Best of NH 2022 Shops & Services

Whether you're in the mood for retail therapy, need to find a dog walker or want to try out a new yoga studio, this list is here to help.

Editor’s Picks

Professional Dog Walker Exercising Dogs In Park

Editor’s Pick Golden Dog Adventure Company is here for your furry pals when you can’t be home.

Dynamic Dog Walking
Dog walkers are a special breed. We get attached to our canine pals, but a leash takes “attachment” to a whole new level and limits the places you can pause. The influx of “pandemic puppies” that helped us through Covid isolation are now getting more of us out of the house, but where to go? Golden Dog Adventure Company, originally a professional dog-walking business in Barrington, wants to meet the need for more safe and inclusive spaces for dogs (and their people) to share experiences. Golden Dog currently offers members a delightful variety of resources, walks, socials, and even a “sensory scavenger hunt” and they plan to expand statewide. 

Consignment Boutique 
Founded in 2009 on Littleton’s Main Street, Emma & Co., affectionately known as Emma C.’s, provides many of the leading fashion brands at reasonable prices to fulfill their mission: “We believe that every woman should be able to shop designer brands they love without the high-end price.” Some of the brands they carry include Gucci, Prada, Versace, Burberry, Coach and J. Crew. 

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Editor’s Pick PALETTE

Edible Art 
With nearly 15 years of combined experience, and countless hours spent getting to know their customers personally, PALETTE co-founders Jen Desrosiers and Stef Heitz understand that food has the potential to be the heartbeat of every occasion. When you open a PALETTE graze box, you are met with beautiful, fresh, and mindfully sourced fruits and veggies arranged in a work of art that tastes as good as it looks. The boxes are convenient, portable and come in a variety of sizes, and they’re built with dimensional, textural layers that make them a joy to discover.

Eye & Nail Art Works
Body art like tattoos, hair styles and piercing are being created more and more to express various emotions, symbols and statements. At Elite Nails in Manchester, art is displayed on their customers’ fingernails and eyelids. The shop’s staff are very well schooled at creating just about any design on someone’s nails. They offer a huge range of glitter mixes and other nail art accessories, and the glitters can be used with acrylic, UV hard gel, gel polish and regular nail polish. Facebook and Instagram

Feel-good Soap
At Plymouth Soap Works, luxury and affordability go hand in hand. The mission is to produce inexpensive, eco-friendly products that feel expensive. The idea is to make responsible purchasing (there is no plastic involved) accessible to everyone in the community without sacrificing quality, hopefully helping to do their part to eliminate single-use plastics and further democratizing the eco-friendly market. Plus, you know, the soap is really nice! They make hand, hair, body, face, home soaps and more, available individually in the store, online or via their surprise soap box subscriptions.

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Editor’s Pick Tom & Chickpea

Fresh and Fun Furniture 
Lori Morgan is a furniture painter, custom canvas creator and the owner of the Derry-based shop Tom & Chickpea. Named after her love of chickpeas and her late husband, Tom (whom she finds comfort in honoring through her art), the shop is home to her one-of-a-kind, hand-painted furniture that has a boho style and nature-inspired flair. If you are looking for a reimagined Victorian bar cabinet, brightly colored jewelry armoire or custom painting to complete your living room, stop in to see Lori and her many beautiful items.

Old-fashioned Fun
As technology in the form of cell phones, hand-held devices and virtual gaming continues to grow, entertaining, family-oriented board games and puzzles are also enjoying a renaissance. Diversions, which has stores on Congress Street in Portsmouth and in Somersworth, has emerged as a must for people who love to pursue this entertainment. Father-daughter team Ted and Laura Keith were already on this trend back in 2012 when they opened the store with the goal of helping people put down their phones for at least a little bit, allowing them to reconnect over an old-fashioned puzzle or game.

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Editor’s Pick Seacoast Picnic Co.

Picture-perfect Picnics
Planning a birthday party and not sure where to start? Looking to have a Pinterest-worthy celebration of your dreams? Emily Huxtable of Seacoast Picnic Co. in Portsmouth has you covered. Her picnic packages are all about luxury and memories, and each can be executed anywhere from your home to the beach. Create your own perfect picnic experience with personal details like handwritten notes, flowers or a boho tent, and let Emily do the rest. The best part? She will set it up and take it down for you too.

Retro and Antique Furniture
If you are in the market for a genuine antique, an inviting rooster, a moose, a 12-foot face of Elvis, a cigar store Indian or another piece of retro Americana, Déjà Vu Furniture and More in Londonderry will probably have it — lots of it. Simply put, the store’s Facebook page sums it up perfectly: “We are hotel liquidators and we sell new and used furniture, antiques and lots of interesting and odd pieces you won’t find anywhere else.” Just visiting Déjà Vu and exploring its diverse collection of wares will bring back waves of memories for baby boomers and captivate millennials.

Readers’ Poll

Antique or Vintage Shop
Antiques on Elm

Automotive Group
Grappone Automotive Group

Homegrown Barber Co.

Beer Store
Greg & Jane’s Beer & Wine

Bicycle Shop
S&W Sports

Bicycle Shop  Multilocation
Trek Bicycle
Nashua, Hooksett and Concord

Butcher Shop
Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery

Celebrations Distinctive Catering

Comic Book Store
Double Midnight Comics

Lull Farm

Ford Flower Co.

Garden Center
Wentworth Greenhouses & Garden Center

Hair Salon
Salon Bogar

Home Décor Shop
Willow by B Designs

Independent Bookstore
Gibson’s Bookstore

Independent Bookstore  Multilocation Local
Toadstool Bookshops
Nashua, Keene and Peterborough

Independently Owned Fitness Center
Collective Studios

Indoor Cycling
Vibeco Cycle

Jewelry Creations

Kid’s Clothing Shop
PuddlejumpersChildren’s Shop

Men’s Clothing Shop
George’s Apparel

Pet Boarding
K9 Kaos

Pet Groomer
K9 Kaos

Pet Supplies Store
Woof Meow

Pet Training
No Monkey Business Dog Training

Secondhand Clothing Shop
M&C Clothing and Gifts

Ski Shop
Ken Jones Ski Mart

Specialty Food Store
Angela’s Pasta & Cheese Shop

Toy Store
The Noggin Factory

Wine Shop
WineNot Boutique

Women’s Clothing Shop

Yoga Studio
Humble Warrior Yoga

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