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Downtown: A chorale concert in Capitol Commons parking garage?

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Cars could be replaced with a chorale in the Capital Commons parking garage for one night next summer. The New Hampshire Master Chorale has asked the city for permission to hold a concert in the garage June 21. Members of the chorale thought of the garage as a venue as they were walking through during a visit downtown. “I think we were walking through the garage being silly and singing …

Downtown: Concord’s New Front Door unveils ideas

Monday, November 25, 2013

Lights and landscaping on the Loudon Road bridge leading to Main Street. Sculptures resembling Concord’s skyline along Interstate 93. A mosaic on the highway underpass at Exit 14. Those ideas, shared last week, are the latest developments in the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s effort to improve the view of Concord from the …

Downtown: Freight Farms shipping container brings local lettuce to Concord

Sunday, November 10, 2013

As the farming season ends, one Concord farm is just getting started. A shipping container outside the Grappone Conference Center will become home to a hyrdoponic garden, growing plants year-round – even during snowstorms. “Doesn’t look like a garden, does it?” said Steve Duprey as he watched a truck deliver the green-and-white shipping container Friday morning. Duprey, whose company owns the conference center …

Downtown: More parking for Pillsbury Street?

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Facing a shortage of parking at a Pillsbury Street office building, Steve Duprey would like to tear down a house and build a parking lot. The Concord zoning board rejected Duprey’s application earlier this summer after a neighbor raised concerns, but it will hold a rehearing this week. …

Downtown: State to sell historic Pleasant Street buildings

Monday, September 30, 2013

Two historic state buildings off Pleasant Street could soon be sold to a private developer. The buildings, now vacant, sit on the state hospital campus and have been used as group and patient housing. The Koutras House, at 79 Pleasant St., dates to 1890. The Huntress House, though …

Downtown: YoYo Heaven comes to Main Street

Monday, September 23, 2013

There’s a new place downtown to walk the dog. But there aren’t any pets inside YoYo Heaven – just yo-yos, juggling supplies and other skill toys. Andy McBride of Loudon and his 23-year-old son Dan are opening the yo-yo shop at 132½ N. Main St. this week. Inside, …

Downtown: Love Building now open on South Main Street

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Steve Duprey wants you to love your neighbor. And you’ll be reminded of that as you shop for books, coffee or legal advice in his newest building on South Main Street. Duprey’s Love Building, named for an engraving in the threshold that reads “Love Your Neighbor,” is now …

Downtown: Self-serve yogurt takes over Main Street

Monday, September 2, 2013

It’s been the summer of frozen yogurt in Concord. On hot days, customers fill paper cups with flavored yogurt, pile on fruit, chocolate and candy toppings and pay by the ounce before digging a brightly colored spoon into the frozen treat. That scene plays out at two different …

Downtown: Moving onto Main Street

Monday, August 19, 2013

When Peter Potenza moved to Concord, he bought a three-bedroom house with a yard in East Concord. But he and his wife, Kelley, grew tired of caring for the yard, driving 15 minutes to get downtown and paying …

Downtown: Market Days storm sparks new fundraisers

Monday, August 12, 2013

After a windstorm swept through Market Days last month and left a mess of damaged tents, Katy Brown Solsky saw an opportunity. She’s making tote bags out of the damaged tents and selling them to purchase new tents for vendors from the Concord Arts Market. All of the …

Concord: City officials weigh future of 114-acre parcel

Monday, July 29, 2013

Untouched farmland. A riverfront trail. Fairgrounds. A public park. Athletic fields. They’ve all been described as potential uses for land along the east bank of the Merrimack River in downtown Concord. Twice in the past three years, the city council has delayed placing a conservation easement on its …

Downtown: Concord looks to ‘cut the red tape’ for Main Street parking

Sunday, July 21, 2013

It now takes at least two months to create, eliminate or change parking spaces in Concord. That could change this fall, when construction begins on Main Street. The city council will vote next month on whether to give City Manager Tom Aspell greater authority over downtown parking. The …

Downtown: Juice and chopped salad shop moving into Endicott Hotel

Monday, July 15, 2013

After making juice in her own kitchen for the past eight years, Aryn Marsh is ready to share her healthy homemade creations with all of Concord. She’ll soon open Live Juice, a juice, smoothie and chopped salad shop, on the ground floor of the Endicott Hotel. Customers will …

Downtown: Concord City Council to vote on public relations firm for Main Street project

Sunday, July 7, 2013

When construction begins on Main Street this fall, residents could receive a “daily dig” report via email, telling them where work will be done that day. Signs posted around the city may direct visitors to parking garages and allow them to scan a code with their smart phone …

Downtown: Concord’s Durgin Block Parking Garage needs $3 million worth of repairs

Sunday, June 30, 2013

The Durgin Block Parking Garage isn’t in great shape. When the 467-space garage was built in the 1980s between Warren and School streets, the city didn’t have a plan to care for the steel and cement structure. Thirty years later, it’s in need of roughly $3 million in …