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Plaid Friday

discover-downtown-holidayDiscover Downtown Concord this holiday season!

Concord's downtown businesses are banding together to create a fun and festive holiday experience for shoppers! Below is a list of businesses that are doing something special for PLAID FRIDAY, Nov. 28 - be sure and visit them as you are walking to work off your Thanksgiving dinner! 

Launching on 11/28 is the Win The Window super-raffle - click here for details.

And of course - Concord's Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration always takes place on this day. Check it out from 4:00 to 6:00pm!

Click for more about the Discover Downtown Holiday Series.

 Business Plaid Friday Special - updated 11/19/14
All Elements Wellness Center 20% off all Gift Certificates
American Cowboy Supply $10.00 Off $100+ Pair of Boots
Bead It! Wear plaid to be entered into a raffle for a $25 gift certificate.
Britches of Concord Made In USA event. 20 percent off any product made in the USA
Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers Relax after the boxstore madness with coffee, donuts and select specials
Caring Gifts 20% off storewide
Concord Camera Store/Concord Photo Service $5.00 Off Custom Photo Mugs
Concord Handmade Free Concord Handmade tote bag with purchase of $50 or more
Detailed Stained Glass in-store specials
Dips Frozen Yogurt 25$ gift certificate + Dips Hat  for 20$
Dos Amigos Burritos Come in for our local burrito special!
Double Midnight Comics TBD
Express Jewelry Center 30% off our everyday regular low prices!!
Fabulous Looks Boutique 25% OFF All Plaid Clothing and Accessories
Flag-Works Over America 10% Off American Flags
Gibson's Bookstore Wear plaid (or say "plaid") and get a discount!
GONDWANA & Divine Clothing Co. 15% OFF STOREWIDE
Granite State Candy Shoppe Free mini sampler when you spend $25 or more
Gyro House Free lemonade with purchase of a sandwich
Hilltop Consignment Gallery 50% off select holiday items.
Joe Kings Shoe Shop 20% Nov 28th through Nov 3Oth   **off MSRP.  Not combined with other offers 
Kristin Kennedy Fine Jewelry Light refreshments
Lotions n Potions TBD
Mark Knipe Goldsmiths 10% off Southern Gates Sterling Jewelry + 50% off special Items
McGowan Fine Art 10% off all calendars: Abacus, Linnea, Kate Libby & Flower calenders
New To You Recycled Fashion 10% Off LOCAL MADE 25-80% off store wide
Old Europe Mediterranean Fine Dining Half price on cocktails
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Buy $20 in gift cards or more, get a Free Pint of Froyo To Go
Pompanoosuc Mills Up to 25% off!
Puppy Love Hot Dogs Free hot dog with gift cert purchase
Red River Theatres Receive a one (1)free movie pass and Red River Theatres travel mug when you purchase a membership.
Rosy Hue Photography 25% off all gift cards
Runner's Alley $10 Off Sales Items and $10 Off winter apparel if you wear Plaid
Simply Birkenstock 1 free pair of socks with $100 or more purchase
Soup Gallery free cup of soup with purchase of take-home quart
Spank Alley Skate & Board Shop We will be open 8am - 8pm! In-Store Specials! Watch for latest & greatest updates on our Facebook!!
Speer's Fine Jewelry 25% off Bulova Accutron Watches
