September 23, 2022
Welcome from the Deputy City Manager
We are all on journeys. Some are transportation-related, and some are more metaphoric. I’ve been on the latter type since June 2021. This journey has been to embrace a healthier lifestyle. Part of that journey has been increasing my activity level, hence creating a transportation-related journey. So, I park further from work, and I find reasons to walk somewhere instead of driving where practical (walk home for lunch, etc.). I’ve noted before that my dog and I enjoy the Community Trail, and typically on Saturday and Sunday, we walk the three miles out and three miles back between Fourth Street and Watson Road.

Recently, my dog has been a bit laid up and isn’t hoofing it with me. This has allowed me to check out different routes. I’ve been walking downtown more and more. Now, we all know Dover enjoys a vibrant downtown, and we also know that walking through a space offers a new and different perspective than driving through it. Walking downtown, you notice the nooks and crannies. You notice that between Ham Street and Silver Street, there is very little vacant space. You see the changes that have occurred over the past few years (enhanced use of outdoor space by merchants/restaurants), and the continued evolution/cycle that is occurring. Yes, we’ve had businesses close, but much of that has been that the time to retire, etc., has come about, not that the businesses are no longer valued. We are seeing a refresh in many spaces; new businesses coming to Dover and an expansion of where they are occurring.

The highest demand for commercial space has long been Central Avenue between Third Street and Washington Street, with the strongest focus being around the Central Avenue bridge. Main Street, Washington Street, and Central Avenue, below Hale Street, have long had commercial uses but were not focus areas. This is changing. We see demand through the full corridor. We see space that was off the beaten path being utilized. Peirce Street is seeing growth and redevelopment, Third Street is seeing a rebirth with the building constructed upon the former parking lot, the expansion underway between Chestnut and Grove Streets, and the planned rebirth of 42-44 Third Street promises more. Will the old courthouse redevelopment bring new life to Second and First Street? All good things to explore.

As I walk the downtown area, I am reminded that in the past, what some might consider the “Upper Square” was actually called “Franklin Square.” It was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin and Franklin Street, which is now Central Avenue north of Chapel Street, and was a center point of commerce. That coupled with the “Central Square,” sometimes referred to as “Lower Square” at Washington Street, Central and Henry Law Avenue, was the mid-point of Central Avenue, which ran from Franklin Square to “Tuttle Square,” at Central and Silver Streets, where Central Avenue became Pleasant Street.

One last thought on squares, recently, the city facilitated a marker in honor of General Lafayette, who visited Dover and stayed at the Hale House in 1825. The marker was dedicated on Sept.13 at the Hale or Lafayette House (another location with more than one name), across from City Hall. Check it out if you get a chance, it is an interesting link between Dover, U.S. History, and the world at large. What does this have to do with squares? Well, the junction of Portland Avenue and Main Street is Lafayette Square.

Enjoy your journey, and remember to look at the nooks and crannies as you travel.
Christopher G. Parker, AICP
Deputy City Manager: Development and Strategic Initiatives
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by Reid Amy, Business Development Specialist

Fall Is in the Air

Fall is officially upon us, and with it, a renewed energy that always comes out of the lazy, hazy days of summer with a bang. There is nothing quite like New England during this time of the year. Pumpkins, apples, and the crisp, cool air of the autumn season are always a welcome addition for sweater-wearing enthusiasts, (myself included). If you are from Dover and beyond, you also know that the first Saturday in October always brings the annual Apple Harvest Day festivities.
This event is welcoming its 38th year in Dover, and I cannot tell you how much excitement it generates among the downtown business community. Chris Parker spoke about journeys this week, and I thought it appropriate to highlight some of the journeys I’ve had recently with businesses that are getting ready to celebrate Apple Harvest Day. This year we have several new business owners who have previously been customers at Apple Harvest Day but have never been a retailer during this festival. It is a much different experience as a business owner, because of the required preparations you must make with anticipation of upwards of 50,000 people descending upon the downtown.

