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Maura Hamilton of Laconia takes advantage of one of the new benches on Main Street during her visit to Market Days, Thursday, June 25, 2015.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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. “I thought they were part of Pompanoosuc Mills because they were so nice.” Allan Brett sat across from her on the opposite …

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 of visitors to this weekend’s Market Days festival. From Thursday to Saturday, Intown Concord’s annual …

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 in front of the State House. They have promised to pay for its construction with …

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 …

Downtown: Boston Olympics bid could put passenger rail ‘on a faster track’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boston is a near-straight shot south from Concord, just 70 miles on Interstate 93. Those 70 miles could be the distance between Concord and the epicenter of the Summer Olympics in less than 10 years. Earlier this month, the United States Olympic Committee tapped Boston as its pick …

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 …