Video Transcript Excerpts: "In this week's Granite State Made, we went up to the Mt. Washington Valley to check out a business that's been operating in New Hampshire for more than 30 years. And this company is all about family fun."
"White Mountain Puzzles was founded back in 1978 by two men, Cronan Minton and Ted Wroblewski. Today the family business is still run out of Jackson by the founders' sons, Sean and Colin...The business actually started as a poster company of varous resorts and slowly evolved into a jigsaw puzzle company. More than 30 years later, White Mountain Puzzles has produced more than 1,000 titles and they are always adding to the count."
"The company works with about 50 different artists and actually has the largest 1,000 piece puzzle in the industry, measuring 30 by 24 inches. They use a premium blue chip board for the puzzles, which makes them thicker than your standard puzzle so that you can pick them up without the pieces falling apart so easily. White Mountain Puzzles offers a huge variety to choose from, including some that feature New Hampshire and other areas of New England....."
The Human mind has two separate hemispheres or lobes called right and left-brain with each one dealing in different functions. Right brain deals with emotions and performs tasks holistically while the left-brain functions in linear fashion. When you are able to use both the sides of the brain, you will find that your mind power is harnessed to its best and gets better. Jigsaw puzzle helps you exercise both the parts of your brain.
Left-brain thinks logically and follows sequence while the right brain is creative, intuitive and emotional. When you try to put together a jigsaw puzzle, you harness both the brainpowers.
While working on jigsaw puzzles, it has been studied that there exists continuous activity thought the brain involving all the cells and parts of the brain. This intense activity works to exercise the brain cells and thereby activate them and increase their efficiency and capacity too.
There have been several studies like the MacArthur Study, that has found that people who have been used to doing jigsaw puzzles as well as cross word and were fully active stood to gain a longer life span and also lesser chances of falling prey to Alzheimer’s, memory loss, dementia and other old age problems.
The Brain produces a chemical known as dopamine that is chiefly responsible for learning and memory. The production of this chemical increases in the brain at the time when it is engaged in solving the jigsaw puzzle.
Working on puzzles and solving them provides us with very many helpful benefits. First of all it makes us alert, increases our concentration, expands our creativity. On the other hand, looking at the images constantly helps us practice visualization, which is again good aid for any physical activity that succeeds mental activity. It also affects our physical health by lowering our breath rate, reducing heart rate and blood pressure too.
Working on jigsaw puzzles and focusing on the same image for longer periods can actually turn out more like meditations and induce a certain calmness and peace in the mind. Mind will now be focused only visualizing the image in front and will concentrate on this alone in exclusion to everything else around him. Thereby he arrives at a meditative and peaceful stage where no other thoughts occur to disturb his tranquility.
You get immense and long lasting benefits out of doing puzzles on daily basis. It not only sharpens your memory, improves your brain function, but the clarity of mind and thought helps you clear out the clutter in your mind and the cobwebs accumulating over years. You then begin to see things around you in new light are able to appreciate your life a lot better. You not only start finding solutions to your problems, but also begin to look forward to everyday in your life.
Jackson Grammar School helps locally-owned jigsaw puzzle
company launch new children's puzzle line
By Sean Minton JACKSON — White Mountain Puzzles of Jackson has evolved over the last 35 years into a nationally recognized brand with a fiercely loyal following. The company sells its colorful 1,000-piece and 500-piece puzzles mostly to adults. With over 400 designs, White Mountain puzzles appear across the country in specialty gift shops, museum stores, major chains and online. From left, Ted Wroblewski, Colin Wroblewski, Cronan Minton and Sean Minton, of White Mountain Puzzles.For the first time in company history, White Mountain Puzzles plans to launch a children line. "We couldn't think of a better place to try out images for children's puzzles than at the Jackson Grammar School," said Sean Minton, who attended the school from 1976-1982. The grammar school sits right next door to the company's offices at the Jackson Falls Marketplace where the company also operates a puzzle retail store.
On May 23, the company held a puzzle focus group with more than a dozen kids and parents from the Jackson Grammar School. Participants were surveyed about their puzzle-buying habits and asked to vote on dozens of images being considered for the initial launch of the new children's line. White Mountain Puzzles started in 1978 as a resort adverting business, by Kearsarge resident Ted Wroblewski and former Jackson resident, Cronan Minton. Minton and Wroblewski originally sold ads to businesses in resort areas which were then featured on souvenir maps of each resort. The Mount Washington Valley was their very first project. While they still produce a few resort puzzles every year, the company's primary focus has turned to producing puzzles than can be sold nationally. Two years ago Wroblewski's son, Colin, left a corporate job with Dunkin Donuts and moved his family up to Bartlett to join the company. In January, Minton's son, Sean, left a Silicon Valley start-up to join as well. Despite Ipads, Iphones, video games and other electronic distractions, the demand for puzzles is better than ever. White Mountain Puzzles had its best year in company history last year and is on pace to do even better this year. Minton believes that the combination of the weak economy, an aging baby-boomer population and "screen overload" has helped demand for puzzles. Minton says, "Puzzles are an inexpensive form of entertainment. Prior to last year, our best year was 2009 when the economy was in free fall. Many U.S. consumers opted to stay home and pursue inexpensive forms of entertainment such as jigsaw puzzles. On top of that, the loss of U.S. jobs created a huge demand for 'Made in the USA' products, and, unlike many of our competitors, 100 percent of our puzzles are manufactured in the U.S." Minton also believes parents are looking for more ways to keep their kids off of video games. Companies like Legos and Lincoln Logs have seen a huge resurgence because of parents desire to limit their kids screen time. As White Mountain Puzzles continues to grow, the company felt the time was right to finally enter the children's market. Based on feedback from the Jackson Grammar School, parents will see a new line of children's puzzles on the shelves this fall from White Mountain Puzzles.