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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 …

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 …

Downtown: Above the Main Street construction, a good night’s sleep

Monday, February 24, 2014

When the garbage truck rumbles past the Endicott Hotel at 4:30 a.m., Frank Albanese wakes up. When the snowplows come through downtown in the early hours of the morning, he hears them. “We do live in the city,” …

Downtown: A family tradition continues on Main Street

Monday, February 17, 2014

She worked in her grandmother’s restaurant in her native Albania, in the kitchen where she learned to cook, in what she said was the biggest hotel restaurant in the city. She worked in her brother’s restaurant on Pleasant …

Downtown: Council to make decisions about Main Street, snow-melt system

Sunday, February 9, 2014

When the city council takes up the Main Street project again tonight, one of the larger items it could nix from the plan is a downtown snow-melt system. City staff will present options for moving forward on the downtown redesign tonight, the first regular meeting of the council …

Downtown: Accessibility key to ‘complete’ Main Street

Monday, February 3, 2014

A pocket park and public art. Heated sidewalks and a center median. The flashy hallmarks of the Main Street redesign are now at stake, as city staff recuperates from a poor response to its second request for construction bids. What is also at stake is a core aspect …

Downtown: Black Ice hockey tournament a boon for businesses

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Black Ice Ale was on tap in downtown bars. Local hotels offered a special deal for tournament participants, and shuttles ran between White Park and Main Street. The Barley House ran a special burger: coleslaw and hot cajun …

Downtown: Today’s the day for Employment Security renovation decision

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Today, the linchpin in developer Steve Duprey’s plan for the state Employment Security headquarters could fall into place. Or today, that plan could fall apart entirely. If Duprey gets his way, the outdated building on South Main Street would be renovated as the headquarters for Company C, a …

Downtown: How’s business on Sundays?

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Is downtown dead on Sundays? More than 30 shops and restaurants in downtown Concord have Sunday hours during the holiday season, according to a list compiled last week by the Merchants Roundtable, an informal group of downtown business owners. And Katy Brown Solsky, who writes a blog called …