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Getting By, Getting Ahead: Seacoast Boutique Owner Bets On Success In High-Rent Downtown

As part of our weekly “Getting By, Getting Ahead” series, StateImpact is traveling across New Hampshire, gathering personal stories from the people behind the economy.  In our fourth installment, we visit a bustling boutique in the Seacoast region. _____ Walk down Market Street in downtown Portsmouth, and you’ll see clothing boutiques, a kitchen store, a […]

Seacoast Snapshot: Portsmouth Retailers Struggle With High Downtown Rents

Tomorrow morning on NHPR, we’ll hear from Assiah Russell, a boutique owner in downtown Portsmouth. Assiah’s story is Part Four of our series “Getting By, Getting Ahead,” examining how people across New Hampshire’s seven regions are navigating a recovering economy. ___ Downtown Portsmouth, with its skyline dominated by the large white North Church steeple, and […]

“Best of New Hampshire” Businesses Celebrate at Verizon Center Thursday

New Hampshire Public Radio Intern Tina Forbes Reports: Did you vote on your favorite local restaurant this year? Winners of the New Hampshire Magazine’s ‘Best of New Hampshire’ contest will be gathering on Thursday night to celebrate and share some contest-winning morsels at the Verizon Center in Manchester. The public may attend. All proceeds from […]

A Pop-up In Portsmouth: One Innovative New England Business Goes All Out

A trend has taken off in cities from Los Angeles, to New York City, to London, in which restaurants and retailers set up shop in an empty storefront for as short as a weekend to as long as six months. Organizations like Popuphood, in Oakland, Calif., works with retailers, landlords and city government to give […]

How Market Basket’s Changing Worker Safety Rules After OSHA Settlement

Recently,Tewksbury, Massachusetts-based DeMoulas Supermarkets, Inc. settled with the feds on a laundry list of major safety violations at Market Basket stores.  As we’ve previously reported, OSHA slapped DeMoulas with $589,000 in fines following store inspections in Concord and Rindge.  Then, after considering a the number of serious, repeat, and willful violations, the agency went so […]

How Communities Are Reclaiming Vacant Malls

Since the economic collapse, the commercial real estate market has been faced with a glut of vacant buildings.  And that chief icon of American consumerism–the shopping mall–hasn’t been spared.  But that’s not to say these massive markets can’t be reclaimed.  Recently, NHPR’s Word of Mouth host Virginia Prescott dished with a New York Times reporter […]

Revenues For New Hampshire’s Ski Industry On A Downward Slope

New Hampshire ski area operators are trying to keep up a hopeful message about this year’s season, but there is a lot less snow this year than last. Ski areas are able to make snow, but as the Union Leader reports, Cannon Mountain had 70 trails open this time last year. This year, the mountain […]

Buy Local Movement Set For “Plaid Friday”

Today, the “Buy Local” types–those signature Main Street merchants who sometimes struggle to strike a balance between carrying unique, if occasionally under-sold items, and high-demand products that big box stores can push for lower prices–are finally embracing Black Friday.  Sort of.  More accurately, they’re embracing the date itself as a marketing opportunity for holiday shoppers […]

“Affordable” North Conway Outlets Get Shout-Out On SNL

In all likelihood, most of you aren’t visiting StateImpact for our primary coverage.  Yes, we completely agree that the Republican primary is a Very Big Deal.  But most people don’t go to business news sites to get nitty-gritty political coverage, either.  So we try to keep political stories strictly focused on New Hampshire’s business and […]

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