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Around the Region: Double Midnight Comics moving to downtown Concord

Double Midnight Comics, a Manchester-based retailer selling new and old comics, board and card games, apparel, toys and collectibles, will be opening a Concord location at 67 S. Main St.

The new store will open Friday for Intown Concord Halloween Howl, giving away free comic books, with costumed characters and artists in the store. An official grand opening will follow Nov. 16.

The original Double Midnight Comics was founded in 2002 by two brothers, Chris and Scott Proulx, and a friend, Brett Parker.

“Over the years we’ve gotten numerous requests to bring our store (farther) north,” Scott Proulx said in a press release. “We’re really looking forward to being part of the downtown Concord community.”

Granite State comedian

The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is touting two highlights in promoting its annual meeting in November.

One is the annual surprise presentation to Concord’s Citizen of the Year. Last year’s recipient was Tom Brown, chairman of New Hampshire Distributors, who was recognized for his involvement with Concord Hospital’s board of directors and such organizations as the Concord Boys & Girls Club and Concord Youth Hockey.

The other is the featured guest speaker: Juston McKinney, a New Hampshire resident and deputy sheriff turned comedian whose credits include appearances on Comedy Central, the Tonight Show and the Blue Collar Comedy Next Generation Tour on TBS.

The chamber meeting will begin at 5:15 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Grappone Conference Center.

Learning the terrain

The Gunstock Mountain Resort says it has invested $1 million in lighting, a snowcat, and snowmaking and trail improvements in preparation for the upcoming ski season.

The resort spent $175,000 of that sum on what it’s calling the Terrain Based Learning Center and described it as the first facility of its kind in the state.

“Learning to ski or snowboard has always been on flat terrain with little representation of what is on the mountain,” the resort said in a press release.

The new learning center includes features “designed to help the skier or rider ‘feel’ the mountain and use their natural movement (to) change the direction of the ski or snowboard,” the release said.

‘Women at the top’

Three Concord-area nonprofits were cited by Business NH Magazine in a “Women at the top” article in the October issue.

Among the 10 fastest-growing, women-led nonprofits named by the magazine were: Central NH VNA & Hospice of Laconia, first; CATCH Neighborhood Housing of Concord, third; the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund, fifth; and New Hampshire Public Radio, seventh.

Only one Concord-area business made the magazine’s similar list, identifying the 10 fastest growing women-led businesses: 3W Design of Concord, at seventh.

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