Flying Scarfs do good

Last modified: Monday, April 30, 2012
Before Air Force Capt. Joshua Carroll was deployed to Afghanistan last year, he knew he to do something in addition to his military service that would help Afghan citizens.

During his seven months overseas as an intelligence officer, the 29-year-old Laconia native worked with a group of fellow Air Force officers to found Flying Scarfs, a nonprofit organization that helps Afghan women sell handcrafted scarves.

'We are just an outlet to give them a global market,' Carroll said.

During their deployment, the officers found merchants who sold scarves made by Afghan women and convinced them to begin a partnership, Carroll said.

It takes an Afghan woman a week to make one scarf, for which she earns $5. That's enough money in Afghanistan for 'probably a middle-of-the-road income,' Carroll said.

Flying Scarfs sells each scarf for $30. The organization makes no profit from the sales. The difference between the price and the women's income accounts for taxes and shipping costs, Carroll said. He said he and the other founders have put hours of volunteer work and thousands of their own dollars into the organization.

'It's a very simple endeavor, but we realized right form the get-go there's a reason why no one does business with Afghanistan: It's really hard,' he said.

Carroll, 29, returned from deployment less than a month ago and is currently stationed at an Air Force base in North Carolina. He spends his free time working on Flying Scarfs, and plans to attend law school in New Hampshire when he leaves the Air Force next year.

The organization is already selling scarves, and Carroll said he hopes it keeps growing.

'We're up to 300 women making our scarves and by 2013 we want to make it 1,000,' Carroll said.

For more information or to purchase a scarf, visit flyingscarfs.com.


New man brewing things up in town

The Henniker Brewing Co., scheduled to open in August, has hired its head brewer. James Moriarty of Cape Cod Beer in Hyannis, Mass., will join the Henniker startup on June 1.

The craft brewery has been in the works since last year when David Currier, a former state representative, decided to peg his next business venture on the town's New England charm and status as 'the only Henniker on earth.'

According to a press release, Moriarty has experience brewing in New Hampshire, having previously worked as a brewer at the Pennichuck Brewing Company in Milford where he helped in the rebuilding of the Rapscallion brand.

The brewery will open at 129 Centervale Road, which Bound Tree Medical will be moving out of at the end of June.

Currier said the brewery will have a tasting room and also operate tours. He plans to brew three flagship beers as well as several seasonal blends, with the year-round beers being available on draft and in 12-ounce bottles. Seasonal beers will be on draft and in 22-ounce bottles. The brewery will also sell 64 ounce growlers.

Massage therapist moves to Concord

Feeling a little achy after cleaning the garage or weeding the garden this weekend? A new massage therapist is offering her services to Concord's sick, tired and sore.

Michelle Avery, 37, moved her business Avery's Massage Clinic from its location in Newport to 63 School St.

Avery grew up in Croydon and spent a decade in sales. She switched to massage therapy in 2002 so she could have more flexibility and be with her daughter, she said. Now that her daughter is starting high school, Avery said she wanted to move the business outside her home.

An instructor at the Center for Health Promotion, Avery offers a variety massages, including Swedish, deep tissue and hot stone. She said she also works with pregnant women and infants.

For more information, call 558-1597 or visit Facebook.com/AverysMassageClinic.