Member Spotlight: Lincoln Sign Company

 

Lincoln Sign Company has been crafting custom wood signs since 1972. We spoke with owner Roy Whitaker about his business, which he purchased in 2015.

Why did you decide to purchase a sign company?
Roy is a serial entrepreneur who has lived in many places. He has been visiting northern New Hampshire since 2002, and a position with New England Disabled Sports brought him to the North Country permanently. “I wanted to be in the mountains,” explained Roy. “It was an opportunity to move in a different direction than where my life was at the time.”

While living and visiting northern New Hampshire, Roy “Noticed the awesome signs around the area that Lincoln Sign had made and I saw the opportunity to continue the craftsmanship tradition.” Although the business wasn’t officially for sale, a conversation with the owner at a BBQ piqued his interest in purchasing the business.

What services and products do you offer?
Lincoln Sign Company is a full-service sign shop offering custom signs of all kinds, banners, and vehicle lettering. They’re known for their carved and dimensional sign work. They also offer design services for the graphics to be used on their products, as well as installation and maintenance services.

Tell us about your expansion!
Lincoln sign is set to relocate to a new building in the Lincoln Industrial Park this summer. According to Roy, “The current shop was founded in 1972 and we’re going to expand by almost three times the footprint, which will give us the opportunity to make more signs. We expect to increase capacity by 40%. Right now we have to start a sign and can’t move it until after the paint dries. With our new space, we won’t have to worry about carving wood on one side of the building and painting on the other.”

Volunteerism
Lincoln Sign Company joined the Littleton Area Chamber of Commerce in 2015. Roy also serves as the President of the Western White Mountains Chamber of Commerce and the Vice President of Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country.

Which town do you live in?
North Woodstock

What do you love about the Littleton area?
Roy loves the access to outdoor recreation, such as skiing, mountain biking, and hiking.

Member Spotlight: Northern Lights Music

Northern Lights Music has been a highlight on Main Street, Littleton since 1978. We spoke with owners Dan and Moocho Salomon about their business.

Why did you decide to open a music store?
Dan was waiting for Moocho to finish up her degree at Franconia College since he was a semester ahead. He opened up a teaching studio in Littleton while he was waiting. It had accessories and a few instruments to supply his students.

Dan thought that with the student population at Franconia college that there would be a market for a small music/teaching studio. Unfortunately, the year Northern Lights Music was born Franconia College closed its doors. Of course, the store has evolved over its 40 year lifespan starting as a music store, then selling everything from satellite dishes to stereo equipment and then going back to  its roots as a music store which is what it does today.

What services and products do you offer?
The store offers some of the finest guitars in the country now, from luthiers from across America. Collings from Austin Texas, Santa Cruz from California, Bourgeois Guitars from Lewiston, Maine and National and Fender are just some of the companies that are represented today. The store supplies accessories, does repairs and even supplies some fun things for the tourists on Main Street who wander in. The store’s website is an important component of our store today and people can “visit” the store virtually before traveling to see the Main Street location. Northern Lights also ships nationally as the website offers a great up-close representation of what’s in stock for guitars.

 

What roles do each of your family members play in the business?
Dan is the founder and is alway sought for his expertise and wealth of knowledge on all things guitar. Moocho keeps the eye on merchandise, displays, and the retail image. Sons Asher and Ben have been around the store all their young lives and have been working in the business since college. Asher is the videographer for the store’s YouTube page and photographer for the website. He and Ben both are great salesmen and bring essential youthful enthusiasm to the store. Their ability to do IT work has been an important contribution to the store. Everyone in the family is a musician.

 

 

Which town do you live in?
Bethlehem

 What do you love about the Littleton area?
Dan and Mooch always wanted to stay in the area after the College closed. They have always loved hiking, skiing and swimming in the rivers, loving the White Mountains and the quality of life up here. Littleton has always been the center of commerce for the area and it has been interesting and exciting to see its evolution. When we started out it still had Saranac Gloves and JJ Newberry. Now there are hip little shops and a great art and music scene.

How long have you been a Chamber member?
We’ve been a member of the Littleton Area Chamber since the beginning of the store in 1978. We just thought, as we were starting out, that that was the right thing to do.

Are you doing anything fun to commemorate your 40th anniversary?
We will have a celebration for the 40th on June 21st!

