Hoping to revive the culture of the neighborhood butcher shop, with its personalized service, attention to detail, and artful products, restaurant-industry veterans Justin Rosberg and Jason Parent took a gamble on their first New Hampshire butcher shop in 2003. Dubbed The Meat House, their store quickly earned a foodie following, spawning additional franchise locations across the country. Today, The Meat House’s many locations stock fine cheeses, prepared side dishes, other gourmet grocery items, and hundreds of wines alongside the usual selection of traditional and exotic meats. Butchers also explain how to prepare each hand-carved cut of meat, sharing recipes, best slicing practices, and cooking techniques for giving pork chops the flavor of justice.
Turning Point Show Stables encompasses 30 acres of verdant rolling hills and trainers dedicated to grooming talented, well-rounded equestrians. New students first learn to tack up their horses before mounting up and practicing skills in the hunter/jumper style of English riding. They also get an education in grooming, horsemanship, and how to properly reward a horse. Turning Point also offers boarding and training overseen by head trainer, owner, and manager Sheryl MacLeod, who boasts more than 25 years of experience with horses.
Named after New Hampshire's official gem stone?the smoky quartz crystal?Smoky Quartz Distillery utilizes locally sourced New England grain to concoct unique spirits. The veteran-owned and operated distillery takes a grain-to-glass approach to its products, including its first creation, Solid Granite Vodka. Handcrafted in small batches, this vodka and moonshine are distilled from corn grown within a 125-mile radius of the distillery. All products are fermented, distilled, and bottled right on site using New Hampshire spring water.
GourmetGiftBaskets.com arranges treats such as fresh fruit, chocolate, international beers and microbrews, and even steaks in handmade gift baskets. In addition to sweet, savory, and sippable treats, shoppers can find gardening supplies and baskets of dog treats and grooming supplies.