The Crust and Crumb Baking Company Hot beverage and a cookie for $2.50
The Gallery Hair Salon 10 percent off Paul Mitchell awapuhi wild ginger and 25.00 shampoo, blow outs
The League of NH Craftsmen Concord Fine Craft Gallery Raffle to win a pair of woolen handcrafted mittens
The Place Studio & Gallery 20% off everything if you're wearing plaid & raffle for a $25 gift certificate
Things are Cooking  Staub  Dutch Oven 4 Qt in Red, Wusthof and Henckles knife specials
Thorne's of Concord Select specials sale!
True Brew Barista & True Brew Cafe Free coffee with purchase of a gift certificate; special on Plaid Friday Lattee
Viking House Special products and prices on Vera Bradley, Trollbeads, giftware.
Wellington's Marketplace 10 percent off all holiday cheese platters
Yo Yo Heaven 10% off
Zoë & Co., Professional Bra Fitters FREE bra fittings, and up to 50% OFF select merchandise!
American Cowboy Supply $10.00 Off $100+ Pair of Boots
Bead It! Wear plaid to be entered into a raffle for a $25 gift certificate.
Britches of Concord Made In USA event. 20 percent off any product made in the USA
Caring Gifts 20% off storewide
Concord Handmade Free Concord Handmade tote bag with purchase of $50 or more
Double Midnight Comics TBD
Express Jewelry Center 30% off our everyday regular low prices!!
Fabulous Looks Boutique 25% OFF All Plaid Clothing and Accessories
Flag-Works Over America 10% Off American Flags
Gibson's Bookstore Wear plaid (or say "plaid") and get a discount!
GONDWANA & Divine Clothing Co. 15% OFF STOREWIDE
Granite State Candy Shoppe Free mini sampler when you spend $25 or more
Hilltop Consignment Gallery 50% off select holiday items.
Kristin Kennedy Fine Jewelry Light refreshments
Lotions n Potions TBD
Mark Knipe Goldsmiths 10% off Southern Gates Sterling Jewelry + 50% off special Items
New To You Recycled Fashion 10% Off LOCAL MADE 25-80% off store wide
Old Europe Mediterranean Fine Dining Half price on cocktails
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt Buy $20 in gift cards or more, get a Free Pint of Froyo To Go
Pompanoosuc Mills Up to 25% off!
Puppy Love Hot Dogs Free hot dog with gift cert purchase
Rosy Hue Photography 25% off all gift cards
Runner's Alley $10 Off Sales Items and $10 Off winter apparel if you wear Plaid
Soup Gallery free cup of soup with purchase of take-home quart
Spank Alley Skate & Board Shop We will be open 8am - 8pm! In-Store Specials! Watch for latest & greatest updates on our Facebook!!
Speer's Fine Jewelry Chamilla Beads offered at buy 3 and receive 5 (2 of least value are free)
The Crust and Crumb Baking Company Hot beverage and a cookie for $2.50
The League of NH Craftsmen Concord Fine Craft Gallery Raffle to win a pair of woolen handcrafted mittens
The Place Studio & Gallery 20% off everything if you're wearing plaid & raffle for a $25 gift certificate
Thorne's of Concord Select specials sale!
True Brew Barista     True Brew Cafe Free coffee with purchase of a gift certificate,    Special on Plaid Friday Lattee
Viking House Special products and prices on Vera Bradley, Trollbeads, giftware.
Wellington's Marketplace 10 percent off all holiday cheese platters
Yo Yo Heaven 10% off
Zoë & Co., Professional Bra Fitters FREE bra fittings, and up to 50% OFF select merchandise!

