Bench Jeweler, North Country Fair Jewelers Executive Director, North Country Cares
Quarries are an integral part of Mt. Washington Valley’s history, and you can still see remnants of stone quarries - where quarrymen sought Granite back in the 1800’s - in places such as Redstone in Conway, NH. Stone mines similar to the Granite Quarries of Redstone exist throughout Mt. Washington Valley, and Emily and Greg find themselves throughout the year searching for stones native to this area.
What they find, they bring back to North Country Fair Jewelers, and custom-make pieces for their clients. Not only is custom work a part of their craft, but so is restoring vintage jewelry as well. Greg is known throughout the country as one of the best restorers of vintage jewelry, and together Emily and Greg help to make a significant impact on the Mt. Washington Valley’s arts and culture scene.
They’re part of a band of artisans that range from potters, to painters, to glass-blowers, to dancers, actors, actresses and musicians, and so much more. Certainly a stop at North Country Fair Jewelers is an absolute must, not only to search for exclusive pieces of estate and hand-crafted jewelry, but also for the slew of local characters you’ll meet who work behind the display cases. You must also make sure you take yourself on a self-guided art tour making stops at local businesses, galleries, theaters, and more where you can view art, experience it, and even purchase it.
When you make your way to the end of this tour, finish it off with lunch or dinner at Moat Mountain Smokehouse and Brewing Co., a favorite of Emily and Greg. A smokehouse that features a menu with some of the most creative combinations as well as a brewery with seven year-round beers and multiple seasonal specialties all brewed in-house.
Emily Smith-Mossman is a local through, and through - and not just because she grew up in Mt. Washington Valley, NH. While her years of being rooted in this area certainly gain her the status of a seasoned citizen, it’s her devotion to this area through her various philanthropic efforts that cement her as one of the valley’s MVPs.
Emily is co-founder of North Country Cares, a resource for pre-teens and teens in the Mount Washington Valley. It provides clothing, school supplies, personal necessities as well as funding and support for various school, vocational and extra-curricular enrichment programs. Greg, and Emily's father, Brian Smith, have been avid supporters in making this non-profit as successful as it is.
She and Greg are also champions of the Kevin Peare Memorial Skate Park, which is working to educate the community on the benefits a skate park can have on youth’s mental and physical health, while raising funds to build a state of the art skate park.