Small Business Shout out – Amish Homestead

‘don’t make something unless it is both made necessary and useful;  but if it is both necessary and useful, don’t hesitate to make it beautiful’  – Shaker philosophy

 

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Craftsmanship.  Ingenuity.  Heritage.  When you walk into the Amish Homestead, you can taste all of these qualities.  From the handmade traditional furniture, to the attractive home decor, each piece that is sold here carries great integrity.

I have tried the IKEA’s and box stores for furniture in the past…only to find myself very disappointed.  Whether it was the lack of quality in the product, or the aesthetic that didn’t match my home, choosing these bigger stores always led me to feel that I made a bad decision.

What I truly love about the Amish Homestead, is that every piece that I’ve purchased there holds with it a very positive emotion for me.  When I look at and think about the bed frame, the TV console with tin doors, the end tables, or the bookcase (all of which I see every day), I genuinely feel proud and fortunate to own these things.  Each piece has a story, and gives off character unlike other items in the home.

I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had in my house about some of these pieces of furniture.  It seems that any new visitor always asks where I purchased these items.  And I always here about how very nice they look.  In one way, this just feels nice.  To be honest…receiving compliments on my selection and taste is pretty cool.  In another way though, I understand that the beauty, authenticity, and simplicity within the piece are being recognized by others.

I appreciate that it’s not just another item in the house.  It’s a quality piece, that is functional…and aesthetically pleasing.  I recently recognized that even my 5-year old daughter treats our Amish furniture with a little bit more respect.  While storing some of her toys and books in one of the cabinets, she always closes the door with the careful and deliberate effort needed.  There is no slamming or hanging off of this stuff, although it’s strong enough to endure it.  There’s a difference. These pieces call for your attention.

Do yourself a favor folks…pay the Amish Homestead a visit!  They are currently moving the store to a new location at 80 South Main Street, right in the heart of downtown Concord, NH.  It’s directly across the street from Strings and Things Music shop.  Tim and Erica, who run the Amish Homestead, are so very knowledgeable and friendly.  Go say hello, and see what you can find for your home!  You’ll be so happy you did.

The new store will be open this Saturday, April 7th, as they celebrate their New Location Grand Opening…from 10am to 5pm.

To find more information about the Amish Homestead:

Check out the Facebook page here

Follow them on Instagram @amishhomestead here

small business shout-out 003 – Lucky’s

Small business Shout-out is a project I’m developing in order to promote valuable businesses in New Hampshire.  I’ve recognized that good products and services can often be difficult to find.  I’ve also noticed some great local businesses that aren’t being taken advantage of…and that maybe folks aren’t aware of.  I’ll be spreading the word about these companies in hopes that others can find value there. 

 

Episode 003 – Lucky’s Barbershop and Shave Parlor

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Craft, nostalgia, self-improvement, legacy, dignity, progression, acceptance.  These are some words that come to mind when I think of the work going on at Lucky’s barbershop.  I really appreciate that it feels like there is a general respect for everyone that walks into this shop.  What comes with that, is a sense of comfort for the customer.

Along with that comfort is a sense of escapism.  Lucky’s feels like a different world than what’s going on outside.  It has it’s own pace and rhythms.  And for the time you’re there, you can disconnect from you’re daily concerns…all while you’re appearance is being improved.  Ironically, while letting go of your own affairs for your time in the chair, you’re allowed to be part of a concentrated hub within the community.  The conversations here are fascinating.

And lastly, each and every one of the barbers here is dedicated to his craft.  They all work hard, listen well, and ask with intention, ‘does this look ok to you?’  It’s truly a team of interesting and intellectual characters – all focused on their meaningful work.

I asked Josh Craggy (Lucky’s owner) some questions about the business.  Here is that interaction:

jimmy – How/why did you get into barbering?

Josh – I guess I can say that barbering found me.  At the age of 12, while paying a visit to the barber with my father, we ended up leaving because there was such a long wait time that morning.  Later that afternoon, with some ‘gentle’ persuasion, I gave my old man my first haircut with a pair of clippers.  26 years later, I still enjoy cutting his hair…as well as anyone else that allows me the opportunity.

 

jimmy – Barbering seems blue-collar, but the aprons, and your attire look more white-collar.  Which is it?

Josh – There is no class involved when it comes to hair.  It has no identity, no gender.  It does not know who it belongs to, and can be worn in any style…by anyone…anywhere…at any time.  That’s how I’ve always viewed it.  And it’s also related to how I try to treat everyone.

 

jimmy – What is something you’ve learned from someone in your barber chair?

Josh – I’ve learned how to listen.  We need to listen to folks in the chair, to the people in our homes, to our neighbors, to our communities, and especially to ourselves.  I’ve also come to understand more about patience, how to be objective, why passion is important, and the significance of taking responsibility for your actions.  On top of that, I try to learn from my mistakes.

 

jimmy – Well said!  Thank you so much for your time Josh…and for continuing to run a great business in our community!

Folks, please do yourself a favor and visit Lucky’s for your next haircut or shave.  Here are some places to find them on the web:

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-Facebook Page-

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