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Downtown: Concord Craft Brewing looks to change downtown address

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Another round? Concord Craft Brewing is going back to the city’s zoning board for the okay to open in a different location than previously permitted. Hopkinton resident Dennis Molnar got the board’s permission in October to open a nanobrewery on Pleasant Street Extension, in the former home of the Purple Pit jazz club. The city’s code currently doesn’t allow bottling of beverages in the downtown area, so Molnar had to …

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 …

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: 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 …

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 …

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 …