Cool Story, Bro with Sherry

Dec 14, 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.

I learned this week while on the road with my daughter Mackensie that there is a new catch phrase out there called “Cool Story, Bro.” Who makes these up?! Mackensie said, “Mommy, it’s when someone is telling a long boring story, it’s something people say to them.” “Oh,” I said, “Dear God that could be me!” I went home and looked it up and the definition I got was “a catchphrase often used in sarcastic response to a lengthy or off-track story that one could really care less about!”

My mind is so jumbled this week with being a little ready for Christmas ahead but not really being ready at all, that I am going to do my best to just tell you about a few of the places I visited on the road this week and the great people that allowed me to sit and tell them about Visit Londonderry, even when I’m sure they are a little frazzled this week too!

The week started for me on Saturday night with Ben and Kim at Harold Square taking care of dinner for us. My family has been going there for years. The first time John and I stopped in was to “grab” a pizza for starving kids at home. Kim took time to talk to us, saw we were hurried and even suggested we sit and have a glass of wine while we waited for our pizza. From that friendly moment we were hooked. From there it went from our first barbequed pizza to our favorites the chicken and veal marsala.

I wish I could tell you we have tried all the other delicious things on the menu, but we haven’t. We are hooked on these two items. I’ve watched amazing haddock dishes go by and lasagna to die for, but no we haven’t tried them yet. But we will. This is another “Cheers” place in town; you usually see someone you know. It also makes a nice family dinner out. You can feel a little spoiled, have a glass of wine and relax. They are family friendly for sure, but also John and I have enjoyed a quiet meal there just the two of us. They are family owned and run, I like that.

Starting rambling all ready, and I don’t want any eyes rolling, so believe it or not I’m going to try and get to the point.

Gold and Silver exchange: This week I received an unexpected present. I stopped back in to see Saad. I have been walking around with this ring that my girls had given me years ago. It wasn’t expensive, but it was a memory. A while back the pink stone had fallen out. I had been given prices of $150 – $200 to fix it. That’s why, a year later, it was still sitting in my purse. After learning about everything Saad can do and has in his store, I decided to ask him. He looked at it, searched through a few stones he had right there, and said the prongs were also broken. I was waiting for the price, knew I would be tucking it away again in my purse. Saad says, “Sherry, I can fix it for $20 and you can pick it up in one hour.” I couldn’t believe it!

Now Saad did explain to me that the stone is not a top quality one, but it’s a lovely pink. He would adjust it to fit the ring, fix the prongs and clean it too! An hour later when Mackensie and I went back into pick it up, it looked perfect, just like when the girls gave it to me. $20 and I have my memory piece back from the girls.

The only little problem was while we were there we looked around and we both noticed the perfect ring for Mackensie. It has 3 pink stones in the shape of hearts. The price surprised us both. I’m going in to buy it today to surprise her for Christmas. She wanted to use her babysitting money for it, now it will be an unexpected present. I could afford both rings for less than half of what I was expecting. Stop in, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Remember, as Kris in our office said when I told her the story, don’t forget if you have broken gold or jewelry you don’t use anymore, Saad will give you the best price around.

I got my first help email this week and it meant so much. Kathy Estes wanted me to tell you about a special that Janie’s Uncommon Café is having for Christmas. Katherine went in to buy gift cards and found out that when you buy a $25 gift card, you get a $5 gift card free, too! How great is that? Give a gift, but I think I would save the $5 one for myself. Janie’s is one of my favorite places to have breakfast or lunch with a friend. And yes, it’s definitely another “Cheers” place in town.

Janie and I met when she and Tim opened their first breakfast place in town, TJ’s, years ago. I was a brownie troop leader and asked if she would give us a tour. This is another place that has always supported the community in every way they can. Of course, Janie said yes! Not only did they give us tour, but they showed the girls how the bagels were prepared and then let each girl pick their own bagel to enjoy. Something the girls will never forget. We even made it in the Derry News. Too, too cute. Katherine, thank you so much for sharing this with me, and I know many of us are now thinking that’s exactly the gift I should pick up!

