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A scene from "Granite Orpheus" is shot at True Brew Barista in downtown Concord Saturday afternoon, Aug. 22, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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 into the bar area and pauses. They look wary of the hovering film crew, but John Hession approaches them with a smile. …

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 will be the first American outpost of a Canadian chain with seven locations, also called …

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 placed stickers on top of existing parking signs, giving the International Symbol of Access a …

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 …

Downtown: New salon to occupy former Gibson’s storefront

Monday, February 23, 2015

Part of the former Gibson’s Bookstore on South Main Street will become a hair salon. The storefront at 27 S. Main St. has been vacant since summer 2013, when the bookstore moved to developer Steve Duprey’s Love building …

Downtown: Vendor fee fairness to be explored

Sunday, February 15, 2015

At-large Councilor Fred Keach says he loves the Concord Farmers Market. He just doesn’t think they pay the city enough to operate downtown. “I’m not trying to shut it down,” Keach said. “I just want them to pay their fair share. At the moment, I don’t think they …

Downtown: Whether by heated sidewalks or snow boot sales, downtown businesses weather the snowstorms

Monday, February 9, 2015

When Gov. Maggie Hassan declared a state of emergency during the first of several recent snowstorms, owner Michael Herrmann opened Gibson’s Bookstore on South Main Street at 9 a.m. anyway. He sold two books, and then closed early at 1 p.m. “We’ve been open every day,” Herrmann said. …

Downtown: Parking consultant will recommend higher rates on Main Street, more options in the garages

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monthly parking permits for residents. No time limits for downtown parking. Higher hourly rates on Main Street, but lower rates on streets farther from the downtown core. Those ideas are a few of the suggestions that materialized from a recent parking study, a last-ditch effort to save the …

Downtown: Concord officials comfortable with minimal safety net on Main Street project

Monday, January 26, 2015

Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe not, in the case of the Main Street project. As Concord prepares to break ground on the downtown redesign this spring, the city has already dipped into its contingency fund to buy $200,000 worth of signs. That leaves the city with about …