenne, sea salt, cacao nibs, lavender buds and cardamom,” says Tyrrel. “It was thoroughly enjoyed — folks spent time together, learned something new, and brought some herbal chocolates home with them.” Learning about herbs, and how to incorporate them in something delicious like chocolate, is just one of the ways Warner Public Market engages with the community. They’ve held 18 events since their official opening in October 2018. “These workshops have been seriously magical in their outcomes,” says Tyrrel. “The success comes from creating a space where people can gather and learn at any point along their path.”

Laura Jean Whitcomb is the publisher and editor of Kearsarge Magazine. You’ll not only find her taking classes locally, but also teaching them at the Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H.

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Catch phrases abound for shopping local. And we all know what it means: your dollar is more likely to stay in the community when spent with a local business and not a big box store. It also means that you are buying something handcrafted, perhaps made just for you, or a service that is tailored to your unique needs. It’s that extra, personal touch that makes buying local so rewarding. Read on to learn about two products and a service that provide not only the perfect gift, but a warm fuzzy feeling in your heart that you’ve made a difference.

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CandleTree By Donna Long

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ne might think Ross Mingarelli is burning the candle at both ends by being sole owner and operator of two small New Hampshire companies. However, Mingarelli has found a nice balance between his tree cutting service and candle making company. He says, “I try to keep both businesses connected. Every tree job gets a free candle. If you come into my shop for a candle, I mention my tree business. It’s a nice combination.” Warner, N.H., resident Mingarelli admits he never had much interest in candles before dabbling in the craft as a hobby. He remembers sitting in a local coffee shop a few years ago when a friend suggested he learn a new skill to keep him busy during the winter months. He began looking into various pastimes and immediately was drawn toward candle making. He drove to the nearest Hobby Lobby and purchased some soy wax, color dyes, fragrance oils and a how-to book on making soy candles.

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Ross Mingarelli crafting his uniquely scented candles.

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Candles on display at Grounds in New London.

The past three years have been a learning curve for Mingarelli, and his business has come a long way in a short amount of time. Starting out as a small business operating out of the basement of his house, CandleTree has evolved into a profitable company that offers soy candles online, at New England fairs and craft shows, and at a retail store in Concord, N.H. He continually works on perfecting his art by creating the best fragrance recipes and color combinations in his signature candles.

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All candles produced by CandleTree are custom made and 100 percent soy. Mingarelli begins his candle making process by melting the soy wax chips to a secret temperature. As he waits for the temperature of the wax to rise, he looks at his recipe book to find the exact combination of oils needed to create a certain fragrance. After placing a few drops in each of the square glass containers, Mingarelli then adds a little of the coordinating colors.

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The next step is placing the wicks in the bottom of the bottles. Mingarelli has found that placing two wicks in each candle helps with even melting each time the candle is burned. When the wax has reached the correct temperature, he pours it in the prepared glasses. He then takes a small wooden stirrer and swirls the color throughout the wax. It is this final step that creates the marbled effect that makes CandleTree candles one-of-a-kind. CandleTree currently offers more than 500 types of candles in a variety of sizes, with the standard being the 10 ounce and 1.85 ounce sizes. The most popular scents include Lemongrass Sage, Seaside, Pineapple Orchid and Apple Harvest. He will also gladly make custom candles by finding the perfect aroma, color or container to make a unique candle. Whether it is for a wedding, company promotion or sponsored event, Mingarelli can create a multitude of exclusive candles. “I want people to come to me if they can’t find a specific candle,” he says. Giving people an option to buy local is important to Mingarelli. “When someone buys local, they are supporting the community,” he says. “These candles are not mass produced. There is a lot of hard work and passion that goes into them. It takes time and patience to create beautiful products.” CandleTree products can be at candletreellc.com, Grounds in New London, N.H., and Aubuchon Hardware in Warner, N.H.


Factory Refresh Mobile Detailing By Laura Jean Whitcomb

Nick Byrne, owner of Factory Fresh Mobile Detailing

A full detail on a 1963 Triumph TR4

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ick Byrne pulls into the driveway promptly at 10 a.m. He owns Factory Refresh Mobile Detailing, based in Hillsborough, N.H., and he’s here to detail a Toyota Corolla, inside and out, at the car owner’s home in Grantham, N.H. In fact, Byrne will travel anywhere —New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine or Massachusetts — depending on the job. “I’ve been doing this for five years,” the husband and father of two says. “I work every day.” It’s hard to find the time for vehicle maintenance, like oil changes and tire rotations. It’s even harder to find the time to clean the interior, all those nooks and crannies that have been trapping dirt, dust, pollen and crumbs for months (perhaps years). So it’s a real treat to have Byrne clean door jams; vacuum carpets,

mats and seats; scrub all the plastics; condition the leather or shampoo the fabric; clean the vents; and wash the windows inside and out. And even better: he comes to your home. All his cleaning materials, from spray guns to steam cleaners to paper towels, are in his vehicle. “I use top notch equipment and quality supplies to get the best results,” he says. All he needs is access to water and electricity. He starts by washing the exterior. Byrne is one of the few detailing services that uses a clay bar, a natural or synthetic clay mixture that removes contaminants and pollutants from the surface of a car’s paint, glass, fiberglass and metal. “It takes off grime and helps the wax stick to the paint and not the dirt,” Byrne says. ›››››

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Top to bottom: Before Nick and after Nick

Next wax is applied with a dual action buffer. He even cleans the wheels and tires. While the exterior is drying, he starts on the interior. He says it is helpful if car owners clean all the personal items out of their cars before he arrives. “I try not to touch personal belongings,” he says. The interior work is tedious and time consuming, but Byrne tackles it all with a smile. “I get pretty in depth,” he says. “Everything gets scrubbed.” He’s not kidding. An interior and exterior car detail takes between four and eight hours. “Four hours is a dusty car,” he says. The Toyota Corolla, three years old, gets vacuumed twice a year, so Byrne spends upwards of eight hours on it. When he’s finished, the car looks like it rolled off the factory line. Scratches

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from the ice scraper are hardly noticeable on the paint. The interior is pristine; not a particle of dirt or dust anywhere. The entire car sparkles. “I am not out to make a quick dollar, so I take my time making every vehicle as perfect as possible,” Byrne says. Byrne suggests detailing your car at least once a year but notes that many of his customers schedule four times a year — once with every season change. It’s a great holiday gift to give to others, or yourself. Contact him by calling (603) 361-6783 or emailing factoryrefresh@yahoo. com. He also has a scheduling system on his Facebook page, and a new shop located on 170 West Main Street in Hillsborough.


