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,,Granite State Candy Shoppe, In A Pinch Café, LL Bean, Living Yoga, Longhorn Steakhouse, Lowe’s, Mark Knipe Goldsmiths, Market Basket,Best Salon3 Years in a Row!CONCONITORfor Voting usORD MMerrimack County Savings Bank, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, Nazzy, Newick’s Lobster House, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, New HampshirePublic Radio, Pats Peak, PetSmart, Pitchfork Records, Red Apple Buffet, Red River Theatres, Ruby Tuesday, Sears, Siam Orchid, Starbucks, Strings &2009Things Music, Target, The Barley House, The Common Man, The Draft Sports Bar and Grill, The Red Blazer, Tilt’n Diner, Uno Chicago Grill, VerizonWireless, Wendy’s, A Day to Remember, Arnie’s Place, Arnos Cleaners, Banks Chevrolet, Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Best Buy, Blockbuster Video,seatoreveBoloco, Bon-Ton, Borders Books & Music, Capitol Center for the Arts, Caring Gifts, Cassie’s Bridal, Cityside Grille, Cobblestone Design, ColeC re a t i v eGardens, Concord Antique Gallery, Constantly Pizza, Creative Color & Cuts, CVS/pharmacy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, downtown Concord, Dunkin’Donuts, Endicott Furniture, French’s Toy Store, Gondwana Divine Clothing Co., Grace Capital Church, Granite State Candy Shoppe, In A PinchCafé, LL Bean, Living Yoga, Longhorn Steakhouse, Lowe’s, Mark Knipe Goldsmiths, Market Basket, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Michael’s Arts& CutsRecords, Red Apple Buffet, Red River Theatres, Ruby Tuesday, Sears, Siam Orchid, Starbucks, Strings & Things Music, Target, The Barley House, TheDanCommon Man, The Draft Sports Bar and Grill, The Red Blazer, Tilt’n Diner, Uno Chicago Grill, Verizon Wireless, Wendy’s, A Day to Remember,Owner/Salon CoordinatorArnie’s Place, Arnos Cleaners, Banks Chevrolet, Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Best Buy, Blockbuster Video, Boloco, Bon-Ton, Borders Books &“You Get The Best Service Ever, Or It’s Free!”Constantly Pizza, Creative Color & Cuts, CVS/pharmacy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, downtown Concord, Dunkin’ Donuts, Endicott Furniture, French’sEveryday!Now comes the hard part. choosingthe best salon for you. But, there arethousands of salons, and you’ve probably seen your fair share of them - howdo you choose just one? How do youfind one that best suits your needswhile avoiding getting any sloppy orinsufficient services?Use These TipsTo Select A SalonTIP ONE: Choosing a salon solelyby price doesn’t work. The truth is,when we invest wisely, we get what wepay for.Beware of unbelievably low prices. Callthe cheapest salon and I’ll wager youget a so-so job with very little service.It only makes sense that the cheapestsalons have to cut costs by using cheap,low-wage, (usually low skilled)employees, cheap products, and cheapmethods spending as little times as possible addressing your needs. (After all,they have to make up for “quality”with “quantity”.)Are you really going to be happy withcheap, rushed service and no guarantees? If not, then. the lowest pricesalon really isn’t a bargain at all.TIP TWO: What kind of resultsdoes the salon get? Many professionalsclaim to have experience or talent.Often people are upset when theyexpect their hair to look like a picturethey brought in to a stylist, but realitysets in about the time they see chunksof their hair (much longer than theyanticipated) falling to the floor.Avoid this tragedy, through excellentcommunication. Ask to see pictures ofthe professional’s work. If they don’thave any ask if they have a few clientsyou can call for a reference or testimonials you can read through. Make surethe salon professionals are straight withyou. Often times the differencebetween leaving the salon in tears orwith a smile is simply communication.TIP THREE: Doing it yourself isa waste of money and time. Sure youcan buy a set of clippers attached to avacuum, or stand over the bathroomsink and go crazy with the scissors.But, will you really look your best?If those methods could make you looklike a million