New Beginnings with Sherry

Jul 06, 2013 3 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’ve known all week that my title for this week would be New Beginnings. I’ve been scratching little notes here and there so let’s get going!

Did you realize we have two new stores in our town and both opened within the last month! How Great Is That! Remember Visit Londonderry, your Commerce and Visitors center is here to promote all of our businesses profit and nonprofits. Our mission is to bring new businesses and families to our area and to let everyone know all the great things we have right in our own backyard.

Stop in and Welcome Sweet Kiwi and The Dollar Store. We are so lucky to have both of these businesses in our town. Now we have to remember to support them, stop in and tell other people they are here.

Sweet Kiwi is truly one of the happiest, most welcoming, bright, clean, and dear me, from what I’ve heard most delicious places in Londonderry! Two friends Desty Masucci and Laura Calamari had a dream of starting their own Frozen Yogurt Business. I forgot to ask where the name came from. I love the name and it somehow draws me in. Once you get inside you will see how fitting the name is. Now I can promise you, I have been to many yogurt places here and in Canada too! Frozen yogurt is a favorite of Meredith and Mackensie’s. Each place looks nice, but Sweet Kiwi blew my socks off! Inviting to sit and relax, beyond anything I have seen! Lights in the shapes of flowers, artistic but fun tables and chairs, you know I could go on and on! Eight frozen yogurt flavors that are made each day right there in their shop and every topping you can imagine!

Another very important part for me is who’s waiting by the counter when you walk-in. The three faces that greeted me were as bright and sunny as Sweet Kiwi itself! Erin, who is Desty’s daughter, Margaret and Evelyn. Dear goodness they weren’t looking at their cell phones or texting either, which let’s face it, we see in way to many places today! No cell phones in sight, just bright happy, look you in the eye, how can we help you smiles!

I’m sorry but it drives me nutty when I see cell phones out, messy appearance, pants hanging on the bum, and gauges here and nose rings there. I find it all fascinating, but not when someone is providing me a service. Now I know that might ruffle some feathers, “but I’m just saying”, things that you might think are an expression of the “real you” when you are young might make it really difficult to get a professional job when they are older. That’s a story for another road I guess. You will love everything about Sweet Kiwi and that’s a promise. We’ll be heading back in today.

Now I love when this happens…. Our house phone just rang and it was Trisha from Ark Animal Homecare that I told you about a few weeks back. I’m embarrassed to say I needed to pay my bill for Shea’s medication! It slipped my mind, the bill is in a pile somewhere, so I left a message asking them to give me a call. As Trisha and I were talking about their On The Road story, I asked her to let me know if she hears of any businesses I should tell you about. She said “well today I’m taking a dear friend to a new yogurt place in Londonderry, something Kiwi”. Of course I jumped in to say, “Trisha that’s what I’m writing about right now!” Then I told her that they should stop in the new Dollar Store too!

Now I have to tell you about our new $1 store in town!!!!! I could have kissed the owners Ivi and Ray for opening this store! I love $1 stores and I seek them out at various times, but I always have to drive outside of our town to find one. Not Any More!!!! Ivi has brought to us a real dollar store. The first thing I checked was is it going to be one of those so called dollar stores that advertise, $1 but then charge 3, 4 even 5 dollars for many items. Not at all! Everything is a dollar and the quality is over the top! One thing I always love to get at a dollar store is balloons.

I’m sure many of you, like me know how hard it is to find balloons in this area at a fair price. I hate paying 2 something a balloon or even more. Not anymore! They have every party need you can think of and a beautiful selection of balloons, yes for a dollar! Pauline who works with Ivi, told me they even have the latex balloons, 2 for a $1. Our Dollar store is the nicest one I have ever been in! Like yogurt shops I seldom miss stopping by one.

Bright, clean, welcoming, same words again. This is another family run business, they are taking a chance on us, and we need to support them! Plus it will save you so much money. To cute you can take the money you save at the $1 store and buy yourself a treat at Sweet Kiwi! I saw so many things I loved and you will too! Nice quality kitchen tools, cleaning supplies, toys, food items all in nice wide aisles, neat and inviting. Bring your little ones in, they will be welcomed. When the girls were little, even not that little really, I would love to be able to give them a dollar and tell them they could pick something out while I shopped. It’s a win-win for everyone!

Pauline showed me beautiful bracelets that they have in many styles that kids of all ages can buy charms for. So neat to think that they could buy a new charm at each visit really. They are right at the register, yes for only a dollar. Oh, I’m heading back in our dollar store today too. I saw the cutest gift bag for the arrival of a new baby. Precious! We are all in holding mode in our house for a beautiful new gift to the world named Quinn.

As we talked about their new business they stressed that they are here for our community, too. They want to be involved. They are planning a Grand Opening Event, July 20th, probably in the afternoon, and they will be doing this with our Visit Londonderry member, Edible Arrangements, right next door to them! Again, that’s what I love about Visit Londonderry, members working together, helping each other and supporting the community! Oh I don’t think I made it clear but our new Dollar Store is located in the back section of our Crossroads Plaza. Great parking too, which I always love.

Please stop in both of these new businesses and welcome them to our town. If you think of it mention On The Road with Sherry too, and please if you have other ideas for places I should visit please let me know!

Now I have to mention one more great place I visited this week too, Martinelli Travel. Faye and Bert Sell the owners, of Martinelli Travel, have had their business in town for over 25 years. They raised their family here and have done so much to support and help our community behind the scenes, too! Martinelli Travel has moved from the Shaw’s plaza, again where they have been for all these years, to the Londonderry Commons Plaza. A huge loss for the Shaw’s Plaza. Now they are right next to Integrity Fitness Center. Roco the owner of Integrity must be so happy to have them there. Two great businesses next to each other!

I popped in on Michelle Frawley who has worked at Martinelli Travel for 18 years now. Michelle took the time to show me around, and it is breathtaking! Stop by and you’ll see what I mean. One thing I have always loved is that Faye has chocolate treats placed around the office so that you can relax and enjoy as you learn about all the places that await you. This is a beautiful new beginning for Martinelli Travel and for Londonderry, too.

Remember, that our strawberry picking days are coming to an end, but now Blueberry picking will begin! I love driving by Sunnycrest Farm and seeing everyone out there picking fresh berries. We are just lucky to be living here in Londonderry!

….and to my Italian reader….. “Grazie”

With A Grateful Heart and A New Beginning Sherry<3

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.

3 Responses to “New Beginnings with Sherry”

  1. Laura Calamari says:

    Hey Sherry,

    Thank you so much for the wonderful article you wrote about our Sweet Kiwi frozen yogurt shop! We couldn’t have asked for a better recommendation and I’m so happy you had a great experience! I was also very pleased that you had such nice things to say about our employees – it means so much to hear that when I’m not there, they are still making me proud :)

    I hope I’m there the next time you stop in.

    Thanks again,
    Laura Calamari

  2. Laura Calamari says:

    My daughter asked that I make sure you knew we actually offer 14 different flavors of yogurt as the twist of 2 flavors option!

    I hope you’ll come back to try the ones you missed :)

    Laura

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