StoneOaks Woodworking Text and photography by Donna Long

Toni Maki planes a piece of wood in his North Sutton workshop.

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raftsmanship runs through the veins of Tony Maki, owner and crafter of StoneOaks Woodworking in North Sutton, N.H. Growing up in a family that owned furniture stores and machine shops, Maki was destined to acquire the same passion his father and grandfather had — to create high-quality items by hand. One might say the Maki family motto is: don’t buy that if we can figure out how to make it. Maki proudly acknowledges that his dad and grandad were pioneer do-it-yourselfers. “They were doing the DIY thing before it was even a thing,” says Maki. Maki’s grandfather owned and operated a furniture manufacturing company named Topstone in Claremont, N.H., for several years, and created most of the furniture himself. Maki’s father owned a machine shop in the same city and dabbled in woodworking on the side. So when Maki was deciding what to do after high school, woodworking became a logical choice. “I dabbled in a few different jobs after high school, but always ended up coming back to woodworking,” he says.

In progress: a tiki man named Steve

Today, Maki spends most of his waking hours working with wood. He works full time for a carpentry business, building and renovating homes in the Sunapee region during the day. After work, he spends a couple hours each evening in his workshop, picking up whatever project is calling out to him that particular day. Maki prides himself in creating wood projects completely from start to finish. “I saw as much of my own lumber as I can. People like to know where their wood comes from,” he says. He has a stockpile of wood waiting to be selected for future projects. Whenever he hears of a tree that needs to be taken down, Maki will cut down the tree, bring it to a friend’s sawmill, and then let the wood sit in his workshop until it is ready to be used ›››››

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Handmade cribbage and cutting boards by StoneOaks

for a project. Maki explains that, typically, wood needs to sit for a year for every inch thick it is cut. He has gathered quite a collection of wood (including some leftover oak planks from his grandfather’s furniture store) and says his wife, Amy, likes to tease him that he has a wood collecting problem. Once Maki selects the wood he wants to use for a project, he starts to clean up the boards by using a hand plane. He then begins the joinery process, which consists of cutting all the holes and interlocking joints in the furniture pieces. He admits this is where the real precise work comes in. The next step is Maki’s least favorite part of woodworking — sanding the 18

wood. He prefers to pre-finish all parts before assembling the final product. This means he will add oil and varnish to the pieces before completely putting the project together for the finished product. The work Maki creates for StoneOaks Woodworking varies from cribbage boards, serving trays, cutting blocks and little boxes to all types of tables including coffee tables, end tables and dining tables. But when asked what his most meaningful project has been, he does not hesitate. “I would have to say that my most meaningful project has been the crib I made for my son. Now my younger son is using the same crib,” he says. A month later, Maki found out that his brother and sister-inlaw were also expecting their first child. He started building a matching crib for his future niece. Both cribs were made from locally harvested cherry wood. Maki constructed the cribs to easily transform into a headboard and footboard of a twin bed to be used as the children grew older. Sometimes, projects do not get completed as quickly as the

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two custom cribs. A few years ago, Maki found himself with a big chunk of wood that sat several months in the corner of his workshop. He began chipping away at it a little at a time creating a Tiki man, who he fondly named Steve. “Every once in a while I feel like doing something other than a project and I will go back to work on Steve,” he says. “Steve is my buddy, here in the workshop.” In another section of his workshop, there is a miniature workbench that his other workshop buddies — sons Sawyer, 5, and Logan, 2 — like to play with while their dad is working on projects. “They like to come down here with me and pretend they are working on projects,” says Maki. It is probably just a matter of time until Sawyer and Logan are following in their father’s, grandfather’s and great-grandfather’s footsteps. Because craftsmanship, most likely, runs through their veins, too. You can find Maki’s work on his Instagram account (Instagram. com/stoneOaks) and his Facebook account (Facebook.com/stoneOakswoodworking). He also has some work available for purchase at Artisan’s New London. For more information, contact him at (603) 748-5272 or StoneOaks@Hotmail.com Donna Shepard Long is a writer and photographer from Bradford, N.H. Her communications and marketing career has taken her to Colby-Sawyer College for the past five years, currently working in the advancement department. Donna is also owner of Long Lasting Memories photography studio and has several years of experience photographing weddings, sports teams and family portraits.


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Dorr Mill Store in Guild, N.H., celebrates 60 years of success. By Patrick O’Grady Photography by Jim Block

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n a midsummer Saturday afternoon at the Dorr Mill Store in Guild, N.H., Jane Garvey is examining several pieces of wool fabric laid out before her, hoping to find one that matches the orange autumn moon on a wool appliqué scene hanging on the wall in front of her. Helped by Gayle Beaton, a Dorr Mill sales lady, Garvey wants the right color for the moon that

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appears to rise behind a nearly barren tree branch with a few black birds. Garvey, visiting from out of town for a family reunion in New London, N.H., was pleased with the store’s variety of wool fabrics and accessories. “We live in Hampton, near Virginia Beach, and there is nothing like this near us,” Garvey says. “I’m thrilled. I’ve never seen such a selection of wool, hand-dyed wool, and wool pieces. Anything you want.” For the appliqué project, Garvey says she could buy a kit at the store but she was replicating the scene


on a tray so she would have to modify it and purchase the fabric pieces individually. Wool appliqué — for those who are not fiber artists — is ornamental needlework with pieces of fabric in different shapes and patterns that is either sewn or stuck on a larger piece to create a picture or pattern. “Dorr Mill has lots of kits and lots of wool to choose from,” says Garvey. “It amazes me how many pieces they have and how much of it they have hand dyed and hand processed. That is pretty unique, too.”