bucks I would never havespent the money and time going to college to become a licensed professionaland invested thousands of dollars toopen a salon.Furthermore, when you consider thevalue of your time, you stand to losemore money than you could allegedlysave, especially if you botch it up andhave to end up visiting the salon anyway.Are you really going to be happy withcheap, rushed service and no guarantees? If not, then. the lowest pricesalon really isn’t a bargain at all.Call Today For AFREE Hair AuditMore than a consultation, I willaddress your specific hair needs, discussthe “look” that suits you best and builda professional product profile for you.There is no cost, or obligation and itonly takes 10 minutes.Call Creative Color & Cuts today!228-1158My PersonalGuarantee To YouIf all you want is a cheap,low-quality service, please callsomeone else. My salon isdesigned only for those whowant the best service ever. Youwill feel, relaxed, pamperedand gorgeous. That’s right, youwill feel my salon gives the bestservice possible or I will re-doyour service for free. If you arestill not pleased, I will notaccept payment. No hard feelings. No questions asked.--Gary BensonWe are a full service salon, specializingin skin, hair & nail care.Visit us at www.creativecolorandcuts to sign up for our newsletter & our free consumer’s guide.7 Biggest Mistakes People Make When Choosing A Salon & How to Avoid Them& 5 Beauty Secrets Revealed by Our ExpertsSteakhouse, Lowe’s, Mark Knipe Goldsmiths, Market Basket, MerrimackCounty Savings Bank, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, Nazzy, Newick’s LobsterOCLook Like You JustStepped Out Of A SalonToy Store, Gondwana Divine Clothing Co., Grace Capital Church, Granite State Candy Shoppe, In A Pinch Café, LL Bean, Living Yoga, LonghornITIf you are the type of person who cares about looking your best and wants to get the most from a professional salon, then call for details: 228-1158.ORMusic, Capitol Center for the Arts, Caring Gifts, Cassie’s Bridal, Cityside Grille, Cobblestone Design, Cole Gardens, Concord Antique Gallery,R D MONHouse, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, New Hampshire Public Radio, Pats Peak, PetSmart, Pitchfork Records, Red Apple Buffet, Red RiverTheatres, Ruby Tuesday, Sears, Siam Orchid, Starbucks, Strings & Things Music, Target, The Barley House, The Common Man, The Draft Sports Barand Grill, The Red Blazer, Tilt’n Diner, Uno Chicago Grill, Verizon Wireless, Wendy’s, A Day to Remember, Arnie’s Place, Arnos Cleaners, BanksChevrolet, Beaver Meadow Golf Course, Best Buy, Blockbuster Video, Boloco, Bon-Ton, Borders Books & Music, Capitol Center for the Arts, CaringGifts, Cassie’s Bridal, Cityside Grille, Cobblestone Design, Cole Gardens, Concord Antique Gallery, Constantly Pizza, Creative Color & Cuts, CVS/pharmacy, Dick’s Sporting Goods, downtown Concord, Dunkin’ Donuts, Endicott Furniture, French’s Toy Store, Gondwana Divine Clothing Co.,2009Grace Capital Church, Granite State Candy Shoppe, In A Pinch Café, LL Bean, Living Yoga, Longhorn Steakhouse, Lowe’s, Mark Knipe Goldsmiths,Market Basket, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Michael’s Arts & Crafts, Nazzy, Newick’s Lobster House, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union,New Hampshire Public Radio, Pats Peak, PetSmart, Pitchfork Records, Red Apple Buffet, Red River Theatres, Ruby Tuesday, Sears, Siam Orchid,Starbucks, Strings & Things Music, Target, The Barley House, The Common Man, The Draft Sports Bar and Grill, The Red Blazer, Tilt’n Diner, UnoChicago Grill, Verizon Wireless, Wendy’s, A Day to Remember, Arnie’s Place, Arnos Cleaners, Banks Chevrolet, Beaver Meadow Golf Course, BestBuy, Blockbuster Video, Boloco, Bon-Ton, Borders Books & Music, Capitol Center for the Arts, Caring Gifts, Cassie’s Bridal, Cityside Grille,Cobblestone Design, Cole Gardens, Concord Antique Gallery, Constantly Pizza, Creative Color & Cuts, CVS/pharmacy, Dick’s Sporting Goods,downtown Concord, Dunkin’ Donuts, Endicott Furniture, French’s Toy Store, Gondwana Divine Clothing Co., Grace Capital Church, Granite StateCyan Magenta Yellow BlackSalon Owner Swears Under Oath.CONCyan Magenta Yellow BlackOwner/Master ColoristThGary& Crafts, Nazzy, Newick’s Lobster House, New Hampshire Federal Credit Union, New Hampshire Public Radio, Pats Peak, PetSmart, Pitchforkin!Color

2MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2009THE CONCORD MONITOR’S 2009 BEST OF THE BESTshopping . . . the winners are:have spoken.Thanks Concordfor again naming us”Best Florist!“In the Merrimack Center89 Fort Eddy Road, Concord(603) 228-5980.for flowers, gifts &fabulous home décor!895232 Best Antique Store: The Concord AntiqueGallery, 97 Storrs St., Concord, NH 03301. 2252070, www.concordantiquegallery.com.We think you’ll find this guide to the area’smost popular businesses helpful, and wehope you’ll join our voters in electing nextyear’s area favorites.Stay tuned for our next Best Of onlineelection: It’ll take place in the spring, andwe’ll be sure to let you know in the Monitorand our other publications. Make your votecount!T Best Appliance Store: Sears, 270 LoudonRoad, Concord, NH 03301. 229-0100,www.sears.com. Best Art Supply Store: Michael’s Arts & Crafts,86 Damante Drive, Concord, NH 03301. 2263684, www.michaels.com. Best Book Store: Borders Books & Music, 76Fort Eddy Road, Concord, NH 03301. 224-1255,www.borders.com.uoYknhas.urofdetors who vemotsucervessedTo ourtahtur staffositituBdit!all the cre Best Bridal / Formal Wear: a tie between ADay to Remember, 1 N. Main St., Concord NH03301, 228 8031, www.adaytorememberbridalboutique.com, and Cassie’s Bridal, 41 N. MainSt., Concord, NH 03301, 227-0561. Best Candy Store: Granite State CandyShoppe, 13 Warren St., Concord, NH 03301.225-2591, www.nhchocolates.com.Voted:Best DessertBest TakeoutBest Ice CreamBest Burger Best Children’s Clothing: Target, 80 DamanteDrive, Concord, NH 03301. 227-0809, target.com. Best Men’s Clothing: Bon-Ton, 270 LoudonRoad, Concord, NH 03301. 227-9999, bonton.com.(Take that, Barley House!)P.S. unofficially voted best placeto get your Christmas treein ConcordOpen 11:00 am to 10:00 pm Every Day! Best Women’s Clothing: Gondwana DivineClothing Co., 13 N. Main St., Concord, NH 03301.228-1101, www.gondwanashop.com.228-3225164 Loudon Rd.895502 Best Craft/Hobby Store: Michael’s Arts & Crafts. Best Home Accessories: a tie between Cob blestone Design and Target. Best Department Store: Target. Best Electronics Store: Best Buy, 78 DamanteDr., Concord, NH 03301. 227-0826, bestbuy.com. Best Factory Outlet Store: LL Bean FactoryStore, 55 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, NH 03301.225-6575, www.llbean.com. Best Florist: Cobblestone Design, 89 Fort EddyRoad, Concord, NH 03301. 228-5980,www.cobblestonedesigncompany.com. Best Furniture Store: Endicott Furniture, 12 S.Main St., Concord, NH 03301. 224-1421,www.endicottfurniture.com. Best Garden Supplies: Lowe’s, 90 Fort EddyRoad, Concord, NH 03301. 573-4101, lowes.com. Best Gift Shop: Caring Gifts, 18 N. Main St.,Concord, NH 03301. (800) 585-8382, www.caringgifts.com. Best Greenhouse/Garden Shop: Cole Gardens,430 Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301. 2290655, www.colegardens.com. Best Grocery Store: Market Basket, 108 FortEddy Road and 80 Storrs St. No. 2, Concord, NH03301. (603) 224-5479, (603) 228-3228. Best Jewelry Store: Mark Knipe Goldsmiths, 2Capital Plaza, Concord, NH 03301. 224-2920,www.knipegold.com. Best Music Store: Pitchfork Records, 2 S. MainSt., Concord, NH 03301.224-6700. Best Musical Instrument Store: Strings &Things Music, 113 S. Main St., Concord, NH03301. 228-1971, www.strings-things.com. Best New Car Dealership: Banks Chevrolet,137 Manchester St., Concord, NH 03301. (800)439-6262, www.banksautos.com. Best Pet Shop: PetSmart, 299 Loudon Road,Concord, NH 03301. 224-1028,stores.petsmart.com. Best Pharmacy: CVS, 44 N. Main St.,Concord, NH 03301. 225-9300, www.cvs.com. Best Sports Store: Dick’s Sporting Goods, 295Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301. 224-1564,www.dickssportinggoods.com. Best Toy Store: French’s Toy Shop, 10 N. StateSt., Concord, NH 03301. (866) 744-0152,www.frenchstoy.com. Best Used Car Dealership: Banks Chevrolet.BlackBlackAgain!7And, in the category ofThe peopleThey’ve voted in the Concord Monitor’sBest of 2009 contest, on the finest this areahas to offer . . . in dozens of categories,including Best Pizza, Best Breakfast, BestGrocery Store, Best Clothing Store, BestDrinks and Best Place to Meet People.Take a look inside and see who won, orcheck us out on the web:ConcordMonitor.com/Bestof2009.MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2009CONCORDMONITOR.COM/BESTOF2009

