Alyssa Pine of Community Oven opens Live Freely in Hampton NH

HAMPTON — After years of hustling in the restaurant business, Alyssa Pine was on a mission to find her spark.

Two years ago, she found it in her paintbrush and canvas. Now, she has a home for those tools and more in her new Route 1 studio and storefront, Live Freely. The store, located at 540 Lafayette Road, sells clothing, jewelry, and pieces by her and other artists from the area.

“It’s kind of like a shop, but also a place where everyone can just be creative and collaborate,” said Pine, an Exeter High School alum.

Pine got the space in May and initially intended for it to be her private studio. She picked up painting in 2020 when her father’s restaurant, Shane’s Texas Pit, turned their back lawn into an outdoor bar and patio with murals painted by local artists. Since then she started doing commissions for other local businesses as well and needed a professional space to do her work.

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