How it Began…

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Our story

Hannah Grimes in her time was no one famous, but little did she know 221 years later a store would open in her memory inspiring the buy local movement.

Hannah Grimes lived in the small town of Roxbury, NH on what is now known as Buckminster Farm. In her time Hannah Grimes was a true example of a traditional NH producer who participated in a thriving local economy. In that spirit, we welcome you to the Hannah Grimes Marketplace, a store filled with crafts from over 250 local artisans.


Our Founder

Mary Ann Kristiansen, the current occupant of the original home of Hannah Grimes, opened the doors of the Marketplace in 1997 to provide a market for local products and business skills to the people who make and grow those products. Over the past 22 years the Marketplace has been home to over 1,000 local artisans.

Since opening the Marketplace, “Hannah Grimes” has grown to include The Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship. The center provides the space, tools and connections that entrepreneurs need to build strong businesses and thriving local economies. The Center also offers a co-working space, business incubator, Startup Lab, Radically Rural Summit, Young Professionals’ Network and programs and coaching that support the start and growth of businesses.