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Recognize this popular Concord catch phrase? It goes back more than a few decades but is more true today than ever before. The pulse of exciting historic, business and economic development news in New Hampshire is right here in the Capital—here’s a snapshot:

Watch for new public art in downtown Concord this month. A call to artists from Creative Concord yielded some fun new pieces that will become part of Concord’s 2nd Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, Art on Main. This public art initiative is free for all to enjoy through a partnership between the Chamber and the City of Concord. It includes new work and existing favorites. Learn more at www.VisitConcord-NH.com.

Small Business Month ushered in great new local retail and restaurant additions like The Post Downtown, The Crepe Escape, Indigo Blues & Co., Federal’s Cafe, CandleTree, Busy as a BB, and Concord Antiques Gallery added a second location on Storrs Street.

Saturdays are always hopping in Concord! With lots of cultural events to choose from, live music, the Farmers Market and Arts Market, tax-free shopping in our charming, independent boutiques and brand name stores, and easy access from I-93, folks are streaming in from all over. We’re partnering with the State House again to offer Saturday tours for visitors who want to walk the same halls our lawmakers have for 200 years.

Speaking of the state capitol, the New Hampshire State House celebrates its bicentennial anniversary with a host of events the first week of June. There will be special tours, reenactments, a culture and Heritage Day, a bazaar featuring New Hampshire made products and much more. Get all the details at https://nhstatehouse200.com/.

Intown Concord is gearing up for another fantastic Market Days Festival from June 20–22. Head downtown for all the action, including food, shopping, music, entertainment and community events across multiple stages.

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is hosting Capital Arts Fest once again on South Main Street from September 27-29. The festival features the work of many juried and non-juried New England artists and crafts people. Capitol Center for the Arts will bring live music to the event, and there will be craft beer, wine and food. This is a great way to start your Christmas shopping early and support the creative arts!

We got a peek at downtown Concord’s 12 new Loft apartments above the Star Building recently, and it looks like construction may begin this fall at the former New Hampshire Employment Security building. This project will add more than 100 new market rate apartments, along with some more retail and restaurant space on the ground floor. As the downtown housing boom continues with current and proposed projects on Pleasant and Storrs Streets, and Concord’s newest performing arts venue—the Bank of New Hampshire Stage—is set to open this month, a 24/7 environment continues to emerge here.

The Capital City is blooming with so many things to get excited about just in time for summer. Get out there and enjoy all the incredible amenities and entertainment we have to choose from!

Tim Sink is the President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce. Read his posts at ConcordNHChamber.com/blog.

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