Concord has been rated one of the safest and best places to live - not only in New Hampshire, but in the country.
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. The Steeplegate Mall offers popular options like Bath & Body Works, Sears, Talbots, JCPenney featuring Sephora and Yankee Candle, as well as fun options like Altitude Trampoline Park. While you're there, treat yourself to something special at Hatbox Theatre! Nearby restaurants include the 99 Restaurant & Pub, 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 Fifty Home, 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, 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 and the True Brew Café.
Recent arrivals in the downtown area include Beadorable, Celeste Oliva, Cobblestone Design Company, Concord Antiques (Concord Antiques Gallery's just-opened second location at 137 Storrs St.) Concord Craft Brewing Company, Gem's First, Indigo Blues & Co., Marketplace New England and ReChic Boutique. Stay for lunch or 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 wonderful 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 many fine options to spend the night or the weekend in Greater Concord.
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 Saturdays that includes easy access to parking and fun activities for kids. 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!