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  1. Meet Ande Lockwood, Owner of Craftworks

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    CWlogoCraftworks is Located at 243 West Main St, tucked in the corner of the Lowes Market plaza, is a hidden gem of American and local made gifts and an array of classes fit for any knitting, crochet or fiber enthusiast.

    Tell us about your background and how Craftworks came to be?

    I come from a family of artists and have always been encouraged to find my ‘niche’ which turned out to be primarily quilting and sewing, and in later years evolved into anything that involved fiber of any type. Hence, knitting, crochet, weaving etc etc.NLF Craftworks-7 JS

    In the early 80s we moved from Southern CA to Northboro and shortly thereafter I became involved with a craft cooperative in town – Craftworks. Craftworks opened their doors in 1979 and we have yet to skip a beat, adding new crafters all the time. There are over 80 crafters currently involved with the shop.   

    What inspires you?

    I am truly inspired by nature, colors and textures, especially the unexpected combinations. If you stand still and look around you will be amazed at all the colors, shades of green, textures of everything around you and translating this into yarn/fiber … Maybe I see fiber dyeing in my future! But in the meantime definitely adding weaving ….

    What do you love about owning a small business?

    I love the flexibility of being able to help folks, support the community in small ways and share the love of what we do with others.

    NLF Craftworks-6 JSWhy did you choose Northboro for your business location?

    Many of the founding members of the original cooperative lived in Northboro – as does our family – so it made sense to stay here in town.

    Why do you feel that supporting local businesses is important?

    Local business is able to give back to the town in so many ways that a large business  is not able to do. We get to know the folks who live here, their passions and their struggles, and as they visit our shop we are able to reach out in so many of the small ways that make a difference in people’s lives, like giving them a much needed hug, an ear to listen, or a shoulder to cry on and to help them find the perfect gift or project. Small business is the fabric that lends a hand to a town defining its character.

    NLF Craftworks-12 JSBeing local and small, tell us what you feel is the most important element to customer service?

    One of the most important elements is that we are able to reach out to customers and make them feel special as they all are, and to be aware of what is going on in their lives, to share with them things we think they will enjoy.

    Do you have a favorite customer story you want to share?

    There are so very many it would be difficult to choose one…. so many small things like being able to help an 80+ year old customer who wanted to pick up and finish a sweater she started over 30 years ago. We were able to figure out the pattern, where she was, she finished it and wore it proudly!

    NLF Craftworks-2 JSQuick-fire Round

    My first job was: as a lapidary

    My favorite movie is: Pretty Woman

    I cannot live without: my family and almonds

    Beach or mountains: ohhh tough one – off season beach

    The best advice I ever received is: to do what your heart says is right

    A cause I care deeply about is: Wounded Warrior Project/ our Vets we owe them so much

    Photos by Sue Ogar of Just So Designs

  2. Northboro Local First is Hiring!

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    Local nonprofit seeking a part time administrative assistant for growing local business alliance. Northboro Local First is a collaborative effort by local, independent small business owners, community members, nonprofit organizations and all stakeholders of the Northoboro community to help build & maintain a vibrant local economy in and around Northboro MA.
    With 50 plus members and growing, the position will require the following:

    Attendance at board and member meeting as role of Secretary. 1 per month occasionally more. Usually on a Wednesday evening. Coordinate with Board for set up, and take minutes at meetings.

    Create a system to organize memberships. Update members on renewal notices. Distribute new member packets. Assist members with completing directory listing.

    Manage member’s social media and blog posts. Mostly cut and paste.
    Keep track of member’s positions on committees and other involvements.

    Help run community events put on by NLF such as The Holiday Trolley and Applefest Gala.

    Qualifications:

    • Must have experience with administration for business.
    • Available 10-15 hours a week. Some to most being during business hours of 9-5
    • Able to work independently and problem solve if need be.
    • Organizational and interpersonal skills. Adaptable and personable. Detail oriented.
    • Experienced in word processing and spreadsheet preparation.
    • Confident self-starter; ability to prioritize, juggle multiple assignments and follow-through.
    • Familiarity with Facebook for pages and linking and tagging other businesses.
    • Must have a personal computer and printer.
    • Must be available for monthly weeknight meetings.
    • Ability to work effectively with peers, Board of directors, senior staff, volunteers, and public
    • Ability to take ownership of a process; to use problem solving skills to resolve issues
    • Driving License Required

    Please Send resume to info@northborolocalfirst.org.