Online sales Indeed, Dorr Mill is a fiber artist’s paradise with a wide selection of woolen fabric for rug hooking, rug braiding and wool appliqué, as well as all the accessories and tools needed for any project. In fact, the store today caters almost exclusively to fiber arts, selling to thousands of retail and wholesale customers in the United States. With daily reports of the death of brick and mortar locations around the country, the Dorr Mill Store has not only survived but continues to thrive with one change: most sales are online. ›››››

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“In the 80s, 75 percent of our business was people walking through the door; today, we do less than 15 percent (at the store),” says owner Terry Dorr, grandson of the founder of the former Dorr Woolen Co., a textile mill which closed in 2003. “It is extraordinary. The last two years our online retail component in the month of December did better than we did in the store, and we are selling products not normally associated with gift giving.” Dorr Woolen Co. began operation in 1899 when George Dorr Sr., and his partner, George Fairbanks, purchased a bankrupt mill beside the Sugar River. Several years later, Dorr bought out Fairbanks’ interest and formed the Dorr Woolen Mill in 1918. At its height in the 1960s the company employed about 400 people but, like most New England mills, it could not compete with cheaper labor overseas. Production and employment steadily declined until the mill closed in 2003 under the ownership of Pendleton Mill of Oregon, which bought the company in 1982. The store’s origins can be traced to the early 1960s when the employees’ union of the mill on Route 11-103 negotiated into its contract a place where employees could buy remnants of wool and wool blends to make their own clothes, Dorr says. The place became an instant success, but the customers were mostly tourists not Dorr employees. “The store in the mill was causing problems because people would wander through the mill,” he says. In 1963, an old boarding house across the street from the mill, where company workers lived at one time, was torn down to make room for a store. It doubled in size


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A sweater line was introduced because customers would bring sweaters to the store to match with fabric for a skirt or another item they were making. “What’s happened is the products have changed,” Dorr says. “As the sweater business was going up, the home sewing business was going down. The clothing part is a miniscule part of our business today but, in the 1980s, it was a third of our business. Now it is almost all fiber arts, which has grown because we have reached outside this area. We’ve gone into different products to service this group of fiber artists.” Another reason for the steady growth is a nearly recession-proof industry. “I can’t remember the last down year we had,” says Dorr, noting that 2017 was their best year. “In a recession, the craft business does well. It becomes a priority.” ›››››

the following year and another 1,800 square foot addition was put on in 1984. Today the 10,000 square foot brick building has about 6,000 square feet of floor space that is divided up for display with an assortment of woolen fabrics on shelves and tables and accessories for fiber artists, as well as clothing for women and men.

Changes “There are a couple of keys to our success, one being that we have changed our focus over the years two or three times,” Dorr says. In the early years, most of the fabric was sold to home sewers but that part of the business eventually dried up as clothes became less expensive at chain retail stores. Today, fiber arts dominate.

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Dorr also credits his knowledgeable staff for the store’s success, many of whom have worked there for years, including Gina Kanakis, the store manager, whose mother, Irene Boyle, was the first Dorr Mill Store manager. “We are very fortunate we have people who stay with us a long time,” Dorr says. “We keep compensation above the industry average because our employees work hard.”

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One important milestone in the development of the fiber arts line happened when renowned fiber artist, the late Pearl McGown of Massachusetts, persuaded Dorr’s father, George Jr., in the late 1960s to develop a line of colored fabrics. “She said, ‘We need to get this to be an organized place for fiber arts,’” Dorr says. Additionally, McGown would certify fiber artists and they became Dorr Mill customers. With that foundation, the Dorr Mill Store built the business over the years, and today it stands out as the leader in a niche market with few competitors. “We are a big fish in a small pond,” Dorr says. “We probably appeal to a broader market in this niche because we want our fabric to be capable of being cut very thin or wide. Now we design our own fabric and tell the manufacturer: this is what we want, and we want these colors.” Looking ahead, Dorr does not see any major shifts on the horizon for the store, in terms of its core mission of selling to the fiber arts. “I enjoy what I am doing,” Dorr says. “I enjoy the normal business challenge. We are in the fashion business in fiber arts and we have to realize that and make more right decisions than wrong decisions.” Patrick O’Grady is an editor and reporter with the Valley News and previously served as editor and managing editor of the Eagle Times in Claremont, N.H. He is the author of Replicate: The Rebuilding of the Corbin Covered Bridge in Newport, New Hampshire. He has also written articles on bicycling for the Ride Magazine and Adventure Cycling.

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Doubling the Joy These couples in business are collectively carving out their unique place in our communities. By Leigh Ann Root Photography by Jennifer Stark

Working together can double the fun, split the stress and challenge a couple’s sturdiness. Our region boasts many couples who have teamed up to run businesses. Some are new to working together, while others have been doing it for decades. Here are a few dynamic duos in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area.

Kathan Gardens

Family Owned and Grown Since 1953 Dennis and Jill Kathan have successfully owned and operated Kathan Gardens since 1988. This family business was born in 1953 as a single greenhouse (converted from an old chicken coop), by Dennis’ parents and uncle in Wendall, N.H., and quickly grew. In 1955, Kathan Gardens moved to their forever home in Newport. N.H. Carrying on with the family tradition, Dennis and Jill have continuously grown Kathan Gardens into a must-see destination for gardeners, homeowners and decorators. Today, their 16 greenhouses are combined with a gift shop full of home décor items, gardening supplies, outdoor furniture and gifts. Jill is responsible for the growth of the shop. “Jill is artful, imaginative and a talented merchandiser, she loves color and designing,” says Dennis, who is the greenhouse grower. “Together we make a great team.”

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Kathan Gardens is a Newport staple, serving their community and beyond. “We’re blessed with a large and happy customer base, along with a staff who enjoys what they do,” says Jill. Jill is familiar with family business ownership. Her family owned and operated Violette’s Supermarket in Newport for many years. “She’s well versed in what it takes to own a small business in a small town,” says Dennis. The Kathan couple has been happily married for 41 years. The business is their foundation. They continuously bounce ideas and inspirations around. “We always find our balance, leaving the property for short trips or long rides, distancing ourselves from our business partnership. This allows us to focus on why we’re here together in the first place,” says Dennis.

