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Prelude's April Fool's Day Sale is No Joke

By Corey | Mar 26, 2015 | in

On Wednesday, April 1st from 10 AM to 6 PM, Prelude is offering multiple discounts on their great jewelry, imported soaps, and bath comforts. All of their specialized and unique jewelry will be 30% off. Organic and locally made items have been emphasized at Prelude, with much of the jewelry being produced by several local jewelers from the Portsmouth and Hampton, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine area.

Bath and beauty products are a staple at Prelude, and now you can get all soaps, boxes, mirrors, frames, scarves, and hair products for 20% off. Prelude offers well-known and beloved brands such as Crabtree and Evelyn, Burt's Bees, Mistral Soaps and Molinard Parfums from France, Mason Pearson Hair Brushes and Combs from London and Royall Fragrances of Bermuda. Following their emphasis on supporting local businesses, their Red Maple alpaca headbands are designed not too far from Portsmouth, in Eliot, Maine. Kinross cashmere scarves, Nusantara scarves, and head bands will also be some of the unique products that will be on sale for this limited time. 

Go Pink with the Green Alliance Team and Race for the Cure

By Corey | Mar 26, 2015 | in

Our Green Alliance team is lacing up their sneakers and participating in the 4th Annual Komen NH Race for the Cure. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. With one in eight women in the U.S. being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, this cause strikes a chord with individuals, family members, co-workers, and friends alike. 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to the Komen mission, with 75% of that income staying in the community to help fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. The remaining 25% of the net income supports the Susan G. Komen Grants Program. 

Founded in 1982 in Dallas, T.X., the Susan G. Komen organization has established life-changing events all throughout the country. Since its inception, this non-profit has spent nearly $2.6 million for breast cancer education, research, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S. At this upcoming race in Portsmouth, N.H., all donations will be used at the Vermont and New Hampshire Komen programs. A local hospital who received funding from Komen VT-NH in 2014 was Memorial Hospital who offers the breast health navigator program which helps patients understand treatment options and choices between oncologists, as well as find funds and any support services they need to get treatment. 

Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and Earth Day Fair

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 25, 2015 | in

Stonyfield is once again hosting their popular Earth Day 5K and free Earth Day Fair! Number pick-up will be from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on race day. The race will be on May 16th and will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Stonyfield Farm Yogurt Works in Londonderry, NH.

This isn't your ordinary race, but instead a morning long festival that begins with the 5K walk/run and is followed by a celebration with food, beverages, and live music.

There are also free Bunny Hop races right after the 5K for children under the age of 10. You can register your little racers on race day only (no online registration available). Bunny Hop events will begin at about 11:15 AM. We’ll hold multiple heats within age groups, so don’t worry if you miss a first heat.

The Coastal Home & Garden Show

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 25, 2015 | in

The Coastal Home & Garden Show is hosted by the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce and the Kittery Communicty Center. The show will take place on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd at the Kittery Community Center and will begin at 10:00 a.m. and go until 4:00 p.m. 

It is the perfect place to find the best in convenience and savings and great for home building, remodeling and landscaping exhibits and ideas for the home of your dreams. It is also a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for Mother's Day! Tickets are $5.00 for adults and children under 18 years of age are free!

There will be several vendors at this show, such as Brownie's Bakery, Carl's Water Systems, Evergreen Energy, Seacoast Reverse Mortgage, and more! Many more vendors are to come, so stay tuned.

To learn more about this show, click here.

Green Alliance & Redhook Brewery Party for the Planet

By Corey | Mar 24, 2015 | in

Winter got you feeling down? Join GateWay for a spring awakening!

By Katie | Mar 19, 2015 | in

Are you in need of some rest and relaxation? Maybe you need some help finding your inner peace. Or perhaps you're just curious as to what a chating, yoga and medititation event looks like. 

Whatever your reason, don't miss GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga's benefit event. On Sunday, March 29 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.  welcomes specialized instructors Sherry Evans, Liz Korabek-Emerson, and Catherine Okhuysen who will guide you through chanting, yoga and meditiation, teaching you ways to find balance in a stressful. All are welcome to attend this event, and though there is no admission fee, GateWay does ask that you bring a donation to benefit Womanaid of Greater Portsmouth. 

This event is a perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with the relaxing, calming practices and get a glimpse inside of the studios of GateWay, a Green Certified Business. With the stress of every day life, learning to quiet your mind is invaluable, and can lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle. GateWay gives you all the tools necessary to achieve this. 

