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Downtown: Catholic parish reaches agreement to sell Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sacred Heart Church on Pleasant Street is under a purchase-and-sales agreement to become condos. Richard Roberge, the pastor of Concord’s Christ the King Parish, announced the news Sunday in a press release and at weekend Masses. The buyer is developer Jon Chorlian. “While we are sad to close this chapter in our parish’s history, we are happy with the plans that Mr. Chorlian has for the building,” Roberge said in …

Legislators, public lobby for Saturdays at the State House

Sunday, January 31, 2016

State Rep. Dianne Schuett, a Pembroke Democrat, has visited 41 statehouses across America. She sets a high bar, but Concord resident Jim Kinhan has 17 statehouses under his belt. And state Rep. Ken Weyler, a Kingston Republican, can claim 13 statehouses. None, however, could take a tour of the New Hampshire State House on a Saturday. The gold dome in downtown Concord is …

Downtown: Artist starts with empowerment

Monday, January 18, 2016

One smiles. One frowns. One is topless. One stares straight out from the canvas, making piercing and unavoidable eye contact. They are the subjects of “Trans-Pose,” a series of portraits of transgender women. The artist is Catherine Graffam, a 22-year-old recent graduate of the New Hampshire Institute of Fine Art. Each model submitted …

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 …

Downtown: Concord chamber, legislators still push to open State House on Saturdays

Sunday, July 12, 2015

A proposal to open the State House on Saturdays failed in the Legislature last month, but Concord leaders haven’t given up on what they say would be a boost to local tourism. New Hampshire currently opens its statehouse …

Downtown: Many merchants performed better during earlier Market Days

Sunday, July 5, 2015

For Gretchen Peters at Puppy Love Hot Dogs, Market Days is Christmas. Intown Concord’s annual street festival is her biggest weekend of the year, and this summer, the holiday was extra festive. “I had one of my busiest …

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. …

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 …