Small Business Saturday

discover-downtown-holidayDiscover Downtown Concord this holiday season!

Concord's downtown businesses are banding together to create a fun and festive holiday experience for shoppers! Below is a list of businesses that are doing something special for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, Nov. 29 - when you stop in, tell them we said hi :)

While you're out and about, don't forget to pick up your passport to enter the Win The Window super-raffle, which runs 11/28 through 12/17 - click here for details.

Click for more about the Discover Downtown Holiday Series.

Business Small Business Saturday Special (updated 11/19)
All Elements Wellness Center 20% off Spa Packages
American Cowboy Supply $10.00 Off $100+ Pair of Boots
Bead It! Buy 3 holiday earring kits and get one free.
Bravo Boutique sales up to 50% off and raffle to win jewelry
Britches of Concord Custom Coat Event save $100 any any Made to measure car coat or topcoat from our Custom Collection
Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers Select Specials
Caring Gifts buy 1lb. of fudge and get 1/2lb. free
Concord Camera Store/Concord Photo Service BOGO Buy one photo gift receive a second at 50% Off
Concord Handmade Free Concord Handmade tote bag with purchase of $50 or more
Detailed Stained Glass in-store specials
Dips Frozen Yogurt 25% off
Dos Amigos Burritos Come in for our local burrito special!
Double Midnight Comics TBD
Express Jewelry Center 30% off our regular prices. $10 statement credit when using your registered American Express Card
Fabulous Looks Boutique A Small Gift with every $25 Purchase
Flag-Works Over America 10% Off American Flags
Gibson's Bookstore Great local writers will be guest booksellers for a day!
GONDWANA & Divine Clothing Co. 15% OFF STOREWIDE
Granite State Candy Shoppe $5 off purchases of $50 or more.
Gyro House Free lemonade with purchase of a sandwich
Hilltop Consignment Gallery Extra 10% off for first 20 customers
Joe Kings Shoe Shop 20% Nov 28th through Nov 3Oth   **off MSRP. Not combined with other offers
Kristin Kennedy Fine Jewelry Light refreshments
Little River Oriental Rugs 20% off rugs and furniture
Lotions n Potions TBD
Mark Knipe Goldsmiths 10% off Special Silver/Gold combinations+50%off special items
McGowan Fine Art same as above
New To You Recycled Fashion 10% off local made 25-80% off store wide
Old Europe Mediterranean Fine Dining Five dollars off a purchase over $ 35
OutFITters Thrift Store Boutique 25% Off entire store
Pompanoosuc Mills Up to 25% off!
Puppy Love Hot Dogs Free hot dog with gift cert purchase
Red River Theatres Receive a one (1)free movie pass and Red River Theatres travel mug when you purchase a membership.
Rosy Hue Photography 2015 Family Photography Sessions $99
Runner's Alley Amex Promo
Simply Birkenstock 1 free pair of socks with $100 or more purchase
Soup Gallery free cup of soup with purchase of take-home quart
Spank Alley Skate & Board Shop We will be open 10am - 8pm! In-Store Specials! Watch for latest & greatest updates on our Facebook!
Speer's Fine Jewelry 25% off Bulova Accutron Watches
The Crust and Crumb Baking Company Hot beverage and a cookie for $2.50
The League of NH Craftsmen Concord Fine Craft Gallery Raffle to win this years League of NH Craftsmen's 2014 Annual Ornament, Whispers of Spring
The Place Studio & Gallery Free photo notecard with a $20 purchase
Things are Cooking Swiss Diamond 10.25 " Fry Pan. reg $170.00 now $89.99 while supplies last
Thorne's of Concord 50 Shades of Holidays
True Brew Barista     True Brew Cafe Free coffee with purchase of a gift certificate,   Special on Small Business Saturday Latte
Viking House Special products and prices on Vera Bradley, Tollbeads, and giftware
Wellington's Marketplace 10% off all Stocking Stuffer Specialty Salts
Yo Yo Heaven Drawing for gift certificates
Zoë & Co., Professional Bra Fitters FREE bra fittings, and up to 50% OFF select merchandise!


Win the Window!

This holiday season, Discover Downtown Concord for a chance to WIN THE WINDOW!!!

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More than 50 businesses in downtown Concord have donated prizes for a gigantic holiday raffle!

On November 28, a store window filled with prizes will be revealed - in a prominent location in downtown Concord - and shoppers will be invited to fill out a Win The Window passport at participating businesses. Completed passports will be turned in by Wednesday, Dec. 17, and winners will be drawn. One winner will receive a grand prize valued at more than $750! There will be second and third prize winners, and a children's prize package for participants 18 and younger.

We'll send a reminder out on Nov. 28, and you'll be able to return to this page to download a passport and start Discovering Downtown!

CLICK HERE for more information about the Discover Downtown Holiday Series, November 28 - December 19, and enjoy your local, independently owned businesses this fall and winter.

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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.

Milk Jug Ghosts @ Halloween Howl

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 - Holidays in Concord!

discover-downtown-holiday 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 to downtown Concord 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!
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Win the Window—Nov. 28 through Dec. 17
This NEW feature of Intown Concord’s holiday offerings will showcase downtown’s variety of shopping and dining opportunities. A fabulous raffle package, featuring 50+ donated gift cards and items from downtown businesses and four prize packages with a total value of more than $1,200, will be displayed in a prominent window on Main Street; shoppers will visit dozens of downtown shops to complete a passbook and be entered to win the window!

Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday—Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29
The day after Thanksgiving, Plaid Friday, is a huge day for retail! Downtown Concord doesn’t need to be open in the wee hours to make a splash. (Note: Concord's Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration takes place 3:30 to 6:30 on 11/28.) Small Business Saturday is an extension of Plaid Friday, intended to direct holiday shopping to local, independently owned businesses. Take advantage of downtown's unique offerings!

Midnight Merriment—Friday, Dec. 5
Kick off downtown Concord’s official holiday shopping season in style, with a shopping extravaganza that goes until 12 on 12/5. Downtown businesses remain open until midnight, their spaces and windows “dressed up” for maximum holiday merriment!

Open Late Fridays—Friday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 19
The last 2 shopping Fridays before the Christmas holiday, these mini-events are modeled on September’s Discover Downtown kickoff. Participating merchants will stay open late and offer some kind of special for their guests, who are eager to find just the right holiday gift before Santa arrives!

