QA – Even amid all the uncertainty, Mark Ciborowski continues to move ahead with his vision for Concord

Mark Ciborowski and his family were the subjects of one of the first articles in the premiere issue of Around Concord magazine in the winter of 2007-2008. His family has been developing real estate in the Concord area since the mid-1960s. As part of our 50th Issue...
The Pinnacle of Concord

The Pinnacle of Concord

Local businesses and leaders recognized with annual awards The Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce’s Pinnacle Awards Ceremony looked a bit different in 2020 but the significance of the event has not diminished. The contributions of this year’s honorees during a year...

Get lost in the season

Get lost in the season

We’re all looking for ways to hang onto our traditions during the most untraditional of years. Among your best options could be to throw yourself into one of the area’s corn mazes. Plenty of fresh air and built-in social distancing make for a 2020-style excursion....

It’s time to get picky

It’s time to get picky

Please note that for the most part, all the farms require you to wear masks in their farm stands and when you are nearby other people, but allow you to remove them when you are away from others picking the fields and orchards. Each will have their own signs and...

THE RIGHT TO VOTE – 1920 – Appreciating the pioneers

Celebrating those whose names aren’t in the history booksWhen I left New Hampshire in the mid-1980s, both the New Hampshire Historical Society and the Schlesinger Library at Harvard wanted my papers. I had been the assistant minority leader in the New Hampshire House...

New schools of thought

New schools of thought

If only a person could view the Concord School District at the beginning and end of the twentieth century, she would see the same challenges confronting the district. As the century opened and closed, Concord had too many elementary schools, many of them no longer...

Big taste in a small town

Big taste in a small town

After driving 20 minutes north of Concord, through the woods of Salisbury and into Andover, you might not expect to find a lunch spot that serves a Vietnamese-style Bahn Mi sandwich with 12-hour roasted pulled pork and liverwurst. Or a Po Boy Sub with crispy fried...

2020 Cappies – Best of Concord

2020 Cappies – Best of Concord

ANNUAL READER SURVEY OF TOP PLACES IN AND AROUND THE CITYBEST RESTAURANT1. The Red Blazer Restaurant & Pub72 Manchester St., Concord224-4101theredblazer.com2. The Barley House132 N. Main St., Concord228-6363thebarleyhouse.com3. Angelina’s Ristorante Italiano11...

Keeping up the Spirits

Keeping up the Spirits

When CJ Lundergan signed a lease on an old Office Depot warehouse two years ago, planning to turn the space into a distillery, he hadn’t included a provision for a global pandemic in his business plan.Lundergan opened Steadfast Spirits Distillery in Concord this year...

Fields of lavender & respite

Fields of lavender & respite

At the edge of Warner sits a quaint, cool gray house. A few yards away is a warm, well-loved barn surrounded by fields of purple bushes. In the middle of the field, an old pastel yellow truck glows in the early morning light. The delicate, sweet aroma of lavender...

She’s taken many types of trips; now it’s your turn 

She’s taken many types of trips; now it’s your turn 

Go ahead. Try to rattle Kathi Russ. Try to bring her down. It won’t work. Not after her younger brother was hit by a car and died. Not after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. And now this: Russ opened a travel agency last January, only to see it face an enormous...