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Downtown: Catholic parish reaches agreement to sell Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sacred Heart Church on Pleasant Street is under a purchase-and-sales agreement to become condos. Richard Roberge, the pastor of Concord’s Christ the King Parish, announced the news Sunday in a press release and at weekend Masses. The buyer is developer Jon Chorlian. “While we are sad to close this chapter in our parish’s history, we are happy with the plans that Mr. Chorlian has for the building,” Roberge said in …

Legislators, public lobby for Saturdays at the State House

Sunday, January 31, 2016

State Rep. Dianne Schuett, a Pembroke Democrat, has visited 41 statehouses across America. She sets a high bar, but Concord resident Jim Kinhan has 17 statehouses under his belt. And state Rep. Ken Weyler, a Kingston Republican, can claim 13 statehouses. None, however, could take a tour of the New Hampshire State House on a Saturday. The gold dome in downtown Concord is …

Downtown: Artist starts with empowerment

Monday, January 18, 2016

One smiles. One frowns. One is topless. One stares straight out from the canvas, making piercing and unavoidable eye contact. They are the subjects of “Trans-Pose,” a series of portraits of transgender women. The artist is Catherine Graffam, a 22-year-old recent graduate of the New Hampshire Institute of Fine Art. Each model submitted …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

Downtown: Parking consultant will recommend higher rates on Main Street, more options in the garages

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monthly parking permits for residents. No time limits for downtown parking. Higher hourly rates on Main Street, but lower rates on streets farther from the downtown core. Those ideas are a few of the suggestions that materialized from a recent parking study, a last-ditch effort to save the …

Downtown: Concord officials comfortable with minimal safety net on Main Street project

Monday, January 26, 2015

Better safe than sorry, right? Maybe not, in the case of the Main Street project. As Concord prepares to break ground on the downtown redesign this spring, the city has already dipped into its contingency fund to buy $200,000 worth of signs. That leaves the city with about …

Downtown: Boston Olympics bid could put passenger rail ‘on a faster track’

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Boston is a near-straight shot south from Concord, just 70 miles on Interstate 93. Those 70 miles could be the distance between Concord and the epicenter of the Summer Olympics in less than 10 years. Earlier this month, the United States Olympic Committee tapped Boston as its pick …

Downtown: Granite State Symphony Orchestra hopes hiatus is intermission, not finale

Monday, January 12, 2015

In April, the Granite State Symphony Orchestra was planning a 20th season to begin in November. They had cut their longtime conductor, looking for a new sound and a younger audience. But two months later, minutes from the June board meeting show the nonprofit was $8,500 in the …

Downtown: After record year, Intown Concord hopes to boost ‘local currency’

Monday, January 5, 2015

A lone $25 Downtown Dollars certificate sat next to Gerry Mark’s desk at Caring Gifts. “We don’t get a lot (of Downtown Dollars). . . . I bet we don’t get more than a dozen a year,” Mark said, examining the paper certificate. But Mark was still positive …

Downtown: All aboard for a 30-day U.S. train tour

Monday, December 29, 2014

Mike Cashion planned to spend all 24 hours of Christmas Day on an Amtrak train. The owner of Villari’s Martial Arts on North State Street took 30 days off work in December and January, part of a goal …

Downtown: Soup Gallery closes its doors, but not its kitchen

Monday, December 22, 2014

The Soup Gallery has closed its eatery in downtown Concord, but its chef plans to continue catering and selling soups at other area restaurants. Owner Natalia Strong said the cafe has been successful – but when the time …

Downtown: Focus of Concord’s Main Street project turns to signage

Sunday, December 14, 2014

The construction crews won’t arrive on Main Street until spring, but that doesn’t mean City Engineer Ed Roberge is bored. This winter, the Concord City Council and the public will weigh in on potential way-finding signage and lighting for the new downtown corridor. “This is kind of the …