Concord's New Main Street

Main Street in Concord underwent a makeover - now it's the perfect cure for cabin fever!

A Mark Knipe creation from 1974 from Mark Knipe Goldsmiths

The outdoor thermometer is still unfriendly. The smoky gray snow is an eyesore and the handful of Granite Staters who still have holiday lights on should be subject to fines, or jailed. For most of us, we’re done. Yet there are ways to find warmth. Concord is one of those places.

Looking for a warm leg massage? How about a pair of cashmere tights or a snuggly pair of jammies that you can stay in for the weekend? Visit Zoë & Company, professional bra fitters offering 200 different-sized bras and featuring a popular item that you wish you could have on long car rides.

Sneak into Wellington’s Marketplace and order a steaming bowl of spicy black bean soup, served with dollop of sour cream and garnished with scallions. Your spoon will love you. Pair this with a lovely bottle of Rioja Bordon (from the Tempranillo grape).

Warm and colorful mittens, hats and scarves and, of course, clothing are what has kept locals flocking to Gondwana & Divine Clothing Co. for more than 20 years. No matter how long you stay in the dressing room being pampered, you’ll never be asked to pay rent.

If there were ever a Main Street magnet that continually offered a “hot” hello no matter the temperature on Main Street, it is Puppy Love, a Main Street local for 40 years. Gretchen Peters is her name, and steamy, plump hot dogs are her game.

Yearn for a girls’ day out? Visit Lotions ‘n Potions and indulge in a Tea and Soak. This is a warm, lingering footbath served with hot tea, coffee or BYOB. Don’t leave without a heat-up body wrap (scented with mountain air and a hint of sugar pine). The heart warmer helps with heartache.

Put on the kettle; let it steam. Whether it’s a warm cup of tea or a silky hot chocolate, a beautiful new kettle from Things Are Cooking will surely leave your microwave in the dust.

If you’re stepping out for a movie at Red River Theatres or to a concert at the Capitol Center For the Arts (Joan Baez this month!), why not look like a woman with a fashion sense? Visit Tina at Bravo Boutique and let her slip you into sophistication. A luxurious sweater and a bold necklace do the trick.

Just because your significant other blew it over Valentine’s Day, there is still time to warm your heart. Nothing triggers sizzling kisses better than a diamond-and-gold necklace from Capitol Craftsman & Romance Jewelers.

Have an idea in mind for the perfect piece of jewelry but can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Head into Mark Knipe Goldsmiths in the Capital Plaza, where owner and designer Mark Knipe and his team create beautiful pieces right onsite. There’s also a warm and lovely showroom to browse for inspiration or something to take home right now.

Your warm finish is called the “Granite Monk” (Frangelico, Christian Brothers Brandy and Baileys Irish Cream), and you can only find it at the much-loved Granite Restaurant & Bar in The Centennial Hotel, courtesy of head bartender Crawford. The bar is a welcoming gathering place for friends and neighbors. 


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