EVENT KIT for Downtown Businesses

For questions or business registration/participation, contact:

Susan Sokul
Intown Concord
603-226-2150
susan@intownconcord.org
 

Merchant Roundtable block captains:

Nicole Vera - newtoyouconcord@yahoo.com
Gretchen Peters - ggpeters28@gmail.com
Matt Teichman - mteichman@fitnh.org
Donna Nordlund - donna@beadit.biz

Refreshments and special pricing from 5pmto 8pm

Business Workshop - May 29 @ 8am

RSVP here: surveymonkey.com/s/mystery-shopper-workshop

Intown Concord Business Workshop, May 29:

Service Success through Secret Shopping

CONCORD, 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.
 
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CONTACT:
Liza Poinier (603) 226-2150 or liza@intownconcord.org


Open Doors

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.

Upstairs, Downtown Walking Tour

Thanks A Million!

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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:

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Capital Regional Devel Council

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Annual General Meeting

Oh what a night!

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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!

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Additional sponsors:

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Midnight Merriment

MM-logo-new-webMidnight 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 the 22nd Annual Midnight Merriment! Enjoy unique, locally owned businesses, beautifully decorated windows and historic buildings, and old-fashioned hospitality, throughout the downtown.

Midnight Merriment offers a variety of activities for shoppers of all ages:

    • Enjoy festive holiday decorations, special promotions, and refreshments at your favorite shops throughout Concord’s downtown; bring your wallet and support our local economy!
    • Dine with friends and family at a variety of tasty downtown restaurants
    • Fill in a Win The Window passport for a chance to win fabulous downtown prize packages, including a grand prize of 30 gift cards and items valued at more than $750
    • Strolling caroling groups will delight your ears throughout the evening...
    • Winter Giftopolis with Concord Arts Market on 2 levels in Eagle Square Atrium – more than 20 fine art and craft vendors, one night only (6:30 to 11:00pm)
    • Bring your camera and your wish list for a visit with Santa in Eagle Square Atrium (6:30 to 8:00)
    • Enjoy bright and festive holiday window decorations, and visit the winner of the Merchants Roundtable Holiday Window Decorating Contest
    • Deliver your letter to Santa at Santa's letterbox (built by Parker Academy) at Eagle Square
    • Enjoy the tree and manger scene and menorah on City Plaza
    • Warm Up With a Book – Children's stories read by local celebs, free books for kids, courtesy of Concord Public Library Foundation. At Endicott Furniture (6:00 to 8:00)
    • Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association’s Hospice Lights of Life Ceremony – 6:30pm at Merrimack County Savings Bank, 89 N. Main Street
    • Take a craft break and make a Winter Star Ornament with instructor Deb Fairchild at the League of NH Craftsmen HQ, 49 S. Main Street. Free, with hourly start times 5:30-8:30pm; sign up online at nhcrafts.org.
    • Free, festive treats and conversation with the New Hampshire Public Health Association, 4 Park Street, Suite 403 (5:00 to 8:00).
    • Women's Club of Concord open house with warm drinks, baked goods, and Chamberlin House tours, 44 Pleasant Street (5:30 to 7:30)
    • Holiday Poster Sale at Red River Theatres – featuring movie posters of films shown at RRT and lots more. And hot chocolate!

Free and convenient parking is available after 5:00 pm on North and South Main streets, side streets and the Durgin Block, Firehouse and Capital Commons garages.

Please note that downtown streets will remain open to vehicle traffic during Midnight Merriment.

Sponsored by:

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Intown Concord 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 www.intownconcord.org.

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Spelling Bee

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.

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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 info@intownconcord.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:

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infinite health Shaheen & Gordon
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CG logo charter trust

 

 

Halloween Howl

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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.
  • ghost-c-Yahoo-VoicesIlluminated “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...

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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 info@intownconcord.org. Thanks!

MARKET DAYS FESTIVAL 2014

THANKS for an outstanding market days!

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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.

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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.

FITness-challenge-poster-graphic-smallMAP - 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.)

Register for the Market Days FITness Challenge - CLICK HERE

Thanks to our
generous 2014 SPONSORs!

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VOLUNTEERS

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.

Click the icon to sign up for a time and activity on VolunteerSpot:

 

 

Planning Team

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: info@intownconcord.org.

2014 Schedule:

  • 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!

VENDOR INFO

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!

If you have any Market Days Festival questions, contact Intown Concord at marketdays@intownconcord.org.

GENERAL INFO

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!