  3. Get to Know Linda Bock from Beezers

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    BeeZers is located at 277 Main St in the Trombetta’s building. Famous for serving the most insanely delicious Chicago Hot Dogs around, also has a fun menu of gourmet hot dogs, paninis, sandwiches and wraps.

    Tell us about your background and how BeeZers came to be?

    BeeZers came to be based on my obsession with Chicago hot dogs. I was born and raised in Chicago, so I grew up eating them. When my family moved to Northboro in 1993, I could not find authentic Chicago hot dogs in New England.
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     A Chicago hot dog is an all all-beef dog served in a poppy seed bun, topped with yellow mustard, neon-green relish, chopped onions, tomato and cucumber slices, a crisp dill pickle and a sprinkle of celery salt. Sport peppers from the Windy City are optional. A total party for your mouth!

    Both my husband Steve and myself had extensive background in the foodservice industry in Chicago and on the West Coast, so when it came time to open a business – a restaurant featuring Chicago hot dogs made perfect sense.

    What inspires you?

    In my case, it is not so much what, but who. My two smart, savvy, independent daughters inspire me.

    What do you love about owning a small business?

    I have this great boss! Seriously, the thing I truly love most about being an entrepreneur is sharing good food experiences with others. I agree with Julia Child, “People who love to eat are always the best people.”

    Why did you choose Northboro for your business location?

    Northboro chose my family when we moved from California over 20 years ago because of the excellent school system. We fell in love with this charming town, the wonderful community, and its ideal location. It was an easy decision to stay in town when it came time to open a restaurant.

    Why do you feel that supporting local businesses is important?

    The most basic reason: Simple economics. Compared to chains, locally-owned businesses return a much larger share of their revenues to the community. And really, can you imagine a world with just the big box stores?

    Being local and small, tell us what you feel is the most important element to customer service?beezers-3836

    The most important element to customer service is surprise – a pleasant surprise. That intangible little something that happens to leave a great impression of a business. Don’t you just love it when a salesperson goes out of their way to find something that was made for you, a service person fits you in at the last minute, or when a server gently nudges you towards the best menu selection? I love when a BeeZers customer is pleasantly surprised by our customer service. It could be by finding out that we serve our hot dogs on amazing  fresh-baked bakery buns, (shout-out to Crown Bakery in Worcester). People are also pleasantly surprised to find out that we are a nut-free business, offer Chicago-style Vegan hot dogs, and use fresh Romaine lettuce and tomatoes from Berberian Farms for our wraps.

    Do you have a favorite customer story you want to share?

    Several years ago, BeeZers was at another location in Northboro for 12 years. We employed hundreds of teens over those years. My most recent customer service story happened on July 12 when a former employee stopped by BeeZers to get her Chicago hot dog fix along with her 7-day-old baby, her husband, her sister (who also worked for us), and her step-daughter. You guessed it, my favorite part was getting to hold Baby Grace!


    Quick-fire Round

    • My first job was: At a dry cleaners in Chicbeezers wrapago. Fun Fact: Ernie Banks,“Mr Cub,” was a customer.
    • My favorite movie is: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. i love the epic tale of friendship.
    • I cannot live without: Laughter.
    • Beach or mountains: Beach!!!
    • The best advice I ever received is: Forgive. My dear, sweet friend taught me that it is not worth it to hold grudges because life is too short.
    • A cause I care deeply about is: Literacy. I have been a Community Reader in Northboro for 10 years. I love to share my love of reading with young children, and I hope I encourage them to read.

     

    Photo’s By Nicole Leblanc At Le Petite Studio

  4. Meet Dr. Karen Moriarty and Team at Northboro Chiropractic Center

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    Located at 6 Maple St, Northboro Chiropractic is celebrating 31 years of excellent care for our spines and our overall health.

    Tell us about your background and how Northboro Chiropractic Center came to be?

    As a teenager and young adult, I had worked in nursing homes and long term care facilities. I loved patient care. At the same time, I was deeply concerned about the poor quality nutrition, over medicating and callous attitude that seemed to prevail in these facilities. I wanted to make a difference and It was apparent to me that these patients were not really getting well. I thought I could help by going into medical research.chrio-4317

    I entered a pre-med program and was fascinated by human anatomy and physiology. During my last semester, a good friend of mine severely injured his lumbar spine. He asked me to drive him to a chiropractor that was near my college. As I helped him into the office, I was fascinated by the chiropractic educational posters that explained the power of healing from the inside-out through a healthy and highly functioning spinal column and nervous system. I witnessed my friend’s immediate and significant relief.

