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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. If you value the presence of our small businesses in downtown Concord, please support them. The value that these businesses add to our local economy is immeasurable.

The Greater Concord Chamber’s work to showcase Concord as a Destination City is paying off. Visitors eager to experience New Hampshire’s state capital are coming. It’s important that Concord’s vibrant retail and expanding restaurant scene is waiting for them. Visitors stay in our hotels, dine at local eateries, use our parking garages, see shows and support our tax-free shops. And when they return home, they tell others about all the great things waiting in Concord and perhaps even subscribe to our local businesses’ e-newsletters, follow them on social media, and order something from those with shopping-enabled websites — like Celeste Oliva, Fifty Home, Gondwana, Granite State Candy Shoppe, Indigo Blues & Co., and the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Concord Gallery store — instead of heading over to Amazon.

We’ve heard from a few of our members that they feel the recent parking changes and construction projects are impacting their businesses. In today’s busy world it can make life easier to order something from the convenience of your couch or pick up takeout at a drive-in window than drive and park and load some change into the meter and walk in and interact with people. We’ve all been there. But local businesses deserve our support. If you can’t patronize them in person or find the parking too much of a hassle (garages right off Main Street are free on weekends), please help them thrive when, how and where you can. Viking House is “only a phone call away” and offers free local delivery – they will even ship your gifts for you! Endicott Furniture posts all their furniture online with a reference number for any questions. Lilise Designer Resale accepts “I want that!” posts for items it shares on Instagram and Facebook.

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, festivals, entertainment and friendly, local customer service we have to choose from.

Incorporated in 1919, the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the state with more than 900 members. New Hampshire's state capital chamber of commerce develops economic opportunities, strengthens the business climate, and enhances quality of life in the Capital region. It is deeply invested in the local community and dedicated to shaping competitive economic development strategy, advocating for policies and projects that benefit the region, and promoting Concord as a culturally vibrant visitor destination. For more information visit www.

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