To learn more about this event click here


Restaurant Week 2015

By Mike | Mar 19, 2015 | in

The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association is kicking off its fourth annual Restaurant Week from Friday, March 20- March 27. Sponsored in part by the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE), Restaurant Week encourages residents to explore over 100 participating dining establishments across the state for a full-blown three course meal set at a fixed price. With so much extra food available at an affordable cost, Restaurant Week provides a major boost to our local eateries.  

One such restaurant to experience the benefits of Restaurant Week is 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. Located in Manchester and Epping, 900 Degrees was founded by Priscilla Lane-Rondeau back in 2007 and strives to p

rovide customers with an authentic Italian experience, making their pizza the way it was originally conceived in Naples. 900 Degrees puts a great amount of care into making their pizza, using nothing but the freshest ingredients and daily-made dough. 

900 Degrees puts an equal amount of effort into sustainability as well. LED lighting and motion sensors are used throughout the restaurant, ingredients are sourced locally whenever and wherever possible, and all paints and finishes are done with low VOC paints. In addition, 900 Degrees uses green cleaning products and follows a very comprehensive recycling program.  

With their combination of traditional Italian taste and forward-thinking green initiatives, 900 Degrees is sure to be a hit at this years Restaurant Week.

Green Alliance members save 10% on all food and drinks! (Cannot be combined with any other offer.) Not a member? Join here

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member and Enjoy Spring Skiing with Free Tickets to Bretton Woods

By Katelyn | Mar 18, 2015 | in

With the official start of spring just around the corner, the snow is beginning to melt and the skiing season is almost over. Key word almost... there is still plenty of time to enjoy the mountains of New England with a few less layers than usual. If you haven't had enough skiing this season, hit the slopes one last time for some spring skiing with two free tickets to Bretton Woods compliments of a Green Alliance Business Partner, New Hampshire Public Television!

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member, a lifetime membership, and you will get two free tickets to Bretton Woods ($170 value) that’s more than your full lifetime dues right there!

Located at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH, this ski area is the largest in the state and a premiere ski destination in New England. Bretton Woods spans nearly 500 acres featuring 62 trails, 35 glades, 3 terrain parks, and 10 lifts! In addition, the Bretton Woods Nordic Center is one of the largest cross country skiing areas in the East and takes visitors through the grounds of the Mount Washington Hotel and White Mountain National Forest. 

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance Surges Ahead with Customer Service

By Katelyn | Mar 18, 2015 | in

In an age of multinational insurance corporations dominating the market, it is refreshing to work with a local provider who truly values customer service. Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance has steadily expanded throughout New England over the past several years, and while the business continues to grow, they have not lost their commitment to clients and strong interest in what they do.

Portsmouth Atlantic is a full service, independent insurance agency, writing for clients in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The company currently has more than 1,800 clients in these states, and plans to keep growing when they expand into the Connecticut and New York markets as well. Owner Jon Merwin started the agency shortly after graduating from the University of New Hampshire and Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance will celebrate 10 years of business this summer.

This family owned agency represents a variety of insurance companies, with their emphasis on customer and claims service. The goal is to work with carriers that provide customers great service, are reliable, and are there for them during their claims. Portsmouth Atlantic aims to give the greater Seacoast area residents a local option for their insurance needs, as opposed to the large and distant insurance companies. This means that Portsmouth Atlantic can provide its customers with a more personalized experience, quality service, and full disclosure of their business practices, all while being a more environmentally friendly business.

Welcome Integrated Fitness to the Green Alliance!

By Craig | Mar 17, 2015 | in

We're are pleased to welcome Integrated Fitness of Dover to the Green Alliance!

At Integrated Fitness, founder Jonathan Arnold, who prefers Jon, and his team of certified trainers help clients live a more sustainable lifestyle. Trainers work with clients to help them lose weight, build muscle, eat healthier and meet personal goals with classes for a more balanced lifestyle.

To lead these comprehensive, and sometimes rigorous, classes, Integrated Fitness's trainers are specially certified to help clients reach their individual health goals; from weight loss to building muscle and becoming more active. In addition to Jon's expertise, Integrated Fitness has four personal trainers and two group exercise instructors on staff for private, one-on-one training, as well as group sessions that include the Weight Loss Challenge program, Strength Training classes and more. And the trainers at Integrated Fitness go beyond just the physical workout at the studio, with one-on-one nutrition consulting and a nutrition class as part of the Weight Loss Challenge program.

Right now, Integrated Fitness is looking for participants for its Spring 2015 Weight Loss Challenge program. Since launching the program, Integrated Fitness's participants have lost a collective 4,000 pounds. The next Weight Loss Program starts April 13. Go here to sign up!

Win Two Tickets to Dogs and Lesser Mortals!