Rum Brook Market

City Slickers Turned Country Convenient In 2002, Maia and Mike Clavin took the small business plunge after moving from New York — where Mike was a Wall Street equity trader for 30 years — to Grantham, N.H. They bought a familiar Grantham store and gas station called The Store. Renaming it Rum Brook Market, they quickly built their business around a delectable and quality-based deli. Originally Mike was to run the business while Maia worked at a local bank. They soon realized that this undertaking would need them both. “We rose to each challenge together and this has made us stronger as a couple,” says Maia. Their partnership is a “front of the house/back of the house” operation. “I’m the taskmaster and Maia is the behind-the-scenes paperwork person. Our positions complement one another, and it helps that we share the same goals,” says Mike. Over the years they’ve “beefed” up the deli, upgraded gas pumps, and added a “wine silo” that has become the home of 700-plus bottles of wine. “We get in 80 cases every week, carrying the whites of Chardonnay to the reds of Cabernet,” says Mike. “We carry a full spectrum.” They have grab-and-go items, but Mike says they’re a convenient market not a convenience store. In addition to their deli, wine silo and gas pumps,

“We’re grateful for the town’s acceptance and support; we wouldn’t be here without them.” — Mike Clavin, Rum Brook Market they have five fully stocked aisles of groceries, fresh local produce from Plainfield’s Edgewater Farm when in season, and frozen foods. “We’re grateful for the town’s acceptance and support; we wouldn’t be successful without them,” says Mike. They’re also quick to credit their dedicated employees. “Sherri Hastings has been our deli and store manager for more than 16 years. She works as though it’s her own. We can leave without worry,” says Maia. Over the years the Clavins have figured out what works and what doesn’t. “We pick up where the other leaves off and do whatever it takes,” says Maia. ›››››

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Village Sports

New Couple to the Village Cheryl and David LaPrade purchased Village Sports in New London in 2017. The LaPrades are high school sweethearts who previously had separate careers — David was the general manager/vice president at Hypertherm Inc., and Cheryl was the director of NH Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities at NH Motor Speedway. “We’re so excited to own this store together; we’re great business partners,” says Cheryl. “We enjoy collaborating about new ideas for the shop whether it be products or services,” says David.

Floorcraft & Creative Kitchens

Two on The Floor Ken and Tobyn Olson have been working together since 2001 and have officially owned Floorcraft & Creative Kitchens since 2012. Ken’s parents, Carl and Gail Olson, are the original owners. Floorcraft, which opened in 1992, had two different New London, N.H., locations prior to moving the store into a newly built building in Wilmot, N.H., in 1995. This is where the store has remained and flourished. “The day that we bought the business from Ken’s parents was a huge milestone. We had worked hard for years, and it was amazing to have this goal achieved,” says Tobyn. The two have continued with the business tradition — where quality is affordable — offering a 5,000-square-foot showroom with something for everyone’s flooring fancy: ceramic, porcelain and natural stone tiles; solid and engineered hardwoods; carpeting, laminate, sheet vinyl, luxury vinyl planks

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Tobyn and Ken Olson of Floorcraft & Creative Kitchens in Wilmot


and luxury vinyl tiles. “We have two of the most knowledgeable salespeople in the business, who have an incredible eye for color and design,” says Ken. Ken and Tobyn grew up in the area and both went to Kearsarge Regional High School (Ken graduated in 1998 and Tobyn in 2000). They love building rapport with local people, as they help them with project after project. “We have our roots here, so it’s special to still be in this area and to add something important to our community,” says Tobyn. The Olsons recognize that you cannot be selfish when you own your own business with your spouse. “You need to work as a team to figure out the best solution for everyone; this has taught us how to work through things in a more positive way,” says Ken. Over the years they’ve gotten good at not letting their work life affect their homelife. “One of my favorite things about working together is showing our daughter that you need to work hard and as a team if you want to have a chance at success,” says Tobyn.

all the coffee lingo. However, I love being the taste tester,” says Thomas. Each of them brings valuable talents to the coffee table. Teddi operates from her heart and is quick to involve herself in the community. Thomas has the business mindset. This recipe balances the business. “I’m proud of Teddi, proud of us, and I’m thankful for my parents for laying down the foundation,” says Thomas. They don’t work behind the counter together often, but when they do, Teddi is her happiest. “It’s just fun having him around, witnessing all that goes into running the place. We’re making this happen and sharing this experience as best friends,” says Teddi. For Teddi, grinding it out at Grounds has been comforting, rewarding and humbling. She loves to support the town and surrounding communities. “We take in local artist’s work, we’re a hub for conversation and connections. We cannot thank our customers enough for their patronage and deep love ››››› for coffee, tea and smoothies,” says Teddi.

Grounds Café

The Coffee Couple Grounds Café in New London was created by one couple and purchased by another. This is another business that has been kept in the family. It was previously owned by Karen and Matthew Conway (for 10-plus years they owned and operated C.B. Coburn Fine Gifts & Candy). In March of 2017, the Conways added a coffee house element to the business and renamed it Grounds Café. A year later, their son Thomas Conway and his partner (in life and business) Thelastris (Teddi) Durand purchased the business. Teddi is well known in the area from her years at Hole in the Fence restaurant as manager and top barista. They welcomed a new addition to their family, daughter Riley, 10 days after purchasing the business. She joins three other siblings — Harlie, Kian and Reese — at home. “To say we were busy is an understatement,” says Teddi. “Working together has been fun, stressful and strengthening.” Although they’re in business together, Teddi runs the business while Thomas works full-time running his other business, Tom Conway Tree Service. “I’m not in the café day in and day out. It can be hard to keep up with how to operate behind the counter with

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A Real Couple in Real Estate Dan and Christina O’Halloran started their real estate business, O’Halloran Group, in New London in 2017. However, Dan is no stranger to this local scene; he’s been working in real estate here since 2005, beginning with the Babson Group, which soon after merged with Colby Real Estate. Christina has a worked in the area as well, most recently as the director of marketing and community relations at New London Hospital. “Like many small businesses, O’Halloran Group, Keller Williams Lakes & Mountains Realty began at our kitchen table in 2017 and in 2018 we opened an office in the Blue Loon Bakery building on Main Street in New London,” says Dan. This is when Christina officially joined the team. Another year passed and the team grew from 2 to 6, requiring a move to a bigger location. Fortunately, they didn’t go far: their new office is right next door to the Blue Loon Bakery at 256 Main Street. During college, through the American Marketing Association, the O’Hallorans had fun taking on projects, building plans and coming up with new business ideas. “Now we have the opportunity to do the same thing for our own business,” says Christina. Whether they’re goal setting, strategizing or working through difficult roadblocks, they’re thrilled to be tackling it together. “We’ve come a long way in a short period of time and wouldn’t have been able to do it without supporting each other. It’s an absolute blast working with your best friend and growing a business together,” says Dan. This active couple accomplishes much while enjoying their beloved area: biking, hiking, floating on an area lake or while out to dinner. “The downside, it’s hard to ‘turn off’ at times when we should be enjoying a disconnect from business,” says Dan.

