Tell us a little about yourself.
I moved back to New Hampshire last year to open my business Artisan Eyewear in Meredith. I’m an independent optician and love being an entrepreneur. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Biological Sciences from the University of Rhode Island as well as an Associate of Applied Science [Opticianry] from the Community College of Rhode Island. I’m a technical writer for eye care professionals and author a monthly column in an international trade magazine. In the local community, I’m a board member for the Meredith Area Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Greater Meredith Program and volunteer for Belknap House in Laconia.
Why did you leave New Hampshire?
After graduating from Pinkerton Academy, I joined the workforce. I went to Boston at age 18 for better quality employment opportunities, then to Providence when I decided to buy a house.
What did you miss most about New Hampshire?
The whole state has a good vibe. I feel calmer as soon as I cross the state line. It’s also very, very nice not to deal with daily traffic.
Why did you choose to “boomerang” back to the Granite State?
The short answer is I recognized a business opportunity, but on a broader level I’ve never really felt at home elsewhere.
What is your favorite childhood memory from being in New Hampshire?
Exploring tide pools at Odiorne Point, the Wolfman at Clark’s Trading Post, boating on Winnipesaukee, apple picking at Mack’s, riding the Turkish Twist at Canobie Lake Park… there’s so many! I feel lucky to have grown up here.
What keeps you in the state?
This is my first time living in a ‘small town’ and I love walking down Main Street and seeing people I actually know. I work for myself and have no employees, but the local business community is so close-knit I don’t feel alone. Everyone wants everyone else to succeed.
Why would you consider leaving the state again?
I’m single; when I meet someone I hope he lives here or is willing to relocate!
Tell us some of your favorite places in the state or your region? i.e. restaurants, recreational or cultural activities, etc.
Tamworth is a great summertime ‘country drive’ destination. I love creative cocktails at Osteria Poggio (Center Harbor); Casamigo’s for Mexican (Tilton); Patriots games at The Farm (Manchester); breakfast at The Friendly Toast (Portsmouth). My office is 25 minutes from Gunstock – great for weekday night skiing. The Alton Bay Winter Carnival is underrated and very “New Hampshire.”
If money were not an issue, what would your version of a “perfect” day in the state look like?
On my perfect day I’d take a stick-shift convertible along the Kancamagus Highway to hike around multiple waterfalls, ending up at Saco River for lazy river tubing and Bloody Marys. Then check in to the Mount Washington Resort, play the front 9 and end the day watching a Patriots game at a bar!