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2009THE CONCORD MONITOR’S 2009 BEST OF THE BEST6MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2009In the category of3THE CONCORD MONITOR’S 2009 BEST OF THE BESTthings to do . . .the winners are: Best Bar / Pub: The Draft Sports Bar & Grill, 67S. Main St., Concord, NH 03301. 227-1175. Best Golf Course: Beaver Meadow Golf Course,1 Beaver Meadow Drive, Concord, NH 03301.225-7033. Best Place to Hang Out After Work: The Draft. Best Place to Meet People: Grace CapitalChurch, 542 Pembroke St., Pembroke, NH 03275.415-4000, www.gccnh.com. Best Small Live Music Venue: The BarleyHouse, 132 N. Main St., Concord, NH 03301.228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com. Best Fitness Center: Living Yoga, 120A N.Main St., 2 Pillsbury St., Suite 302, Concord, NH03301. 226-YOGA (9642), www.yoganh.com. Best Movie Rental Store: Blockbuster Video,50 Storrs St., Concord, NH 03301. 223-9876,blockbuster.com. Best Place to Watch TV Sports: The DraftSports Bar & Grill. Best Large Live Music Venue: Capitol Centerfor the Arts, 44 S. Main St., Concord, NH 03301.225-1111, ccanh.com. Best Movie Theater: Red River Theatres, 11 S.Main St., Concord, NH 03301. 224-4600,www.redrivertheatres.org. Best Ski Area: Pats Peak, 686 Flanders Road,Henniker, NH 03242. 1-888-PATS PEAK (1-888728-7732), www.patspeak.com. Best Place to Take Visitors Around Concord:Downtown Concord. TWO NCORD ANTIQUE GALLERYMerrimack Styleis exceedingexpectations.894649BEST GIFT SHOP2009Thank you for Voting usBest Gift Shop in Concord!Stop in and see why we were voted the BEST!SHIPPING AND DELIVERY AVAILABLE!(603) 228-8496 1-800-585-8382For more than 140 years, The Merrimack has been working hard to meet thefinancial needs of our neighbors and exceed their expectations for service and value.We call it Merrimack Style, and it’s one way that we are making a difference for thepeople, businesses and communities we serve.18 North Main St., Concord, NH 03301 www.caringgifts.comWe wish to thank all of our loyal customers formaking (and voting) the Concord Antique Gallery #1We are honored to be named “Best Bank”and wish to thank everyone who has helpedus achieve this distinction.To our dedicated dealers and staff, thank you also andcongratulations for earning the Gallery this great achievement.Best in the Region for the 4th straight year!Banking As It Should Be. www.TheMerrimack.comCome in and see for yourself what Designers andInterior Decorators have discovered.CHECKING AND SAVINGS ACCOUNTS MORTGAGES AND LOANSBUSINESS BANKING AND MOREStore Hours: Mon-Sat 10-6, Sun 11-5Member FDICwww.concordantiquegallery.com895817PROUDCORNER OF STORRS & DEPOT STREETSTO BE A CORNERSTONE OF THE COMMUNITY.895501ACROSS FROM BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY225-2070Rate the winnersyourselves atConcordMonitor.com/Bestof2009BlackBlack Best Coffee Shop: a tie between Dunkin’Donuts, various locations, dunkindonuts.com, andStarbucks, 242 Loudon Road, Concord, NH03301. 223-2395, starbucks.com.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 20094MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 20095THE CONCORD MONITOR’S 2009 BEST OF THE BESTIn the category ofeating . . . Best Atmosphere: The Common Man, 5 WaterSt., Concord, NH 03301. 228-DINE, thecman.com. Best New Restaurant: Boloco, 10 Fort EddyRoad, Concord, NH 03301. 410-3089, boloco.com. Best of the Best: The Common Man.the winners are:Main St., Concord, NH 03301. 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com. Best Deli: In A Pinch Cafe, 146 Pleasant St.,Concord, NH 03301. 