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Christina and Dan O'Halloran of O'Halloran Group in New London

Dan and Christine have two different personalities with different communication styles. “Sometimes it feels like we’re speaking two separate languages with no translator; however, these differences spark new creative ideas and solutions because we have unique perspectives,” says Christina. The O’Hallorans encourage couples who are thinking about jumping into business together to do it. “It’s not easy and it’s challenging, but it can be one of the most rewarding journeys you’ll be on with each other. With two years in, we can’t wait to see what’s next,” says Dan. Leigh Ann Root is a freelance writer, photographer and yoga instructor who lives in Newbury, N.H. with her husband, Jonathan, and their children, Parker and Joleigh. Leigh Ann owns and operates Sunapee Yoga Company, specializing in outdoor yoga experiences. Jennifer Stark, the Art director for Kearsarge Magazine and Kid Stuff Magazine, who lives in Newport, N.H. with her husband and family. Jennifer is a mixed media artist and owns and operates One Lucky Dog Design. To see her art check out www.jenniferlinartoflife.com


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NEW LONDON · STAY PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Home Away from Home Seventy years later, the Fairway Motel continues to surprise and delight guests. Text by Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Lucy Thompson

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t’s been there, along the side of Route 11, since the 1950s. Perhaps you’ve noticed the long, white building? The Fairway Motel? Well, if you’re traveling or looking for a place to stay, you may want to take a second look. The New London, N.H., motel, with a friendly new manager, has undergone some changes that make it the perfect place to stay. “I like to ‘wow’ my guests,” says Jessica O’Brian, motel manager. “People might have low expectations of a roadside motel, but when they get here, they are surprised.” There are 12 guest rooms — four king, one queen and seven with two double beds. Each has a private bath, flat screen television with cable, telephone with direct outside access, free Wi-Fi, individual air conditioning and heat controls. The rooms over the past year have been updated with all new mattresses, comforters, blankets, pillows, and many have new carpet. “It can’t be done during peak

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season so it’s an ongoing process,” says O’Brian. She’s also added a mini-fridge and microwave to each room. Sounds standard, but the rooms are anything but. They are super clean. In fact, they are pristine. There are two housekeepers, Gabby and Carli, who are meticulous. It’s their hard work and

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positive attitudes that keep guests coming back. O’Brian agrees. “There are three things important to us: cleanliness, comfort and customer service,” she says. “I’ve been in corporate America — my background is in information technology — so I am a firm believer in the white glove treatment.”


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Stay a while Many of the guests are local families, perhaps building a home in the area or returning to visit family. “We see a lot of ColbySawyer and Proctor Academy parents and students,” says O’Brian. The Fairway Motel is also a temporary home for wedding guests, construction workers, families with someone in the hospital, and golfers. So many guests are regulars — one online review mentions staying there 40 years ago as well as recently — that O’Brian has created a repeat guest award. (It’s subject to change, but it’s a good one.) “It’s great,” says repeat guest Lisa Smart of Bradford, N.H. “Jessica is nice and sweet and accommodating — and the pool is fabulous.”

You may not be able to see the pool on your Route 11 drive. It is set back from the road and blocked by hedges, so guests can enjoy a bit of privacy as they soak up the sun. It’s open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. You can gaze at the pool’s blue waters or enjoy the view of an old runway, which is still in use (and part owned by the country club). There are even lounge chairs, tables, floaties and toys for the kids.

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The motel was built in the 1960s and later purchased by Henry Homan of the Lake Sunapee Country Club (LSCC). It’s still owned by LSCC, and guests are welcome to visit the restaurant for drinks or dinner. There are also stay-and-play packages for golfers (you can golf at the Lake Sunapee Country Club at a discounted rate) and skiers (discounted Mount Sunapee Resort tickets), as well as long-term (a month or more) rental rates. The pool is one surprise; another is that the motel has two floors. Two of the king rooms are on the second floor. Each king room includes a pull-out couch bed, and the rooms can connect to make one huge suite. It’s a nice, open living space for a larger family that wants to explore the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area for a longer time. But what a website or brochure can’t show you is the feeling you get when you step into the Fairway Motel. It’s like you’ve walked into a friend’s house. There’s a breakfast nook with complimentary coffee, tea, pastry and fruit in the mornings. Everyone greets you with a smile. “I have a little family here with my housekeepers,” says O’Brian. “While you’re here, I’ll take care of you and make you feel at home.” Lucy Thompson lives in Grantham, N.H. She is a sophomore at Lebanon High School.

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CLAREMONT · PLAY PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Painting Fun Try your hand at painting glass, ceramic, canvas and more at The Ceramic Corner in Claremont, N.H. By Patrick O’Grady

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s another evening of painting winds down at The Ceramic Corner, Ella Binder, 8, proudly holds her canvas work that says “Make the World Yours” while her mother, Emily Martell, and her friend, Rachel Tompkins, admire their creations as well. The women, along with Ceramic Corner Owner Carol Carley, laugh together as they debate whether Rachel’s small ceramic goat with single horn is a “goaticorn” or a “unigoat.” Tompkins finally declares that the neatly painted piece is more goat than unicorn so “goaticorn” it is. The lighthearted banter is what makes The Ceramic Corner an experience that is more about having some fun than trying to create a masterpiece. “We have a good time down here,” Claremont, N.H, resident Martell says about the weekly painting experiences with Ella and her sister, Kennedy, 5. “They are creative, so I let them do what they want. And Carol is a sweet lady. She is good to my girls.”

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paint, whether a beginner or a seasoned artist, for a wide range of painting possibilities. Carley, who co-owns the store with Claremont resident Bethany Jodoin, never knows who might walk in the door looking to have some fun painting. It could be a father and daughter, grandparents and grandchildren, a group of youngsters, older ladies or individuals with a unique interest. Regulars come from as far away as Hinsdale, Lebanon, Cornish and Keene. “We did a Christmas tree class,” says Carley, who laughs easily and seems to genuinely enjoy the sometimes hectic and unpredictable side of her business. “Twelve ladies showed up. They brought wine and cups and slices of lemon. They really get into this.” Carley bought the business, which opened five years ago, after seeing an ad on Facebook. “Price was right, and it was something new to do,” says Carley. “I was working for a CPA and got tired of that.” Jodoin became part owner less than a year ago. The two have added products and classes to broaden the appeal. They offer birthday parties, ladies’ night, holiday-themed classes, wine glass painting classes and much more.

