Are you a business celebrating an anniversary this year?

  • Despite bitterly cold temperatures and no heat in the building, dozens of Francestown residents congregated at the Francestown Village Store on Jan. 12 to check in on the progress of construction. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

Published: 1/21/2019 12:29:28 PM

Last week our first business quarterly of 2019 focused the coming year from the housing market and employment to tips in taxes and human resources in 2019. We also covered the ups and downs of some of the longtime businesses in our region.

Take the Francestown Village Store for example. Before it shuttered in 2017 it was known as the second-oldest continuously operating general store in the country. Last week we were able to report that through a community effort, headed by the Francestown Improvement and Historical Society, it is set for a rebirth. While it has forever lost its ranking in the country as one of the oldest continually operating general stores, it has not lost its place in the heart’s of Francestown residents who eagerly await its reopening later this year.

Last week we also told the story of longtime Peterborough flower shop Woodman’s Florist and the temporary relocation of its operations to Milford. Owner Stephen Palmer has sold his Route 202 property to be developed into much-needed housing for the area and is looking ahead to hopefully opening up a downtown location in Peterborough once the dust settles on the long-awaited Main Street Bridge project. He knows not everyone wants to buy their flowers online or over the phone and is looking forward to the foot traffic of downtown Peterborough.

Looking ahead we know that businesses across the region are celebrating significant and monumental milestones this year such as Monadnock Paper Mills in Bennington, which is celebrating two centuries of papermaking in 2019. Monadnock Paper Mills has a lot to be proud of especially since it is now the oldest continuously operating paper mill in the United States.

We know more business anniversaries are out there and are hoping to celebrate them and tell their stories in the year ahead.

Are you a business celebrating an anniversary this year? Let us know! We want to keep our readers informed about the longstanding mainstays that make our region so amazing. Email us at


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