So, recently we stopped into Fields of Ambrosia to ask owner Deb Jasien, “What, exactly, does the White Mountain Independents organization do?”
Turns out, it’s a lot! In 2016, businesses all over valley banded together to create a network of local businesses that’d support local craftsmen, makers, and creators. Some of the most unique businesses of the valley are counted among their ranks – Bavarian Chocolate Haus, the Penguin, Soyfire Candle, Four Your Paws Only, White Mountain Olive Oil Co, and White Birch Books.
All these businesses work to support each other – and the valley itself. Four Your Paws Only buys some of its products from Fields of Ambrosia, and the other independents have also pooled their money together to support schools like Kennett or Fryeburg.
By supporting them, you’re not just supporting local businesses – you’re supporting the valley itself. For more information contact White Mountain Independents.
By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
We just stopped by Veno’s out of curiosity, and we’ve come to one conclusion: if there’s 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 we’d like to go to pick up some quality meat for dinner, Veno’s is near the top of the list! They have a wide variety of specially prepared meats, prime ribeyes, prime strips, prime tenderloin, marinated steak tips as well as a variety of housemade sausage, and other mouth-watering things like burger patties with applewood bacon and cheddar, or bleu cheese.
And, as much of it as possible, it is locally sourced! They use beer from both the Moat and Tuckermans for marinades, they buy locally sourced cheeses, they sell a selection from White Mountain Winery, and source their desserts from a local bakery.
They make a point of having a business model that is as healthy and farm-focused as possible, sourcing food from the common (chicken, pork, lamb) to the wild game (boar, bison) from farms from Maine to upstate New York, all with absolutely no hormones, no antibiotic, free to roam and humanely harvested. They keep their carbon footprint low by using environmentally conscious packing and participating in a local recycling program. And – thanks to the local focus – it can be made to your specifications. If you want ingredients removed for any reason or special order, you 𝘤𝘢𝘯!
If you have an event coming up soon or you’re just interested in getting something unique, give Veno’s a try!
Shouts out to local owners Jason and Kendra Veno and their employees who were nice enough to answer our questions and let us hang back and take photos.
By Isaac Rader
for the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce
Breakfast at the J-town Deli proved to be an excellent surprise, serving up a plate of scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, and absolutely delicious sausage. It was a beautifully relaxing morning, and a perfect way to start the day.
J-Town Deli & Country Store is located in Jackson Village right next to Wentworth Golf Course. They sell wine and beer and offer an extensive catering menu for events of all sizes.
They consider themselves a classic New England Bistro and Emporium with plenty of what you do need and lots of what you really want. They feature local food items and and an amazing array of beautifully crafted gifts from local artists.
J-Town Deli & Country Store is a great first stop on your way to a great day of recreational or a great start to your work day. Stop by and visit, we promise you will be happy you did!
Family-owned outdoor and leisure clothing company, Regatta Great Outdoors, celebrated their opening at Settlers Green Streetside with a Ribbon Cutting on July 11. The store is located next to the newly opened Michael Kors, across from Columbia Sportwear at Suite M20. Regatta Great Outdoors is a UK-based outdoor clothing company that was founded in 1981 by the Black family. Father, Lionel Black, is the Chairman, son Keith is the Managing Director and daughter Joanne is the Buying Director. The company has acquired other popular UK brands over the years including Craghoppers and Hawkshead.
Picured in photo from left; Ido Masursky, Rob Barsamian, Tym Meserve, Machella Weegar, Keith Black, Mykel Palazzini and Laura Lemieux.
Products include men’s, women’s and children’s outdoor clothing including leisurewear, outerwear and footwear. Additionally, it has outdoor and camping accessories including sleeping bags, backcountry gear and backpacks.
“Regatta is the perfect fit for our customers flocking to North Conway for adventures in the White Mountains,” said Laura Lemieux, assistant director of marketing at Settlers Green. “This is the company’s first U.S. outlet store and we’re happy they’ve chosen us and this great recreational area.”
Settlers Green is open Monday to Saturday, 9:00am-9:00pm and Sunday 10:00am-6:00pm. For more information visit settlersgreen.com/
Master Glass Blower Gerard Treacy will visit Waterford Wedgewood Royal Doulton, located at 2 Common Ct. Settlers Green North Conway NH, on November 28 from 12 – 4 pm.
Waterford Artisan Events offer a rare opportunity for Waterford Crystal devotees to meet and greet the men behind the magic, direct from Ireland’s House of Waterford Crystal. These are the artisans and craftsmen who create, design, cut, polish and engrave the world’s most beautiful crystal. Each Waterford artisan has a unique story to tell about their background and history at Waterford, crafting specialties and personal favorites – stories they are eager to share during each Artisan Event visit.
