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Community Spotlight with Olive & fig

We were thrilled to meet up Ali Crohan, founder of Olive & fig for April's Community Spotlight!  We chatted with Ali about how she started and grew her business, plus how to create the perfect charcuterie board.  Yum!  Ali was able to grow her business in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  Stay home and eat cheese?  Yes, please!!  Check out the video above to learn more about Ali and Olive & fig.  Check out her Instagram for a peak at some of her boards, plates and other offerings.  

Or, watch the video below to learn how to create a beautifully delicious board of your own.  Better yet, head over to her website to order your own!  She also offers private and public workshops, such a fun girls night idea!

As part of a giveaway for this month's Community Spotlight, Ali is offering a small cheese & charcuterie spread to one lucky winner!!

Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for all the details!  We'll announce a winner Monday April 19th!

Here are some of Ali's must haves for created your perfect charcuterie board:

1. Top cheese choice- Truffle Gouda

2. Best cheese knife

3. Favorite cured meat

4. Favorite nut to accompany on board - sesame crusted cashews 

5. Great wine pairing overall - FEL wines Pinot noir

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Community Spotlight The Children's Piazza, Peabody, MA

Winter with little ones can be tough in the Northeast.  Our Digital Marketing Manager, Liz, recently discovered the perfect indoor play space for her and her little one.  The Children's Piazza is a play cafe located in Peabody, MA.  It's clean, spacious and has a variety of fun rooms, toys and art supplies for a morning or afternoon of play.  Another great feature is the cafe!  Weary-eyed parents and caregivers and purchase coffee and other drinks to sip while their children play.  Their cookies and egg bites are a must try as well!  They also have a fun outdoor area, Liz can't wait to check out this spring!

The Children's Piazza is offering a $25 gift card to one lucky winner check out our Facebook and Instagram pages for details!

Watch the video below to learn more about The Children's Piazza in Peabody, MA

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The Stevens-Coolidge Place Community Spotlight

We were thrilled to be invited to decorate a tree for The Stevens-Coolidge Place Holiday Stroll & Festive Parade of Trees in North Andover.  The Stevens-Coolidge Place has been a favorite to visit in any season, but the flower gardens are especially beautiful in the spring and summer seasons.  This holiday event is smaller than previous events but still a wonderful way to enjoy the holiday season safely outdoors.  If you visit be sure to bring some canned goods to leave at your favorite tree.  Canned goods will be donated to Neighbors in Need.  Along with this video The Stevens-Coolidge Place will be giving away 2 complementary tickets to a Friday night fire-spinning hike.  

Check out Facebook and Instagram pages for details. 

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2020 Toys for Tots Drive

Photo by Barrett Ward on Unsplash

We hope you are staying healthy this holiday season! With the challenges facing so many families this year, we anticipate even more families will be in need this season.  If you are able, please consider donating a new unwrapped toy to our annual Marine Toys for Tots Drive. You can drop off toys in the back entrance at our Reading office, 248 Main St.  Or, our Andover office lobby located at 77 Main St.  New unwrapped toys will be picked up in Andover on Thursday December 10th, and Reading on Monday December 14th.  Thank you!

 

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Community Spotlight and Giveaway with Mill River Winery in Rowley, MA

For November's Community Spotlight Michelle finally crossed Mill River Winery off her fall bucket list!  It was a perfect afternoon to enjoy a wine flight plus their delicious snacks and small bites.  The winery remains open for outdoor seating, don’t worry- they have patio heaters plus fire pit tables to keep you warm!  Mill River Winery is giving away two free tasting cards and wine glasses!  Please visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for details on how to enter!  We'll announce a winner Tuesday November 24th, Good luck!

 

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Kidcasso Community Spotlight

What a JOY to spend some time with Laura-Marie Small, owner of Kidcasso Art Studio!  She's created a truly inspiring place for budding creatives of all ages.  Kidcasso has two art studio locations north of Boston.  Her original space is in Wakefield, MA and she show now has a second location in Andover, MA.  Plus this fall she opened a learning pod center for young students in Wakefield.  Let's get out and support these local businesses that make living north of Boston so special!!  Laura-Marie has been so generous to giveaway an item from their upcoming gift shop Playcasso PLUS a month of free classes to one lucky winner. 

Visit our Facebook and Instagram pages for details on how to enter!

A winner will be announced Tuesday November  3rd.  Good luck!!!!

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Community Spotlight Barker's Farm North Andover MA

For our September Community Spotlight, we are featuring one of our favorite apple orchards, Barker's Farm in North Andover.  A hidden gem in our opinion!  Barker's Farm has a great selection of apples and plenty of low trees, for the littlest helpers!  Check out the video to see more apple picking fun!

Barker's Farm

1267 Osgood St, North Andover, MA 01845

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Community Spotlight and Giveaway with B&G Cabinet!

This month's Community Spotlight is a bit more personal to us as we highlight our recent kitchen remodel with B&G Cabinet of Newburyport. As with any renovation it can be a bit daunting to start- wait until you see the before photos! With the help of B&G Cabinet kitchen designer Cathy Stathopoulos, our dream kitchen came to life! Check out the video for Michelle's tips and advice for surviving your own kitchen remodel.

We've partnered with B&G Cabinet for an awesome GIVEAWAY!

Be sure to check out our giveaway posts on social media to enter! 

Enter on Facebook!

Enter on Instagram!

Click here to watch the full kitchen tour and interview!

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Giveaway and Community Spotlight with Cherry Farm Creamery

National Ice Cream Day is this Sunday July, 19th! We thought it would be fun to check out Kelly's favorite ice cream spot Cherry Farm Creamery in Danvers, MA.  We took advantage of this month's Community Spotlight and took a quick trip to sample some ice cream for ourselves!  Cherry Farm Creamery is generously donating $25 to one lucky winner!  Be sure to check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to enter to win!  Good luck!

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Giveaway with Velofix Boston!

 We recently caught up with our former client Guenther Anger from Velofix Boston for a Community Spotlight and giveaway! We’ve been riding our bikes a lot this season and Velofix Boston makes it really easy to get your bike tuned up without leaving your home! Watch the video to learn a bit more about this mobile bike and ski shop!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS!!
Velofix Boston is giving away a gift card for 50% off a basic tune up. We’ll announce a winner next Friday July 3rd!  Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to enter to win!!

 

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