“Tis the Season to try something new to whittle down that holiday shopping list
Concord, NH --The holiday season is upon us and that means it is time to for holiday shopping- a task that is often synonymous with stress. The idea of shopping in generic big box stores with all the frenetic energy of stressed out shoppers only makes the endeavor more daunting. However, there is an alternative to the frenzy- imagine strolling through locally-owned boutiques with local goods all set in 19th century brick architecture. And to that friendly shop owners who are knowledgeable about their product and passionate about their store to complete your holiday list. This shopping utopia exists – it is called Downtown Concord, NH.
On Friday, December 5th, Downtown Concord stays up late for Midnight Merriment. Main Street is lit up with twinkle lights and the air is filled with the songs of carolers. Stores offer hard to beat specials with free food and drink. It is a great way to get your shopping done and get into a festive spirit.
Set on the banks of the Merrimack River, Concord, New Hampshire has the charm of a quintessential New England town with all the cultural assets of a city. Almost 100% of the stores and restaurants are locally owned and there is something for everyone on that growing list.
Looking for unique toys for the young people in your life? Gibson’s Toys and Books, an independently owned toy and book store, has a variety of high quality gifts for your young ones and a wide variety of novels for readers of all levels- and, a plus, you can pick up a delicious café drink from True Brew Barista’s café on site. Further north on Main Street is Yo-yo Heaven, founded in 2013 by Yo-yo expert, Dan McBride. It a store dedicated to yo-yos and other niche products.
Need to get something for your favorite fashionista? The boutiques downtown range from fair trade, to high fashion, to second hand shops. Gondwana, founded in 1995, specializes in fair trade and ecofriendly clothing and jewelry from all around the world. Bravo Boutique and Britches of Concord feature high-end fashions for men and women. Looking for great finds at great prices? Check out OutFITers, a second hand store that donates its proceeds to Families in Transition, an organization that assists the homeless to reach beyond the cycle of homelessness.
Need a gift boutique to get high end, specialty products? There are quite a few on Main Street: Bona Fide Green Goods has an assortment of environmentally friendly gifts all made in the United States of America. The Viking House specializes in high-end imports from Scandinavia and also features an extensive collection of Vera Bradley products. Just a block away, local artists feature their goods for sale at Concord Handmade, a seasonal gift store. You can’t forget to check out Lotions and Potions to get goods to pamper your loved ones or Things Are Cooking to pick up the tools you need for cooking holiday meals.
Concord has much to offer. The Capital Region offers a quality of living to rival any community in the country. Excellent public and private schools produce a well-educated workforce. Greater Concord boasts one of the finest health care networks north of Boston. If you enjoy the theater, visiting museums and art galleries or browsing well-stocked libraries, you will enjoy our offerings. For more information please go to: