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Ellen Groh, director of the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness and of the Homeless Resource Center, sits for a portrait in front of the Concord Homeless Resource Center on Nov. 25, 2014.

(ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff)

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 South Congregational Church in Concord to call the McKenna House, looking for a place to get back on his feet, but the …

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 a few blocks away. Andy Sanborn, a state senator from Bedford and the storefront owner, …

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 are. “What their fair share is, I’m not sure.” Keach wants to find out, though. …

Downtown: As the contractor prepares to break ground on Main Street, downtown property owners consider individual snow-melt systems

Monday, August 4, 2014

Concord nixed a street-wide snow-melt system as part of the Main Street project, but property owners could still get heated sidewalks downtown. On their own dime, of course. Two days after the Concord City Council approved money for the Main Street redesign, the city postmarked letters to all …

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 …

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 …

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’ …

Concord: Keeping an eye on the city

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tom Devaney is watching you. The 50-year-old artist has bright blue eyes, framed by slim silver glasses. And most nights, one of those blue eyes blinks its 10-foot-by-6-foot lid over the intersection of Pleasant and Main streets in …

Downtown: On Main Street project, PR firm hired by city waits for ‘the green light’

Monday, June 16, 2014

In January, city staff and the public relations team from Louis Karno & Co. discussed the roll out of the Main Street project weekly. Brett St. Clair, a partner at Louis Karno, was days away from installing webcams around Main Street for a video feed from construction. Another …

For sale: a fixer-upper on North Main Street

Monday, June 9, 2014

Early Friday afternoon, the Barley House lunch crowd lingers in the sun at outside tables. While shopping in Runner’s Alley, a woman laces up a new pair of shoes. A handful of customers wander through an open shop door to browse beads and jewelry. But if those customers …

At Siam Orchid, old practice and new ideas come together in the family business

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Scott Saktanaset was just 12 when his parents opened Siam Orchid on the corner of North Main and Centre streets in 1995. He did his homework at the same table in that restaurant every night, through high school in Concord and college at Northeastern University in Boston. He …

City officials mum on behind-the-scenes developments in Main Street project

Monday, May 12, 2014

Concord has narrowed its search for a general contractor on the Main Street project to one firm. And that’s about all city officials will say on the matter. That firm is still nameless. Negotiations are ongoing but top secret, so the scope and price of the project are …

Downtown: Pop-up rug shop moves into former Gibson’s on South Main Street

Monday, May 5, 2014

For more than 17 years, Fred Oxaal has sold rugs on the side of Loudon Road in Concord. He’s sold rugs from Maine to Vermont, Texas to Florida. He’s sold rugs out of tents and in parking lots. …

Official: Concord has a track record as a ‘developer of last resort’

Monday, April 21, 2014

If the city council decides to buy the New Hampshire Employment Security site on South Main Street, it won’t be the first time Concord writes a big check to protect future development. It’s just not usually the first …

Downtown: Concord officials hopeful for third attempt to bid Main Street project

Monday, April 7, 2014

Eight. That’s the number of general contractors who have expressed an interest in Concord's Main Street construction project so far, during the city’s third attempt to bid the job. “We are, I think, hopeful that it will be …