By Katie | Mar 12, 2015 | in

Have you ever wanted to get inside the mind of your dog? To find out whether they're really that happy to see you, or if they're just vying for a treat? The play, Dogs and Lesser Mortals, will give you an idea of what your loving, four-legged friend is thinking through song and stories. 

And you could go to this weeken's showings at the Star Theater in Kittery for free!  

The first 2 GA members to email by 6 p.m. Thursday get a pair of free tickets ($60 value) to one of this weekend's showings of Dogs and Lesser Mortals!

This theatrical performance uses music, poetry, and stories, to give us humans an inside look at what it might be like to live the life of a canine. From chasing squirrels to waiting for dinner time, Stage Force presents a humorous tale of the everyday life of a dog. Choose from 8 p.m. showtimes on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 or 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.

Learn more about the show here

Seacoast Home & Garden Show Tickets, Buy 1, Get 1 Free

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 11, 2015 | in

It's finally warming up and everyone on the Seacoast is more than ready for the warm weather. Today’s Limelight Deal from Seacoast Media Group allows you to get 2 tickets to the 21st Annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show for just $8. That's just $4 per entry, and a savings of 50%. The show will be held at the Whittemore Center Arena at the University of New Hampshire on March 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Seacoast Home and Garden show incorporates over 225 vendors showcasing home products and services including building and remodeling services, kitchen and bathroom products, and outdoor landscaping techniques. This is an opportunity to show attendees the best ways to update their homes for the upcoming spring season. This event also includes informative seminars on topics from how to buy the right products to how to properly keep up with your gardening. Find so many top quality vendors offering the latest in home design products and garden supplies along with advice on how to most effectively transform your home and outdoor spaces into something truly unique and special. 

Favorite Foods an Independent Edge for Restaurants

By Ken | Mar 11, 2015 | in

Somersworth-based independent food distributor Favorite Foods is more than a typical food supplier by design, striving to be as green a company as possible.

In 2004, Favorite Foods made, what some might consider a poor business decision, when they turned down an offer from Applebee's to become the chain-restaurant's local franchise food supplier. Most restaurant food suppliers would have jumped at the chance to work with a large chain store like Applebee's. But Favorite Foods is not like most restaurant food suppliers.

Founded in 1987, Favorite Foods caters to local independent restaurants; something they are proud to do. Earlier in 2004 Applebee's CFO Steve Lumpkin stated in an interview that Applebee's was “clobbering the independent restaurants.” Keeping with their desire to service independent restaurants, and not those aiming to oust them from the marketplace, Favorite Foods declined to become Applebees'.

Welcome Hayseed Restaurant to the Green Alliance!

By Craig | Mar 10, 2015 | in

We're pleased to welcome Smuttynose's latest venture, Hayseed Restaurant, to the Green Alliance!

Since purchasing the 14-acre Towle Farm property in Hampton, Smuttynose Brewing Company has put big plans into action at their new home. Originally located in Portsmouth, the popular, internationally-recognized, New Hampshire brewery's new brewing facility opened in May 2014 in Hampton. Hayseed Restaurant, the second part of the project, opened in February 2015.

Two of the farm’s original structures, an 18th Century barn and a Victorian farmhouse, remain intact. The latter of which was moved 85 yards across the property and renovated to accommodate the restaurant. Renovations to Hayseed were done to improve sustainability while preserving the house’s organic character. Hayseed now joins its sister restaurant, The Portsmouth Brewery, as a Green Alliance Business Partner. And Hayseed's sustainability initiatives match the level of committment set in place by both Smuttynose and The Portsmouth Brewery.

Raise Your Glass with the Gundalow Company's St. Patrick's Day Special

By Corey | Mar 10, 2015 | in

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style with a special offer from The Gundalow Company. This nonprofit charitable organization is dedicated to protecting our region's maritime heritage and environment through education and action. For a limited time, you'll be able to purchase two sail passes at the discounted price of $60, and in addition will recieve two Gundalow beer pint glasses free of charge! Gundalow offers multiple types of sailing options aboard the Piscataqua gundalow barge that each provides a different and unique experience. The Mid-day Sail is an educational, informative and fun way to explore the sights and sounds of the Piscataqua River. Unwind after a long day with the comfort of their Sunset Sail, with the beautiful sky reflecting off the water to serve as your backdrop for a relaxing ride. Or join the Discovery Sails that offer unique topics of focus on different days including marine life and water quality, arts of the sailor, navigation, and watershed. These are only a few of the sailing experiences Gundalow offers in order to educate the public on the cultural and natural history of the region from the best vantage point the city has to offer. 

