Make a Milk Jug Ghost for Halloween Howl!
Halloween Howl enthusiasts: join the fun by contributing a Milk Jug Ghost to Intown Concord’s Halloween Howl event, held in downtown Concord on October 24! These “ghosts” are easy to make, and it will be so much fun to decorate our downtown with lots and lots of glowing ghosts!
How to make your ghost and what to do with it!
- Drink a gallon of milk (or water) from a translucent bottle, and save the bottle with cap. Rinse/clean the “jug.”
- Draw a ghost face, cat face, spooky scene, or other Halloweeny inspiration on the jug, using a black Sharpie/permanent marker or paint. Tip: Leave the cap on while you do this, so the jug doesn’t dent.
- If you want to find and take your ghost home at the end of the night, write your name on the bottom of the jug. (Though we can’t guarantee that you will be able to find your jug and take it home – we do ask that attendees leave the ghosts there for everyone’s enjoyment, and don’t take a jug that isn’t theirs!)
- Bring your decorated jug (with cap) to True Brew Barista in Bicentennial Square ON FRIDAY Oct. 24 between 7:30am and 2:00pm.
- If you can't make it to True Brew by 2pm, bring your milk jug ghost to City Plaza (near hay wagon ride) by 5pm.
- Intown Concord volunteers will add a glow stick to each ghost jug (while supplies last) and place them around downtown for the Halloween Howl event.
- Any ghost jugs not claimed at the end of the evening will be recycled.
- Questions? Call Intown Concord 603-226-2150
Creative block? Google "how to make a milk jug ghost" - lots of great ideas out there!
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Discover Downtown is an event series & campaign presented by Intown Concord and the Merchants Roundtable. To build on the success of our kickoff event on Sept. 19, the Discover Downtown Holiday Series will run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 19, to bring people downtown for shopping, dining, enjoying, and building community throughout the holiday shopping season!
All downtown businesses are welcome to participate in the events described below. There is no charge to participate - but you MUST sign up if you want to be included in marketing and event materials. Downtown businesses: CLICK HERE to sign up for the Discover Downtown Holiday Series! Deadline November 10th!
DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES: This is the event kit from Discover Downtown on September 19. Watch this page for updates related to the Holiday Series!
EVENT KIT-Watch this page for updates related to the Holiday Series coming soon!! :
For questions or business registration/participation, contact:
Merchant Roundtable block captains:
Nicole Vera - email@example.com
Gretchen Peters - firstname.lastname@example.org
Matt Teichman - email@example.com
Donna Nordlund - firstname.lastname@example.org
Intown Concord Business Workshop, May 29:
Service Success through Secret ShoppingCONCORD, NH – Concord businesses: Do you get tons of repeat and referral business? Are you showered with great ratings on Yelp and other customer review websites? Do patrons comment on how terrific your customer service experience is, and how much they love returning to your shop or restaurant on a regular basis? Are you satisfied that you know what your customers are telling their friends about your establishment, and that it’s all positive?
Then perhaps you do NOT need Intown Concord’s upcoming business workshop, “A Step Toward Great Customer Service: How Mystery Shopping Can Help Your Business,” on May 29.
Of course, even those with a perfect customer service track record are invited to join secret shopping expert Tyler Goodwin of Goodwin Hospitality& Associates at this eye-opening session for local businesses, Thursday, May 29, 8:00-9:00am, at NH Federal Credit Union, 47 N. Main Street, downtown Concord.
In this educational one-hour workshop, you’ll learn about:
- Common customer service problems
- Seeing your business through your guest's eyes
- Easy steps to ensure great customer service
“A Step Toward Great Customer Service,” hosted by Intown Concord and sponsored by NH Federal Credit Union, is FREE to Intown Concord business members; $5 per person for nonmembers. Space is limited; please RSVP at surveymonkey.com/s/mystery-shopper-workshop. Refreshments provided.
(Don't know if you're a member? Check the list: intownconcord.org/shop/our-members - or join today: intownconcord.org/images/member-packet-new-2014.pdf. Note that Goodwin Associates is offering a 10% discount for Intown Concord members that sign up for one or more “mystery shops” as a result of the workshop.)
The mission of Intown Concord is to promote and enhance the business environment, cultural activities, housing, and appearance of historic downtown Concord. Visit intownconcord.org.
Liza Poinier (603) 226-2150 or email@example.com
RSVP here: surveymonkey.com/s/keep-it-fresh-concord
Intown Concord Business Workshop, Nov. 6, 2014:
KEEPING IT FRESH!
