#foodiefriday Mar-16-2018

HAPPY (almost) SAINT PATRICK’S DAY!

It’s finally here! I don’t know about you, but I LOVE corned beef and cabbage. If you’re looking to indulge in some Irish fair there’s no shortage of options right here in Downtown! A few restaurants who will be featuring special menus for today are:

Theo’s Pizza Restaurant | 102 Elm Street | 603-669-4678

Hooked & Ignite | 110 Hanover Street | 603-606-1189

The Pint Publik House | 1111 Elm Street | 603-206-5463

Firefly | 22 Concord Street | 603-935-9740

Wanna find other ways to celebrate in downtown? Visit out Sat. Patrick’s Day guide here, or check out this post on the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade!

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St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown 2018

There’s no doubt about it, St. Patrick’s Day in Downtown is one of the best days of the year (by best, I mean most fun!). As we do annually, see the list below for different specials, performances, and St. Patty’s Day fun throughout Downtown! Did we miss your event? Shoot us an email at tvazquez@intownmanchester.com and we’ll include it on our list!

We try our best to ensure the accuracy of the events below. Please call ahead to confirm times, locations, and any specials.


Stark Brewing Co.

Join Stark Brewing for St. Patrick’s Day Bingo! They’ll be hosting a bingo game to support Airman’s Attic, a non-profit organization that helps military members in need. Doors open at 6:30pm and bingo starts at 7pm. You can pay to play, or visit their Facebook event page to find a donation list for free cards!

The Wild Rover

The Rover will be hosting an ALL-Day party! Things kick off with an Irish breakfast starting at 6am-11am and then they’ll be featuring tastings and giveaways from Guinness. Entertainment starts at 11a with the Collecctive Rebel Band, continues with the Hits 94.1 live radio broadcast, and finally Cam Macmaster Trio will close the night from 9:30p-12:30a. Visit their Facebook page here for more info!

The Shaskeen

They’ll kick off breakfast at 5:30a and the first pints at 6am. 96.5 The Mill will be broadcasting live and giving away limited edition engraved Guinness Glasses and a pair of tickets to see U2 live in Boston! Breakfast is served until 11a, after you can snag a meal from their lunch or dinner menu which will be featuring traditional favorites like the Corned Beef Dinner and Guinness Beef Stew. See their Facebook event here for more details!

Club ManchVegas/Rock 101

Rock 101 and Club ManchVegas present their annual St. Patrick’s Day broadcast! Tons of great prizes, Irish breakfast plus live music from Cody James Gang ! Come get your early drink on with the Buzz to keep you going all morning. The fun starts at 5:30am. More details here.

 

Murphy’s Taproom

Murphy’s will be open for business at 6am! They also will feature live music throughout the whole day. We mean ALL day, from 9am until 1am! They typically serve a traditional Irish breakfast too–don’t miss out! Closing out the night will be The Conniption Fits, starting at 9:30pm. Keep your eye on their Facebook page here for more updates!

Central Ale House

Central Ale House will be serving up an Irish Breakfast starting at 9am and going until 1pm. You can also get $5 Paddy Shots and Irish bombs ALL DAY! They’ll also have bag pipers, more drink specials and giveaways. Stay updated by visiting their Facebook page.

Bonfire

Bonfire Country Music bar will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day right with luve music all day from 9am to 1am PLUS all day drink specials including $5 Guinness and Bonfire’s Signature Whiskey. Stay updated by visiting their Facebook eventpage.

Valentine’s Day 2018 Gift Ideas

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Have you picked up a gift for the apple of your eye? We’ve rounded up a quick list of all the places you can grab the perfect present in Downtown!

Did we miss your business? Shoot us an email at tvazquez@intownmanchester.com and we’ll include it on our list!

 


for the fashionista


 Benton Shoes | 814 Elm Street | 603-644-2550

Is your beau an avid shoe or clothing lover? Find them the perfect gift at Benton. They’re always stocked the latest styles and matchless pieces! Visit them here!

George’s Apparel | 675 Elm Street | 603-622-5441

From casual wear to formal suits, George’s has a great selection of clothing at great prices! Alterations are always free! Check them out here!

Statement | 52 Hanover Street | 603-315-7627

Well-suited for fashionistas of all ages! Their amazing staff will help you pull together an entire outfit from head to toe! Find your better half their next favorite trendy piece.Check out their website here!

