Promises, Apologies and More with Sherry

Jan 18, 2013 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.

Well this is the first week I feel completely unprepared and overwhelmed as I start to tell you about my week on the road. I stopped in to meet so many new and old businesses this week. I promised to tell you about them all as my week unravels, but honestly, I don’t know where to begin so I have to make a few apologies right from the start.

My first apology goes out to anyone that I talked to but didn’t get to write about today. I will make up for lost time next week. Promise! I think I “jinxed” myself this week. I was bragging to a good friend about how I love to start writing On the Road at 5am on Friday’s morning, yes bragging a little for me anyway. Well I slept through this 5am because of an unexpected sleepover that my daughter had here last night. When the day did start, it was time for pancakes and bacon instead of typing and rambling.

Oh this is a first for On The Road, our house phone just rang. I stopped to take the call. It was Kirby Vacuum cleaners. This nice person told me that they are opening a store in Londonderry. I told her we don’t need a vacuum, but that they really should join Visit Londonderry. Our mission is to spread the word about all of the business and organizations in our community and that should come on board. She was surprised that instead of selling me she learned about something great in and about our town. Too cute and I hope they do come to town, we haven’t had a vacuum store in town for years, if ever.

My second apology goes out to Sandy and Bob at Londonderry Trialways. I just stopped and said to John, “Honey, we have to make out that check for $25 to Trailways”. Well last week I talked about what I had learned about Trailways and that they “even had Paypal” and that we would be making a donation. Well I promise you I did have good intentions. I tried. I went to their site just like Sandy told us at the meeting. The site is lovely, I can’t believe I’ve never been on it before. I saw how to make a donation; very easy. Paypal, so neat. I thought, “I’m ready, I can do this.” Easy yes, but not for me! It asked for my Palpal passwords.

Here I go again, I have no idea what the password was, and we did have an account a couple years back. I tried this, that, birthdays, on and on. No luck. Now I know this is a very easy thing for 99% of you out there, but not me. Finally I gave up and thought, “That’s okay, I’ll just write a check and mail it.” Well I still haven’t, but I will today. If you haven’t donated either, jump in with me and get it done. Show your support for such a great project, if you can.

Oh dear God, I just remembered what my third apology is, I just don’t know who it should go out to. During the snow storm on Wednesday morning, my daughter Mackensie and I were coming back from dropping Mere off at school. Yes, they had school still. Well, in what I call our Old Londonderry center, I stopped at the stop sign but then pulled out in front of a white truck. I thought they were stopped and waiting across the street. He let me know I was definitely wrong. I went, he honked and he was completely right to be mad. Then, unfortunately for him, he was stuck behind me, which irritated him more, so he honked again. My little daughter said, “Oh Mommy, he’s going to read the signs on your car and come after us.” I assured her that I doubted that was his plan. He wasn’t driving to close to me, which I was really grateful for. Whoever you are I’m really sorry and I was really nervous driving in that weather. I was completely wrong pulling out in front of you and I’m lucky you are a good driver and didn’t hit us or, my daughter would add, follow us home.

On top of nervous driving that morning, my wipers were not 100% and I’d been just too lazy to go get them changed. John had said it was time to rotate the tires, too. Everything at once, I guess, and I was low on gas. I knew Steve would help me out at Route 102 Gas. I headed over to fill the tank, remember I love that they pump the gas for you, and asked Steve if he could do the other things. Steve, always with that “I’m grateful for your business” welcome, said no problem. He also noticed that I was late on my oil change, so he took care of it all. Fancy wipers because of the year of the car, rotation, and oil change. I waited for one more unexpected bill. I knew it would be over $100. For everything the bill was $56! Labor and everything. How great is that? He is always running specials, so stop in!

Before I left Steve suggested I stop over and see Jeff the new owner of Juliano’s again. Steve knows how hard it is getting started with a new business and he loves Juliano’s food. I was planning on heading home but remember I love when the road takes a different unexpected turn so I decided to head across the street to what I use to call our Ben Franklin Plaza now known as the Derry Plaza.

Back in the 60’s my family lived in an apartment not far from there and I could walk (can you image at the age of 12 alone!) down Broadway and in about 10 minutes be there to buy fabric or crafts to keep me busy at home. Now it has about 6 businesses there.