"Before" and "after" shots of a section of Lilise; merchandising and decor by presenter Ricardo Rodriguez (below)
First impressions are formed within four seconds. Curb appeal accounts for 70% of first time sales for retail and restaurants. How the storefront, entry and employees look, friendliness, and courtesy...people are quick to form an impression.
Ricardo Rodriguez has been transforming commercial and residential spaces for over 20 years. He has an international reputation for creating innovative and timeless spaces and has worked for the likes of Levi Strauss U.K. and SIA-Home Fashions-Paris. He designed, staged and merchandised at all levels, from small boutique shops to corporate showrooms and international trade shows. His passion for design took him across Europe for nearly a decade, and then six years ago he decided to return to his New England roots.
"That’s when I found my little piece of heaven in Contoocook, New Hampshire," he says. Rodriguez still travels, but home base is now New Hampshire.
His design philosophy is to always create spaces that deliver that wow factor. "You only have that split second to grab someone’s attention and make it memorable," he says.
The workshop topics will include tips on:
- Creating memorable windows that help develop customer expectations. Window displays are one of the best ways to grab a customer’s attention. Not only do they help serve as a preview of the goods you are selling, but help set the tone for your store's philosophy. It’s important to show your customers how your merchandise will enhance their lifestyle. It should showcase the lifestyle to which they are accustomed, or to which they aspire. There are many ways to accomplish these goals. During this session we will explore the various options available to you.
- How to maximize flow in your store with product placement. There are very specific ways to display your merchandise that can help you guide your customers to the best deals in your store. What about those other products that you still want to make sure get their fair share of attention? Make sure to place the most in demand items further into the store. This way your customer can catch a glimpse of your lesser known items. Simple things like creating a merchandising strategy plan can go a long way and will help you track your store flows patterns.
- How to make old items look new again. There are always a few items that you may have trouble moving from time to time. Before you put them on the sale rack, there might be a few things you might want to try. It could be as simple as moving things up from one shelf to another. Another idea is to move them into a grouping so they start to look like a collection of items. This technique works especially well when you have multiple single items. This way they can be paired with newer items and look like a new collection.
ALL WELCOME. Intown Concord is pleased to bring local businesses this valuable workshop at no cost to Intown Concord members, or a nominal $5 to non-members. It’s the first in a three-part series, with additional workshops planned for 2015.
Coffee and danish will be served, compliments of the Concord Food Co-op. RSVP is required at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/keep-it-fresh-concord.
The mission of Intown Concord is to promote and enhance the business environment, cultural activities, housing, and appearance of historic downtown Concord. Visit intownconcord.org.
Liza Poinier (603) 226-2150 or liza [at] intownconcord.org
Intown Concord Open Doors Meetings
Intown Concord regularly hosts Open Doors meetings where everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. These are open platforms to ask questions, share your thoughts, and brainstorm together about great things for our downtown. Light refreshments are served, and folks should feel free to pop in quickly, or to stay for longer. Watch this page for dates.
Thanks A Million!
A heartfelt thank-you to the attendees, sponsors, volunteers, and hosts for Intown Concord’s 6th Annual Upstairs, Downtown Walking Tour on June 4. More than a hundred people came to enjoy an exclusive peek above street level – and to dream and talk about the possibilities for downtown’s upper stories.
We couldn’t have done it without our gracious site hosts and reception host: CATCH Neighborhood Housing and the Endicott Hotel Apartments; Concord Wealth Management at Capital Commons; Act One Creative on Low Avenue; Mark Ciborowski of Ciborowski Associates for showing off both the International Order of Odd Fellows building and historic Phenix Hall; and Orr & Reno for the use of their beautiful gathering space in the new “Love Your Neighbor” building on South Main Street.
The Upstairs, Downtown Walking Tour is possible through the support of many volunteers and generous contributions from sponsors: Merrimack County Savings Bank, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, Big Jim’s Lumber and Home Center, Capital Region Development Council, Checkmate Workforce Management Solutions, The Concord Monitor, 3W Design, Unitil, the City of Concord, Hilltop Consignment Gallery, Lake Sunapee Bank, and Zoe & Co. Professional Bra Fitters.
Attendees and the public are invited to help shape future Upstairs, Downtown events by sharing their feedback at: surveymonkey.com/s/UpstairsDowntown.
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Intown Concord's 6th Annual Upstairs, Downtown Walking Tour
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 – 5:30 to 8:00 pm
Tickets $25 per person
Tour limited to 100 participants
This year’s tour features five upstairs locations: the newly renovated Endicott Hotel Apartments; the “penthouse” of Capital Commons, with its fantastic view of the city; Act One Creative on Low Avenue; the International Order of Odd Fellows building; and perennial favorite, historic Phenix Hall. It tops off with a wine and cheese reception at the beautiful new “Love Your Neighbor” building!