Heel the Sole | 1053 Elm Street | 603-668-2395

Heel the Sole not only makes your favorite pair of shoes look brand new, but they also sell great leather goods from shoes, cowboy boots, leather jackets, and belts!


for the collector


E.W. Poore Framing | 775 Canal Street | 603-622-3802

E.W. Poore Framing teaches great classes in their art studio! They also have a gallery with art and painting for sale! More information here.

Harris Trophy | 18 Hanover Street | 603-669-3984

Harris Trophy is more than a trophy store! They offer tons of gifts–all of which can be personalized for your honey! Among these gifts are: wine openers, iphone cases, champagne flutes (pictured right from their Facebook page) and poker sets! Stop in to meet their friendly staff and to get some unique gift ideas! Visit their website here!

 Framers Market | 1301 Elm Street | 603-668-6989

Does your Valentine have a special piece of art or memento they’ve been meaning to get framed? Look no further than Framers Market! Their team of professionals has framed everything from a piece of the Berlin Wall to a bagel! Visit them here!

Antiques on Elm | 321 Elm Street | 603-606-1736

Check out Antiques on Elm! This antique shop has so many unique items to choose from, including furniture, books, collectible items, pottery, and artwork. Plus, they even carry barn board, old windows, and tools for special home projects! Stop by their website here!

Studio 550 | 550 Elm Street | 603-759-0466

Not only does Studio 550 offer gift certificates for their vast class schedule, they are always featuring various mediums of art available for purchase in the studio! More info here.

Manchester Music Mill | 329 Elm Street | 603-623-8022

For the musicians out there, Manchester Music Mill has a wide variety of instruments and accessories, along with great deals on both new and used gear! Visit them here!

Creative Framing Solutions | 83R Hanover St (entrance on Londonderry Lane) | 603-320-5988

New to Downtown Creative Framing Solutions can create a custom frame for a beloved piece of art as well as an exhibit featuring local artists, unique home decor, antiques and hand-crafted items! More info here!

Castro’s Back Room | 972 Elm Street | 603-606-7854

If your Valentine enjoys a nice cigar now and then, head to Castro’s Back Room to pick up their favorite! Their awesome staff will be more than happy to assist you pick out the right one!

Art 3 Gallery | 44 West Brook Street | 603-668-6650

Art 3 Gallery always has a vast collection of inspired pieces just right for your Valentine. See their Facebook here!

Hatfield Gallery | 55 S. Commercial St | 603-627-7560

Hatfield Gallery not only has vast framing knowledge, but they also have an ever-changing variety of artwork available for purchase including phenomenal Manchester-centric art! More info here.

Studio Verne | 81 Hanover St | 603-490-4321

Studio Verne is a fused glass studio right on Hanover Street. Her beautiful art is a unique gift that will be enjoyed for years to come. Gift certificates are also available! More info here.

 


for the interior decorator


With Heart and Hand | 823 Elm Street | 603-625-8100

With their ever-changing selection of charming home goods, you’ll undoubtedly find the perfect future family heirloom! Visit them here!

Antiques on Elm | 321 Elm Street | 603-606-1736

Check out Antiques on Elm! This antique shop has so many unique items to choose from, including furniture, books, collectible items, pottery, and artwork. Check out their website here!

Loft Fifty 5 | 55 S. Commercial St | (603) 232-4555

Loft Fifty 5, in Manchester’s Millyard, is full of chic goods for your home–including vintage finds! See their Facebook here!

Pop of Color | 840 Elm Street | (603) 624-5999

Pop of Color has every hue of gifts for anyone on your list, including the interior decorator! They have man in a can for your hubby, or a cozy love mug for your hunny! See their Facebook here!


for the romantic


Granite State Candy Shoppe | 832 Elm Street | (888) 225-2531

Granite State Candy Shoppe offers tons of treats at their Elm Street location. Everything from fudge to candies and ice cream (it’s never too cold) your honey will be delighted to receive a treat from GSCS! Check them out here!

Edible Arrangements | 1000 Elm Street | 603-625-1010

Want something as beautiful as a bouquet, but tastier? Look no further than Edible Arrangements conveniently located at 1000 Elm Street. Stop by their website here!

Chalifour’s | 46 Elm Street | 603-623-8844

Chalifour’s specializes in beautiful arrangements and gifts perfect for Valentine’s Day! From a bouquet of red roses, to a personalized arrangement, your Valentine will not be disappointed with anything from Chalifour’s! Visit them here!

Van Otis Chocolate | 341 Elm Street | 603-627-1611

A Manchester staple, Van Otis has been around for almost 100 years! Their handcrafted chocolates and swiss fudge are to die for and surely will not disappoint your Valentine this year! Check them out here!

