North Andover High School will face off against Masconomet Regional High School for their annual Thanksgiving Day game. So for fun, we've thought of some things that make North Andover better than Masco's towns -- Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton.
1. Strong Small Business Community
North Andover has a vibrant small business community. Residents can walk along Main Street and stop in Frederick's for some baked goods or Main Street Harware for tools. Or over to Chickering Plaza for a spa day at Nova, or any of the other areas in town with clusters of unique small businesses. Boxford and Topsfield combined don't have as many as North Andover.
North Andover also has the best restaurants around. You can grab dinner at Jaime's or Buono Bistro or any of the dozens of other restaurants in town. Middleton restaurants aren't bad, but they don't come close to matching up to North Andover's.
3. Merrimack College
North Andover has a top-notch college. Masco town's don't. Merrimack College has impressive sports teams (their hockey team is number 1 in the nation) and offers weekly performances at the Rogers Center.
Sure, Boxford and Topsfield have scenic roads, but they don't have Lake Cochichewick, Weir Hill, the Harold Parker State Forest or the Stevens Coolidge. Also, Boxford has that massive mosquito problem so in the summer months you can probably only enjoy their scenery before 5 p.m.
5. Pet Pampering
Let's face it. If you want to spoil your beloved pets, North Andover is a better place in which to do it than the Masco towns. You can take your pets to Ciao! Bow Wow for some organic pet food, grab some pet accessories and grooming at Groomtown, have some training done at BlueDog and have Tracey from Wiggles & Jiggles look after them and walk them. And those are just a few of the places in town that offer goods and services to spoil your pet.
In what other ways is North Andover better than the surrounding Masco towns? Leave a comment and discuss.