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Store owner Willow Mauck stands behind the counter ready to serve hungry customers on Saturday, April 11, 2015.

(CAMERON JOHNSON / Monitor staff)

Downtown: A plant-based restaurant grows on Main Street

Sunday, April 12, 2015

When Willow Mauck says she is a lifelong vegetarian, she’s not kidding. Her grandmother sometimes cooked meat for her children, but didn’t eat it herself. Her mother is the owner of Susty’s Cafe, a vegan restaurant in Northwood. They passed flavorful vegetarian recipes from one generation to the next, just as others preserve the family secrets of a meaty Italian …

Downtown: A new home for superior court?

Monday, April 6, 2015

The state is eyeing the former New Hampshire Employment Security site on South Main Street as a future home for the Merrimack County Superior Court. In her budget proposal for the next biennium, Gov. Maggie Hassan has earmarked $18 million to build a replacement for the 1850s-era courthouse. But she has also directed the state’s Department of Administrative Services to “make every effort …

Downtown: During Main Street construction, Severino Trucking hopes to win over ‘hearts and minds’

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Last week, Tom Severino called in all of the subcontractors for the Main Street redesign into the project office on Hills Avenue. He passed out a single sheet of paper with the header “Severino Values.” “We all need to be in the mindset that we are an inconvenience to the public and the …

Downtown: Hair salons trying to cut through competition

Sunday, September 14, 2014

In Christian Michael Salon on North Main Street in Concord, owner Brian Waldron mixed hair color as he described his business as an art. At Trilogy Hair Studio just up the road, co-owner Gina Rogers talked about previously working in Waldron’s studio and declared one of her specialties …

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.) …

Downtown: ‘Preseason’ starts for Main Street project

Monday, September 8, 2014

This week, the PR team will start walking around downtown and chatting up business owners. Next week, the construction signs will go up around town. The excavator will dig in the week after that. Construction on the Main …

Downtown: A new taste comes to South Main Street

Monday, September 1, 2014

When Charla Mayotte moved to New Hampshire from upstate New York earlier this year, she and her husband, Clark, didn’t expect to have so much trouble finding the extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar they used regularly in their kitchen. So when the Mayottes couldn’t track down …

Downtown: Recipe for healthy downtown housing is a hard one to cook up

Monday, August 25, 2014

The 30-odd apartments in the Vegas Block in Concord are empty. What happens to them next is anyone’s guess – and the city’s dream. Since the building was declared uninhabitable due to a litany of fire and life-safety code violations earlier this month, the blighted brick building became …

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 …