Dancing Lion Chocolate | 917 Elm Street | 603-625-4043

Looking for a rare and unusual gift? Dancing Lion Chocolate specializes in just that! With no shortage of creative flavors of bonbons, bars, and truffles, be sure to stop in the shop to pick out something deliciously unique! Stop by their website here!


sports


Runner’s Alley | 669 Elm Street | 603-606-6949

Runner’s Alley is a one stop shop for all of your boo’s running needs! There is apparel, shoes, accessories, and an awesome staff that will be super helpful in your quest for the perfect fit-gift! Visit them here!

Indian Head Athletics and Screen Printed Special Tees | 18 Lake Ave | 603-627-1292

Indian Head Athletics offers a variety of sports equipment for all of the sports fanatics in your life! Screen Printed Specials Tees offers in-house custom screen printing on all textiles, as well as Why not get your valentine an awesome customized jersey or hat or a new baseball mitt? Check them out here!

Manchester Monarchs | Verizon Wireless Arena | 603-626-7825

Buying for a hockey enthusiast? Look no further than tickets to a Monarchs game! With plenty of games through the winter–you can’t go wrong. Stop by their website here!

New Hampshire Fishercats | Northeast Delta Dental Stadium | 603-641-2005

The New Hampshire Fishercats have an awesome Valentine’s Day promotion–a visit from Fungo! Visit them here!

Vertical Dreams | 250 Commercial Street | 603-625-6919

If your significant other is an adventure-seeker, take them climbing at Vertical Dreams! Home of New Hampshire’s tallest climbing wall, Vertical Dreams offers lessons and routes for all abilities, as well as top roping, lead climbing, and bouldering. Stop by their website here!

Barre Life, LLC | 944 Elm Street

Is your valentine looking for fun ways to stay in shape? Get them a class package at Barre Life. They will learn to tone, strengthen, and stretch in a new and exciting way! Check them out here!


for the car enthusiast


Paul’s Executive Car Care | 84 Elm Street | 603-627-4300

Paul’s offers detailing packages that include interior and exterior cleaning services. Your boo’s car will look brand new! Visit them here!

Manchester Auto Wash  | 47 Elm Street | 603-623-8326

Manchester Auto Wash offers Discount Wash Books for all car wash packages: buy four car washes and receive one FREE! These make great gifts! All washes include a free vacuuming as well as courtesy drying towels! Stop by their website here!


for the one who loves bling


Bellman’s Jewelers | 1650 Elm Street | 603-625-4653

Get your number one a gift they can truly treasure. Stop in to Bellman’s, where they’re sure to help you find the perfect piece to awe your dearest. Check them out here!

Pearson’s Jewelers | 926 Elm Street | 603-625-8442

Want to blow your loved one away? Stop in to Pearson’s! From beautiful jewelry to amazing watches, you’ll find the perfect gift to impress your sweetheart. Visit them here!

Beacon Jewelers | 926 Elm Street | 603-625-8442

Beacon Jewelers is Downtown’s newest jewelry store! Their staff is super knowledgeable and will help you find the best piece for your significant other! See their website here.


pampered


Your Valentine would LOVE an appointment or gift card to one of the many salons, massage studios, or spas in Downtown!

Wellness

Salons and Spas

Granite State Barber Shop 603-627-4772

Throwback Thursday Jan-18-2018

The past two weeks we have learned quite a bit about winter carnivals that used to be held right here in Manchester. From the crazy diving Brownies, to the “longest” sled in the world, Manchester sure loved celebrating winter! 1927 was no exception! The Amoskeag Textile Club hosted the Snow Shoe Carnival which consisted of a parade and some snow shoe races at Textile Field, which is now known as Gill Stadium.

Below are some images of the parade and snow shoe races courtesy of the Manchester Historic Association!

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Throwback Thursday Jan-11-2018

Last week we dove (quite literally) into the first Throwback Thursday of 2018 with the tale of the Brownies, their crazy antics, and the Winter Carnival. Throughout my research it seems as if the Winter Carnival was more than the Brownies diving–but it included a myriad of activities as well! One activity I found an old postcard of was the ‘Uncle Sam Sled–The World’s Largest Sled!”

In Robert B. Perreault’s 2005 book Manchester he writes:

“[the postcard] postmarked January 29, 1925 boasts what participants in the Manchester Winter Carnival believed to be the largest sled in the world, the “Uncle Sam Sled.” With so many large structures and other apparent record breakers within its boundaries, the Queen City appears to have been well ahead of its time. The first edition of the Guinness Book of World Records didn’t come out until 1955.”