I think my fourth apology goes out to Marc at the TNT Firework store. Marc is the manager and just another one of those welcoming, “I’m glad you’re here” kind of people. I walked in on him cold, introduced myself and Visit Londonderry, and he made time for me right then and there. Again, how nice is that?! I told him we had not met before, but he looked familiar. He was polite and let me continue on. As I drove away I realized I must have had a senior moment or I think I’d rather call it a brain freeze, I really like that one better! Back when we first launched The Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center, Visit Londonderry, I did stop in and did meet Marc briefly. What a nice guy, he didn’t correct me and didn’t want to embarrass me. He was just anxious to hear all about how we started and where we are now with over 70 members.

They have so many great specials going on all the time. I know our family loves when they run the 2 for 1 or even 3 for 1 deal. The store is so large, clean and well organized.

I invited Marc to come to our second event for Visit Londonderry. It is this Tuesday at 6pm at the Super Wok. Ron, the owner of Super Wok, is hosting this event for Visit Londonderry. It’s a chance for all businesses to meet each other and say hello. If you’re reading this and would like to stop by, bring your business cards and come join us!

After visiting with Marc, I stopped into Sherman Williams Paint. I met Becka and Bob. Again, both friendly and ready to help. They loved the idea of Visit Londonderry but they said they would have to send it to their corporate office and you never know. I know they will be great voices for us, either way. Don’t forget, they are there to help you with all your painting jobs big and small.

I didn’t realize there is a karate studio next to Juliano’s. They were closed but I can’t wait to learn more about them next visit. I have stopped in to visit with Jeff a few times, and I don’t think I have ever met anyone trying harder to figure out how to offer our community the best menu and top quality food possible. He told me his latest addition, just this week, is fresh, yes fresh! Pasta. If you’ve never had fresh pasta, you will be shocked at the difference!

Right now he has the Ravioli, cheese and Spinach/feta. By this weekend he hopes to add the ziti too. It is brand new pasta called Lilly’s. It is made fresh and Juliano’s is the first restaurant to offer it to us in NH. They are here to serve us. Stop by this weekend, eat in or take out! Welcome Jeff and give yourself a little break too. As I’m typing to you, I just thought I might order that Ravioli tonight, the girls would love it!

I have to tell you about my visit with Cindy Baldwin, the owner of Baldwin Travel, at Coffeeberries. I’ve always heard that the people who are the best at what they do have a passion for it. Cindy has always had a passion for learning about new places and travel. She brings that expertise and excitement into each vacation, business adventure, or destination wedding she plans.

As I sat with my cup of delicious banana nut coffee, I asked Cindy about the latest places she has visited for her clients. Just in the last few months she has been to Las Vegas for classes and in-depth training, Mexico to check out 12 different resorts in just a few days for her clients, and she’ll soon be leaving on a clipper ship adventure in Costa Rica.

What better way to plan a trip than with someone who has been there and can give you tips that come from experience and warnings too? One thing most of us don’t realize about working with a travel agent is that they do all the work for you and you don’t pay them. Cindy explained to me that one of the biggest misconceptions people have about travel agents is that “you” have to pay them. Cindy explained that the fee is included in each transaction you make. If you do it yourself, the airline or hotel gets the commission. If you go to a travel agent they receive it. You do not, under any circumstances, pay extra for their expertise. She told me that the average person who plans their own trip will spend at least 6 hours and search 20 different sites to find information. Cindy also writes our monthly travel column.

One of the cutest things about meeting up with Cindy was watching her reaction when she walked into Coffeeberries. She loved all the changes and how spacious it is now. Coffeeberries is the best place to relax with friends or meet for business. Don’t forget they have the nicest specialties items and a great selection of our K-cups. You never feel rushed, and truly the owner Christine and her staff are some of the nicest people in town!

Somehow it is after 1:00 and I think I will end with a promise. I promise to start next week’s road where I left off this week. If I’ve forgotten anyone this week please forgive me, and if you know of a business or organization I should visit while I’m on the road just let me know; sherry(at)visitlondonderry.com or give me a call at 512-5596.

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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