The Artisan signings are a highlight of each event. Using a special crystal engraving pen, the Waterford Artisan adds his unique signature to your Waterford piece, free of charge, creating a one-of-a-kind keepsake or a very special gift.
GERARD TREACY –
Gerard began his career with Waterford Crystal as an apprentice glass blower in 1979. Within a year he moved on to ball glass blower. The skill of the Master Glass Blower combines tremendous dexterity and coordination of hands, breath, and strength, especially with the larger items. In 1984, Gerard qualified as a glass blower and, three years later, became a Master Glass Blower. He has worked on the entire range of Waterford Crystal stemware.
Stop in now to reserve your piece for Gerard to sign. Signed crystal makes an already beautiful gift even more unique! Can’t make it into the store? Call us and we will help you choose that perfect piece and we will ship it right to your door, and in time for the holidays!
Streetside, Settlers Green’s newest ten-store-and-restaurant addition, is poised to celebrate a grand opening that’ll get visitors dancing in the street. Starting on Tuesday, October 10, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and concluding on Sunday, October 15th, the Settlers Green Streetside Grand Opening festivities will include a full line-up of musical themed events, community celebrations, shopping specials, art unveilings, giveaways, fundraisers and a gala fireworks display, plus more. Dancing in the Street is the theme for the Grand Opening events, and that’s just what visitors will be doing throughout the celebration.
Get ready for a brand-new beat on the North Conway shopping scene
While retail is the primary focus at Settlers Green, the commitment to “shoptainment” here is evident in the mall’s many playscapes, photo opportunities, and the new Streetside Art Project featuring works of public art by local and regional artists. In addition to Streetside’s ten new stores and locally owned restaurant, shoppers will savor a sense of excitement and commitment to the community, taking shopping to the next level here.
An important part of Streetside’s Grand opening will include a unique fundraising partnership with Mountain Top Music, intended to put the music education and performance non-profit organization closer to their fundraising goal to create a community-oriented performing arts center and gathering place. Settlers Green has pledged a $15,000 match for any donations made to Mountain Top Music between September 15-October 15th, and the Streetside Grand Opening will create multiple opportunities for community giving to be matched. Look for a display in center court focused on this project.
Throughout the Grand Opening festivities, take time to view the Streetside Art Project, with works from Northern New England artists. Dancing in the Street offers up the following schedule of events and entertainment:
Tuesday, October 10, 12:30pm: Celebrate with a Ribbon-Cutting Event: Official ribbon cutting followed by light refreshments. Chamber members, politicians, media and interested public welcome to attend and meet the developers, artists and more.
Wednesday, October 11: Discover The Art: Learn more about White Mountains art history and culinary art from local experts. All programs are free and open to the public. Events take place at the Pedestrian Walkway by Francesca’s and Skechers at Settlers Green Streetside.
10:30am: Special presentation by local artists, Erik Koeppel & Lauren Sansaricq – a 45-minute presentation by two local artists from Jackson, NH. The art talk includes review of their recent “Recovering the American Sublime” exhibit plus other works and techniques by these traditional landscape artists.
11:30am: Bob Cotrell from Conway Historical Society – Local historian, Bob Cotrell, will discuss the history of art in the White Mountain during a 30-minute presentation, highlighting 19th century and early 20th century artists.
1:00pm: Culinary art demo by Kathy Iannuzzi from White Mountain Cupcakery – Kathy Iannuzzi, co-owner of the White Mountain Cupcakery, and winner of the 2011 Cupcake Wars, will demonstrate cake decorating at the White Mountain Cupcakery at Settlers Green Outlet Village Suite D52.
Thursday, October 12: Beauty Stroll in the Street
Today is the day to shop for a cause! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to celebrate, from 11:00am to 5:00pm, Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation will have volunteers on-site with information about the nonprofit and how it serves the Mt. Washington Valley. Receive one of only 100 commemorative canvas bags with free goodies and coupons with your minimum $10 donation. Proceeds go directly to Jen’s Friends, and Settlers Green will match it! Plus, enter to win a $500 raffle prize to the stores at Settlers Green Streetside. Tickets are $5 each with proceeds also benefitting Jen’s Friends Cancer Foundation.
Friday, October 13: #ShopStreetside Part I, throughout the day: “It’s all about the shopping” New brands featuring Grand Opening special deals. Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more. Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.
Saturday, October 14: Dancing in the Street: Throughout the day enjoy plenty of reasons to dance in the street at Streetside.
10:00am – 3:00pm: Enjoy a full day of festivities including the Streetside Art Festival.
4:00pm-until 6 pm: American Bandstand-style festival! It’s a dance party and you’re invited! Dozens of dancers from regional and student led dance groups will take you through the best dance years of the century. Grand final featuring Sarah-Katarina “SkooJ CorE-O” Jerome and director of the Boston Community Dance Project. As seen on MTV, ESPN, Sarah-Katarina will dazzle with her dance troupe for a grand finale event.
