images-1I’ve been so busy that I don’t think that I have shared with you that I just started working part-time at True Colors Print and Design, a full service print shop on Main Street in Plymouth?! I am really enjoying it so far. My co-workers are friendly and fun and even though it is very fast paced, I learn something new everyday. I’m technically an assistant to the office manager, so I’m not doing the designing that I would like and it is only part time for right now, but I can see those two things changing sometime in the near future (hopefully).

Talking about my new job is making me realize that for as long as I have lived in the Plymouth, NH area, I have only ever worked on Main Street. And I would like to take a minute to talk about all that this small stretch of the Daniel Webster Highway can offer. And since eating is one of my most favorite past-times and I’m feeling a little hungry at the moment, we should talk about food first.

Thai Smile is my favorite place to order pad thai, drunken noodle, or crispy sushi. They offer a fusion of Thai, Chinese and Japanese foods and the staff is always very friendly. You have to be careful though because I always crave their food on Mondays, but that’s their day off.

Right next door is Louie Samaha’s General Store. His family has owned and run the shop for over 100 years and you can find just about any thing you might need inside.

imagesMoving down the street a little ways, is Main Street Diner which offers the best simple fast and cheap breakfast around. Then there is Chase Street Market and Biederman’s Deli. If you have ever come through this area, or know of someone that has, you know about the home of the Balboa Sandwich! If you’ve never heard of either place, I suggest you get yourself to Plymouth to try one of the best sandwiches you will ever eat (and one of their 20 beers on tap!).

Inside Chase Street Market is Cafe Monte Alto, which roasts their own coffee beans right in town. Beyond the Bean is another cafe and bakery in town. We also have Burrito Me, The Lucky Dog Tavern & Grill and Plymouth House of Pizza (which was my FIRST job in town).

Next to PHOP is Peppercorn’s Natural Foods where you can find any and all types of local organic foods and if they don’t have it in the store, they will probably be willing to help you find it.

Then there’s the Panther Pub and Grill which is the best place to order nachos and watch your favorite Boston sports team play. And the very last restaurant at the end of the strip, is Six Burner Bistro. One of my favorite places to eat lunch. They offer a variety soups, salads and sandwiches for lunch, trying to buy their ingredients from as many local vendors as possible. They offer daily lunch specials, which sell out more often than not. Six Burner has a fabulous bar to grab a cocktail after work or to order a wonderful dinner.

My second favorite thing besides eating, is probably shopping and Downtown Plymouth offers a host of little shops to check out. There’s Backroad Boutique, which offers American Apparel brand clothing as well as special ordered personalized apparel (their sale bins are the best). Next door is Simply Sunflowers where you can find unique jewelry and other small gifts. Off the Hanger is Main Street’s local consignment shop, where you can bring in gently used clothing and trade it for cash (or more clothes). Dresser’s Unlimited has the best selection of clothing, accessories, jewelry and furniture. Artistic Roots and Crafter’s in Cahoots are two galleries where you can find a variety of handcrafted items made by local artists.

I think one of the main reasons why I fell in love with this area so much, is because of Downtown Main Street. There is a huge sense of community. The small business owners are proud of other fellow shop owners and we pride ourselves on shopping local and sticking to small businesses. Downtown Plymouth provides you with every service a family or individual could need within their community. They are even getting ready to celebrate Plymouth’s 250th anniversary! I highly suggest that you come to Plymouth sometime soon to check all that Main Street has to offer. If you don’t see me eating lunch outside of Chase Street Market, you can find me behind the counter at True Colors 🙂 Hope to see you soon!

2 Responses to “Downtown”

  1. Shanon HounshellJuly 15, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    My husband and I recently moved to NH (Upper Valley) and we hope to travel one weekend a month. I love downtowns! Thank you for the tips. Now I’m really looking forward to visiting downtown Plymouth! I’m hoping to provide the same for downtowns in the #UpperValley region. I have a question for you, especially pertaining to the restaurants you’ve recommended. Do you use any mobile apps for reading and/or leaving your own tips and reviews (for example, Yelp or foursquare)?

  2. Colleen McGovernJuly 16, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

    Hi Shannon,
    Thanks for reading and leaving a comment! I don’t use any apps to leave reviews for any local businesses. I am aware of how beneficial this can be for downtown, I guess I just haven’t gotten in the habit of it!
    If you can make it down to Plymouth this weekend, we are celebrating our 250th anniversary with lots of celebrations all weekend (mostly Saturday). Hopefully you can get here soon!

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