While it’s unknown if this was truly the largest sled in the world in 1925, you’ve got to love the ingenuity! Check it out below!

Courtesy of the Manchester Historic Association

 

Throwback Thursday Jan-4-2018

Happy New Year!

We’re less than a week in, and already facing our first Nor’easter! Ready to feel even colder?

The story, like many of our Throwback Thursday tales, begins with the Amoskeag Manufacturing Company. According to the Manchester City Library, Amoskeag opened a quarry, in what is now Derryfield Park in the late 1800s 1 . “Granite was brought from the “Ledge” to be used as foundations for the mill buildings which are still evident in the Millyard today. A natural spring beneath the ledge eventually led it to fill with water. That’s when the fun began….

See, here in New Hampshire, we have no choice but to embrace the cold as we have to live with it for a good part of the year. Back in the 1920s it was no different! That’s how the Amoskeag Brownies began. John Clayton’s 2005 book, “You Know You’re in New Hampshire when…” explains it perfectly2 :

Starting around 1920, this hardy band [Amoskeag Brownies] would usher in the New Year by Carving a hole in the ice and engaging in a midnight swim at…the Amoskeag Ledge…2

…By 1923 the New Year’s swim was coupled with a…Winter Carnival that carried over into January, and the Ledge–also known as the “City of Rocks”–shared top billing with the Brownies. Not only would the Brownies swim in sub-Artic conditions, but their daredevil divers pledged to plunge from the cliffs through carefully carved holes in the ice. Naturally the crowds converged–10,000 by some estimates–and the line between spectator and participant quickly blurred.2

By 1929, the event went all the way into March. In The Telegraph on March 12, 1929, they printed an article announcing the event.3 It wrote:

The Manchester Brownie Club will hold its annual winter carnival at the Amoskeag ledge on Sunday, March 17, at 2 o’clock. These famous swimmers and divers will feature an exhibition including introduction of the super-Brownies, a frolic, general swimming, fancy diving, 60 foot high diving and the 108 foot tree dive.3

Crazy, huh!? I can’t imagine witnessing this, let alone doing it!

The Manchester Historic Association and Yankee Magazine had some great shots below of the Brownies. Enjoy them below!

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Special thanks to:

(1): The Manchester Public Library. See article here.
(2): You Know You’re in New Hampshire When…: 101 Quintessential Places, People, Events, Customs, Lingo, and Eats of the Granite State by John Clayton, 2005. See book here.
(3): The Telegraph, March 12, 1929. “Brownies Club Winter Carnival.” See article here.
(4): Yankee Magazine. See original photo here.
(5): Manchester Historic Association. See their website here.

Taste of Downtown 2017 FAQ!

We can’t believe it’s already September, but with it comes one of our favorite events. The Taste of Downtown brings together Restaurants and Retailers to show what Downtown Manchester as a community has to offer!

This year’s Taste of Downtown will be held on Wednesday, September 13th from 5p-8p. Don’t miss out on early-bird priced tickets!

Where can I buy my wristband?

  1. Online here!
  2. In our office at 1000 Elm Street (next to the post office)

Credit cards are accepted in both methods! If you purchase your ticket in our office you will get your wristband immediately. If you purchase your ticket online, please bring your ticket print-out as you will need to pick up your wristband the night of the event at 1000 Elm Street out on the Plaza. Please have your ID ready to collect your wristbands! Please note to avoid a credit card processing fee, please use cash or check!

What does my wristband ticket cover?

Your wristband is your pass for the entire night! With it, you will receive a delicious tasting at each participating location and access to local retailers and music along the route!

What time is the event?

The event starts at 5:00pm and will run until 8:00pm.

Do I have to pay for parking?

No! You’re welcome to park anywhere in downtown for free for this event.

Where can I see a map of participating locations?

See the 2017 map for the Taste of Downtown here!

Where can I pick up a map the night of?

Maps will be available at 1000 Elm Street on the Plaza, at 900 Elm Street in City Hall Plaza, and in each participating location.

 

Will there be a water station?

Yes, water will be available at the WZID table at the Plaza at 1000 Elm Street.

Where should I start the Taste?

Up to you! We suggest starting at the Plaza at 1000 Elm Street!

Are kids free?

Kids under the age of 12 are free.

Any tips to getting the most out of the Taste?

Come hungry and stroll along at a leisurely place! You don’t want to get too full to quickly! Enjoy!

 

Have a not-so-frequent question? Give us a call at 603-645-6285!