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Maura Hamilton of Laconia takes advantage of one of the new benches on Main Street during her visit to Market Days, Thursday, June 25, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

Downtown: Market Days serves as opening weekend for new Main Street

Sunday, June 28, 2015

When Janet King of Canterbury walked up to one of the new red benches on North Main Street this past weekend, she thought it was part of the nearby furniture sale. “These benches, they were nice,” King said. “I thought they were part of Pompanoosuc Mills because they were so nice.” Allan Brett sat across from her on the opposite …

Downtown: Making way for Market Days

Sunday, June 21, 2015

The heavy machinery will give way to food stands and ice cream vendors. The pallets of bricks will be replaced by tents of shoes, clothes, gifts and other wares. And the construction crews will step aside for thousands of visitors to this weekend’s Market Days festival. From Thursday to Saturday, Intown Concord’s annual …

Downtown: Testing the waters on a fountain

Sunday, June 14, 2015

A proposal to include a fountain in the Main Street project design could make a splash at July’s meeting of the Concord City Council. Three city councilors, developer Steve Duprey and the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce have been working on an eleventh-hour plan to build the fountain in front of the State House. They have promised to pay for its construction with …

Downtown: Work Nest aims to provide ‘a nice home base’ for professionals to work, collaborate

Sunday, June 7, 2015

An entrepreneur. A nonprofit. A graphic designer. All of the above could soon set up shop at Work Nest, a co-working space set to open in August or September. Ben Kelley, himself a 29-year-old Concord professional, plans to sell more than 30 memberships to the shared office. Kelley …

Downtown: Property owners keeping eye on Concord Steam’s future

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Concord Steam President Peter Bloomfield spread a map of Concord on the conference room table. About 180 buildings were marked in orange on the page. They include schools, the State House, city hall and a large cluster of buildings up and down Main Street. Those orange buildings are …

Downtown: ‘Soul sisters’ open home decor shop on Pleasant Street

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ten years ago, Mae Edwards and Ann Carignan met through their church in Concord. “When I first met Anne, I said, ‘Somehow our lives are going to be connected,’ ” Edwards remembered. Fast forward to this spring, when the pair walked into a narrow storefront on Pleasant Street …

Downtown: A room with a view

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ellis Robinson peered at the excavator two stories below on Concord’s Main Street. The driver swept the equipment’s long arm across the gravel, navigating the heavy machinery with ease. “An artist,” Robinson said. Robinson and her husband, Dick …

Downtown stalwarts eye construction with apprehension, hope

Sunday, May 10, 2015

When Jane Valliere left for college, she never thought she would come back to Concord. Last month, however, she celebrated the 31st anniversary of her restaurant Hermanos, just a block off Concord’s Main Street. She’ll proudly tell you …

Concord City Council gets iPads as city hall goes paperless

Sunday, April 26, 2015

City Clerk Janice Bonenfant’s granddaughter uses an iPad in her Concord classroom. She’s in first grade. Now, the Concord City Council is joining the ranks of such tech-saavy students. All 15 members and a handful of city staffers have brand-new iPads. It’s one step closer to Bonenfant’s ultimate …

Downtown: A plant-based restaurant grows on Main Street

Sunday, April 12, 2015

When Willow Mauck says she is a lifelong vegetarian, she’s not kidding. Her grandmother sometimes cooked meat for her children, but didn’t eat it herself. Her mother is the owner of Susty’s Cafe, a vegan restaurant in Northwood. …

Downtown: A new home for superior court?

Monday, April 6, 2015

The state is eyeing the former New Hampshire Employment Security site on South Main Street as a future home for the Merrimack County Superior Court. In her budget proposal for the next biennium, Gov. Maggie Hassan has earmarked $18 million to build a replacement for the 1850s-era courthouse. …

Downtown: During Main Street construction, Severino Trucking hopes to win over ‘hearts and minds’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, Tom Severino called in all of the subcontractors for the Main Street redesign into the project office on Hills Avenue. He passed out a single sheet of paper with the header “Severino Values.” “We all need …

Downtown: A new flavor on Main Street

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Alex Moody tried to quit smoking with patches and gum and even hypnotism, but nothing stuck. For Angelina Lynn, smoking was social. She hated the tobacco smell, but loved the group that gathered around it. Ryan Smith quit …

Downtown: Concord City Council to decide whether panhandling ordinance sticks

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Cash. A water bottle. A snack. A business card with a job tip. It is not illegal to stand on the sidewalk in Concord with a sign, asking for any of those items. It is illegal, however, to …

Downtown: Concord Homeless Resource Center plans move to North Main Street

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Martin Murray can’t seem to catch a break. Murray, 55, has applied for more than 400 jobs since he lost his sales position in 2013, to no avail. He wakes up every morning in the basement shelter at …