Pizza, Politics, Poinsettias, and Presents with Sherry

Nov 09, 2012 No Comments by

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 on the road with Visit Londonderry revolved mostly around the political world. It amazes me that now political calls can even get through on our cell phones. My favorite part of the presidential elections is the first announcements of how the 10 people in Dixville Notch voted just after midnight, November 7th. It was just so exciting when it was announced that the vote was 5 to 5. Everyone in the country is watching and wondering what is happening right here in NH. What a great state we live in…

Our Visit Londonderry member Steve at Route 102 Gas (where they pump the gas for you!) suggested I visit Juliano’s Restaurant, where our old Ben Franklin plaza used to be right on the Derry/Londonderry line. Steve said that he had met the new owner, tried the take out and loved every bite of their food. He said it was simply delicious and his family loved it too. I walked in, no appointment, and was greeted by Jessica. She was helping customers, taking orders and still found a way to say hi with a warm smile, as though she were trying to let me know I wasn’t bothering her. As we talked I found out Jessica is a Londonderry High Sschool graduate. She even took many of the classes I had taught… Ones like culinary 1 and 2 and Independent living. She explained that Jeff and his wife Belinda were the new owners.

Next, Jeff came over to introduce himself. The first thing he wanted to explain to me is that he had no intention of changing the great recipes and menu that their customers had come to love. Jeff told me that before they bought the restaurant, Sara, who is part of the family who had owned it for over 15 years, taught him everything he needed to know about each recipe they serve. Sara took the time to share her family’s recipes and delicious specialties with Jeff so that he would not disappoint their loyal customers. Jeff explained to me that the only changes he and his wife Belinda planned to make were adding a few new desserts and more gluten-free products. Jeff was truly humbled and grateful for the time Sara spent with him. Just standing at the counter surrounded by the delicious aromas reminded me that I had not been there for at least a year. I have always loved the red checkered table clothes and the cozy feel inside. If you get a chance this week, stop by and welcome the new owners Jeff and Belinda and try something delicious. They still have their large cheese pizza special for $6.99. If you think of it too, please mention that you read about it in Visit Londonderry. I’d really appreciate it and they will too.

One of my favorite stores in Londonderry will always be Annie’s Hallmark Baldoria. I hate to say favorite, because I truly love each of our businesses, but Annie’s Hallmark, is just such a gift to so many of us, especially us moms! When I need a boost or to just feel like I need to escape for a few minutes, I completely love going here. I can try on very elegant, stylish fashions, up scale designs, but I can usually find a bargain, too. I can drive just a few minutes within our town and feel as though I am on Newbury Street looking in a beautiful boutique. When I need a gift, I can go in and I always find something for everyone; and at the right price.

What I completely love is that, not only do I find a gift each time, but they wrap it for free! How great is that? I don’t mean a simple little wrapping, I mean at least a $5 plus wrapping job, for FREE. On top of it now if you spend $30 they will even ship it for you anywhere in the U.S.A.! I’m not really sure how the owner of Annie’s does it all, and I don’t mean to sound corny, but we really are so lucky to have them here.

Now they have even added a Kodak print machine for our convenience. You can make photo copies there but also create your Christmas cards too. They have really tried to give us everything they can for one stop shopping. One of the newest items that I just can’t get over, is a bucket of stuffed snow balls; the perfect teacher gift, send to a college student, or just a friend. They just make you happy looking at them and never mind tossing them around. Oh don’t forget to try the free sample of homemade fudge that is usually out every day! And next Friday the sister of the original founder of Vera Bradley will be in the store, and this weekend is their annual Hallmark Open House. Try to stop by, they will have great sales and it always helps put me in the Holiday spirit.

As I was leaving Annie’s this week, I met our Citizen of the Year Dr. Dave Lundgren. I don’t think there could be a nicer man or a more gifted Chiropractor. Dave has been practicing here in Londonderry for over 29 years. He is and always has been committed to our community. What I have heard so many people say about Dave’s practice is that he cares for the entire patient. He considers their nutritional needs, exercise routines and their overall health. When you walk into Dave’s office you are created by Heather. Her warmth and calm manner help you to relax and know that you are where you are supposed to be.

Also, we are so blessed that Dr. Lundgren gives his time to so many events in our town and that he was re-elected as one of our State Representatives. Congratulations to all those who were elected. I wish I could list them all here, but we are so grateful for what you do and the time you give. You all make Londonderry proud! Just like with Senator Carson I forgot to thank or congratulate Dave yesterday when I saw him. We should all try and do this when we see these men and women who serve our community for so little in return.

As with each On The Road recap I try to write, I so appreciate those of you who read it and tolerate my very unconventional writing style. I promise to try and get better with time and practice.

Before I end this week, I do want to keep us all up-to-date on the YMCA and their great events. Soon they will be launching their Poinsettia Sale for the Holidays. The Poinsettias come from a Londonderry Producer and they are an amazing bargain for the price. They are working on the last details as I type and I will let you know immediately when I get the details.

I have so much more to tell you, but right now I must head out the door because we are all very excited at Visit Londonderry because at 10:00 am this morning, it is 9:36 now, we will be doing our interview of Cafe Teresa’s with Michael and Judy Riccio. Thank Goodness we have Cafe T’s here in town! John and I have shared the best Margarita’s in their lounge as a couple and with friends. Some of my best girl’s nights out have been there, too. I can’t even begin to count the times they have given my family a chance to go out to dinner and enjoy all of our favorites whether it’s a Mexican or Italian Dinner, not to mention when we just need an over the top delicious cheeseburger too. I can’t say enough about the homemade salsa and unbelievable chips, too. One of our dear friends always brings containers of their homemade guacamole, salsa and chips when we head away on our little ski adventures in the winter. Take out or dine in, they always take care of us all.

Ok before I end, one trivia question. Who knows the name of the business that used to be where Cafe T’s is now, over 35 plus years ago? First comment I see with the right answer gets, gets, oh dear I didn’t think this one through,. but you will get something special (small, but special ) from Cafe T’s!

As always thank you for reading…. With a Grateful Heart…. Sherry

On the Road with Sherry

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Sherry has lived in Londonderry since the 1960's. Her mother was one of the first employees at Mr. Steer Meats. Sherry taught at the Londonderry High School for a number of years and spearheaded the first Career Education Class at the school. She has two daughters of her own with her husband John.
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