2016 Family Favorites winners




This summer, readers from across New Hampshire voted online in more than 50 categories to determine this year’s Family Favorites. This is the sixth year we have given parents a chance to let us know about the people, places and things that make the Granite State a great place to raise a family. This list is no bull. Get a mooo-ve on and check out these local businesses that readers think are udderly great.

Amusement Park

Family Favorite: Canobie Lake Park
85 North Policy St., Salem
893-3305; www.canobie.com

Regional Chain: Frederick’s Pastries
109 Route 101A, Amherst
882-7725; www.pastrynet.com

Seacoast Area: Popover’s on the Square
8 Congress St., Portsmouth
431-1119; www.popoversonthesquare.com

Bike Shop

Family Favorite: The Bike Barn
33 South Commercial St., Manchester
668-6555; www.bikebarn.com

Greater Concord: S&W Sports
296 South Main St., Concord
228-1441; www.swsports.com

Local chain: Goodale’s Bike Shop
14B Broad St., Nashua
882-2111; www.goodalesbikeshop.com

Birthing Center or Hospital

Family Favorite: Maternity Center at Elliot Hospital
4 Elliot Way, Suite 401, Manchester
669-5300; www.elliothospital.org

Greater Concord: The Family Place at Concord Hospital
250 Pleasant St., Concord
225-2711; www.concordhospital.org

Greater Manchester: Mom’s Place at Catholic Medical Center
100 McGregor St., Manchester
663-6667; www.catholicmedicalcenter.org

 

Greater Nashua: The Birth Place at Southern NH Medical Center
8 Prospect St., Nashua
577-2000; www.snhhs.org

 

Bowling Alley

Family Favorite: Leda Lanes
340 Amherst St., Nashua
889-4884; www.ledalanes.com

Greater Concord: Boutwell’s Bowling Center
152 North State St., Concord
224-0941; www.boutwellbowl.com

Greater Manchester: Spare Time
216 Maple St., Manchester
625-9656; www.sparetimeentertainment.com/manchester

Greater Nashua: Merrimack Ten Pin Center
698 Daniel Webster Highway, Merrimack
429-0989; www.merrimacktenpin.com

Lakes Region: Funspot Family Fun Center
579 Endicott St., North Laconia
366-4377, www.funspotnh.com

Candy Shop or Chocolatier

Family Favorite: Van Otis Chocolates
341 Elm St., Manchester
627-1611; www.vanotischocolates.com

Greater Concord: Granite State Candy Shoppe
13 Warren St., Concord
225-2591; www.granitestatecandyshoppe.com

Greater Manchester: Granite State Candy Shoppe
832 Elm St., Manchester
218-3885; www.granitestatecandyshoppe.com

North of Concord: Zeb’s General Store
2675 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
356-9294; www.zebs.com

Child Photographer

Family Favorite: Pixel Perfect Photography
32 Daniel Webster Highway, Suite 26, Merrimack
579-0500; www.pxpfoto.com

Greater Concord: Bellies and Babies by Nylora
3 Partridge Road, Concord
223-4145; www.photographybynylora.com

Greater Manchester: Kendal J. Bush Photography
Francestown
345-3686; www.kendaljbush.com

National: Picture People
1500 S. Willow St., Manchester
644-0388; www.picturepeople.com

Children’s Local Bookstore

Family Favorite: Toadstool Bookshops
12 Emerald St., Keene
352-8815; www.toadbooks.com

12 Depot St., Peterborough
924-3543; www.toadbooks.com

614 Nashua St., Milford
673-1734; www.toadbooks.com

Greater Concord: Gibson’s Bookstore
45 S Main St., Concord
224-0562; www.gibsonsbookstore.com

Children’s Shoe Store

Family Favorite: Alec’s Shoe Store Inc.
1617 Southwood Drive, Nashua
882-6811; www.alecs-shoes.com

Greater Concord: Joe King’s Shoe Shop
45 N. Main St., Concord
225-6012; www.joekings.com

Greater Nashua: The Shoe Box
17 Route 101A, Amherst
672-6570; www.shoeboxnh.com

Seacoast Area: Red’s Shoe Barn
35 Broadway, Dover
742-1893; www.redsshoebarn.com

22 Plaistow Road, Plaistow
382-7688; www.redsshoebarn.com

Children’s Toy Store

Family Favorite: Toyland
321 Nashua St., Milford; 672-1537

Lakes Region: The Toy Chest
2703 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
356-7176; www.toychestnh.com

