Archive for February, 2010

Local New England Businesses With Great Facebook Fan Pages

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Article by Eric H.,

We love the way locally-owned businesses bring a touch of good old-fashioned customer service and ambiance to their stores, restaurants and other enterprises, but also realize that the 21st century demands even more to fully succeed.

Many local New England business owners have enough business acuity to realize that “getting the word out” on their businesses through the Internet — and quite importantly — the proper use of social media is critical to business development.

Never before in our history has there been the opportunity to share information through the Internet medium, especially through popular search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing, and social media presences like Facebook and Twitter.

Periodically, we, at, will recognize these technology savvy local business owners throughout New England who use social media wisely, and to the benefit to current and future customers. We feel that strong business common sense — from yesteryear and today — should be mentioned on our site, since we big champions of the local business owner.

Today, we will focus on some of the best Facebook Fan Pages, created by New England commercial business owners and non-profit agencies and organizations:

The Children’s Museum in Easton, Easton, Mass. – A wonderful place where children and parents can proudly call home when it comes to educational, cultural and social learning, the Children’s Museum in Easton also does a fantastic job of regularly updating its Facebook fan page with program, exhibition and special events updates. Way to go, Children’s Museum in Easton for utilizing social media so well!

Kelly’s Roast Beef, Revere Beach and other suburban Boston, Mass., locations. Kelly’s really doesn’t have to update its Facebook fan page, because how much updating can be done to describe delicious roast beef, fried clam plates, lobster rolls and other incredibly tasty comfort food dishes from this landmark restaurant? Rather, Kelly’s lets the fans do the talking as evidenced by fantastic feedback from its loyal and satisfied customers. I truly enjoy reading the reviews, anecdotes and dining tips. Some great food and building photos, too!

Vanilla Bean Cafe, Pomfret, Conn. Vanilla Bean Cafe owners Barry and Brian Jessurun have taken great measures to make sure every details of their food, service, entertainment and overall atmosphere are top-notch, so it’s no surprise that their Facebook fan page is a real winner, too. With updates on the latest musical acts, fun polls, “tonight’s specials,” and recipes, this is a fun fan page. But better yet, we recommend dining at the Vanilla Bean — one of our favorite places for wonderful comfort foods at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

More recommended Facebook fan pages and various social media sources from local New England business owners coming next week! If there’s a particular Facebook fan page from a locally-owned New England business or non-profit agency that you enjoy, please feel free to post a comment and we’ll consider it for publication.


Eric at

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The Old School Chocolatier…

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

 Article and photo by Eric H.,

The Chatham Candy Manor in downtown, Chatham, Mass., might seem like one of those candy stores you used to frequent as a child. That’s because it is one of those shops that has been around forever, specifically dating back to 1955 — and set within a historic building built around 1850.


Chatham Candy Manor, Chatham, Mass.

Chatham Candy Manor, Chatham, Mass.

When arriving, you’ll feel just like, well, a kid in a candy store. Hand-dipped chocolates, slow-cooked candies, an incredible variety of homemade fudge (peanut butter fudge, Oreo fudge, Penuche fudge made from  brown sugar, butter, and milk, etc.) and other time-tested old-time favorites (Boston Baked Beans,  saltwater taffy, truffles, penny candy, lollipops, etc.) bring an instantly appealing presence to a “must-see” locally-owned retail landmark in picturesque, seaside Chatham.


Quite simply, the Chatham Candy Manor has a place in many a visitor’s Cape Cod vacation scrapbook, just as much as the beaches, seafood and quaint inns. Chocolate does have that effect, you know!

Chatham Candy Manor
484 Main St
ChathamMA 02633
Tel.. 508-945-0825