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“We do everything from painted lighted wine bottles to regular canvas,” Carley says. Options and cost to paint vary from just a few dollars, paint and brushes included, to paint for an hour to $20 or $30 for a class taught by an artist.

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“We have 5,000 plus molds down there and they don’t all fit,” Carley says about the basement of the store. The molds are stacked on pallets and Jodoin spends a lot of time breaking down the pallets and separating the molds into categories so they are easier to find. Creating a ceramic piece from a mold takes a lot of time and effort. First Jodoin pours the liquid material — bought in 40-pound boxes — into a mold she has selected.


“I pour. Let it settle then pour more and keep pouring until it is full,” Jodoin says, standing before a sink caked with the material. Depending on the size of the mold it can take between 30 minutes and three hours to harden. After being removed from the mold, the ceramic piece, now a dark gray, usually needs finishing touches to add some detail and eliminate seam lines. Then Carley loads them in her car for the drive to Unity, N.H., where she places them in an 1,800-degree electric kiln. They “cook” for six hours but it takes 24 before the kiln is cool enough to open and remove the finished pieces, which come out a bright white, and bring them back to the store. Carley and Jodoin enjoy sharing their love of colors and painting with others and put the accent on fun at their store. “We have one guy who comes in and paints all the Disney characters,” Carley says sitting at one of the tables for painters inside the store that she bought about three years ago. “We put on Facebook what we are going to do if there is a particular class with an artist. Otherwise, just come in and we tell everyone to bring your sense of humor.”

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GRANTHAM · BUSINESS PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Post and Beam Dreams Yankee Barn Homes in Grantham, N.H., celebrates 50 years. Text by Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Lucy Thompson and courtesy of Yankee Barn Homes

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grand kitchen with room for several family members to cook. A second-floor reading space with a view of the treetops. A multi-level home with accommodations for a multigenerational family of 14. Yankee Barn Homes may offer post and beam home packages, but each house has a distinct personality of its own. “We’ve built close to 1,500 homes, and we treat each home we design and manufacture as if it were going to be our own,” says Yankee Barn Homes Co-owner Jeffrey Rosen.

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The beginning

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Yankee Barn got its start in 1969, when Emil Hanslin built his first model home in New Seabury, Mass. Hanslin, a third-generation carpenter, and his wife, Suzie, an equestrian, were inspired by barn architecture. Hanslin reclaimed beams hewn from massive timbers and designed a barn-style post and beam home package, called the Mark I, that could be assembled on a foundation in five days. It was a concept that caught on quickly. Yankee Barn Homes was ahead of its time with the combination of energy conservation, progressive design, and a prefabricated construction process,


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and Life magazine featured the company on its pages that year. But the open floor plans and timber framing were the highlight for many homeowners. In the early days, beams were recycled from Industrial Revolutionera mill buildings. (Today, the Douglas fir timbers are domestically sourced.) And customers liked that Yankee Barn Homes opened up the interior space and brought the outdoors inside. “You get used to living in something this open,” says Paul Hoffman, a Yankee Barn homeowner in Grantham, N.H. “You don’t want to go back to a 7-foot ceiling.” His wife, Amy, agrees. “Windows are important in the winter to let the sun in,” she says.

“I call the loft my nest. I look out over the yard through some pretty big windows. They let lots and lots of light into the living area.”

Growing and changing In 1973, the company moved to new and larger facilities in Grantham. The Mark I grew to include the K Series, Mark II, The Cape and Prairie Barn. “After the success of these basic designs, Yankee Barn introduced six frame designs to start from and customize to each client’s liking — becoming a custom home designer,” says Rosen. “They used wooden building blocks that a client could move around and adjust to their liking.”

The company grew and thrived in tangent with Eastman, an environmentally conscious housing community in Grantham. It was a perfect match; Eastman founders built the roads around trees and rocks to preserve the natural environment, and Yankee Barn, then and now, uses natural materials and ensures minimal impact on the build site. Yankee Barn Homes continues to build in Eastman today; there’s an estimated 100 Yankee Barn Homes in Grantham. The company faltered a bit in 2011 and new co-owners Paul Marinelli and Rosen stepped in to get Yankee Barn Homes back on track. Marinelli, CEO, has a long history in the financial and ›››››

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hybrid, a partial post and beam,” says Rosen. “The floor plan is flexible to all age groups — a single person or a couple can live on one floor comfortably and never have to go upstairs or downstairs.” But if they do want to go upstairs, or have guests, there’s 788 square feet of space with two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a loft area. Downstairs, there’s a media room or playroom, a bathroom, and two large rooms that could be additional bedrooms, office space or storage space. The open living room and adjacent dining room on the first floor is a stunner; two-story windows provide an ample view of the New Hampshire woods.

Happy birthday To celebrate 50 years in business, Yankee Barn Homes set up private tours of local Yankee Barn homes. Bob and Susan Meyer opened the door to their 2015 Yankee Barn Home, sharing the design plans for their fourbedroom retirement home that sits 80 feet above Eastman Lake. There’s space for three adult children (and their families) to visit, and provisions for the couple to age in place. Their story is a lesson in perseverance. “The realtor described the lot as unbuildable,” says Bob, when asked about the gigantic granite boulder in the front yard. “But after blasting out 30 truckloads of rock, we were able to design our house as a long structure stretched out along a granite ridge.” Lucy Thompson

manufacturing industries. His strength is in identifying, restructuring, and breathing new life into existing brands. Rosen, creative director, has a background in residential design and construction. He came to Yankee Barn Homes as a customer and fell in love with the brand, product and company’s strong reputation of customer service. “I am a believer in the value and efficiency of prefabricated housing and its footprint on the environment,” says Rosen. Today, Yankee Barn Homes designs and builds in any architectural style: barn home to farmhouse, cottage to mountain lodge. The newest design, the Springfield Barn Home, is an open concept home on a smaller scale. “It’s a