Seacoast Area: G.Willikers! Toy Shop
13 Market St., Portsmouth, NH
436-7746; www.gwillikers.com

Chiropractor

Family Favorite: Amoskeag Chiropractic
55 Amoskeag St., Manchester, NH
624-8000; www.nhchiropractors.com

Greater Concord: Crossroads Chiropractic
556 Pembroke St., Pembroke
224-4281; www.crossroadschiropractic.com

Greater Manchester: Healing Hands Chiropractic
195 McGregor St., Manchester, NH
434-3456; www.healinghandsnh.com

Greater Nashua: Amherst Family Chiropractic Wellness Center
89 Route 101A, Amherst
673-0010; www.nhchiropractors.com

Clothing Consignment

Family Favorite: Lots for Tots
1525 S Willow St., No. 4, Manchester

216-6238; www.lotsfortotsne.com

Greater Concord: Here We Grow Again
7 Broadway, Concord
715-2235; www.nhconsignment.com

Greater Nashua: M&C Clothing and Gifts
135 Route 101A, Amherst
886-6727; www.mothersays.shoprw.com

Seacoast Area: Children’s Orchard
105 Gosling Road, Newington
436-8704; www.childrensorchard.com/stores/newington-nh

Cupcakery

Family Favorite: Queen City Cupcakes
790 Elm St., Manchester
624-4999; www.qccupcakes.com

Greater Concord: New England Cupcakery
28 S Main St., Concord, NH
724-6464; www.necupcakery.com

Greater Manchester: Cupcakes 101
132 Bedford Center Road, Bedford
488-5962; www.cupcakes101.net

North of Concord: White Mountain Cupcakery
2757 White Mountain Highway, North Conway
733-5310; www.wmcupcakery.com

Dance Studio

Family Favorite: The Dance Company
141 Route 101A, Amherst
864-8374; www.thedancecompanyonline.com

Greater Concord: Dance Inspirations
248 Sheep Davis Road, No. 6, Concord
856-8545; www.danceinspirations.com

Greater Manchester: Dimensions in Dance
84 Myrtle St., Manchester
668-4196; www.dimensionsindance.com

Seacoast Area: New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts
875 Lafayette Road, Seabrook
474-2444; www.nhapa.org

Environmental and Educational Center

Family Favorite: Squam Lake Natural Science Center
23 Science Center Road, Holderness
968-7194; www.nhnature.org

Greater Manchester: SEE Science Center
200 Bedford St., Manchester
669-0400; www.see-sciencecenter.org

Seacoast: Seacoast Science Center
570 Ocean Boulevard, Rye
436-8043; www.seacoastsciencecenter.org

Equestrian Center

Family Favorite: Lucky 7 Stables
154 Litchfield Road, Londonderry
432-3076; www.lucky7stables.com

Greater Nashua: Apple Tree Farm
49 Wheeler Road, Hollis
465-9592; www.appletreefarm.org

Seacoast Area: Hilltop Equestrian Center
242 Green St., Somersworth
692-6313; www.hilltopequestriancenter.com

Family Dentist

Family Favorite: Lindner Dental Associates
72 South River Road, Bedford
624-3900; www.lindnerdental.com

Family Fitness Club

Family Favorite: Planet Fitness
17 New Hampshire Locations
www.planetfitness.com

Greater Manchester: Allard Center of Goffstown YMCA
116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown
497-4663; www.graniteymca.org

Greater Nashua: Hampshire Hills
50 Emerson Road, Milford, NH
673-7123; www.hampshirehills.com

Seacoast Area: The Works Family Health and Fitness
23 Works Way, Somersworth
742-2163; www.theworkshealthclub.com

Family Mental Health and Counseling Services

Family Favorite: Elliot Behavioral Health Services
445 Cypress St., No. 8, Manchester
668-4079; www.elliothospital.org/website/behavioral-health-services.php

Greater Manchester: Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester
401 Cypress St., Manchester
668-4111; www.mhcgm.org

9 Blodget St., Manchester
668-4111; www.mhcgm.org

2 Wall St. Suite 300, Manchester
623-1916; www.mhcgm.org

1555 Elm St., Manchester
668-4111; www.mhcgm.org

Greater Nashua: The Counseling Center of Nashua
1 Main St., Nashua
689-7902; www.counselingcenter.com

Family Pediatrician

Family Favorite: Dartmouth Hitchcock Pediatrics
100 Hitchcock Way, Manchester
695-2500; www.chadkids.org

