Looking forward to reading the upcoming issue of Yankee Magazine' s Best of New England where the editors selected Harvest Gold Gallery as Maine's Best Gallery! Located in Center Lovell for almost 20 years, Bill and Lynda have a large showroom where they showcase not only their own jewelry but the fine arts and crafts of over 200 artists.
Be sure to make a trip to Lovell soon to visit the Gallery at 1082 Main Street. Ring the bell at the front door, step inside and explore. I am sure that you will find something that's perfect for you. Bill and Lynda can be reached at 207-925-6502 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How great is it to have the Center Lovell Market once again open all year? This is the second consecutive winter that the Market has stayed open and it has come in handy several times recently when I needed something in a hurry. Although the volume of business certainly isn't what it is in warmer months, it is great to once again see cars out front.Kudos to Mike Welch, Joyce Fox and the entire crew for keeping the shelves stocked, the pellet stove on, the meals warm and a great selection of beer! Be sure to visit. 207-925-1051
Happy New Year! The 2016 edition of the Kezar Realty calendar is now available. Thanks to a printer error, the background color is a little different than intended but I think it still looks great!
I will be sending the calendars out via mail but they will also be available in the local stores as well as the Kezar Realty office. You may also send me an email at email@example.com and I will be happy to send you one.As always, not only is the calendar functional but it dresses up your refrigerator.
With a little more than a week left until Christmas, avoid the hassles of traffic and rude salespeople and shoppers by going local. There are lots of local merchants, artisans and shops that would love to help you select the perfect gift.
This Holiday season, shop in Lovell! Here's a list of shops and ideas where you not only have a great present but you are helping our local businesses!
* Lots to choose from at the HARVEST GOLD GALLERY in Center Lovell. Custom designed earrings, bracelets, necklaces, rings and more. Inside their large gallery is a wide variety of American-made art work (much of it local) that will brighten every home. Bill and Lynda can be reached at 207-925-6502.Visit their website here.
* ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS, Lovell. For centuries, floorcloths have proven to be both durable and elegant. Art Underfoot Floorcloths handcrafted works are created in Maine with tradition in mind. We spend between eight to ten hours on each piece, skillfully crafting heirloom quality art that you will enjoy having underfoot. Paula and Tom Hughes create these artistic and functional floorcloths and would be happy to discuss designing a pattern to fit your home or office. Visit the website for more details and to view a gallery of floorcloths. ART UNDERFOOT FLOORCLOTHS
*HILLTOP HANDSPUN, located in North Lovell, Maine, is owned and operated by fiber artist and designer, Lucy Rogers. Lucy enjoys creating and selling hand made yarn to hand knitters and fiber and roving to hand spinners and felters. The yarn and spinning fibers are made from alpaca, mohair, wool and angora fleeces that she hand selects from Maine and New England fiber farms. Many of her designer yarns are hand spun and a number are spun at a local mini-mill often on a fleece by fleece basis. Beautiful colors in the yarns, which are inspired by the local mountain environment, come to life during the hand dyeing process in Lucy’s kitchen. Here is a link to Lucy’s webpage where you will find yarn and kits for sale.
*LOVELL HARDWARE, located at 411 Main Street is up and running! Great selection of lumber, paint, nuts and bolts, mulch, pellets, pet and horse feed, propane and much more. Can't beat this special offer on Gift Certificates: 'Buy $50, get $10 free; buy $25, get $5 free' The store is open every day. Call 925-9053 for hours.
* Get GREAT BUYS at Center Lovell’s three Antique Stores. Although winter hours are by chance and/or appointment both owners would be happy to meet you at your convenience. The WONDER STORE is owned by Peter Worrall and he can be reached at 207-925-1252. Bill Doyle, owner of DOYLE’s ANTIQUES, can be reached at his store 207-925-1279. FOUR CEDARS ANTIQUES, located at Swain Road and 5A, is owned by Shoo Hale. She would be happy to help and can be reached at 925-1017.
*HOMESTEAD ICE CREAM SHOP. Beth Armington’s store sells much more than ice cream, coffee, hot dogs and stew! She also has two floors of local artisans’ work ranging from small crafts, iron pieces and quilts. A great spot for unique gifts at affordable prices. And don't forget that Homestead is an authorized United Parcel Service drop-off location. Stop in and visit. 207-925-9005.
*PIETREE ORCHARD. Located on the top Waterford Road in Sweden, this Orchard is a great place to shop for local produce, baked goods, flowers, jams and pizza. The ‘Pick-Your-Own’ season is over but there is lots to choose from in the store. Visit PietreeOrchards.com for more detailed information. 207-647-9419.
*How about a Gift Certificate to some local eating establishments:
1)Rosie’s Lovell Village Store. Stop in or call Rosie at 207-925-1255.
2)AJ’s Everything Store at 409 Maine Street in Stoneham. A small convenience store upfront and a nice restaurant out back. Great food at great prices! 207-928-2454.
3)The Center Lovell Market. Open on a year-round basis for great food, coffee, a bottle of wine and gasoline! Great pizzas! 925-3090-1051.
