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Downtown: ‘Soul sisters’ open home decor shop on Pleasant Street

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ten years ago, Mae Edwards and Ann Carignan met through their church in Concord. “When I first met Anne, I said, ‘Somehow our lives are going to be connected,’ ” Edwards remembered. Fast forward to this spring, when the pair walked into a narrow storefront on Pleasant Street with a Realtor. Inspiration struck again; as they retold the story in that store last week, goose bumps popped up on Carignan’s …

Downtown: A room with a view

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ellis Robinson peered at the excavator two stories below on Concord’s Main Street. The driver swept the equipment’s long arm across the gravel, navigating the heavy machinery with ease. “An artist,” Robinson said. Robinson and her husband, Dick Mark, have a literal window to the ongoing construction downtown. In March, they moved into …

Downtown stalwarts eye construction with apprehension, hope

Sunday, May 10, 2015

When Jane Valliere left for college, she never thought she would come back to Concord. Last month, however, she celebrated the 31st anniversary of her restaurant Hermanos, just a block off Concord’s Main Street. She’ll proudly tell you that she hosts the most live jazz music north of Boston and that her customers …

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 …

Without a developer, Concord might buy Employment Security site

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Come spring, the city could dig into its own pockets to buy the New Hampshire Employment Security site on South Main Street. More than a year has passed since the city began working with the state to find a developer to buy the property. But Matt Walsh, director …

Downtown: Foodie haven Wellington’s Marketplace is on the way to Concord

Monday, March 3, 2014

Randy and Debra Barnes have a greenhouse at their home in Bow. They own five grills. On one of their first dates, Randy Barnes taught his now-wife how to make sausage from scratch. “We’re foodies,” Debra Barnes said. “We love food. We spend our days going, ‘What are …