6:45 pm/Dusk: A gala fireworks display over Streetside fills the sky with celebration.
Sunday, October 15: #ShopStreetside Pt. 2: Close out the Grand Opening celebration with shopping specials and raffles throughout the day. Sign up for all day raffles for merchandise prizes and more. Random acts of customer appreciation gifts throughout the day.
More than 500,000 square feet of North Conway retail centers, including Settlers Green, Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner, are developed and managed by OVP Management, Inc. a Newton, Massachusetts based company with management offices in North Conway. For more information please contact General Manager, Dot Seybold at email@example.com or for leasing information please contact Robert M. Barsamian at RMB@ovpmanagement.com. Additional details about the shopping centers located in North Conway, NH is available at Settlersgreen.com or OVPManagement.com.
Photos: Members of the Kennett High School Dance team will perform at Settlers Green during the Dancing in the Street celebration. Please note photo credits in file name.
Memorial Day Weekend is quickly approaching, and in the Mt. Washington Valley, that means outdoor fun, yard sales, and the Settlers Green annual Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale! Visit Settlers Green May 27th-29th for their annual Memorial Day Weekend Sidewalk Sale. Shop at the many tax-free outlets that Settlers Green has to offer and visit Customer Service C13 for a complimentary American flag while supplies last.
Participating stores include:
Bass Factory Store
Brooks Brothers Factory Store
Christopher & Banks
Corningware, Corelle & More
Crabtree & Evelyn
Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton
For more information, visit Settlers Green on the web at www.settlersgreen.com or contact Settlers Green at (603) 356-7031.
Treasure seekers, come find your treasure!Browse arts, antiques, and treasures galore at the Conway Market Place on Friday, May 12th and Saturday, May 13th to benefit the Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association. Discover fabulous art pieces, antiques, and treasures while supporting a local non-profit centered on building a strong arts community in the Valley!
The event will take place Friday and Saturday from 9am to 3pm at the Conway Market Place #50 White Mountain Highway in Unit 7 near Bea’s Café. For more information on the event, call 603-356-2787. For more information about the MWV Arts Association, visit their website at www.mwvarts.org.
The MWV Arts Association Mission Statement & Vision
The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association desires to collaborate with other arts and non-profit organizations to help build the arts community in the Mt. Washington Valley.
The Mt. Washington Valley Arts Association is a community focused non-profit organization which exists to promote the study, appreciation, and display of the visual arts, particularly the art of the Mt. Washington Valley.
Press Release by Laura Tuveson, OVP Management, Inc. Marketing & Administrative Assistant
April 5, 2017 (North Conway, NH) – Francesca’s Outlet, a boutique shop that specializes in jewelry, dresses and shoes, is the latest store to be announced for Settlers Green Streetside, the 50,000 square foot expansion project at Settlers Green that is currently under construction.
Francesca’s brand offers an eclectic mix of carefully-curated clothing, bright baubles, bold accessories, and playful gifts. Established in 1999, in Houston, Texas, the company now has 670+ boutiques in 48 states.
“Francesca’s popularity continues to grow and it will be a perfect addition to our mix of jewelry, accessories and fashion stores,” said Laura Tuveson, assistant director of marketing and events at Settlers Green. “It’s fun and fresh, and we think our customers are going to love it.”
Francesca’s joins Columbia Sportswear Outlet and Polo Ralph Lauren as new stores opening at Settlers Green Streetside. Settlers Green Outlet Village has its fair share of new stores coming in including Express Factory Store and Corningware, Corelle & More expected to open this spring.
In addition, Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton has relocated within Settlers Green Outlet Village to Suite C22 and Brooks Brothers Factory Store will soon be relocated to Suite C8. There is also a new restaurant opening on April 20 at Settlers Corner. Wicked Fresh Burgers will serve up fresh ingredients on its original menu of burgers, hand cut fries, and shakes.
The addition of Settlers Green Streetside will increase Settlers Green to 300,000 square feet of commercial retail development. Settlers Green Streetside is expected to open this summer. It will have a total of 10 brands including a new concept restaurant featuring an extensive list of craft beers from around New England and the world.
About OVP Management, Inc.
OVP Management, Inc., a Newton, Massachusetts based real estate development company, has developed over 500,000 square feet of commercial properties in North Conway, including Settlers Crossing and Settlers Corner.
North Conway, NH:In early February, Settlers Green announced a Request for Proposals for Art/Craftwork (RFP) for new or existing artworks to grace both the existing shopping center and the new Streetside expansion.The deadline for submissions is May 1, 2017 and General Manager, Dot Seybold, encourages local, state and regional artists to enter existing works of art as well as proposals for commissioned pieces.“We have received inquiries from fabulous artists working in all kinds of media from metal and stone for sculptors to muralists working with digitally printed images.It’s been so interesting talk with and meet these accomplished artists. “stated Seybold.
