Little Village Toy & Book Shop is our October Featured Member

The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce Little Village Toy & Book Shop as our Featured Member for October 2019.

After a huge effort from both the community and friends, Little Village Toy & Book Shop opened their doors on June 13th 2014 in the hopes of offering a warm and caring place for families to enjoy for years to come. Owner Clare Brooks, and long-time book buyer, Stacey Fish, were the brains, hands, and hearts behind all the hard work and care put into bringing back a toy and book shop to Main Street in Littleton. Both Clare and Stacey were previous employees of the bookstore that was previously located in the same building. Just over 5 years later the store has over 20,000 products and employs both part-time and full-time employees.

The motto at Little Village is, Play…Laugh…Learn. Erin Mae, a staff member at Little Village said “The idea is that children can play with almost anything we have to offer and learn without even realizing it. The selection at Little Village satisfies every age range, skill set, and fun factor. We have everything from classic toys and games to the hottest new award-winning items available.”

“In addition to playing, our community and team believe that reading is at the core of brain development, and local book shops are crucial to sustaining that. Offering our children and ourselves an option away from the screen has been scientifically proven to aid in many areas of health and wellness.”

The team at Little Village finds ways to support others in the community with unique efforts like their Penny Jar Fundraiser, which collects change from customers that is donated to help organizations and individuals in need. The store also plays host to events like their weekly story time on Monday or themed events throughout the year.

Check out Little Village Toy & Book shop at 81 Main Street in Littleton, NH. Follow them on Facebook @littlevillagetoybookshop, find them on the web at littlevillagetoy.com or call 603-444-4869.

The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization, our mission is to promote economic development in the Littleton area by attracting and growing local business, providing valuable resources to our membership and branding the area for tourists and relocation.

First Congregational Church, Littleton is September 2019 Featured Member

The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce First Congregational Church, Littleton as our Featured Member for September 2019.

The First Congregational Church, a congregation of the United Church of Christ, has been bringing people together in Littleton to build and support the community and to worship for over 200 years. The original church building, including the sanctuary as we know it today, was first occupied and ready for its congregation in 1833. The sanctuary is well known for its seventeen stained glass windows installed in 1901. Fourteen of the windows are memorial windows gifted by or in honor of citizens of Littleton prior to that time. There is so much history in and of this building that church leadership published a church history pamphlet in the early 2000’s which is still available today.

Today the church remains as busy as ever. They host weekly worship services on Sundays, open their doors for community meetings, and host many church-run community events including the Pollyanna Day pancake breakfast and their upcoming 6th Annual RiverWalk for MS to benefit the National MS Society on September 21st as well as their popular Harvest Supper coming up this year on October 5th. The Parish Hall also houses Shining Lights Learning Center, a Christian daycare and learning center for area children ages 1-5 which is a mission of the church that opened in 2006.

In a recent conversation with Pastor David Weddington and members of the church it is clear that, while the physical space is certainly breathtaking and full of history and vibrancy, it is the people of the congregation who keep this strong community thriving.

Estelle LaFleur a member of the church’s community outreach group talked passionately about the committee’s new idea of a “Little Free Pantry” that will soon be opening on the Church grounds. “The premise is so simple” says Estelle “Take what you need, leave what you can.” It is all community driven. Anything from food to socks can be placed in the pantry and those who are in need can simply take what they need. The committee hopes to use Facebook as a method of sharing current needs of the pantry and putting out an “all call” when needs arise. The Little Free Pantry is meant to complement existing food pantries in the area. ”The big thing about the Little Free Pantry is its 24 hours a day, 7 days a week access” says Alice Muh “That’s why we felt that it wouldn’t compete [with other area food pantries] but still fill a community need”.

Another involved member of the church community, Ron Bolt, recently headed up the successful application by the church for grant funds given by the State Homeland Security Program. Seven houses of worship in New Hampshire received funds to upgrade and bolster security at their facilities. Ron worked with a group of congregants and with Littleton Public Safety officials to gather data and information which led to their being awarded funds to make much needed upgrades to the safety and security of the space.

The First Congregational Church welcomes all people into their community. Alice Muh shared that years back “We as a Church wanted to figure out – what are we doing here, sitting here on Main Street?” They concluded that they wanted to be “a loving community within the community,” and from that came their Community Outreach Group.

First Congregational Church, Littleton is located at 189 Main Street in Littleton, NH. Find out more about public events and happenings on Facebook at “First Congregational Church of Littleton NH”. They’re on the web at 1stconglittleton.org. The office can be reached at 603-444-3376.

Littleton Industrial Park Holds First Community Open House

Littleton, NH – Businesses within the Littleton Industrial Park are jointly hosting a Community Open House on Thursday, September 12, 2019 from 1-7pm.

With 380 acres dedicated to commerce, the Littleton Industrial Park is home to 18 businesses, which employ more than 1,200 people. From manufacturing high quality boots to healing bug bites and wounds to managing content and delivering packages…it all happens from the hub of the Littleton Industrial Park.