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Morris and Peg McInnes worked with Yankee Barn Homes to design their full-time retirement home in 2008. They lived part time in the house next door, so not only were they able to keep an eye on progress, but when it came time to move “the movers physically carried everything next door,” says Peg. Now there’s space for their 14 family members to comfortably visit and Morris is a just a few feet away from the Eastman Golf Course. As the anniversary tour continued, it was easy to identify and appreciate the Yankee Barn Home style: the grand windows, the beams, the precise joinery system and the open living spaces. Each home, however, is a custom design. “The homes featured on our website are meant as design inspiration. Some clients come to us because a home caught their eye, and then they tweak the design to meet their needs. Others start completely from scratch,” says Rosen. “Apart from those first few designs that were being produced in the early days, no two Yankee Barn Homes are exactly alike.” It’s a tradition they hope to continue for another 50 years or more. “We know that our first homes, built 50 years ago, are already standing the test of time. From a design and quality perspective, it’s critical for us to draw on what we know, look past the immediate, and remember that what we create today will be enjoyed for generations to come,” says Rosen.

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Laura Jean Whitcomb’s parents, Louis and Janice, moved to Eastman in 1986. They purchased a 1977 Yankee Barn Home. They still live in it today.


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NEW LONDON · SHOP PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Buy Local...Fashion? It’s not all plaid and flannel here in the Lake Sunapee/Kearsarge area — the styles are pretty rocking. Text by Laura Jean Whitcomb Photography by Leigh Ann Root & Jennifer Stark

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ure, you can get clothing anywhere: t-shirts at the grocery store, pajama sets at the pharmacy, logoed hats and caps at restaurants, and entire outfits online. So why would you shop locally for something to wear? Two words: personal service. Huberts Family Outfitters, with five stores including one in Claremont, N.H. and one in New London, N.H., is always open to special orders from customers. “We will hold items, transfer items between stores, even provide layaway,” says Dawn Wilson, who has worked at the family-owned business for 23 years.

So why would you shop locally for something to wear? Two words: personal service.

From ordering shoe sizes for you to setting aside pieces that you might like, local businesses will help customers find exactly the items they want, from a workplace casual outfit to an evening on the town ensemble. And it’s not all plaid and flannel — the styles are pretty rocking, too. “I like to take chances when buying for the store and frequently buy pieces that I think are a little adventurous for the area, such as an animal print fur coat or an off-the-shoulder jump suit,” says Diane Moore, owner of Larks & Nightingales Boutique in New London, N.H. “My customers rarely let me down and these items always sell.” Need an ensemble for a holiday soiree? Look local; the shop owners are listening. “Artisan's of New London is really a community business,” says Owner Marcy Vierzen. “The lines we bring in are often recommended by customers or people who work here. It’s always been a collaboration, and it is successful because of that.” ›››››

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Kathy Dalrymple, Larks & Nightingales Boutique

Jan Sahler, LisAnn’s

Lyndsay Howe, Artisan’s of New London

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Artisan’s of New London Artisan’s of New London may be one of the first places you visit to buy a gift, but did you know that they also sell clothing? The store has been offering apparel for years — even dressing the former store mascot, Mustang Sally, in the latest outfits — and offers “the full package to go with it,” says Owner Marcy Vierzen. “Scarves, jewelry, accessories. You’ll come in looking for one thing and leave with all these other wonderful things. We have fun with it, and you are going to ››››› look unique.”

Lyndsay Howe, a resident of New London, is wearing a jacket by Howards, shirt by Kari Traa, jeans by Lola, and jewelry by Lola & Company.

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PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS NEW LONDON · SHOP

Above: SKHOOP quilted vests and skirts Right: Lyndsay Howe is wearing a sweater dress, Rippin Kitten hat, and Original Hardware jewelry.

A few of the brands at Artisan's: Modoc, SKHOOP, Hatley, Lola Jeans, World's Softest, Rippin Kitten Hats, Ivory Ella, Fall Raven, KARRI TRAA

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NEW LONDON · SHOP PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Huberts Family Outfitters Huberts Family Outfitters has been clothing the Upper Valley/Kearsarge area since 1972. The New London, N.H., store is jam packed with offerings for every age (0 to 99) and taste (outdoorsy to dressy). If you recognize the friendly face in the photo, it’s because Bernie Wesoja has been managing the New London store for 20 years. “I love this community,” says Wesoja, who volunteers his time with local organizations, like the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce, and local events, like the annual League of NH Craftsman Fair. Wesoja isn’t the only employee you’ll recognize. The full-time staff — including Diane, Crystal and Tracy — have been serving Huberts’ customers for more than 50 years. ›››››

New London Store Manager Bernie Wesoja is wearing a hat by Life Is Good, goatskin gloves by Kinco, a 1/4 zip Better Sweater by Patagonia, jeans by Huberts, a Nano Puff hoody by Patagonia and Arctic Sport mid boots by Muck.

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PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS NEW LONDON · SHOP

A few of the brands you'll find at Huberts: Columbia, The North Face, Patagonia, Still Water Supply Company, Keene, Birkenstock, KUHL, Carhartt, Chippewa Boots

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NEW LONDON · SHOP PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Larks & Nightingales Boutique Diane Moore opened Larks & Nightingales Boutique in June 2008 and moved to Baynham Square in September 2015. Originally, the New London, N.H., shop sold lingerie, sleepwear and a small amount of clothing, but quickly grew to offer “clothing that could as easily suit a 20 something or an 80 something woman,” says Moore. “We are constantly told that our clothing has an original — different — look to it. I put this down to my European background and my regular visits to the United Kingdom and other European countries to check out the current trends on the other side of the pond.” Service is a priority as well. “A woman may need a complete outfit for a special occasion which is our absolute specialty. Other women come a few times a year and buy their whole seasonal wardrobe which they expect us to advise with,” she says. “We think that our customers should always leave the store happy with their purchases and just as importantly, happy with the personal help and the pleasant experience.” ›››››

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PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS NEW LONDON · SHOP

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NEW LONDON · SHOP PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

LisAnn's LisAnn’s, located on Main Street, looks like a tiny shop, but it is filled with essentials (clothing and lingerie) and extras (purses, scarves, hats and jewelry) for women. In fact, there’s so many options that LisAnn’s customers call the shop “New London’s Little Department Store.” “One customer said, ‘She carries things you will actually wear’,” says Owner Helen Brothers. Brothers handpicks items from quality brands like Habitat, Wind River, LuLu B, Wacoal and Vanity Fair. The staff is extremely helpful, and offer services like bra fittings, outfit advice, special orders and gift suggestions. That’s why the shop has been around for 35 years (five years under Brothers’ ownership) and customers return every season to update their wardrobes.