MEET at the marquee in front of Red River Theatres on South Main Street a few minutes before 5:30pm; tour departs promptly at 5:30! We recommend parking in the Capital Commons Garage (enter on Storrs Street).
***RAIN OR SHINE***
NOTE: Unfortunately, not all tour sites are accessible to those with mobility disabilities. Please plan accordingly.
THANKS!!! To Our Generous 2014 Upstairs, Downtown Sponsors:
Oh what a night!
Thank you to everyone who joined us at our Annual General Meeting & Locally Famous Art Auction on March 13 - hope you had as much fun as we did! Special extra thanks to all those who helped and contributed to this fundraising event - attendees, volunteers, painters, bidders, event sponsors, and board members. We're simply overwhelmed by everyone's generosity and spirit! The money raised will go to help Intown Concord meet its mission to promote and enhance the business environment, cultural activities, housing, and appearance of historic downtown Concord. Cheers!
Midnight Merriment is FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 2014 ~ DOWNTOWN CONCORD!
FRIDAY, DEC. 5, 5:30 TO 12 MIDNIGHT: Join us downtown to kick off Concord's holiday shopping season at Midnight Merriment! Enjoy unique, locally owned businesses, beautifully decorated windows and historic buildings, and old-fashioned hospitality, throughout the downtown.
Watch this page for details!
Sponsored by: Zoë & Co., Professional Bra Fitters
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here to download our sponsor packet or contact Susan Sokul, Intown Concord at 603-226-2150.
Watch this page for info about the next Community Adult Spelling Bee!
We had hoped to revive the Bee in early 2014, but it hasn't happened yet...if you're interested in joining the planning team, we'd love to have you! Please contact info (at) intownconcord.org or call 226-2150. Thanks.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Sulloway and Hollis Spelloticians (above, in hats) - and THANKS to the many, many people who helped make Intown Concord's 4th Annual Community Adult Spelling Bee a success, including (back row, left to right) judges Steve Shurtleff, Tom Aspell, and Dan St. Hilaire; and our fantastic Bee Meister, Kevin Flynn! See you next year!
Concord is abuzz with excitement for the 4th Annual Community Adult Spelling Bee (Political Edition)!
Thursday, September 27, 2012 (Doors open at 5:30 pm, Spelling starts promptly at 6:00 pm)
Governor's Hall at Capitol Center for the Arts
CLICK TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS ONLINE TODAY! Or - visit our friends at the Center for Health Promotion (49 South Main St.), Charter Trust Company (90 North Main St.), Merrimack County Savings Bank (89 North Main St.), and True Brew Barista (3 Bicentennial Square) - tickets are just $10.
The event promises to be sweeter than ever, with the introduction of a fun new annual theme – for 2012, the Bee goes POLITICAL, with laughs guaranteed on both sides of the aisle. From an election-worthy décor to politically connected spelling words, the 2012 Bee will be a winner. On September 27th, (25) competitive teams of (3) will take the stage to battle it out for the Best Capital Spellers title. All proceeds directly support Intown Concord’s events, programs, and initiatives in Downtown Concord.
Our (local) celebrity panel of Bee judges includes Concord City Councilor/NH Executive Councilor Dan St. Hilaire (R), Concord City Council/NH State Representative Steve Shurtleff (D), and our politically neutral City Manager Tom Aspell (?).
For sponsorship opportunities, click here!
Team registration is open NOW ($200 per team, $350 for 2 teams); e/m firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot (competition limited to 25 teams)! Just a few slots remain.
To learn more about volunteering for the Bee, contact us today!
Thank you to our 2012 Spelling Bee sponsors:
Halloween Howl - Friday, October 24, 2014!
Prep your costumes for the year’s eeriest evening, when downtown Concord’s traditional Halloween Howl returns on Friday, October 24! This free community event offers a variety of activities for all ages, including:
- Trick-or-treating at downtown businesses from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
- Horse-drawn wagon rides loading at the corner of Park and North Main Streets from 5:30 to 7:30 pm – FREE, courtesy of Granite State Candy Shoppe!
- WJYY’s DJ Nazzy and Mya – dance party on City Plaza, and the Annual Costume Parade starting at 6:00 pm (line up near the arch).
- Favorite local band Pat and the Hats plays outside in Bicentennial Square starting at 7:00pm, sponsored by True Brew Barista.
- As part of its Fun Family Friday from 6:30 to 8:30, Concord Family YMCA hosts a spooky Haunted House in the Child Development Center on Warren Street behind the Y’s main building.