During this self-driving tour, you’ll stop at participating businesses in the Industrial Park to learn who they are and what they do, more about their community outreach efforts and current employment opportunities. These companies will provide a brief facility tour, light refreshments, giveaways and answers to all your questions. Participating businesses include; Littleton Coin Company, Genfoot America, Inc. New England Wire Technologies, Schwan’s Sales Enterprises, Secured Network Services & Tender Corporation.

Pick up your “Passport” and begin at Littleton Coin Company (1309 Mount Eustis Rd. Littleton, NH) any time from 1-7pm on September 12th. Once you’ve completed this self-guided tour, turn in your Passport at any of the participating businesses to be entered to win prizes valued at $100! Before you head out – don’t forget to grab a bite from Nomads Kitchen food truck – they’ll be on-site for the duration of the event.

For additional information check out the Facebook event.
Phone inquiries, please call Carol Stevens at 603-444-4205.

New England Disabled Sports is the August 2019 Featured Member

The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with New England Disabled Sports as our Featured Member for August 2019.

New England Disabled Sports (NEDS) is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) organization, providing year-round adaptive sports instruction to student-athletes of all ages and abilities.

Headquartered at Loon Mountain Ski Resort in Lincoln, NH and at the Bretton Woods Ski Resort at Omni Mount Washington Resort NEDS has become a nationally recognized program, providing expert adaptive sport instruction to adults and children living with physical and cognitive disabilities.
(NEDS) was started in 1987 with the simple goal of helping people with disabilities enjoy the sports they otherwise might not get to participate in. Since then NEDS has grown to be a year-round program and has over 250 volunteers and around 600 student-athletes. During the spring, summer and fall, NEDS offers instruction in rock climbing, cycling, paddling and golf out of their Loon Mountain location. In the winter months, student-athletes enjoy skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing at both Bretton Woods and Loon Mountain locations.

In a recent conversation with the Chamber, the team at NEDS was excited to highlight the growth their organization has had over the last few years. From members and volunteers to scholarship funding from grants and private donors, these are all aspects that have had tremendous growth. While the NEDS team is excited about this growth they have experienced, they are always looking for new student-athletes and volunteers. Operations Manager Dana Roberts added “we’re always looking to spread the word to get new people involved with our organization”.

When asked about community partners, Administrative Director, Terry MacDonald said “the whole town and community have been very supportive of our organization and mission.” She added that Loon Mountain and Bretton Woods were both key aspects of helping the program operate. The community also comes together when they hold events and fundraisers throughout the year including their upcoming 21st annual Golf Classic and the 32nd annual Winter Challenge Kostick Kup, their largest fundraiser of the year.

New England Disabled Sports has worked hard over the last 32 years to bring together a diverse field of people through sports. They have opened doors for many people throughout New England and are always ready to expand their member base.
New England Disabled Sports has locations in Bretton Woods and Lincoln New Hampshire. More information about the organization and programs they offer is available at nedisabledsports.org

The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization, our mission is to promote economic development in the Littleton area by attracting and growing local business, providing valuable resources to our membership and branding the area for tourists and relocation.

Feature written by Nick Meachen, Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce Operations & Programs Intern.

Observations on Democracy

Written By: Nick Meachen, Operations & Programs Intern

On Wednesday, July 10th, Governor Sununu and the Governors Executive Council had their monthly meeting at the Littleton Opera House. Prior to the meeting the Governor and Council enjoyed delicious breakfast cooked up by the staff of the Littleton Area Senior Center. As the meeting began at 10AM people from all around came to listen in. The Opera House was packed with well over one hundred citizens along with media from across the state.

Along with being the Chamber’s Operations & Programs Intern, I also work for Phlume MEDIA a production company that produces many of the programs you might watch on Granite North Television. I was in attendance to film the event and because I have an interest in politics and what’s going on in New Hampshire. My first take on the event was that it felt a lot like a Board of Selectmen’s meeting. Much of the meeting was formatted as such. One example was the need to have an Executive Councilor put forward a motion and to have another Councilor second that motion.  

Senator Lou D’Allesandro, Representative Erin Hennessey, several people representing companies across the state and other officials attended the Council meeting. One such official was Gordon Macdonald, The New Hampshire Attorney General and Governor Sununu’s nomination for the Chief Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Throughout the meeting there was a plethora of business, some of it mundane and short lasting. One portion of the meeting which has garnered significant media attention since Wednesday was the rejection of the Governor’s supreme court nomination. This became a heated argument between the Governor and the Democratic Councilors. Governor Sununu’s nomination was defeated in a 3-2 vote against the Attorney General. One moment that shocked everyone including myself was when Councilor Pignatelli called the Governor’s actions a political move and childish regarding his nomination.

While the meeting lasted a little more than two hours some parts felt like they whizzed by, while other moments felt a little dull. We are a fortunate community though to get the opportunity to have the Governor and Executive Council visit our town.

View photos of the meeting at the Littleton Opera House.

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The Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce is a non-partisan 501(c)6 non-profit organization, our mission is to promote economic development in the Littleton area by attracting and growing local business, providing valuable resources to our membership and branding the area for tourists and relocation.