It’s sweater weather! Jan Sahler is wearing a purple sweater by Wind River.

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PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS NEW LONDON · SHOP

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PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS NEW HAMPSHIRE · LOCAL

Twenty-one (Houses) and Counting Habitat for Humanity builds houses for local families and helps many more with rehabs, upgrades, repairs, and roofs. By Laurie D. Morrissey

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watched the excavator operator work the bucket, digging a hole for the foundation. Besides the thrill of seeing the process begin, he felt a profound sense of gratitude. The excavator operator was working on his own time, donating his services to help a neighbor. ›››››

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n a sunny May afternoon in 2005, David Hill had just finished driving his afternoon school bus route. It was the day he’d been waiting for: groundbreaking for his future home in South Sutton, N.H. Even a cloud of black flies couldn’t dampen his excitement as he

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Over the next few months, Hill worked alongside a crew of volunteers to construct the threebedroom ranch style house that has now been his home for 13 years. His daughters, aged 7 to 10 at the time, often pitched in, too, handing their dad tools and pieces of siding. It’s a date that Hill recalls vividly — as is Oct. 15, the day he and his girls moved into the house. Now he is focused on the date when he makes his final mortgage payment — not to a bank, but to a nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity. The Hill family’s house is the 13th built by Habitat for Humanity of Kearsarge/Sunapee Area, which is one of more than 350 chapters of what President Jimmy Carter called “the most successful continuous community service project in the history of the United States.” The global housing

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organization’s mission is to provide affordable housing to people in need, building not only homes, but communities and hope. Habitat for Humanity is in its 30th year here and has completed 20 homes in the Kearsarge/ Lake Sunapee area. The chapter has sheltered 87 people in “new builds,” according to chapter president Marybeth Angeli. The group also undertakes support projects such as building ramps for elderly or disabled residents. More than 40 rehabs, upgrades, repairs and roofs have been completed on local homes. The organization has been a boon for people like David Hill, a longtime bus driver for the Kearsarge School District. “I’m not exactly in the top income bracket,” he says. “One of the things that made this possible for me is that Habitat for Humanity holds the mortgage at 0 percent interest. One hundred

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percent of my payment goes to the principal, taxes and insurance.” Besides offering a cost advantage for a qualified future owner, home building brings people in the community together in a shared project. “Working with several different crews during the summer, I got to know people very well,” Hill says. He has also been able to give his children a valuable example. Habitat for Humanity requires families to not only help on their own houses, but to volunteer some time on the next house on the schedule. “They understand the importance of helping the next people in line,” Hill says. What they’ve learned on the job doesn’t hurt, either. “They’re not afraid of doing hands-on work.” New London, N.H., realtor Marybeth Angeli is the longtime president of the chapter, which is headquartered in Wilmot, N.H., and has an 18-member board. Working in the real estate field, she says, she saw how many people who live and work here were unable to afford a down payment or qualify for a standard mortgage. “We rely 100 percent on financial donations and a volunteer work force,” she says. “We have no full-time employees. We receive donations, in-kind support, supplies and moral support.” However, she explains, Habitat homes aren’t given out — a fact that often surprises people. “Partner families buy their houses,


FRAMING · SIDING · DECKS · WINDOWS · DOORS & MORE but we are the lien holders, and the construction cost is lower because of thousands of hours of volunteer labor. Habitat for Humanity does incur cost. We have to contract out certain services such as excavating and roofing. Homeowners eventually take out an interest-free 20-year mortgage which covers just the cost of materials. They are required to provide sweat equity as well.” Habitat’s work is more challenging than ever, Angeli says. “Building supply costs have grown over 50 percent in the last 12 months. We are working very hard to provide affordable housing, but it’s difficult with the cost of supplies increasing so rapidly.” She also says that volunteers — for both labor and administrative tasks — are becoming harder to find. Currently, about 50 local residents volunteer. “Unfortunately, not as many people now have the time to volunteer. We’re especially short-handed on volunteers with specific skills that are needed in construction,” says Angeli. Kathy Bennett of Andover, N.H., became involved with Habitat for Humanity through Kearsarge Community Presbyterian Church, which has held fundraisers and offered opportunities to volunteer. She has helped complete two homes and is working on her third. “There’s always something to do, even if I don’t have as many of the skills as some of the › › › › ›

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volunteers,” she says. “Working with the crew is awesome. I take vacation days from work to do it. The last two homes were both for single moms, and they can really use a hand. I drive by one of the houses fairly often and it’s rewarding to see that they have a nice place to live and can pay the mortgage.” Paul Sahler of Wilmot, N.H., a retired commercial airline pilot, has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity for 18 years, using construction experience he gained on his own projects. He has not kept count of how many local homes he’s worked on but says it’s more than a dozen. His wife, Jan, volunteers on the family selection committee.

“The families are truly wonderful people to work with, and eager to assume responsibility for what is usually their first home. It’s an earned project: they have a stake in it.” Besides banging nails, he says, “I work with them as they’re making decisions about what to put in their home, like what type of appliances are the most cost efficient or practical. The way I see it, we’re building something long term for the family. We want them to have a house that’s not only nice but is not a headache for them to manage.” Most important, he says: “They’re our community. They’re our neighbors.”

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There are countless stories about how one good turn deserves another — and countless local examples that start with Habitat for Humanity. David Hill recalls that after the grateful parent of a school bus passenger donated his services to dig the foundation of his home, he happily returned the favor. “That gentleman was in charge of a project to reclaim an old ball field in town,” he says. “I donated my time, and some of my daughters’ time, because of his generosity.” Laurie D. Morrissey is a freelance writer from Hopkinton, N.H.

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Winter fun across the 15 towns of the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area of New Hampshire! Don't forget to shop local this holiday season!

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Winter fun across the 15 towns of the Kearsarge/Lake Sunapee area of New Hampshire! Don't forget to shop local this holiday season!

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