Posts Tagged ‘New England’

More Locally Owned Businesses to Visit in New England

Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Picture of Newfane Country Store, Newfane VT

Newfane Country Store, one of our favorite country stores in New England (photo by Eric)

We’re back and ready to share with you many more articles on the best of locally owned businesses in New England!

With the Christmas season virtually around the corner, check out our Best Christmas Shopping Destinations in New England story. If you love a great country store, we have written an article on The Best Country Stores in New England. Traveling down to Wrentham, Mass., we have fallen in love with Cook’s Valley Farm, a family business that dates back to 1664. It’s a wonderful local farm stand with the freshest produce imaginable. In neighboring Norfolk, Mass., Nothing’s New antique and collectibles store sells budget-friendly hidden gems and treasures. Walpole, which borders Norfolk, has a new much-needed coffee house called the Coffee Perch. The locally roasted coffee, muffins, soups and wraps are fabulous and the setting is quite attractive overlooking the beautiful Walpole town common. Over in Newburyport, Mass., Fowle’s has given joy to many generations of locals and visitors as a newsstand and townie restaurant.

In Vermont, the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury is the place to go for fresh apple cider and in Maine, The Candyman sells a fantastic variety of sweets.

On the events side, be sure to visit the Putney Vermont Craft Tour, Nov. 23-25, 2012, in Putney, Vt. This annual event features 28 artisans at their studios, including blacksmiths, glass blowers, jewelers, potters, weavers and woodworkers. Cheesemakers will also be on hand!

We’re ready to write many more articles celebrating the great locally owned businesses in New England. Check back in often for updates.

New England Miracles and Acts of Generosity from Local Businesses

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Are  you a New England traveler that has experienced an incredible random act of kindness from a local New England business owner or employee?  Are you a locally-owned New England business that has made a difference in your community by giving back?

TELL US ABOUT IT, PLEASE, by sending us a descriptive, detailed email to !

The world is full of bad news, and we thought the impending beginning of the new year would be a good time to start spreading the good news. We love the hard-working “Main Street USA” local business owners that fight to help keep our economy alive, and we love it even better when meaningful relationships are built between the owner and customer.

Further rationale why we are starting this special series:

Like the rest of the country, times are tough in New England.

Communities are cash-strapped and people are losing their jobs, homes, life savings and, ultimately, their dignity. We often see a decline in services, but an increase in our overall monthly payments — including food and gas.

At, we will be starting what, hopefully, will be this inspirational section called “New England Miracles.” We will be featuring stories on local  ”Angels in the community” that have gone the extra mile to make a customer feel good or a community in need with no more of an application process of a handshake, trust or a belief in helping thy neighbor.

While we know that there are so many self-serving elements that have contributed to our country’s recession, we are only interested in reporting on the generous people that have a big heart, and some faith and resolve. People that believe in our Constitution, community, independence, strength and integrity.

New England travelers, customers and local business owners, we’d love to hear your stories. Please help spread the word and we might just have an encyclopedia-sized book of goodness in New England!  Wouldn’t that be so nice?

LA Burdick Chocolate, Walpole NH

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Walpole, N.H., is one sweet small town with its beautiful old homes, quintessential New England town common and quaint downtown, but what makes this southwest New Hampshire community even more sweet is LA Burdick Chocolate.

LA Burdick is an upscale chocolate shop , but also features a French-American restaurant and pastry shop on the premises. The setting is laid back, sunny and welcoming — a real community meeting place where locals and staff know all seem to know each other, and where visitors are welcomed with such unconditional friendliness. Sometimes, I’ve experienced  an aura of snootiness and pretentiousness in other chocolate shops, cafes and French-American restaurants,  but not here. LA Burdick is much like Walpole itself — a down-to-earth destination that will make you feel good.

Here is a place where you can feast on Steak Frites with herb butter, sauce Bordelaise pommes frites, wilted spinach;  enjoy a glass of Bogle 2006 Old Vine, Zinfandel, California;  buy some Vermont cheese;  chow down on some lemon chocolate cake; and, oh yes, buy a classic wooden box of chocolates, with ingredients sourced from, clearly, the highest-end vendors.

Be sure not to miss this wonderful, locally-owned Walpole business if in the area!

LA Burdick Chocolate
47 Main St.
Walpole, NH
Tel. (603) 756-9058