3 Local Women to Watch; Plus, Wine, Dine & Shopping Buzz!

by | Apr 1, 2023

Local female entrepreneur Whitney Liechti at North Andover's Good Day Cafe

The BUZZ is Back!

We’re back from winter break with lots of Buzz to share. This post introduces some people & places we’ll be writing about this spring. Including three local female entrepreneurs. All with ties to the Andovers — Jennifer Magnuson, Amal Grammas & Whitney Liechti. A peek at North Andover’s Marble Ridge Winery & Airbnb. Tantalizing food from Private Chef Charles Brousseau. Some dining buzz on Bueno Malo, Boston Barbecue & Akita Ramen. And shopping buzz on who’s hosting this May’s Artisan Market at the Mills. Plus, a scoop on  plans to transform Downtown Andover’s Old Town Hall. And a Local Real Estate Market Update.

Jennifer Magnuson of Baby Viking Photography

North Andover’s Jennifer Magnuson owns Baby Viking Photography. The creative entrepreneur is emphasizing female entrepreneurs this year. Watch her visual branding session with local Executive Coach Amal Grammas below. Amal is publishing her first book & needed superior visual content for her media kit. She got it. And the 2 female entrepreneurs had fun in the process!

 

Amal Grammas of Grammas Executive Coaching

Powered by Jennifer Magnuson’s visual branding, Executive Coach & Podcast Host Amal Grammas is set for the launch of her new book. I Know You’re in There Somewhere. Her office is above Downtown Andover’s Caffè Nero. We had coffee there recently & she let me in on the scoop about her Book Signing on Thursday, May 11th, 4 to 6pm, at the Andover Bookstore. Hope to see you there! Plus, I got my hands on an advanced copy & will blog about it soon!

Executive Coach & Author Amal Grammas

Executive Coach & Author Amal Grammas at Andover's Caffe Nero

 

Whitney Liechti of Healthy at Home Physical Therapy

Worried about a loved one at home struggling with mobility issues? Then you need to contact North Andover’s Whitney Liechti, who owns Healthy at Home Physical Therapy. Her mobile physical therapy practice brings one-on-one, outpatient physical therapy into the comfort of your home. Her team of therapists specialize in improving the safety & functional mobility of seniors where they live. In-home physical therapy is a much needed service in the area & everywhere.

 

Marble Ridge Winery & Airbnb

Wines at North Andover's Marble Ridge Winery

North Andover is home to an amazing winery & Airbnb on the grounds of an historic property. I got a tour with owner Brig Leland on a raw, late-February afternoon. And Jennifer Magnuson took some beautiful photographs. Her visual branding is truly top-notch! So, stay tuned for a follow-up post on this unique local business. I even got a private wine tasting with a view of the surprisingly high-tech winemaking equipment. And as someone who always drinks Chardonnay, I left with a bottle of Sauvignon Blank — light, clean & crisp. And Riesling — no cloying taste that I typically associate with this type of wine.

Guided Tour of Marble Ridge Winery with Owner Brig Leland

North Andover's Marble Ridge Winery Owner Brig Leland offers guided tour of the property

 

Private Chef Charles Brousseau

Wagyu Steak Private Chef Charles Brousseau

One of the most sought-after referrals is a private chef. Well you’re in luck. Private Chef Charles Brousseau has started serving North of Boston communities. And we’ll be posting more about him in the coming months. For now, take a peek at some of his delicious creations. Like Wagyu steak with lemon & asparagus risotto, glazed carrots, beef demi & allium ash. And you will love how beautifully he plates each menu option. To inquire about his services, email Chef Brousseau.

Plate of greens presented beautifully by Private Chef Brousseau

 

Bueno Malo Expands

Bueno Malo — known for its West-Coast/LA Menu & Craft Cocktails — has expanded its Andover Village Square space. Stop in this weekend for the soft launch of their much bigger digs. And be sure to order some awesome Bueno Malo Tacos!

Awesome Bueno Malo Tacos

Awesome tacos at Bueno Malo in Andover Village Square

 

Boston Barbecue at Rolf’s Pub

Boston Barbecue sets up shop inside North Andover’s Rolf’s Pub. And they’re serving some favorites from their Authentic Pit-Smoked Barbecue & Soul Food Menu. So be sure to check them out from Thursday to Sunday at Rolf’s Pub.

Boston Barbecue Menu Favorites

Boston Barbecue now served at North Andover's Rolf's Pub

 

Akita Ramen Opens in Andover’s Shawsheen Plaza

Authentic Japenese Ramen is now available in Andover. Visit Shawsheen Plaza’s Akita Ramen for high-quality, deliciously awesome ramen. Like Veggie Shio Ramen — Salt-based, veggie broth, white truffle oil, tofu, wavy noodle, bean sprout, menma, corn, kikurage, green onions, shiitake mushrooms & brussel sprouts. Try making that at home! The new eatery also offers rice bowls, appetizers & desserts.

Akita Ramen in Andover’s Shawsheen Plaza

Akita Ramen, authentic Japanese ramen, opens in Andover at Shawsheen Plaza

 

New Host for Artisan Market at the Mills

Artisan Market at the Mills has a new host — North Andover’s The Village Studio Handmade Shop. So, mark your calendars for Sunday, May 7th to shop handmade goodies from artisans all over New England.

Can’t wait? Visit The Village Studio to shop Handmade Easter Decor, Clothing, Candy & More today!

Handmade Easter Centerpiece

Handmade Easter centerpiece at North Andover's The Village Studio Handmade Shop

Handmade Easter Dresses

Handmade Easter dresses for little girls at North Andover's The Village Studio Handmade Shop

 

Faneuil Hall in Downtown Andover?

That’s just one of the New-Use Ideas being bandied about for Downtown Andover’s Old Town Hall. Locally owned mom & pop shops — like Elsie’s Pantry — building business & community in the stately brick building.

The Town of Andover is actively seeking resident recommendations to transform this historic locale into a hub of activity. Voice Your Opinion in-person at Old Town Hall, or on Zoom, on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30 pm. For complete information, contact Ann Ormond, Director, Business, Arts and Cultural Development.

Old Town Hall in Downtown Andover

Old Town Hall in Downtown Andover

 

Spring Real Estate Maket is 🔥🔥🔥

Despite the rise in interest rates over the past year, the local real estate market remains strong. Multiple offers are back on well-priced properties. And the market needs inventory — more homes for sale. If you are wondering what this means for your home’s value, contact Linda Lecomte, REALTOR®, Coldwell Banker Realty, Andover at 978.886.4852. Curious about what Linda does to get your home SOLD, visit List with Linda.

 

 

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