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Downtown: Juice and chopped salad shop moving into Endicott Hotel

After making juice in her own kitchen for the past eight years, Aryn Marsh is ready to share her healthy homemade creations with all of Concord.

She’ll soon open Live Juice, a juice, smoothie and chopped salad shop, on the ground floor of the Endicott Hotel. Customers will be able to order raw juices and smoothies, made fresh from local ingredients. They will also be able to choose ingredients for made-to-order chopped salads. For breakfast, the shop will serve an oatmeal bar, yogurt parfaits and coffee.

“The bottom line, I think, of all of this, is everybody wants to eat more fruits and vegetables,” Marsh said. “And we want to make it really convenient and really tasty.”

Marsh and her husband, Aaron, moved to Concord last August, when he got a job teaching math at St. Paul’s School. They live on the school’s campus with their two children, ages 7 months and 3 years.

Aryn Marsh, a former English teacher, said she had wanted to go back to work after having her second child. She has a degree in clinical nutrition and decided she’d like to start her own business. The couple had seen chopped salad bars and juice bars every few blocks in larger cities, so they decided to combine both ideas to bring them to Concord.

“I spend so much time with my juicer at home, I was like, ‘There’s no juice bar here, why don’t we just give it a shot and take a risk?’ ” she said.

Marsh said she’s hoping to make healthy eating more accessible. The menu will include “hard-core” juice with ingredients such as kale, cucumber

and parsley, but also smoothies and juices on the sweet side. The “speckled frog” smoothie, with spinach, raw chocolate, agave, cashew butter and almond milk, has a sweet flavor. It’s also the only way the couple’s 3-year-old son, Ralph, will eat his vegetables.

“My 3½ year old is my toughest critic, so he keeps me honest,” Marsh said. “That has two cups of spinach. If I try to sneak an extra half cup – ‘Forget it, mom.’ ”

Aaron Marsh was at first skeptical of his wife’s juices, but now he can’t live without them.

“If you had told me eight years ago that I’d be drinking green juice every morning, I’d have told you, ‘You’re crazy,’ ” he said.

But it made him feel healthier and lowered his cholesterol. Before long, he was asking his wife for juice every morning.

The shop will open in August or September – the Marshes are now waiting for their landlord, CATCH Neighborhood Housing, to finish rehabilitating the Live Juice space. It will include seating for 24 people, and customers will also be able to take their salad or drinks to go.

By Aug. 1, new residents will be moving in above Live Juice, to the newly renovated Endicott Hotel Apartments.

CATCH Neighborhood Housing has received about 100 applications for its 24 apartments, said President Rosemary Heard, they’re still working through the list of potential tenants.

“About a third of the units are in various stages of leasing, which is really exciting,” she said.

Though CATCH is a nonprofit that develops affordable housing, the Endicott Hotel will have market-rate, nonsubsidized apartments. Monthly rent will range from $975 for a one-bedroom apartment to $1,400 for a two-bedroom loft apartment, according to the nonprofit’s brochure.

Tomorrow, CATCH will hold a dedication ceremony on the site. Heard said she’s also looking forward to Live Juice’s opening.

“And a wonderful amenity for the folks who are going to be living at the Endicott,” she said. “What’s cooler than to work out at the gym (inside the building for tenants) and then go have a nice healthy salad or a juice?”

Market Days on the way

This year’s Market Days will include a new wellness area, inflatable games for kids and a mechanical bull ride. And that’s just what’s new, in a three-day festival packed with shopping and entertainment

Thursday through Sunday, Main Street will have 160 vendors and 35 live music performances. A beer tent is returning for a second year on South Main Street, and Red River Theatres will screen The 7th Voyage of Sinbad at the corner of Pleasant and Main streets on Friday night. Tandy’s Top Shelf will host a singing competition in Eagle Square, and the free family fun area will return to the State House lawn.

“It’s really Concord’s biggest party,” said festival director Kim Murdoch.

A new “Move it move it” tent, on North Main Street near the State House Plaza, is offered by the Capital Area Wellness Coalition, Murdoch said. Its free programs will include laughter yoga, jazzercise and boot camp fitness classes.

On the State House Plaza, visitors can purchase tickets for the “inflatable extravaganza” area. They include inflatable bouncers for children, a soccer shootout game and an obstacle course.

“And then what’s proving to be the most popular already is a mechanical bull,” Murdoch said.

The festival will include shopping and other activities around downtown. Last year’s Market Days set an all-time attendance record, and Murdoch said she hopes to attract even more visitors this year.

“Market Days over the past several years has continued to grow and it is just such a wonderful community event and allows us to show off downtown Concord,” Murdoch said.

For a full schedule of events, visit IntownConcord.org.

A new name

Steve Duprey’s new building has a name: Love Your Neighbor.

The phrase is engraved in the threshold, for every visitor to walk over when entering the new retail and office building on South Main Street when it opens in August.

“I’m not sure it will be the ‘Love Your Neighbor Building,’ but I won’t be unhappy if it’s considered the ‘Love Building,’ ” Duprey said.

The building next door, which Duprey also owns, has been known as the Smile Building since it opened in 2011. Its facade features a stone with the word “SMILE!”

The “Love Your Neighbor” engraving was initially placed in the building’s facade, and was covered with a yellow tarp to conceal its message. But Duprey said he decided to move it to the threshold because the building would look too cluttered once his tenants’ signs were added.

Orr & Reno law firm, which is moving into the building’s top two floors, will have a sign with its name above the building’s center archway, and the other tenants will have signs below. The sign layout was approved by the zoning board last month.

The building, on the former site of the New Hampshire Bindery, will begin opening in stages early next month. Gibson’s Bookstore and True Brew Bookstore Cafe will open first on the first floor, and BittWare will move into the lower level.

“And then the law firm in the upper floors in the following few weeks,” Duprey said. “By Sept. 15 it will be completely done.”

The opening date is about a month behind schedule, Duprey said.

Once it opens, Duprey said the lobby will showcase South Main Street’s history. The Concord developer demolished the old bindery building to construct the new building, but he will display its bricks, one of its windows and a piano and saw manufactured inside.

“Even though the building was lost, more people going into this will know the history of the site than did when it was standing,” Duprey said.

(Laura McCrystal can be reached at 369-3312 or
lmccrystal@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @lmccrystal.)

I love the new Duprey Buildings. They are beautiful for our downtown and are bringing more business into the South Main area. HOWEVER, I do have a huge gripe that doesn't seem to be being addressed... PARKING. There are several businesses surrounding the Capitol Center for the Arts that are losing their parking to the employees in the SMILE Building, I cannot imagine what is going to happen when the LOVE Building opens. Where are these people going to park. Many of the employees, especially those from Concord Hospital, have parking passes for the Garage, and there is lots of parking in the lot on Storrs Street and some at Granite Group, yet many of the SMILE Bldg employees are taking the spaces of the businesses around CCANH, who do not have their own lots. We do not have designated parking and are being forced blocks away, when we used to have spots just the next street over. I hope Mr. Duprey has addressed this issue, and will do so when he builds another building.

If you haven't ...juiced before.....you dont know what you are missing.

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