226-2272. 2 Pillsbury St.,Concord, NH 03301. 369-3598. inapinchcafe.com. Best Ice Cream: Arnie’s Place. Best Pizza: Constantly Pizza, 39 S. Main St.,Concord, NH 03301. (603) 224-9366.NAZZYand the Best Salad: Ruby Tuesday, 327 Loudon Road,Concord, NH 03301. 223-2505, rubytuesday.com.‘JYY wake-up crew Best Dessert: Arnie’s Place. Best Breakfast: City Side Grille, 25 Manchester St.,Concord, NH 03301. 227-0884, citysidegrille.com. Best Buffet: Red Apple Buffet, 161 LoudonRoad, Concord, NH 03301. 226-8866. Best Burger: a tie between Arnie’s Place, 164Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301, 228-3225,arniesplace.com, and The Barley House, 132 N. Best Drinks: The Draft Sports Bar & Grill, 67 S.Main St., Concord, NH 03301. 227-1175. Best Ethnic Food: Siam Orchid, 158 N. Main St.,Concord, NH 03301. 228-1529, siamorchid.net. Best Fast Food: Wendy’s, 106 Loudon Road,Concord, NH 03301. 224-9423, wendys.com.Weekday Mornings 5:30 - 10amVOTED BEST RADIOPERSONALITY Best Seafood: Newick’s Lobster House, 317Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301. 225-2424,newicks.com. Best Service: a tie between The Draft SportsBar & Grill and The Red Blazer. Best Steak: Longhorn Steakhouse, 217 LoudonRoad, Concord, NH 03301. 228-0655, longhornsteakhouse.com. Best Takeout: Arnie’s Place.NAZZY WOULD LIKE TO THANKEVERYONE WHO VOTED!!HOLLYWOOD DIRTHoroscope Quickies“Hey, it’s Nazzy! Thanks so much for votingme Best Radio Personality. It means a lot tome that so many people from Concord andsurrounding towns wake up with us each andevery day. I’m humbled and honored by thisaward, and I look forward to being your go-toguy in the morning for many more years tocome! Remember, think positive, and positivewill happen this is proof. Peace!”NEED to KNOWNEWSBirthdayNEWS 9 WEATHERSHOUTOUTSAnd in the category ofessentials . . . Best Bank: Merrimack County Savings Bank,various locations, www.mcsbnh.com.WEEKDAYS5:30 - 10:00 amNazzyPlus fun contests with great prizes,and the most music in the morning!0033, www.verizonwireless.com. Best Car Wash: Unos, 164 Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301. 225-4757, unoscarwash.com. Best Credit Union: New Hampshire FederalCredit Union, 70 Airport Road, Concord, NH03301. 224-7731, www.nhfcu.org. Best Cellular Phone Service: Verizon Wireless,75 Fort Eddy Road, Concord, NH 03301. 226- Best Day Spa / Salon: Creative Color & Cuts,259 S. Main St., Concord, NH 03301. 228-1158. Best Dry Cleaners: Arnos Cleaners, 267 S.Main St., Concord, NH 03301. 224-4461. Best Radio Personality: Nazzy (105.5 WJYY). Best Radio Station: New Hampshire PublicRadio (WEVO 89.1) .ON NEW HAMPSHIRE’S NUMBER ONE HIT MUSIC STATION 105.5 com/1055jyymyspace.com/1055jyyCyan Magenta Yellow BlackCyan Magenta Yellow Black Best Brunch: The Red Blazer, 72 Manchester St.,Concord, NH 03301. 224-4101, theredblazer.com. Best Diner: Tilt’n Diner, 61 Laconia Road,Tilton, NH 03276. 286-2204, thecman.com. Best Sandwich: In A Pinch Cafe.

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 20094MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 20095THE CONCORD MONITOR’S 2009 BEST OF THE BESTIn the category ofeating . . . Best Atmosphere: The Common Man, 5 WaterSt., Concord, NH 03301. 228-DINE, thecman.com. Best New Restaurant: Boloco, 10 Fort EddyRoad, Concord, NH 03301. 410-3089, boloco.com. Best of the Best: The Common Man.the winners are:Main St., Concord, NH 03301. 228-6363, thebarleyhouse.com. Best Deli: In A Pinch Cafe, 146 Pleasant St.,Concord, NH 03301. 226-2272. 2 Pillsbury St.,Concord, NH 03301. 369-3598. inapinchcafe.com. Best Ice Cream: Arnie’s Place. Best Pizza: Constantly Pizza, 39 S. Main St.,Concord, NH 03301. (603) 224-9366.NAZZYand the Best Salad: Ruby Tuesday, 327 Loudon Road,Concord, NH 03301. 223-2505, rubytuesday.com.‘JYY wake-up crew Best Dessert: Arnie’s Place. Best Breakfast: City Side Grille, 25 Manchester St.,Concord, NH 03301. 227-0884, citysidegrille.com. Best Buffet: Red Apple Buffet, 161 LoudonRoad, Concord, NH 03301. 226-8866. Best Burger: a tie between Arnie’s Place, 164Loudon Road, Concord, NH 03301, 228-3225,arniesplace.c