4)THE CENTER LOVELL INN. The Inn offers 10 large comfortable guestrooms each appointed with family antiques and sitting areas for relaxing and reading. A full country breakfast is served piping hot each morning. Enjoy gourmet dining in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere in the evening. The forty-seat dining room offers a crackling fire on cold winter nights. In the summer, enjoy breakfast and dinner on the screened-in wrap-around porch. In the evening enjoy the sunset over the White Mountains. Visit the website here!
5)THE OLD SACO INN. Pete and Sandi welcome you to their pub, restaurant and inn on the banks of the Old Saco River. Good food and cocktails in a friendly setting. Great access to the snowmobile trails as well! Old Saco Inn. 6)‘Best Beer Bar in America‘, EBENEZER’s PUB During winter, it is an easy snowmobile ride to their front door. The Pub’s phone number is 207-925-3200.
Still can’t figure out what to give to someone who has everything? How about a gift in their name to some of our local organizations? The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lewis Dana Hill Memorial Library, Lovell Historical Society, Brick Church for the Performing Arts, Greater Lovell Land Trust, Kezar Lake Watershed Association, Lovell’s United Church of Christ or Lovell Friends Helping Friends (winter fuel assistance for the needy)!
MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
Some years it seems to take forever for the local corn and then the season is over in a flash. Right now, the corn is absolutely perfect. No butter, pepper or salt necessary. The best place in town is the “Sweet Kid’s Corn” stand on the eastern side of Route 5 across from the golf course.
And if you haven’t already tried this, cook your corn in the microwave. Quick, easy, steaming hot when finished and done perfectly. Click here for the simple steps.
It was just a few years ago that Pete and Sandi purchased the Old Saco Inn in Fryeburg, just past the Lovell town line on Route 5. It wasn't long before a small sign was added to the large one at the main entrance. It simply said: "Pub Open, Fri & Sat 4 pm". Since then, the cozy pub and dining room have become a very popular place and if you plan on going for dinner, you need to make your reservations online! It's always a treat to watch Pete behind the bar on a busy night as he seems to remember not only everyone's name but their favorite drink.
One of the newest additions to the Inn is an outdoor Golf Driving Range. What better place to practice your swing than on the wide open field where views of the western mountains are peeking through the trees. This Sunday, June 7th, Brad Littlefield, President of the Lake Kezar Country Club will ceremoniously hit the Range's first ball at 10:15 am. And on this day only, enjoy a free bucket of balls as well as Burgers and Hot Dogs.
The Range will be open every Wednesday through Sunday from 10 - 6 with a bucket of balls costing $13. And it is my understanding that arrangements could be made with Lake Kezar Country Club for lessons.
Come on down to the Inn, hit a few balls and enjoy your favorite beverage in the Pub! But please, please, don't hit Pete while he is out scooping the balls.
The Lovell Hardware Store is now officially open! I stopped in this morning to get a brush for some staining that needs to be done and was surprised at how active the store was at that early hour. You will find that the store is bright, the floors are new and the shelves are still being stocked. If you can't find what you need, talk to Hank, the store manager, and he will make every effort to have it stocked.
OPENING SPECIAL! This weekend, Beth Armington welcomes the new store to the neighborhood. So, be sure to save your receipt as the Homestead Scoop will give you a 10% discount on any food purchase.
I think that now we can say that spring has arrived. Small patches of snow may remain on the ground but the daffodils are pushing through the dirt, there is activity at the Kezar Lake Marina, boats on trailers are parked around town, soft-serve ice cream is flowing at Beth's Homestead Scoop, the spring sport teams are out running and throwing the balls around and the ice on the lake is beginning to recede.
For past few months, there has been a lot of activity at the Lovell Hardware Store. Crystal and Robbie Drew have purchased the long-vacant property, are doing extensive renovations (see pictures below) and will be reopening sometime in early May. Yes, once again we will have a place to buy all of the big and small items we need around the house. No more quick trips to North Conway, Fryeburg or Bridgton for a part! Grain and feed will also be available.
Lovell and all of the surrounding towns are looking forward to the opening!
Having two settlements in one day may be commonplace for the big city realty firms, but it is always exciting at Kezar Realty! Especially at the tail-end of February, when the cold and the snow are still with us and it doesn't feel like home-buying season just yet.
As we know, modern technology is advancing rapidly where smart phones and tablets are used to communicate. However, in the real estate and the mortgage world, paper is still king! Although contracts with electronic signatures are prevalent, original signatures are still required for all legal papers, particularly those that need to be recorded at the registry.
Today's first settlement had a pleasant mixture of the old process and a touch of the new technology. The buyers for this Lovell property were scheduled to be out of the country so a Power of Attorney was provided ahead of time to sign on the behalf of the buyers. Thanks to the magic of Skype, the buyers were able to watch the settlement, answer questions and participate all the way from Thailand! Betsy Meredith, the settlement agent for Market Street Settlement Group, was able to explain various forms to the buyers and answer questions as we went along.
Thanks to the listing agent, Linda Nista of Paris Cape Realty and to Market Street Settlement for agreeing to have the settlement in Lovell!
And thanks to Jeanne Bonner of Kezar Realty, the listing agent for today's second settlement. This property was located in Stoneham and the selling agent was Susan Moore of Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate in Gorham.
It is always rewarding to see happy buyers and sellers and to be a part of the team that makes it happen! Today was one of those days. :)