Chris Guerrette, and the staff of Lickee’s & Chewy’s, are hard at work making 1,200 candy and caramel-coated apples for this one-day event. In years past, they actually sold out of them; so, this year, they want to be prepared and are making double the amount that they made last year. They also have purchased more racks and equipment to store the confectionery apple creations they create. All hands are on deck to prepare for this annual event.
Here are apples picked by the staff of Lickee’s & Chewy’s in preparation for Apple Harvest Day!
Alissa Gagnon, of Central Stitch, is preparing for her very first Apple Harvest Day as a new downtown business owner. When I went to visit with Alissa, she was hard at work sewing homemade popcorn bags, Halloween pillowcases, holiday stockings, and other handmade gifts to sell throughout the event. She had a few questions about how many of each item would be needed and what other items she should display. The excitement was evident as she buzzed around her shop in anticipation of the big day.

Tammy Johnson, from The Nook, also reached out to me recently to ask my thoughts on preparing breakfast sandwiches to sell to vendors who were setting up tents and booths in the early morning hours. Her plan is to set up between 6:30-8:30 a.m. and provide sustenance to those who need to make it through the day. She asked my thoughts on her menu, and my only reply was, “Anything with apples of course!”

I also got a chance to chat with Margaret Joyce, the President of The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce. Many people are unaware that this event is run by this incredible organization. The City of Dover is a collaborator as well, but the event was created and organized by The Chamber, who puts forth immense effort to highlight our small business community and bring people to Dover to participate in all the great happenings on this special day. Both the businesses and the community appreciate Apple Harvest Day and look forward to it each and every year, rain or shine.
Business Highlights
Lift Free or Die, 56 Old Rochester Road, recently relocated their gym to Dover. Co-owners Gino Filicetti, Andy Bettencourt, and Harrison Deamon met while pursuing their passion of strength training. The three decided to open the Dover location a few months ago when an opportunity presented itself to expand their operations. The new 6,000 square feet facility is set apart from other fitness centers because the owners’ focus is centered around building a supportive community of like-minded individuals, who are serious about strength training. The grand opening will be held on October 7, and we welcome Lift Free or Die to Dover, and wish them all the best on their new journey!
Special Announcement

Each year the NH Small Business Development Center (SBDC) launches a survey that helps the SBDC and economic development organizations across New Hampshire better understand the needs and challenges of businesses throughout the state. In order for this fantastic organization to keep ensuring success for our small businesses, they need the participation of business owners and representatives in the business community.

Your participation in the survey helps the NH SBDC create programs and deliver services to help small businesses thrive. The survey will be live through Sept. 30 and should take 10-15 minutes to complete. You can take the survey HERE, and help the NH SBDC to continue to deliver valuable programs and business assistance to our community.
Business Event Happenings 

  • Sunrise Point Cafe, 50 Pointe Pl., is hosting Happiest Hours with George Brown tonight, Sept. 23, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. This local musician will be performing his acoustic stylings while patrons enjoy special cocktails and foodie favorites. Seating is first come, first served and fills up fast, so get there early!  

  • Bending Bodhi is hosting a Sunset Yoga Hike tonight, Sept. 23, at 5 p.m. The event starts at the base of Little Blue Job in Strafford, NH. Participants will enjoy a short hike, meditation, mindful breathing, class, and lovely savasana at the top while enjoying the sunset in this 2.5-hour roundtrip class. Cost for this restorative class is $20. Also, on Sunday, Sept. 25, North Country Hard Cider is hosting Bending Bodhi for an afternoon of Yoga & Cider. This 60-minute all-levels class includes a 12-ounce cider of your choice. Cost for this event is $25. 

  • Embodied Directions, 66 Third St., #103, is hosting a New Moon Gathering tonight, Sept. 23, from 7:30-9 p.m. $25 admission. This event explores what this moon cycle and astrological forecast might have in store and how that relates to life on Earth. It includes gentle energy work, yoga, guided meditation, as well as journaling, discussion and reflection. Also, on Friday, Sept. 30, from 6-8:30 p.m., there will be an Art Therapy and Yoga Night. $35 admission, which includes all art supplies. The event starts with a gentle yoga class aimed at going within, followed by a guided meditation. Afterward is a painting exercise to explore painting as a therapy method. You can register for both events by clicking here.

  • Annual Dover Oktoberfest Pub Tour is taking place on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include 10 pubs throughout downtown Dover. Participants get access to discounts and complimentary apps at each location, and two lucky people will also win over $150 in gift cards to a random selection of participating restaurants.

  • Eight-Legged Octopus, 1 Washington St., Ste. 3148, is running a 15% off sale on kitchen items now through Sept. 25. 

