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The construction on Main Street in downtown Concord is seen from Dick Mark and Ellis Robinson's third-floor apartment on Friday, May 15, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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 Mark, have a literal window to the ongoing construction downtown. In March, they moved into a third-floor apartment above Rowland Studio and …

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 that she hosts the most live jazz music north of Boston and that her customers …

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 goal: a paperless agenda system for city hall, which will launch in June. The electronic …

Downtown: Granite State Symphony Orchestra hopes hiatus is intermission, not finale

Monday, January 12, 2015

In April, the Granite State Symphony Orchestra was planning a 20th season to begin in November. They had cut their longtime conductor, looking for a new sound and a younger audience. But two months later, minutes from the June board meeting show the nonprofit was $8,500 in the …

Downtown: After record year, Intown Concord hopes to boost ‘local currency’

Monday, January 5, 2015

A lone $25 Downtown Dollars certificate sat next to Gerry Mark’s desk at Caring Gifts. “We don’t get a lot (of Downtown Dollars). . . . I bet we don’t get more than a dozen a year,” Mark said, examining the paper certificate. But Mark was still positive …

Downtown: All aboard for a 30-day U.S. train tour

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mike Cashion planned to spend all 24 hours of Christmas Day on an Amtrak train. The owner of Villari’s Martial Arts on North State Street took 30 days off work in December and January, part of a goal …

Downtown: Soup Gallery closes its doors, but not its kitchen

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Soup Gallery has closed its eatery in downtown Concord, but its chef plans to continue catering and selling soups at other area restaurants. Owner Natalia Strong said the cafe has been successful – but when the time …

Downtown: Focus of Concord’s Main Street project turns to signage

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The construction crews won’t arrive on Main Street until spring, but that doesn’t mean City Engineer Ed Roberge is bored. This winter, the Concord City Council and the public will weigh in on potential way-finding signage and lighting for the new downtown corridor. “This is kind of the …

Downtown: The perplexing case of ‘Sleepygate’ Mall

Monday, December 1, 2014

When Matt Townsend came up to New Hampshire from New York for a long weekend, he skipped the White Mountains, the State House and the Seacoast. Instead, he spent four days at Steeplegate Mall on Loudon Road in …

Downtown: Owner outlines plans for renovation at former Vegas Block, applies for tax break

Sunday, November 16, 2014

To new owner Remi Hinxhia, the building at the corner of Centre Street and Loudon Road is no longer the notorious Vegas Block. “Now it’s called ‘Remi’s Block,’ ” Hinxhia said, correcting me. But he has more than …

Downtown: Concord City Council could help out homeowners with impact fee change

Monday, November 10, 2014

Thinking about an addition on your house? How about that new deck? The Concord City Council could make that construction project easier for you. Concord currently charges an impact fee on construction and new development in the city …

Downtown: Church hopes to take it to the Next Level in Concord

Monday, November 3, 2014

At first glance, the red-and-white placards popping up around downtown Concord could be just another rash of campaign signs. But on a second look, they don’t advertise a candidate for election or a political party. The signs instead announce Next Level Church, a nondenominational faith group aiming to …

Downtown: New opera company takes the stage at the Concord City Auditorium

Monday, October 27, 2014

There’s the Paris Opera, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. A little closer to home, find the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. Can’t forget the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. Just across the border to Massachusetts, we’ve got the Boston Opera House. And now …

Downtown: A new Place to get creative opens on Main Street

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Six weeks ago, Christa Zuber up and quit her job. “I literally walked into my supervisor’s office and said, ‘I have no idea if it’s going to work,’ ” Zuber said. She’s about to find out. This weekend, Zuber opened her downtown do-it-yourself studio and shop – The …

Downtown: Main Street construction starts in Eagle Square

Monday, October 13, 2014

From her side of the large window at Salon Envy, owner Paula Blais has a clear view of passers-by tripping over broken bricks in Eagle Square. And for as many times as she’s been a witness, she’s tripped over those same bricks herself. So when contractor Severino Trucking …