Member Spotlight: Thayers Inn

In the early 1840’s Henry L. Thayer was a successful Littleton merchant in the early 1840s. He had always dreamed of building a modern hotel with character. Despite warnings of failure, the dream started taking shape in 1843 when he purchased the lot just east of his store. Although the exact year construction began is unknown, sources indicate January 14, 1850 as opening day for “Thayer’s White Mountain Hotel.” Thayer’s found success not long after when the railroad came to Littleton in 1852.

Additionally, stagecoaches were owned and operated by Thayer to transport guests between the hotel and the train depot as well as on tours of Franconia and Crawford Notches.

Henry L. “Dad” Thayer and his son Frank operated the hotel into the late 1800’s. In 1984, “Thayer’s White Mountain Hotel” became simply “Thayers Inn.”

With its Greek revival architecture and commanding position on Main Street Littleton, the hotel maintains a long history of hosting Presidents, leading politicians, celebrities and other notable dignitaries. Slanted doors and crooked floors add character to the building and is testament to its heritage and post and beam construction. Today the hotel comprises of 35 bedrooms and suites, Grill One Eleven restaurant – serving lunch and dinner, and space for private and corporate events.

Member Spotlight: Kerri Harrington, LAc

Kerri Harrington, LAc is an acupuncturist based in Littleton. We spoke with her about her business.

When did you start your business?
I’ve been nationally licensed since 2001 and have had my NH licensure for 8 years and my business for four. Previously I was licensed in Vermont. My business first opened on Cottage Street and I moved to 32 Main Street about a year ago, just above The Coffee Pot.

Originally I was pre-med in undergrad at Hamilton College, focused on neurobiology and totally geared towards becoming a doctor. Then I joined the Peace Corps and served on the Chinese border ofKazakhstan from 1994 to 96. While there I was introduced to a lot of different ways of healing because they treat things differently. They deal with a lot of chronic conditions at home and use natural healing methods.

 

When I came back and was thinking about med school, something switched and I began looking at other options. I decided to go to California to study acupuncture.

What services do you offer?
I’m an acupuncturist with a larger scope of practice. I offer acupressure, massages, cupping (deep tissue), and moxibustion (fire and herbs).

I see a lot of people as part of their circle of healing. They have their MD, they may see a therapist, and they see me. A lot of things come together to help the situation. It’s truly holistic medicine.

People come to me for pain the most, but I do work with mental health. Asthma, chronic conditions, insomnia.

I can accept insurance.

Which town do you live in?
Bethlehem. My husband teaches math at the White Mountain School and I’m the mom to a 12 and 14 year-old.

What do you love about the Littleton area?
Just about everything! I love the community. There’s so much to do, especially in the arts and the music. I’ve been an assistant at the Loading Dock since the beginning. I’m also the guitarist in Not Your Mother and play in a ukulele band called the Mother Pluckers. “Acupuncture by day rock star at night.”

Member Spotlight: State Farm – Lynne Warren

Lynne Warren is a State Farm agent based in Lincoln. We spoke with her about her business.

When did you open your State Farm Agency?

After continuously traveling for nine years for my job, I decided it was time to do something that would allow me to stay closer to home. I had always been an entrepreneur and wanted to do something where I was contributing and participating in the community.

I have friends who have been State Farm agents for years and they love it. And it hits all the marks for me – be in the community, participate in the community, and entrepreneurship. After a year of preparation, my State Farm agency opened September 1, 2017.

State Farm is one of the financially strongest companies (not just insurance companies) in the country. We were #33 on the Fortune 500  for 2017. When you are purchasing insurance – you are buying a promise. I would want to buy that promise from a strong company – so I can rest assured they will be there to deliver on that promise.

What type of insurance do you offer?
-Auto
-Home
-Life
-Short/Long-term disability
-Hospital income
-Liability
-Personal articles
-Business
-A variety of financial services. Visit www.insuredbywarren.com to learn more.

State Farm has been the #1 auto insurer in the U.S. since the 1940’s, the #1 home insurer since the 1960’s, and is the #1 life insurer as well.

Which town do you live in?
Sugar Hill – We absolutely loved the culture, which was hugely different from the small town we came from in Florida.

What do you love about living in the Littleton area?
We love the cohesive community feel that the North Country in general has and Main Street communities like Littleton with a walkable downtown. The change of seasons rather than hot and hotter have also been wonderful.

Tell me about the signpost painting that you are pictured with.
I had a vision of the old hand-painted signpost painting for my office.

With the help of friends, Maxine and Brenda Aldrich, I was able to connect with New Hampshire artist Giselle Thompson. Giselle took my idea and ran with it – to create this beautiful piece you can see hanging in my office. I selected the places for the sign, and she added the local scenery and wildflowers.