Greater Manchester: Pediatric Health Associates (Bedford and Manchester)
275 N Mammoth Road, Manchester
663-8350, www.elliothospital.org/website/pediatric-health-associates.php

360 Route 101, Bedford
472-5860, www.elliothospital.org/website/pediatric-health-associates.php

Family Restaurant

Family Favorite: Puritan Backroom
245 Hooksett Road, Manchester
669-6890; www.puritanbackroom.com

Greater Manchester: Tuckaway Tavern
58 Route 27, Raymond
244-2431; www.thetuckaway.com

Regional Chain: Margaritas Mexican Restaurant
9 New Hampshire locations
www.margs.com

Regional Chain - Greater Manchester: Great NH Restaurants: T-BONES
25 South River Road, Bedford
641-6100; www.t-bones.com

77 Lowell Road, Hudson
882-6677; www.t-bones.com

Family Ski Resort

Family Favorite: Pat’s Peak
686 Flanders Road, Henniker
728-7732; www.patspeak.com

Family-friendly Bank

Family Favorite: TD Bank
300 Franklin St., Manchester
www.tdbank.com

Family-friendly Credit Union

Family Favorite: Service Credit Union
34 New Hampshire Locations
www.servicecu.org

Gymnastics

Family Favorite: Goffstown YMCA Gymnastics
116 Goffstown Back Road, Goffstown
497-4663; www.graniteymca.org

Greater Concord: Granite State Gymnastic Center
71 River Road, Bow
228-8424; www.granitestategymnastics.com

35 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett
935-9832; www.granitestategymnastics.com

Greater Nashua: Gymnastics Village
13 Caldwell Drive, Amherst
889-8092; www.gymnasticsvillage.com

Holistic Medicine and Health Services Practitioner

Family Favorite: The Wholistic Family Wellness Center
31 Old Nashua Road, No. 14, Amherst
673-1181; www.thewholisticfamilywellnesscenter.com

Greater Concord: Whole Health Concord
91 N. State St., Concord
369-4626; www.naturalmedicinenh.com

Hospital or Medical Center

Family Favorite: Elliot Hospital
1 Elliot Way, Manchester
669-5300; www.elliothospital.org

Greater Concord: Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center/Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth (CHaD)
1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon
650-5000; www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org

Greater Manchester: Catholic Medical Center
100 McGregor St., Manchester
668-3545; www.catholicmedicalcenter.org

Greater Nashua: Southern New Hampshire Medical Center
8 Prospect St., Nashua
577-2000; www.snhhs.org

Ice Cream

Family Favorite: Haywards Ice Cream
7 Daniel Webster Highway, Nashua
888-4663; www.haywardsicecream.com

383 Elm St., Milford
672-8383; www.haywardsicecream.com

Greater Manchester Favorite: Puritan Backroom
245 Hooksett Road, Manchester
669-6890; www.puritanbackroom.com

Ice Skating or Hockey Facility

Family Favorite: Tri-Town Ice Arena
311 W. River Road, Hooksett
485-1100; www.tri-townicearena.com

Greater Concord: Everett Arena
15 Loudon Road, Concord
228-2784; www.concordnh.gov

Greater Nashua: Conway Arena
5 Stadium Drive, Nashua
595-2400; www.conwayarena.com

Seacoast Area: Dover Ice Arena
110 Portland Ave., Dover
516-6060; www.doverarena.com

Indoor Play Place

Family Favorite: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington St., Dover
742-2002, www.childrens-museum.org

Greater Manchester Favorite: Sky Zone Trampoline Park
500 Valley St., Manchester
413-3533; www.skyzone.com

Lakes Region Favorite: Funspot Family Fun Center
579 Endicott St. North, Laconia
366-4377; www.funspotnh.com

Nashua Favorite: Launch Trampoline Park
17 Tanguay Ave., Nashua
318-7600; www.launchnashua.com

Kid-Friendly Menu

Family Favorite: Great NH Restaurants: T-BONES
25 South River Road, Bedford
641-6100; www.t-bones.com

77 Lowell Road, Hudson
882-6677; www.t-bones.com

Greater Manchester Favorite: Airport Diner
2280 Brown Ave., Manchester
623-5040; www.thecman.com

National Chain: Friendly’s
Locations in Manchester, Nashua, Concord
www.friendlys.com

