Saturday, November 15, 2008
You can always go Downtown
I like to support our local businesses during this economic crisis. The larger ones like Wal-Mart will thrive, but it is the smaller places, like our squares, centers, and downtown areas, that may need our help. And if you haven't been to Downtown Nashua, you are missing out on a great shopping experience.
Downtown offers friendly service and a way to avoid the impersonal, claustrophobic feel of shopping malls. There is no need to worry about parking: there is some on street parking and various parking garages. Check out this parking map. And you don't have to feed the meters on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays.
For a cup of coffee, a smoothie,or some yummy gourmet baked goods and delicious wraps and soups, Patisserie Bleu is the place to be. The decor is reminiscent of a French cafe. Go ahead and treat yourself. The owner Deb and her staff are friendly and there is free WiFi there. I often wish there was a candle to capture the wonderful aroma of that place.
Tucked away on a side street is Bonhoeffer's. Choose from a variety of coffees, teas, and smoothies and take advantage of the free WiFi in a relaxing setting.
Need some hardware? How about trying Aubuchon Hardware. Ed, who I call MacGyver, has helped me solve some fix-it dilemmas. You can rent a rug shampoo machine, get copies of keys made, and recycle your cfl bulbs. And these are just some of the services they provide. All of the staff are very helpful and courteous. Aubuchon also stocks some pet supplies and Christmas items.
Downtown Nashua also has events to enjoy. The next event is Ladies Night on Thursday, November 20, 2008 from 5pm to close. You can get some good discounts from many participating merchants. One of the biggest events is the Holiday Stroll taking place on Saturday, November 29, 2008 from 5pm to 10pm. It is FREE. Click on http://www.greatamericandowntown.org/ for other events.
There are many more stores and lots of restaurants not mentioned here only because I haven't tried them out yet. But I look forward to exploring those places and I strongly encourage you to do your own exploring.
UPDATE: I removed Absolutely New Hampshire from the article, because it is gone. Thanks to Newts for informing me (see comments).
Posted by Ruthiness at 9:00 PM