Small businesses around the country are dealing with an unprecedented challenge—COVID-19. We are so proud of the way our retail members are rising up to meet this situation. They have built shopping-enabled websites, activated social media accounts, shared fun and educational content, posted exciting deals and promotions, pivoted to offer over the phone sales and curbside delivery. Whether you need groceries, home renovation materials, books, shoes, jeans, meal kits, candy, flowers or Father's Day, graduation, birthday, new baby, new home, new job, retirement or engagement and wedding gifts, New Hampshire is ready to do business and your purchases are tax-free! Here's a directory of stores offering new ways of doing business who are eager to serve you . The value that these businesses and organizations add to our local economy is immeasurable. Please support them during this unprecedented time. 

Governor Sununu announced that effective Monday, May 11, retail locations may open in accordance with new public health guidelines. Please contact stores to see what kinds of shopping options and hours they are offering customers and make the selection that is best for you. You can quickly find area retailers' contact information using our online Member Directory.  

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To anyone who supported a local business these past few weeks: thank you. It’s been about two months since COVID-19 threw our economy into a tailspin. First there was the panic over how to survive in business with zero cash flow. Then there was the anxiety and frustration involved in understanding and navigating state and federal resources coming forth to shore up the business community. We are now entering a stage of uncertainty for the future. Imagine trying to solicit sales during this time of hardship for so many. That’s the reality for many member businesses and organizations who had to abruptly close their doors and rapidly change their business model. The good news is there are people who have the means and desire to help, making it entirely possible for our favorite shops, cultural institutions, inns, hotels, salons, restaurants, attractions and entertainment venues to still be here for years to come, adding color, life and value to our communities. Think about your favorite places and if you can, take action knowing you did something positive for them during what is quite likely the hardest time they’ve ever faced. Here’s a link to our online directory with the member industries above. They appreciate your business and so do we! #ShopLocalNH #TakeOutTuesday #GiftCardWednesday #SupportSmallBusiness #GiftCertificates #WeLoveOurMembers #chamberofcommerce #statecapital #603pride @visitconcordnh

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Concord is a destination for shoppers from all over the region. Concord Heights offers a variety of shopping, entertainment and dining opportunities that compliment Main Street and provide consumers with dozens of easily accessible choices along Loudon Road. Look for popular stores like Bath & Body Works, Talbots, JCPenney featuring Sephora and Yankee Candle at The Steeplegate Mall , which also features fun options like Altitude Trampoline Park and live entertainment at  Hatbox Theatre! Target, Best Buy and Ocean State Job Lots are adjacent to the mall along with other specialty stores like  Goodale's Bike Shop, Inc.  Nearby restaurants include the  99 Restaurant & Pub, Wrap City and  Newick’s Concord Lobster House. 

Concord's revitalized downtown has it's own distinct appeal. If your ideal day of shopping is walking around a city brimming with historic buildings, public art and statues, and exploring a variety of specialty shops, bakeries, cafés, restaurants, unique alleys, squares and side streets, you will not be disappointed. Local shopkeepers carry everything from handmade clocks, gourmet foods, books, music, clothing, furniture, jewelry, lingerie, swim wear, formal wear, shoes and specialty footwear, designer glasses, antiques, crafts, flowers and cookware. Popular shops include  Gondwana & Divine Clothing Company, Viking House, Capitol Craftsman, Granite State Candy Shoppe, Concord Antiques Gallery, the League of NH Craftsmen Retail Store, Joe King's Shoe Shop, Lilise Designer Resale,  Celeste Oliva,  Endicott Furniture Company, Goldsmiths Gallery, Things Are Cooking, Zoe & Co. Professional Bra Fitters, Runner's Alley, A Day to Remember Bridal Boutique, and the expanded  Gibson's Bookstore which features an educational toy store in the children's section.

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With a deep sadness we will be closing our doors after July 24th. Your loss is also your gain! Everything in the store is at a substantial discount in order to facilitate this process. The less we have to pack up the easier this transition to online will be for our family. Support local businesses even if they won’t be there next month! Thank you for your help in closing down with a dignified bang!

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Recent arrivals in the downtown area include Wine On Main, Arnaldo Joseph Boutique LLC, Gem's First, Who Doesn't Want That?, Indigo Blues & Co., Cobblestone Design Company and  Concord Antiques just opened a new location at 137 Storrs Street!

Stay for lunch, enjoy an award-winning craft beer at  Concord Craft Brewing Company, make dinner reservations at one of Concord's new eateries like farm to table restaurant  Revival Kitchen & Bar or an old favorite - there are many excellent dining options in and around the Capital City. Before heading home, take in a show at one of Main Street's entertainment venues like Bank of NH Stage, Capitol Center for the Arts and  Red River Theatres. Rather stay over? There are lots of fine options to spend the night or the weekend in Greater Concord.

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Leather and flowers... The perfect combination. Beautiful Jackie! #leatherjacket #floraldress #concordhospital

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Concord's central location makes it a quick road trip to surrounding communities like Contoocook with boutique shops like Indigo Blues & Co., and musuem shops like the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester and Warner's Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum with unique finds like these stunning Wampum earrings made from shells:

Intown Concord hosts a number of special shopping events throughout the year, including  Market Days during the summer months and Midnight Merriment featuring Giftopolis during the holidays.

Farmers Markets are popular with all ages and can be found throughout the City of Concord and throughout the year. During the warmer months, head over to Capitol Street next to the State House for Concord's  outdoor Farmers Market— it runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon every Saturday from May to October.

You’ll find a wide variety of produce from area farms and locally made products. After you've sampled everthing from cheese to donuts and picked up fresh food for you and your family, head over to the award-winning  Concord Arts Market  in Bicentennial Square. New Hampshire's first weekly, juried outdoor artisan and fine art market celebrates artists from the Capital region and visitors the chance to admire and take home one-of-a-kind handmade items. Another wonderful resource for locally produced food is  Concord Food Co-op  on South Main Street. The fun continues after the mercury drops!  Cole Gardens hosts an indoor Winter Farmers Market on Sundays from 10:30-2 that includes easy access to parking and fun activities for kids (it's offered during the summer too!). If you're in the Main Street area, check out the Downtown Concord Winter Farmers' Market  in the Eagle Square Atrium where shoppers enjoy live music while browsing a wide selection of unique, local products. 

Shoppers looking to purchase tax-free home improvement items for their bath and kitchen renovations will find an impressive selection and knowledgable staff at  Baron's Major Brands Appliances  and  Frank Webb Home 's Concord showrooms.  Big Jim's Home Center  and  Home Depot  carry everything from granite vanity tops to faucets and tile. Start planning your dream home and finally add that whirlpool tub or new slider! Company C is planning a Downtown Concord store for 2020—if you've never wandered their home interiors showroom drenched in texture and color, this is your invitation!

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Breaking news: Downtown Concord has a new shop and you can go there...tomorrow!! Repost from @companyc using @RepostRegramApp - A brand-new store filled with eye-catching’s a sneak peek of our updated Concord store in its new location! — 97 Storrs St, Concord, NH 03301 — We will be reopening our doors tomorrow—stop by and check out the new space! You’ll definitely find some drool-worthy designs. 😍 — #concordnh #companyc #designsforcolorfulliving #mycompanyc #color #colorcrush #shoplocal #ihavethisthingwithcolor #weloveourmembers #603pride #buylocal #supportsmallbusiness #sustainableliving

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