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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: 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 …

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. …