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Alison Murphy operates a portable boutique out of a 1974 Coachman Cadet camper at Market Days in downtown Concord on July 18, 2014. Murphy owns Concord Handmade, which sells items she makes as well as other's wares.

(WILL PARSON/Monitor staff)

Downtown: Concord Handmade founder crafts a new business venture with mobile shop

Monday, July 21, 2014

On the outside, the camper is a 1974 Coachman Cadet. On the inside, not so much. “This isn’t just the vehicle I bring to events,” owner Alison Murphy said. “I think a lot of people are surprised it looks like a little store inside.” The camper is indeed a little store – the newly opened Concord Handmade mobile shop. Gone … 0

In downtown Somersworth, a microcosm of Main Street

Sunday, July 13, 2014

One side of the street was in shreds. From the counter inside Best Pawn & Exchange in Somersworth on Friday morning, we could see and hear the crews from Severino Trucking Co. digging up Market Street outside. “We’re hurting right now,” owner Rafi Dalal said. “But we’re looking forward to the end.” The construction is part of a project to rebuild Market and … 3

On Concord’s Main Street, business owners are ‘nervous’

Monday, June 30, 2014

On Friday afternoon, Sue McCoo marched out of the Viking House, across the street and through the door of Little River Oriental Rugs. In the back room, owner Gerry Carrier was crafting an email to gather the Merchants’ Roundtable for a meeting. He gave her the run-down. “There’s no heated sidewalks,” Carrier said. … 5

Downtown: A family tradition continues on Main Street

Monday, February 17, 2014

She worked in her grandmother’s restaurant in her native Albania, in the kitchen where she learned to cook, in what she said was the biggest hotel restaurant in the city. She worked in her brother’s restaurant on Pleasant … 2

Downtown: Council to make decisions about Main Street, snow-melt system

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the city council takes up the Main Street project again tonight, one of the larger items it could nix from the plan is a downtown snow-melt system. City staff will present options for moving forward on the downtown redesign tonight, the first regular meeting of the council … 3

Downtown: Accessibility key to ‘complete’ Main Street

Monday, February 3, 2014

A pocket park and public art. Heated sidewalks and a center median. The flashy hallmarks of the Main Street redesign are now at stake, as city staff recuperates from a poor response to its second request for construction bids. What is also at stake is a core aspect … 4

Downtown: Black Ice hockey tournament a boon for businesses

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Black Ice Ale was on tap in downtown bars. Local hotels offered a special deal for tournament participants, and shuttles ran between White Park and Main Street. The Barley House ran a special burger: coleslaw and hot cajun mayo on a blackened beef patty. It was unmistakably Black … 1

Downtown: Today’s the day for Employment Security renovation decision

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Today, the linchpin in developer Steve Duprey’s plan for the state Employment Security headquarters could fall into place. Or today, that plan could fall apart entirely. If Duprey gets his way, the outdated building on South Main Street would be renovated as the headquarters for Company C, a … 1

Downtown: How’s business on Sundays?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Is downtown dead on Sundays? More than 30 shops and restaurants in downtown Concord have Sunday hours during the holiday season, according to a list compiled last week by the Merchants Roundtable, an informal group of downtown business owners. And Katy Brown Solsky, who writes a blog called … 0