There's vitality in variety

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There’s been a lot of buzz about Main Street these past few years. Investment in downtown redevelopment has led to new businesses, more foot traffic, new restaurants and market rate housing projects with waiting lists.

As we welcome more visitors and promote our community as an ideal place to raise a family, start or move a business, it is important to remember that the Capital City enjoys a number of distinct business districts that bring their own unique flavor to residents and visitors.

Concord Heights offers a variety of housing, shopping and dining opportunities that compliment Main Street and provide consumers with dozens of easily accessible choices along Loudon Road. Options like nationally recognized retail stores Goodwill and maurices, and well-known restaurant brands including Olive Garden Italian Kitchen, UNO Pizzeria and Grill and The 99 Restaurant & Pub, combine with locally owned establishments like Arnie’s Place, Baron’s Major Brands Appliances, El Rodeo Mexican Restaurant and Red Arrow Diner to provide the kind of variety and customer choice that growing cities need.

Up the street, Hatbox Theatre offers all kinds of interesting live entertainment ranging from magic to standup comedy and more, and it’s conveniently located in the Steeplegate Mall — parking is readily available and seniors can take Concord Area Transit to the Sunday matinée.

This spring, Concord’s first purpose built community center will offer a variety of activities and programming in the Heights, providing a neighborhood gathering place for area residents and businesses. It includes a function hall, and will even have a branch of the Concord Library.

When we think of America’s great cities, we often speak of neighborhoods... what’s unique to their dining or housing scene. Concord is no exception. Each neighborhood has a distinct character that fits interestingly into the mosaic that is our city. This variety is one of our community’s greatest strengths and assets.

Tim Sink is the President of the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce.

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