Teays River Brewing and Public House in Lafayette, IN

The Teays workers gather for work and fun. (Credit: Sara Erickson)

Lafayette-West Lafayette is one of the nicest places in America because when someone is in need of help, others step in to lend a hand. Recently, when a new, local brewer, had an emergency, other local breweries stepped in to assist, no questions asked. Being nice and helping others defines our community.

Stories About Teays River Brewing and Public House

In Lafayette-West Lafayette, the brewery scene has taken off. In one year, we went from two breweries to six breweries. And instead of competition, our local breweries help one another. Recently, the brewer Jason Cook, at Teays River (a brewery that opened in 2017), had just started the boil for a seven-barrel, 217-gallon brew of a new IPA he’d been thinking about for a while. Working name: No Control IPA, copped from a 1989 song by Bad Religion. When he nearly lost the tip of the little finger on his right hand while cleaning spent grain from the mash tun nearby. On his way to the hospital he was trying to figure out how to save roughly 1,388 20-ounce pours when tapped brew. Two other local brewers stepped, in no questions asked, to assist and saved the brew. They could have seen this as an opportunity to gain leverage on their competition, but instead, helped to rescue this new brewery from what could have been a major financial loss. Also, the new breweries that have opened in our area tell stories about the free-flow of help and advice from the other breweries (especially from the breweries that have been around for years) and an assumption that there’s room in the market for each one to find a niche.

This is just one story of an act of kindness. But it shows what our area is all about, helping one another when crisis hits. And that to build a community, instead of seeing each other as competition, helping others and being nice pays off for everyone.

Littleton, NH

A parka-clad adventurer on an icy path across the covered bridge. (Credit: Lori Alderin)

Nestled on the banks of the Ammonoosuc River at the feet of the beautiful White Mountains, Littleton is a true small town community with the friendly and generous attitudes that make a town feel like a real home. The author of Pollyanna, Eleanor Porter, was born in Littleton and the town has adopted Pollyanna’s “Be glad!” attitude. Niceties are everywhere around town, from beautiful flowers, to the “Stop, Look, Wave” motto on our cross walks, to the fact that you cannot walk down Main Street without running into someone you know! The businesses and individuals living and working in Littleton embody kindness and generosity, with the idea that if Littleton as a whole does well as town then everyone benefits!

Prudent advice for cheery Littleton pedestrians. (Credit: Lori Alderin)

Stories About Littleton

My husband and I moved to town and opened a business almost three years ago, and have felt welcomed with open arms since day one. When we moved, so many people reached out to us, asking us about our background and what brought us to the area. Other business owners were eager to support our business and were happy to help with anything we needed. We own a restaurant, and one night ran out of a product, and another restaurant brought it over to us. We left town and had a tree fall on our roof, and had so many messages letting us know about the issues when we landed. We had calls from our yoga instructor, the fire chief, our plumber…everyone knowing we were away and wanting to help. It was a lovely feeling of support and kindness.

With a motto like that, who could argue? (Credit: Lori Alderin)

When you walk down the street, you need to plan extra time to stop and chat — everyone wants to know how you are and what’s new with your family. This town has literally watched our daughter grow from infancy to toddlerhood, and she’s a better human already because of it. There are so many wonderful and amazing events, and everyone gathers to make them happen and ensure that they are a success. There are many opportunities to gather as a community to celebrate Littleton and each other. The embodiment of “Be glad” is everywhere, from events put on throughout the year, to the mail lady, to the teller at the bank. It’s a joy to live in a place that is kind and pleasant, first and foremost. When you meet people, they don’t ask where you are from or what you do for work, they want to know what you enjoy doing for fun, and how you are doing in that moment. It’s lovely.

Littleton over the river. (Credit: Lori Alderin)