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Lisa Berry stands in her new business Simplicity Hair Studio and Spa, which opens next week in downtown Concord.

(CAMERON JOHNSON / Monitor staff)

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, has decided to subdivide the space and …

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: 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. “That’s just a point of pride.” Perhaps that’s a particular brand of New Hampshire stoicism …

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 …

Downtown: Toys make way for tattoos in Concord

Monday, March 24, 2014

After almost 80 years as a toy shop, the storefront at the corner of North State and Warren streets will become a tattoo parlor. Doug Mendoza set up shop next to the former French’s Toy Shop on Warren Street seven years ago. Now, he’s renovating the neighboring store …