  • White Birch Armory, 80 Industrial Park Drive, is hosting a Silencer Demo Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can speak to manufacturers, test out products, and there will also be raffles and prizes. Patrons are encouraged to enjoy custom-crafted menu items for sale at The Caliber Café while enjoying this free event. 

  • Auspicious Brew, 1 Washington St., Ste. 1103, is hosting two live music events. The first event takes place on Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. and features Jake Davis & The Whiskey Stones. Blending old-time, bluegrass, jazz, and country, these gentlemen generate a sweet, salty, and soulful Americana sound. Tickets are $15 and can either be purchased ahead or at the door. The following week will feature Lily Byrd & Molly McDevitt on Saturday, Oct. 1. The event starts at 8 p.m., and tickets are $10 online or at the door.

  • Maha Yoga Shala, 1 Washington St., Ste. 4189, is hosting a Maha Kirtan Camp for those who have ever wanted to have fun while learning how to play traditional Indian instruments. The class will be held on Sept. 25 from 1 to 6 p.m. Cost for unearthing your hidden musical abilities in this 5-hour session is $108.  

  • The Fermanent, 45 Pointe Place, Unit 8, is hosting a Sip & Script Night beginner calligraphy workshop on Sept. 28 from 6-7:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 and includes wine samples, 1.5 hours of instruction, beginner’s calligraphy kit, and all materials to write on. Everything is yours to keep at the end of the workshop!  

  • The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce's 38th Annual Apple Harvest Day will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., throughout downtown Dover. The event will feature over 300 vendors, including many downtown businesses. This long-standing community event will feature artisans, food, entertainment, family-friendly activities, and more.  

  • The Strand, 20 Third St., is hosting multi-movie packages from Oct. 2 through Oct. 8. Halloween favorites such as "Friday the 13th" and "Hocus Pocus" can be viewed on the big screen during this once-a-year event. More information for this event can be found here.  

  • Aplomb Contemporary Portrait Gallery, 15 Mechanic St., Ste. 117, is teaching a 4-week Mixed Media Workshop on Tuesdays starting Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Flex-courses are also available for those who wish to partake in classes on their own time. Stop in on Oct. 1 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to view the current exhibition, "The Daughter Paintings." Kiddos get free temporary tattoos! 

  • The Art Center and the New Hampshire Art Association present the “Crème de la Crème” Member’s Exhibition from Oct. 3 through Oct. 29. An artist’s reception will be held on Oct. 15 from 6 to 9 p.m., at 1 Washington St., Ste. 1177.  

  • The Woodman Museum, 182 Central Ave., is hosting the first of four October Speaker Series events on Oct. 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. General admission is $10, and Museum Members may attend the event at no cost.  

  • Dover’s First Witches' Market & Ball will be hosted by The Groovy Witch on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Dover’s City Hall Auditorium. The event will feature a market event from 12:30 to 5 p.m., with dozens of local artisans, authors, spiritual and energy healers, Tarot Readers, Oracle Readers, Mediums, and psychics; and a Witches’ Ball from 7 to 10 p.m. Costumes are encouraged, and a $100 prize will be presented for the best witch costume. Tickets for the Witches’ Ball are $25, and participants must be 18 or older. No tickets are needed for the Witches’ Market.   

  • Flight Coffee, 478 Central Ave., is hosting a Halloween Bash on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 6:30-10 p.m. The event will have live music, drink and food specials, and a costume contest hosted by a surprise guest! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, but hurry because they are selling out quickly! 

  • Dover Main Street is hosting a family-friendly Zombie Walk on Saturday, Oct. 30, at 2 p.m. The walk will start at the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce office at 550 Central Ave. and end at the Rotary Arts Pavilion in Henry Law Park. Participants will receive a grab bag of goodies and two free raffle tickets for a chance to win downtown Dover gift cards. No registration is necessary. 

  • Token's Taproom, 284 Central Ave., hosts Trivia Night every Tuesday at 8 p.m. Seating is limited, so get there early! 

  • The Game Chamber, 334 Central Ave., hosts a free board game night every Wednesday, from 6 to 8 p.m.  

  • Empty Pint Brewing Co., 7 Second St., hosts Trivia with Phil every Wednesday at 7 p.m. They open their doors at 5 p.m., so get there early and get your spot!

  • Terra Cotta Pasta-Dover, 1 Washington St., Ste. 2151, has 25% off all manufactured Terra Cotta Pasta products every Friday and Saturday.  
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