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Level Up Gaming under new, joyous management

Level Up Gaming located, at 679 Mast Road, is under new management since June when. Crystal Fortin and Adam Gramatikas purchased the store for an amount in the six figures. The couple, hailing from New Boston, have always been avid gamers, especially when it comes to older systems.

Store no more: LGBTQ+ retailer Keke’s Dream considers move to Elm Street after losing lease at mall

Store owner Keith Marcoux Sr. said they had received an eviction notice from the mall’s management due to a clause in their lease that could force them out at any time. Any business in the mall on a short-term lease can be supplanted at any time by any other business willing to sign on to a long-term lease. This was the case for Keke’s Dream, which for some time has been the only LGBTQ+ business in New Hampshire.

Double Midnight Comics celebrates soft re-opening on Willow Street

The Maple Street location had previously been packed full of products, such that there was hardly any room to walk. The new location has considerably more space, which it seems will soon get filled up just as quickly – if owner Chris Proulx’s expectations are anything to go by.

Red Arrow Diner celebrates 100th anniversary

A police car parked sideways on Lowell Street on the morning of October 15th blocking traffic while tables with red cloths over them waited for patrons to arrive. Burgers sizzled on a grill outside, sending plumes of smoke into the air. Placards on the sidewalk with oversized proclamations by Governor Chris Sununu, Senator Maggie Hassan, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen recognized an accomplishment few businesses of any kind can match: the Red Arrow Diner had been in business for 100 years.

Double Midnight Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Granite State Comicon

The atmosphere outside the Expo Center in Manchester next to the Doubletree Hilton hotel on Saturday morning was bursting with activity. A line wound through the entrance three to four rows deep. The attendance was far greater than Friday afternoon and evening, as many people sought to get their tickets at the moment. Convivial conversation drowned out almost all other noise as attendees waited patiently in line.

Candy Kingdom, no more: Owners to retire after 29 years in business

The two-story pink building, housing Candy Kingdom, nevertheless attracted a large number of customers when I went in mid-Friday morning. Owners Dick and Phyllis Capers opened the store in 1993. At the time, Robert was 46 years old. Now, at the age of 75, he’s set to retire.

Bill Rider retires, reflects on 37 years of service with the Mental Health Center

Anticipation built outside the offices of the Mental Health Center of Greater Manchester at 2 Wall Street on a Monday afternoon as staff from the organization waited for their Chief Executive Officer Bill Rider to come out. He was a kind gentleman who liked wearing bowties to work; as such, purple bowties were passed out among the staff who waited outside. They anticipated him coming down from the second floor to exit the building on his last day of work.

From FIT to Easterseals NH, former Citizen of the Year Maureen Beauregard continues to serve

Maureen Beauregard saw things differently. She saw single mothers, children, and families not given sufficient space in shelters, much less places where they could live while getting their lives back together. Wanting to give such people these places to live, heal, recover, and thrive led her to found an organization called Families in Transition (FIT) and invest in property around Manchester. 

Recovery after COVID: Union Street Auto rebounds during a difficult time

On March 1 of 2020, Peter had every expectation that the coming month would be just like any other. Tax returns would come in, inventory would increase, and sales would pick up. This had been the case in previous years- until the COVID-19 pandemic broke out on March 17.

Mask up! The Bookery reopens with outdoor seating – and some restrictions

MANCHESTER, NH – Not far from City Hall on Elm Street, four new wooden tables are set up outside The Bookery, ready for outside dining and relaxing. The downtown bookstore/cafe has been doing takeout-only business since March, but as of July 14 they are back in business – with some restrictions and modifications, allowing customers …

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Shelves empty during pandemic, Food Bank supply chain remains strong

Sliced bread and ramen noodles were almost completely gone. Toilet paper and tissue paper were nowhere to be found. The meat section had been picked three-quarters clean, leaving very little for the shoppers who had come in at that time of day. Nevertheless, employees of the store pushed around carts with orange signs on the sides, picking up items for people ordering online.