- Red River Theatres screens 1922 silent film Nosferatu with live music @ 7:00pm ($10); and the cult classic Rocky Horror Picture Show (R) @ 9:30pm ($15)
- Carved Pumpkin Contest outside the Concord Food Co-op – judging begins at 5:30.
- Double Midnight Comics – free comic books and costumed superheroes on City Plaza.
- Illuminated “Milk Jug Ghosts” created by local youths and displayed around downtown. Click here for information on how to create a milk jug ghost of your own and add it to the display!
- Radio station 102.3 the River will be on Main Street, near the entrance to Bicentennial Square, with music and giveaways.
To make way for all the fun and to ensure safety for thousands of trick-or-treaters, North Main Street from Centre Street to Pleasant will be closed to vehicles from 4:00 to 8:30 pm. Parking is available at the Capitol Commons, Firehouse Block, and Durgin Block garages.
Halloween Howl is proudly presented by Intown Concord and generously sponsored by Granite State Candy Shoppe and Double Midnight Comics & Collectibles, with support from True Brew Barista, WJYY-FM/Binnie Media, 102.3 the River, and HP Hood.
Intown Concord Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and enhance the business environment, cultural activities, housing and appearance of historic downtown Concord. To learn more, call 603-226-2150 or visit intownconcord.org.
Halloween Howl is sponsored by...
THANKS to our downtown businesses and the Concord Community for helping make Halloween Howl great! Click here to see awesome 2013 Halloween Howl photos from our Facebook friends.
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with Halloween Howl, please contact us at 603-226-2150 or email@example.com. Thanks!
THANKS for an outstanding market days!
Beautiful weather, great vendors, delicious food, fantastic entertainment, and the best volunteers EVER made the 40th Annual Market Days Festival one for the record books! Thank you to our many, many helpers, sponsors, entertainers, local businesses, visiting vendors, and the entire Concord community for their support.
FEEDBACK PLEASE: Would you kindly click here and tell us what you thought of the 2014 Market Days Festival? Thank you.
On to next year!
The Market Days Festival is produced by Intown Concord, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to promote and enhance the business environment, cultural activities, housing and appearance of historic downtown Concord.
Intown Concord's 2014 Market Days Festival...
July 17-19, 2014!
It's the 40th annual Market Days Festival in downtown Concord, NH, July 17, 18, and 19, 2014, 10am to 10pm daily!
PREVIEW - Click here for a preview of Market Days Festival venues and goings-on!
SCHEDULE - Click here for a draft schedule of events, and get busy on that cloning program because there is SO much going on!!! This week's Concord Insider will contain schedules by venue.
MAP - Click here to download a preliminary map of the festival area including vendors. NOTE: This map is a work in progress and may change slightly between now and 7/17. Also - please do not try to PRINT this map, unless you own a plotter...it is very large. (We were able to print it at 80% on 6 sheets of office paper, so if you really want a printout, that's the way to go. We do not offer technical support in this area.)
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We want you! We need volunteers of all kinds, at any hour of the Market Days Festival! Lots of fun assignments (and free t-shirts) available - help with check-in, vendor relations, beer tent, free family fun, music, and more.
Love the Market Days Festival? Got the time and energy to be a part of the fabulous Planning Team? All are welcome to attend Market Days Planning Team meetings! Meetings take place monthly (twice each in June and July) at Intown Concord (49 S. Main Street, #202) and last about an hour. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Weds., Mar. 19, 8:00am
- Weds., Apr. 16, 5:00pm
- Weds., May 21, 8:00am
- Weds., June 18, 8:00am
- Weds., July 9, 8:00am Last one!
Download vendor applications here; please contact Intown Concord at 603-226-2150 if you wish to be a vendor. There's space, but not a lot!
- FOOD VENDORS - click here to download a print-and-mail application (PDF)
- RETAIL AND NONPROFIT VENDORS - click here to download a print-and-mail application (PDF)
The Market Days Festival regularly attracts crowds of 50,000+ from throughout New Hampshire and New England; attendees come to enjoy shopping and nonstop cost-free musical and cultural programming.
“The story of this year's Market Days should be written in superlatives…(it) was a family-friendly party worthy of a capital city…Visitors ricocheted around downtown from one contest, concert or display to another. (Attendance) probably topped 50,000. Merchants were smiling.” (Concord Monitor, July 25, 2012)
Market Days Festival 2014 features include: Delicious food and great retail offerings throughout the festival, Free Family Fun offerings on the State House Lawn, Beer Tent, family-friendly entertainment including mini golf and bouncy houses, on City Plaza, Homegrown Music Stage in Bicentennial Square, community programming at the intersection of Pleasant + Main, the Concord Arts Market, and much more - watch this page or the Intown Concord Facebook page for details!