I know I have written to you about places near and far, but my heart will always belong to Londonderry. This week I felt a little like Dorothy, from the Wizard of Oz. More than once I clicked my heels together and said out loud “There is no place like Londonderry, there is no place like Londonderry.” It’s always fun to venture out to other places and meet other people, hear their stories, but when you really need help, there is no place like home.
Like Dorothy, all of us just about every day “face” the good and bad unexpected, out of our control things. Often we never “see” them coming. That’s how my yesterday was.
Towards the end of my road this week I knew something felt funny in my eye and around the outside of it. It’s bad enough as we get older the lines and age marks seem to pop up overnight, but if you add to that an odd pattern of red marks and bumps with one huge one under my eye I knew I was in trouble. I tried to cover everything up with make-up. By last night it had gotten worst.
Now what do I do, well of course I headed down to Bart. Bart took one look at it and said you need to see a Dermatologist immediately. I guess the fear to a Dr. was it being near my eye, to me it was the poor students that I would be subbing for the next morning having to look at this all day. To me it looked contagious.
This again is our town. At almost 10 pm I texted Kendra, who, it seems like yesterday, was the best mom’s helper in town. Now Kendra is a professional working with Dr. Zabawski. I asked her if she thought there was any hope of me getting an appointment for first thing, and I mean first thing this morning. Remember I needed to be subbing by 7:45 am. Kendra responded immediately and said call our office at 6:30 am. I did and at 6:55 I was in the waiting area.
That’s Londonderry, that’s community. You don’t need to read all the icky details, but somehow in a matter of minutes, Dr. Z saw me, evaluated the situation, checked my eye with great care, and instructed me on what to do. Here is a picture of “us” at 7:10 this morning. He looks great, me not so much.
If you need a “real” Dermatologist, who will listen and take his time, and cares, call Derry Dermatology, Dr. Zabawski. I really think he has seen it all and I think he can do it all, but if he can’t he will make sure he gets you to the right person. I can’t say enough. Now this is really corny, but even his waiting room is inviting. There is a TV and a good selection of magazines. For the couple minutes I waited, I looked at a People Magazine. I never buy People, but I sure love to look at it in a waiting room when I’m worried and nervous. I have a feeling you know what I mean.
Yesterday as everything was brewing with my face, the irony of life again, I was “Visiting” with a place that can help all of us look and feel so much better but in a different way.
Londonderry resident, Laura Gicoumakis, opened the Everything Essential Salon & Spa; it is located right next to the Workout Club. Laura has a beautiful and difficult story that led her to creating this heaven. I know I have written to you so many times, you never can tell just by looking at someone what they are going through or may have gone through before they crossed your path. I always try to remember this when I’m driving or someone is snarky in a store. They may be flying pass you because they just got horrible news. We just never know.
Look at this picture of Laura. Her smile lights up the room. She looks beautiful, happy and healthy. When Laura, her manager and dear friend Kim Colotti and I sat down to talk, she shared with me what led her to Everything Essential Salon and Spa. Laura is a “recent” breast cancer survivor. One minute she was going for her simple yearly mammogram and the next the horrible reality that she had cancer. Laura learned a lot about having to become your own best advocate and listening to your own voice. I won’t go into too much detail here, but I know Laura’s story will help many down the road.
She decided that she wanted to create a place that would offer all the services we all need to help us all feel and look our best. The name says it best, “Everything” “Essential”. Stop by for a Visit, when I “walked in on them” without an appointment they could not have been nicer. Warm smiles and excitement to share “Everything Essential” with me. I have a feeling you may find some of your old stylist and nail technicians there. 20 stylists and technicians, many right from Londonderry, have made this their new home, once you walk through the door you’ll see why! Oh on March 22, they are planning to have an open house.
Double Oh I forgot to mention that they even have a medical message Therapist Monica on Staff. That’s how I heard about one of our Newest Businesses in town. When I saw the massage room, I hated to leave. Cost very low, and I bet you know someone that maybe could use a gift certificate too.
Well I’m going to end with a couple of my favorite places in town and I just want to thank them for being here and making my “not feeling so great week” better.
Giovanni’s Roast Beef and Pizza. I have to thank Teddy, for making my families dinner Wednesday night! It was late after a basketball game, my face was hurting and I had nothing planned for dinner. Mackensie said “Mommy can we just call Giovanni’s on the way home?”. We don’t do this a lot, but that request was like a breath of fresh air.
I called as we were driving home, Teddy answered, who in my book will always be one of the great devoted men in Londonderry. He’s always there and always goes out of his way to help, support our kids, and he hires many of them too! We all put in our order, and for less than $25 dollars we had a feast. Somehow it even made me feel better. No waiting at home, no mess, and very little cost. Look at this picture. You know we left overs!
Giovanni’s recently catered a huge 50 birthday party for a friend, and the food. I just paused to make that symbol with my fingers together where you raise them to your lips and then kiss! It’s kind of like a “Bravo”. Amazing…
Again, thank you to Teddy and his great staff who even at 8pm were smiling and happy to see us.
And last but not least. I am so Gr8tful that Christine at Coffeeberries does not charge me by the hour. I have sat there so many times, alone or with friends, and felt no pressure to rush or leave. God Bless Christine even during the last snow storm Kerry and I felt as though we were in the Swiss Alps as the snow came down, we lost track of time and over stayed our visit. Christine and her staff are wonderful.
Coffeeberries is a haven to so many of us to talk things through, sit quietly, write or read, even just look at our phones. Now I did realize this week that I’m a creature of habit more than I ever realized. I have always just gotten the best coffee there every visit. This week my friend Donna and I were catching up and we started talking about tea. I completely love tea. Donna told me that she picks out her tea and Christine will put the appropriate amount in a Tea Sack I think it’s called that allows your tea too steep to perfection but the best part is you can throw it out when you are done.
How did I miss this all these years? I once paid $4.00 for a cup of tea at the mall (once). At our Coffeeberries, a large cup of my favorite blended tea would be no more than $2.00. Here’s a picture of Christine showing me how it works. You can buy your own box of these too, so you can use them with your loose tea at home.
For Christmas I asked for a fancy, make one cup of your own loose tea at home contraptions. It works great, and I do like it, but the clean up is such a pain. Little pieces of this and that in my garbage, in my drain, and many still left in the container too.
If you see me sitting at Coffeeberries, stop by and say Hi. I’ve been struggling with whether I should mention this here, but yes I am running for our Town Clerk Tax Collector Position in town. People have asked how do I see this position, and this little quote might say it all:
WORK FOR A CAUSE,
LIVE LIFE TO EXPRESS,
NOT TO IMPRESS.
DON’T STRIVE TO MAKE
YOUR PRESENCE NOTICED,
JUST MAKE YOUR ABSENCE FELT.
With A Gr8tful Heart Sherry
The amazing thing about being part of Visit Londonderry is that I never know exactly where a week will lead. Even though I have lived here since the 60′s, grew up at Kendalwood Condos, taught at the High School, and raised my family here, each day I learn something special about our community. One thing is for sure, Londonderry is the best place to Live, Work and Play! Each week I will share with you some of the amazing businesses and things I have learned about Londonderry.
Sherry is an account manager for the Londonderry Commerce and Visitors Center. You can follow her at Twitter.com/Sherry_CVC
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