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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: Bringing life to the back of Concord

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Efforts are under way to improve Concord’s backside – the view of downtown from Interstate 93. It could include colors, signs or lights on the backs of buildings, or changes to draw people to Main Street from Exit …

Downtown: Lilise to sell custom furniture by state prison inmates

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Storrs Street shop will become the first in the state to market and sell specialty furniture made by state prison inmates. Lilise Designer Resale, a clothing store, is expanding into a connecting storefront. The new space will …

Downtown: The Eagles are Concord’s ‘well-kept secret’

Sunday, February 10, 2013

A membership card is required to enter the old brick building on South Main Street, marked by its long staircase and neon “Eagles” sign. Tucked inside the Fraternal Order of the Eagles Aerie 613, there is a bar, dance floor, pool tables and two “Lucky 7” slot machines …

Downtown: Music Quest combines teenager’s dreams, love of guitar

Sunday, January 27, 2013

There are just five guitars hanging on the wall inside D.J. Frechette’s new music store, but the 19-year-old has big plans. D.J. opened Music Quest on the corner of Pleasant and South State streets this month and is …

Downtown: Main Street roundabout draws mixed reactions

Monday, January 21, 2013

Every day, Mike Cohen hears motorists honking or watches them narrowly avoid collisions at the intersection of Main and Pleasant streets. Would a roundabout improve the intersection? Cohen, who owns Pitchfork Records and spends his days at that street corner, said he needs to know more before he …

Downtown: What will replace Gibson’s after its move?

Monday, December 31, 2012

When Gibson’s Bookstore moves to a new location on South Main Street in the coming year, it will leave behind a storefront in the heart of downtown, between Bread & Chocolate and the Capital Commons building. There is no tenant lined up to move into 27 S. Main …

Downtown: Concord maps future streets

Monday, December 17, 2012

Storrs Street could one day be extended into Concord’s South End, according to the city’s long-term plans. The planning board will hold a hearing this week about future streets, which would allow the city to formally map its plans for extending Storrs Street and others. Under the proposed …

Downtown: New friends group seeks common ground on redesign

Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Concord City Council will meet tonight about the Main Street redesign project, but a new group of residents is already looking beyond the design process. The informal group, called “Friends of Downtown,” aims to gather support for …

Main Street redesign project by the numbers

Monday, November 12, 2012

As the Main Street advisory committee finalizes its recommendation for the Main Street redesign project this week, its members will have to do some math. With a roughly 98-foot width between buildings on Main Street, space is limited. …

Downtown Concord busking program successful

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Buskers have been on the streets of Concord for a year now, and organizers hope they’re here to stay. “To me it’s like a no-brainer,” said Mike Bilodeau, owner of Strings and Things Music on South Main Street, …