Regional Chain: 99 Restaurant
13 New Hampshire location
www.99restaurants.com

Kid-Friendly Museum

Family Favorite: SEE Science Center
200 Bedford St., Manchester
669-0400; www.see-sciencecenter.org

Greater Concord Favorite: McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive, Concord
271-7827; www.starhop.com

Greater Manchester Favorite: Currier Museum of Art
150 Ash St., Manchester
669-6144; www.currier.org

Seacoast Area Favorite: Children’s Museum of New Hampshire
6 Washington St., Dover
742-2002; www.childrens-museum.org

Kids' Favorite Breakfast Place

Family Favorite: Parker’s Maple Barn
1316 Brookline Road, Mason
878-2305; www.parkersmaplebarn.com

Greater Manchester Favorite: Tucker’s
1328 Hooksett Road, Hooksett
206-5757; www.tuckersnh.com

Kids' Haircut

Family Favorite: Dot To Dot Doos
142 NH-111, Hampstead
489-1660; Find them on Facebook

National: Snip-its
317 Amherst St., Nashua
889-0000; www.snipits.com

Learning or Tutoring Service

Family Favorite: Parker Academy
2 Fisk Road, Concord
228-4209; www.parkereducation.com

National: Sylvan Learning Center
240 N. Broadway E, Salem
392-7183; www.sylvanlearning.com

72 S. River Road, No. 204, Bedford
622-7222; www.sylvanlearning.com

Local Party Supplies Store

Family Favorite: Party Center
290 South Broadway, Salem
898-1089; www.partycenterstores.com

Greater Concord: Donovan’s Party and Novelty
102 Fort Eddy Road, Concord
226-2225; www.donovansparty.com

Greater Nashua: J & J Party & Janitorial Supplies L.L.C.
68 Route 101A, Amherst
672-8555; www.jandjpartyandjanitorial.com

Martial Arts Studio

Family Favorite: Manchester Karate Studio
24 Bridge St., Manchester
401-3248; www.manchesterkarate.com

Greater Manchester: Bedford Martial Arts Academy
292 Route 101, Bedford
471-0696; www.bedfordmartialartsacademy.com

Greater Nashua: Tokyo Joe’s Studio
85 Northeastern Boulevard, Nashua
889-4165; www.tokyojoes.net

20 Hammond Road, Milford
672-2100, www.tokyojoes.net

Mini Golf

Family Favorite: Funway Park
454 Charles Bancroft Highway, Litchfield
424-2292; www.melsfunwaypark.com

Greater Concord: Chucksters
9 Bailey Road, Chichester
798-3555; www.chuckstersnh.com

Lakes Region: Pirate’s Cove Mini Golf
4 Daniel Webster Highway, Winnisquam
www.piratescove.net

Movie Theater

Family Favorite: Chunky’s Cinema Pub
2 NH locations: Nashua and Pelham
www.chunkys.com

Greater Manchester Favorite: Cinemagic
3 NH locations: Hooksett, Merrimack, Portsmouth
www.cinemagicmovies.com

Music or Entertainment Venue

Family Favorite: Verizon Wireless Arena (Renamed SNHU Arena in Sept. 2016)
555 Elm St., Manchester
644-5000; www.snhuarena.com

Greater Manchester: The Palace Theatre
80 Hanover St., Manchester
668-5588; www.palacetheatre.org

Lakes Region: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
72 Meadowbrook Lane, Gilford
293-4700; www.banknhpavilion.com

Seacoast Area: Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
169 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton
929-4100; www.casinoballroom.com

Musical Instruction

Family Favorite: Manchester Community Music School
2291 Elm St., Manchester
644-4558; www.mcmusicschool.org

Greater Concord: Strings and Things Music
113 S Main St., Concord
228-1971; www.stringsandthingsmusic.com

Greater Manchester: Bedford Youth Performing Center
155 NH-101, Bedford
472-3894; www.bypc.org

Greater Salem: Let’s Play Music
114 Rockingham Road, Londonderry
425-7575; www.letsplaymusic.com

OB/GYN

Family Favorite: Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Nurse Midwifery at Dartmouth-Hitchcock
5 Washington Place, Bedford
695-2900; www.dartmouth-hitchcock.org/obgyn.html

Greater Manchester: Bedford Commons OB/GYN
201 Riverway Place, Bedford
668-4646; www.bcog.com

6 Tsienneto Road, Derry
668-4646; www.bcog.com

Orthodontist

Family Favorite: Lindner Dental Associates
72 S River Road, Bedford
624-3900; www.lindnerdental.com

