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Downtown: Did downtown businesses survive the Main Street project?

Sunday, November 22, 2015

The dust has – finally – settled. Heavy construction on the Main Street project has wrapped up for the year. Crews from Severino Trucking Co. and its subcontractors are crossing off the last items on the to-do list. Both lanes of traffic are open for holiday shoppers. When those shoppers arrive, they will find more businesses have opened than closed in downtown Concord so far in 2015. “Relief,” said Liza …

Downtown: New shop to focus on New England-inspired products

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Laura Miller shouldn’t have any trouble finding her new office. The former owner of Imagination Village has returned to North Main Street with a new gift store. She opened the doors at Marketplace New England this weekend at 7 N. Main St. – one door down from her old toy shop. “It’s a …

Downtown: Save money while saving animals

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Buy at a new nonprofit thrift store in Concord, and your dollars will be reused for a good cause. Dudley Square opened last month at 15 Pleasant St. Owner Buffi Dudley said 100 percent of her profits at the new shop will go to animal rescues. “People come in just out of curiosity,” Dudley said. “People donate when they find out what the …

Downtown: Concord City Council will talk lighting, public art for Main Street

Sunday, October 11, 2015

A “psychedelic hot tub,” or a “festive” downtown? The Concord City Council will decide whether to add white or programmable colored uplighting to the trees on the new Main Street, and a recent city survey showed strong opinions …

Downtown: Concord residents push to save historic gasholder

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Jayme Simoes can imagine the historic gasholder building on South Main Street as a fixture of a historic walking tour through Concord, or maybe a museum of the city’s industrial history. He can picture the slogan on T-shirts …

Downtown: Liberty Utilities could demolish historic gasholder

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Liberty Utilities is weighing whether to repair or demolish a historic gasholder building in Concord’s South End. During summer 2013, the iconic building off South Main Street sustained tree damage to its roof during a storm. Liberty Utilities …

Downtown: Remi’s Block apartments could be ready next winter

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Twenty new apartments. A restaurant, a microbrewery and a retail store. It’s hard to picture now, walking through the gutted five-story building at the corner of Loudon Road and North Main Street. But that’s owner Remi Hinxhia’s vision …

Downtown: State will begin renovation of State House dome

Sunday, September 13, 2015

The gold dome atop the New Hampshire State House will finally get a long-awaited shine. The delicate process of rebuilding and regilding the capitol building in Concord began this past weekend. Next year, the dingy dome will have …

Downtown: Sept. 17 tour will give a behind-the-scenes look at Concord

Sunday, September 6, 2015

The green-panel facade of the Optima Building – which houses Endicott Furniture at the intersection of Pleasant and Main streets in Concord – once made the pages of Preservation Magazine. Above the photo, the magazine’s assessment was clear: …

Downtown: Professionals get a first look at Work Nest

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Contemporary art on the walls. A pinball machine. Bright windows with a view of the South End neighborhood. High bar stools and a comfortable couch. This is Work Nest, and it might be Carolyn Mallon’s new office. “I’ve …

Downtown: Concord plays host to new Greek tragedy

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Two guys, sitting side by side at the bar in True Brew Barista. The scene would be completely normal on a Saturday in Concord – except for the camera and the lights and the microphones. A couple walks …

Downtown: Burgers and ice cream go gourmet

Sunday, August 16, 2015

A new gourmet burger restaurant and gelato shop will open on South Main Street. Jim and Jeannette Zaza will open Relish America Gourmet Burgers and Buza Dairy Bar in mid-September in the vacant side of 27 S. Main St., where Gibson’s Bookstore used to operate. The burger side …

Downtown: Concord looks to adopt forward-leaning, forward-thinking logo

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Construction is already under way to redesign nine blocks of Concord’s Main Street. Next up: redesigning the familiar blue-and-white wheelchair icon. The Accessible Icon Project began in 2010 in Cambridge, Mass., as a guerilla art campaign. Two artists …

Downtown: Sharing the load

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Mark Day snacked on a doughnut in the sunroom at the Concord Homeless Resource Center on North Main Street, wearing a white-and-blue button-down shirt. A clean white-and-blue button-down shirt. Day, in his mid-50s, has been homeless in Concord for years. Both he and his belongings have been beaten …

Downtown: Concord’s skyline glowing with pride

Sunday, July 19, 2015

To celebrate the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states, the face of the White House was lit with rainbow lights. The tops of the Empire State Building and One World Trade …