One thing that I am finding a little hard in writing my story each week is that, in mentioning a few of our businesses each week, I know that there are so many out there that I haven’t gotten to. Another problem is that I try to go to all the different places in town and each one is a part of my story. I get very attached to each place I learn about and I don’t want anyone to feel bad when I write about other businesses that do the same thing. If all of us live, work, play and SHOP right here in our town, everyone will have a prosperous Christmas and all of these great businesses that have taken a chance on being in Londonderry will then stay in Londonderry with all of us.

Next, two businesses that are humbly always in the background but both have been with us for years:

The first is Chuck at what I knew originally as our Getty Station and now it is our BP Gas Station and Auto Repair Shop. Chuck has been here for all of us for years. He’s another one of those guys that will stop what he’s doing and be there to help you whenever he can. He just doesn’t own the gas station, he’s there every day working right alongside his team. When I first starting sharing the story of Visit Londonderry, our Commerce and Visitors Center around town, because I’d known Chuck, he was one of the first businesses I approached. God Bless him, each time I went in he would be in the middle of something and he’d say, “Sherry come back, Monday, Wednesday.” I always did, sometimes I was even late, but he’d still say come back. I know I was a pest and Chuck could not have been any more patient or kind. He was one of our first members, he saw something that he knew would be good for our community and businesses and he took a chance on us. Another good man taking care of his employees, family and our town, too.

I was just about to start typing about my next business and I can type the same thing Ron from The Yard restaurant. “Another good man taking care of his employees, family and our town.” When you need a place to say Merry Christmas and Thank You to your friends, family or businesses, head to the Yard. I know I’ve mentioned The Yard before, but Ron is one of those humble behind the scene guys, too. He signed up quietly just because he is vested in our community and has been for over 40 years. Thank You Chuck and Ron.

Last week I mentioned Woo Kickboxing and this Monday I met with Roger Woo. Wow, what an amazing place. I loved seeing the boxing gloves, hearing the discussions Barbara was having about health and nutrition as she trained students and the honest praise and encouragement she gave. I love that they do not have a contract that you need to sign for a year. They want you to be there because you want to be. The energy in the room was contagious. Kick boxing is something I have always wanted to do. Maybe someday. I’ve also wanted to get my girls in involved in something like this; a lifelong skill for personal safety. What a great gift to give someone.

Don’t forget about IronWorks, too! Classes, privacy, warmth, and remember those massages that Kerry is still offering, two for one. I have to remind John to stop by; that’s a present I’m really looking forward to.

How about something really different, creative and fun: Contact Elaine Farmer. I always think of Elaine as one of those unsung heroes in town. Elaine has done so much to bring Arts to our Londonderry Community. She is another person so often behind the scenes, helping and doing. Elaine now is partnering with this great program called Paint Parties. I haven’t been yet, but I plan to with friends. What a great gift for a group of your girlfriends. Something different and fun and sharing time together, too.

As always I have so much more to tell you but I’m starting to feel that Cool Story, Bro as I type. I do want to tell you about one of the nicest parts of my drive up and down Pillsbury, and that is watching the beauty that is being created with the building of our Orchard Christian Church. If you’re not sure about your faith and are looking for a home, you should stop by and visit them. Our family is Catholic but for years we have enjoyed their bible school program and my daughter, at almost 18 years old, still loves being a counselor there each summer. They are welcoming for all ages. I love the singing and community that they have always offered. I also loved getting their card in the mail. I’m not much on advertising that way, but their card I really liked. It wasn’t too much, it was just letting us know they are there if we need them. Peacefully, humble and inviting. I like that.

Time to get back to preparing for Christmas, but I wanted to tell you about our newest member, The SportsZone in Derry. I will tell you more about them in the coming weeks, but I want you to think about them now, because if you need that special gift for your kids think about a SportsZone membership. They are offering specials right now and the price can’t be beat. The SportsZone has been our girls home away from home for years. Stop down and see Matt, Josh or Matt and they will give you a tour and tell you all about it.

With A Grateful Heart Sherry

On the Road with Sherry

About the author

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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