The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60′s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.
This week I think I will work backwards in telling you about some of the amazing places that I visited while out and about on the roads around Londonderry. Just yesterday I met the owner of How’s Your Onion, on the Londonderry/Derry line, Marc-Damien. If you love breakfast, fresh, hot coffee and friendly service, stop by! What I love about How’s Your Onion is that they serve breakfast all the time, but they also have a complete menu that really does have something for everyone. This weekend I hope to try the Chicken Penne Alla Vodka or maybe I’ll just have my regular – a delicious juicy cheeseburger. Something I had forgotten about How’s Your Onion is that they open 5am Friday and don’t close until 2 pm, Sunday. It can be really hard to find a place in our area that is open and serving great food into the wee hours of the night!
I probably stop in to say hi to Craig and Kathy at Pack and Ship in the Crossroads Plaza a little too often. I always love to see what’s new for the “Made In…”, often Londonderry, but definitely NH, products they have. If you need special gifts for family and friends that live out of town, or even in town, you’ll be surprised and have fun looking. My new favorite item is the nicest long sleeve Londonderry shirts I have seen and they are so inexpensive and great quality. A father and son team that live right here in town created them. What my husband John loves about Pack and Ship though is the money we save refilling our ink cartridges there and that Craig somehow saved our old home computer for only $60.
Elaine Farmer and her White Birch Fine Art Studio does so much for our town. My daughters have loved going to Elaine’s Art shows here in town since they were very little. Elaine has inspired so many artists in NH to take a chance and create. She offers many different classes to people of all ages. This week I learned that she has formed a partnership with Paint Party. Elaine’s studio/classroom inspires creativity. She wants us all to remember you are never to young or to old to begin.
If you haven’t had a chance to visit our own bike shop in town, DG Cycles, this would be a great weekend to stop by. Charlie offers everything you need for your bike or your child’s. I think you will be surprised, just like me, at everything DG Cycles has right under one roof. I see people sometimes riding, other times pushing, their bike in through Charlie’s door. Charlie always has a welcoming smile and is always appreciative for your business. Did you know he offers free group bike rides every Thursday night, too?
I want to tell you about two other restaurants that have been so supportive of our community throughout the years. Last Friday a dear friend took my family out to the Yard Restaurant for lunch. The Yard Restaurant has been part of our community for over 30 years. I had haddock with a crumb topping and we shared prime rib egg rolls; everything was delicious! The shocker came when our friend encouraged us to order a dessert. We picked a piece of Peanut Butter Pie. There are no words to describe how over the top it was. Our waitress brought us 4 forks, and we all savored each bite. I really wish I had taken a picture.
The Yard has been such a special part of so many family memories. We’ve enjoyed Easter dinners there, family dinners, and many other celebrations throughout the years. Did you know that Ron and his mom owned the Bandy Barn Restaurant, which was one of the first restaurants in our town!
One of my last stops this week was to Whippersnappers Restaurant and Lounge. Jason, the manager, was wonderful and took the time to tell me about the changes and goals they have going forward. Whippersnappers has always been supportive of our many team sports and events going on in our town. If you haven’t been in recently, stop back in for a visit. The atmosphere has always been cozy, warm and inviting. And they still have their great lunch and dinner specials like homemade Pot Roast Dinner, with fresh mashed potatoes and gravy. One of my favorites is their sweet potato French fries. They can brighten any day!
My favorite memory of this week was ringing the bell at the Learning Stop preschool. Brie opened the door and welcomed me in. There before me were all of these lovely little children, all so well behaved and so very happy, listening and following their teachers. I had no idea what the Learning Stop was all about.
Everyone was patient, kind and loving and just looking around I could tell so much great learning and fun happens there everyday! Corrie, the owner, made my day when she said she is starting to notice our Visit Londonderry Plaques around the town.