Fourth Annual Komen Race for a Cure

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 9, 2015 | in

In 2015, it is estimated that among women in the U.S., there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 breast cancer deaths. Tumors in the breast tend to grow slowly and by the time it is big enough to feel, it could have been there for 10 years or more. By now, almost everyone is aware of cancer and how much it effects friendships, families, and people's lives in general. Great efforts are being made all around the world to find a cure for this terrible disease, as well as support patients and their families.

On May 9th, the fourth annual Komen Race for a Cure will be held at the Strawberry Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth, NH. On Friday, May 8th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. there is bib pick up and on-site registration, as well as from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on race day. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. 

See the Production of Dogs and Lesser Mortals for Free this Weekend!

By Katelyn | Mar 9, 2015 | in

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member, or upgrade from the basic one year membership, and you will get two FREE tickets to Kent Stephens’ Stage Force show Dogs and Lesser Mortals at the Star Theatre in Kittery this weekend! Those who become new sustaining members with the Green Alliance will receive two tickets to the show for the night of their choice ($60 value) on opening weekend from Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15.

Kent Stephens’ Stage Force was founded in 2006 with the goal of bringing live theater performances to southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire. The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, and Star Theatre in Kittery serve as the popular venues for the Stage Force productions and the Star Theater is pleased to present Dogs and Lesser Mortals for six performances only during March. This theatrical production uses music, poetry, and stories, to give us humans an inside look at what it might be like to live the life of a canine. From chasing squirrels to waiting for dinner time, the Stage Force presents a humorous tale of the everyday life of being a dog. The Green Alliance is proud to help sponsor the showing of Dogs and Lesser Mortals at the Star Theater, along with fellow Business Partners Mary’s Dogs and the Natural Dog.

Become a Sustaining Member now, and get two free tickets to the Dogs and Lesser Mortals showing of your choice ($60 value). That's almost half your lifetime membership dues right there!

Green Collar Careers: Colonial Stoneworks Owner, Adam Bennett

By Ken | Mar 9, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

At just 30 years-old, Colonial Stoneworks owner, Adam Bennett, has established himself as an experienced, skilled stoneworker, creating works of beauty with nature through what he refers to as “green hardscape.”

Bennett's company utilizes natural stone, an inherently greener product than energy-intensive concrete, for their hardscape projects. Not only does natural stone look nicer than concrete, but the stone doesn't degrade like concrete allowing for a beautiful hardscape that will remain for years.

Bennett tries to obtain as much of the materials used through local sourcing as possible. The granite used by the stone-working company is sourced from the former Milford, New Hampshire quarry and Bennett puts an emphasis on finding and using reclaimed materials, sourcing from new subdivisions and property owners, instead of allowing discarded materials to go to waste. Bennett will also obtain stone directly from customers property, if desired, for a greener option.

Winter is snow match for RiverWoods!

By Katie | Mar 5, 2015 | in

It’s almost as though the snow never happened at RiverWoods Retirement Community. No, they don’t have mother nature on their side, but they do have a dedicated staff. The staff has worked tirelessly to allow day-to-day life at RiverWoods continue without any hesitation.

With two blizzards, and snow piling up over five feet this winter, the residents have voiced their appreciation for snow removal to ensure safe walkways and roads. The staff at RiverWoods has put in the extra hours to clear all cars and pavement, and minimize the stress of winter storms for residents. This is an added benefit that most residents don’t think about until they move in… and what a difference it makes!

In early February residents gathered to watch the Superbowl on the big screen! With food, beer, and wine the party was a great way for the community to join together and celebrate the Patriot’s big win. Riverwoods explains, “We have had some pretty phenomenal guests and programs for RiverWoods residents, but we like to have some fun too!”

Environmental Warming to Greatly Change Maine's Climate

By Mike | Mar 5, 2015 | in

A report from the University of Maine shows just how dramatically climate change will affect the state in the years to come.  One of the report’s authors, Professor Ivan Fernandez of the university’s plant, soil, and environmental science department says that in the next 35 years, the state’s climate will see as much change as the last 100.

These changes are said to include a two week longer growing season, an increase in temperature warming by three degrees, and the sea level rising by about six-tenths of a foot. According to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, this report comes five years after former Gov. John Baldacci’s requested climate change assessment.

If this winter is any clear indication, we are starting to see the effects of climate change right now. In order to ensure that businesses are best prepared for the coming challenges ahead, the Green Alliance - a local organization that works to promote and unite sustainable businesses throughout the seacoast region- will be hosting a free and open Business Preparedness Forum on March 12th from 6-8 PM at their office on 75 Congress St, Suite 304.