The RFP can be downloaded from the Settlers Green Streetside Art RFP website at http://www.settlersgreen.com/settlers-green-streetside-art-rfp.Artists will find the actual application, along with the original press release and additional information within this page.As construction on Streetside continues, Settlers Green is planning the grand opening celebration to include arts related activities and celebrations including music, dance and original art on display.“We are really excited about this project and look forward to sharing it with the community.” Seybold added.
Interested artists can contact Dot Seybold at firstname.lastname@example.org with any additional questions.Please limit correspondence to email.
Saturday, April 8th is the time to shake off the winter chills and join us for a fabulous foodie event to kick off our Spring season here in Mt Washington Valley! There will be plenty of chili and cornbread to keep you fueled for a day of fun, festivity, and a 5K race, plus North Conway Village shopping and the event’s Red Hot Stops where you can find treats and shopping deals.
This is the first year of the Feelin’ Good 5k Race through the White Mountain Milers. Burn some calories before indulging in chili and cornbread samples at the Cook-Off and explore beautiful North Conway Village by running or walking in the race! The race kicks off at Schouler Park in North Conway at 9:30am, where participants will race around the village and near Cranmore Mountain, finishing back at the park. Awards will be given to the top three overall runners and walkers.
The Feelin’ Good 5K is open for registration through White Mountain Milers and the RunReg website. The Race Fee is $35 per personand includes your entry to the Chili Cook-Off, access to the After Party at Abenaki Trail Restaurant, and store discounts at the Red Hot Stops.
8:00AM – 5K Registration/Bib pick up
9:15AM – 5K Registration tent is closed
9:30AM- 5K Race begins
10:45AM – Race Award Ceremony
11:00AM – Chili Cook-Off Doors open
3:00 PM – Chili Cook-Off Ends
4:00PM – Chili Cook-Off After Party & Award Ceremony
About the Annual Chili Cookoff
Hosted by the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, the annual Chili Cook-off has featured the culinary creations of professional chefs, individuals, local organizations, and nonprofits for many years. What started with just a few vendors has now grown to more than 40 vendors. Hundreds of hungry chili fans will fill The Village of North Conway tasting the best of the Valley’s chili recipes.
The Many Ways to Enjoy the Day
There are so many ways to participate in the fun at the Annual Chili Cook-Off! Professional and non-professional chefs are welcome to register their teamfor their chance to win fabulous prizes and bragging rights. Chef registration is open and filling up fast! For more information, please review the 2017Chili Cook-Off Chef Guidelines.
There are a variety of sponsorship opportunitiesavailable for businesses to promote their brand. Sponsorship packages vary in cost and exposure and there are packages available for nonprofits. For more information, please review the2017 Chili Cook-Off Sponsorship Packagesdocument or contact the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce.
In this event, ticket holders are judges, too! In purchasing tickets and sampling many delicious chili and cornbread recipes, ticket holders are in control of the “People’s Choice” vote. Ticket holders will receive three different colored tickets for use as ballots – one for Best Chili, one for Best Cornbread, and one for Best Display of Theme.
Event Tickets and More Information
Tickets for the Chili Cook-Off are $15 for adults and $7 for children, with free admission for children under 3. Interested parties may purchase Early Bird tickets by contacting the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce, and tickets will be available on the day of the event for the same prices at the ticket booth.
There are lodging package agreements available for interested lodging properties in the area as well. Contact the Chamber for more information.
Settlers Green’s annual Fall Festival is slated for Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “on the green” by Timberland Factory Store. Kid-friendly activities include pumpkin painting, free horse-drawn hay rides, live music, complimentary apple cider and apples and a nonprofit bake sale.
“September is a great time of the year to visit North Conway and our Fall Festival provides plenty of added activities for our shoppers to enjoy,” said Assistant Director of Marketing and Events, Laura Tuveson.
New this year, artist William Janelle of Bridgton, Maine, will be doing a series of pumpkin carvings throughout the event. The pumpkins will be auctioned off at the end of the day and the money raised will go to a local charity.
The always popular free horse-drawn hay rides, provided by Carousel Horse Farm, begin and end at the Timberland Factory Store and follow a route throughout Settlers Green. Free pumpkin painting with the purchase of a small pumpkin for $2 will include paints and some guidance from local artist, Carol Hanson.
To add to the day’s autumn atmosphere, local vocalist and guitarist Julia Velie will play at the Gazebo from 12-2 p.m., with lounge chairs available for listeners.
Fall Festival marks the start of a busy fall event schedule at Settlers Green Outlet Village, including its 3rd Annual Pumpkin People Challenge, which is set for October 1 and coincides with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Return of the Pumpkin People event. For information about all events at Settlers Green Outlet Village, see settlersgreen.com/events.