    After learning about the art, science and philosophy of chiropractic care, I knew that I had found the answer to my purpose in life; providing natural and effective health care that truly gets sick and suffering people well by removing interference to their body’s ability to heal itself. Chiropractic is much more than a career to me. It is my true vocation, my life and my lifestyle. I am grateful every day that I serve my practice members, my staff, my friends and family through chiropractic care.

    The addition of the incredibly compassionate, brilliant and talented Dr. Casey Gauthier in 2011 has allowed the Northboro Chiropractic Center to offer our services to more people.chrio-4269

    What inspires you?

    People especially the little people and all the bounty and beauty that nature offers.

    What do you love about owning a small business?

    The ability to truly make it an expression of my vision of health care

    Why did you choose Northboro for your business location?

    While an associate doctor in Worcester, a chiropractor who owned a small practice in the center of Northboro came to visit my boss and suggested that I buy his practice.  That was 1985 and the rest is history!!

    Why do you feel that supporting local businesses is important?

    Most importantly for me is that it builds a sense of community. I grew up in Lexington, MA where everyone knew everyone. To this day, it has an incredible downtown shopping area.  We knew all the owners and could literally do all our shopping there and see all our friends at the same time.

    You’re celebrating 31 years. Congratulations!! What do you attribute this success to?

    Passion for what we do, being constantly inspired by our practice members and the sheer joy of working with people to help them create a level of health that allows them to live their best life ever!

     

    Quick Fire Round:chrio-4281

    • My first job:  Pineknoll Nursing Home
    • My favorite movie: I absolutely love movies but probably one of my all time favorites is Field of Dreams
    • I cannot live without: my family and friends
    • Beach or mountains: Any Rhode Island beach and the White Mountains
    • The best advice I ever received: everything happens for a reason!
    • A cause I care deeply about:  Finding solutions to the epidemic of drug abuse amongst our young people

     

    Photo’s By Nicole Leblanc At Le Petite Studio

  5. Meet Andrea Hauser and Leslie Sullivan of Next To New

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    Located at 276 West Main St. Next to New is a resale boutique featuring gently used higher end clothing, accessories and home goods.
    Tell us about your background and how Next to New came to be.
    Leslie grew up in Ct. And I was born and raised on L.I. Both our Mothers were involved in local Hospital thrift shops. As teenagers we loved shopping resale and both dreamt of having our own stores . My Mom is 83 and still loves resale shopping and always helps out at our shop when she is in town.
    What inspires you?
    When customers come in the shop and tell us how much they love what we are about and how thrilled they are with all their ” bargains”.
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    What do you love about owning a small business?
    That it’s just Leslie and I. We have the freedom to create and do things our way. We were friends before we were business partners and everybody warned us not to go into business together, that it would ruin the friendship. Well here we are almost nine years later and we couldn’t imagine this ride with anybody else!
    We also love the relationship we have with our customers. We have a very loyal clientele and have shared life’s joys and sadness over the years with them.
    Why did you choose Northborough for your business location?
    Leslie and I have lived in Northborough for 20 years, raised our children here and have a strong connection to this town. Our dream of starting a resale shop was born one day many years ago while taking a walk and wondering what to do for ourselves once our kids left for college. We decided to take a leap of faith together and have never looked back.
    2015 Next to New WM 5Why do you feel supporting local business is important?
    It helps to keep the dollars in our community. Small businesses are the backbone of America.
    Do you have a favorite customer story you want to share?
    We have two favorites!
    A beloved customer who has since passed away, came into the shop one day, noticed a girl trying on a prom dress and insisted on paying for it!  The girl was beyond thrilled and so thankful. It was such a wonderful act of kindness that we won’t forget.
    My son lives in a group home. One of the residents needed a Wedding Dress for a commitment ceremony. Leslie and I found the perfect dress at the shop that looked absolutely stunning on her. We gave it to her as a gift and the joy on her face is one of the many reasons why we do what we do.

    2015 Next to New WM 4Quick fire
    What was your first Job? Andrea, selling chocolate chip cookies in the Hamptons.  Leslie, Conservation Core.
    What is your favorite Movie? Andrea- Godfather.  Leslie- It’s a wonderful life
    What can’t you live without? Andrea- family and friends.  Leslie- family and friends
    Beach or Mountains? Andrea-love them equally.  Leslie-Beach.
    What is the best advice you’ve recieved? Andrea- be kind to people, it’s that simple.  Leslie- be yourself
    A cause I care deeply about.   Andrea- Fragile X Syndrome, my son is afflicted with this and I hope for a cure someday.  Leslie-Heart brothers foundation.
    Photos by Sue Ogar of Just So Designs