Greater Manchester: Mehan and Johnson Orthodontics
113 Mammoth Road, Manchester
623-8003; www.facebook.com/MehanandJohnsonOrthodontic

Greater Nashua: Elliott Orthodontics
27 Loop Road, Merrimack
424-1199; www.elliottorthodontics.com

Greater Nashua: Elliott Orthodontics
52 High St., New Bedford
424-1199; www.elliottorthodontics.com

Party Entertainment or Entertainer

Family Favorite: Wildlife Encounters
152 Charles St., Rochester
923-1168; www.wildlifeencountersnh.com

Greater Manchester: A Party Palace
459 Shaker Road, Northfield
286-4555, www.apartypalace.com

Greater Salem: Mad Science  (Closed; for sale)
www.nhma.madscience.org

Monadnock Region: Amy Conley Music
102 Elm St., Milford
249-9560; www.amyconleymusic.com

Pediatric Dentist

Family Favorite: Concord Pediatric Dentistry
16 Foundry St., No. 101, Concord
224-3339; www.concordpediatricdentistry.com

Greater Nashua: Children’s Dental Center of NH
7 Route 101A, Amherst
673-1000; www.childrensdentalnh.com

Pizza

Family Favorite: 900 Degrees
50 Dow St., Manchester
641-0900; www.900degrees

24 Brickyard Square, Epping
734-2809; www.900degrees.com

Greater Concord Favorite: Constantly Pizza
39 S Main St., Concord
224-9366; www.constantlypizza.net

108 Route 3, Penacook
227-1117; www.constantlypizza.net

Greater Manchester Favorite: Alley Cat Pizzeria
486 Chestnut St., Manchester
669-4533; www.alleycatpizzerianh.com

Regional Chain: Portland Pie Company
14 Canal St., Nashua
882-7473; www.portlandpie.com

786 Elm St., Manchester
622-7473; www.portlandpie.com

Place for Arts and Crafts

Family Favorite: You’re Fired
Nashua, Bedford, Salem, Concord
www.yourefirednh.com

Greater Manchester: Muse Paintbar
486 Chestnut St., Manchester
669-4533; www.musepaintbar.com

Place to Buy a Family Car

Family Favorite: AutoFair
6 locations in NH: Merrimack, Manchester, Stratham
888-370-6822; www.autofair.com

Greater Concord: Grappone Auto Group
594 Route 3A, Bow
528-8993; www.grappone.com

Greater Nashua: Peters of Nashua
300 Amherst St., Nashua
889-1116; www.petersauto.com

Restaurant for Date Night

Family Favorite: Copper Door
15 Leavy Drive, Bedford
488-2677; www.copperdoorrestaurant.com

Greater Manchester: Fratello’s Italian Grille
155 Dow St., Manchester
624-2022; www.fratellos.com

194 Main St., Nashua
889-2022; www.fratellos.com

Local Chain: The Common Man
Eight locations in NH
www.thecman.com

Spa Day for Mom

Family Favorite: Serendipity Day Spa
23 Sheep Davis Road, Pembroke
229-0400; www.serendipitydayspa.com

Greater Concord: The Common Man Inn & Spa
231 Main St., Plymouth
536-2200; www.thecmaninn.com/plymouth

Greater Manchester: Not So Plain Jane’s
155 Dow St. #102, Manchester
622-5971; www.notsoplainjanes.com

Greater Nashua: Innovations The Salon and Spa
228 Naticook Road, Merrimack
865-7647; www.innovationsnh.com

Sporting Event for Families

Family Favorite: New Hampshire Fisher Cats
1 Line Drive, Manchester, NH
641-2005; www.nhfishercats.com

Swing Sets and Outdoor Play Systems

Family Favorite: Swings and Things
16 Route 125, Kingston
642-4500; www.swings-things.com

Urgent or Immediate Care Center

Family Favorite: Elliot Urgent Care at River’s Edge
185 Queen City Ave., Manchester
663-3000; www.elliothospital.org/website/rivers-edge.php

Greater Nashua: Immediate Care of Southern New Hampshire
29 Northwest Boulevard, Nashua
www.immediatecareofsnh.snhhs.org

Multi-Location Chain: ConvenientMD
8 New Hampshire Locations
www.convenientmd.com

Water Park

Family Favorite: Water Country
2300 Lafayette Road, Portsmouth
427-1112; www.watercountry.com

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