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Elvis Costello silently rocks downtown Haverhill

December 21st, 2010 by

Just in case you’ve ever wondered if any of the random assortment of junk in the windows of Haverhill TV and Appliance actually works, I captured this oddly hypnotic moment back in October, courtesy of their forever-for-sale console TV:

See? Works great! $79.95 worth of great, though? I’m not so sure. Somehow, I feel like that price is like 1980′s dollars converted to today’s dollars.

R.I.P. Ice Cream

August 20th, 2010 by

It’s a very sad summer for the Shoe City.

First, Margot’s Gallery closes up – then J.J.’s (with their creamy, creamy hummus) – and now downtown mainstay England’s Microcreamery is shutting its doors after ten years.

Posted on the door

This one is probably the saddest of all! England’s is something other than a bar, salon, discount store, or barbershop in the downtown area.

Luckily, I grabbed a pint of their delicious apple ice cream the other day – but hurry down because flavors are moving fast!

R.I.P. Falafel

August 8th, 2010 by

The past few weeks, the wife and I have tried to order a couple of falafel wraps but have been unable to get through to JJ’s Kabob and Pizzeria.

Well, it turns out that there might be a very good reason for that.

River Street

Apparently, JJ’s Kabob has gone out of business.

I feel as empty as this cooler

What a shame!

JJ’s was a little different than the other pizza joints in town with their delicious hummus, falafel, and german fries.

Where else can I find some falafel in the area?

Coming Soon: Hot Dogs!

July 13th, 2010 by

While driving down Winter Street yesterday, I noticed this sign announcing a new business to Haverhill:

Winter Street

Hopefully the Dawg House will offer a veggie-version of the noble tube steak but I won’t hold it against them if they don’t.

I didn’t see an estimated opening date – but the building looks like it needs some work so I reckon it will be a while before you’ll be able to get yourself a footlong.

This location has been featured on the blog before and it is in easy walking distance from the ‘loft district,’ as well. It’s great to see this area being developed and to see new establishments popping up around the city.

We are always on the look out for new business in Haverhill – so don’t forget to send us tips on anything you see. Also, if you or anyone you know is involved with Dawg House – let us know – we’d love to find out more.

Additional Aerosol Acrobatics

June 8th, 2010 by

Even if I wanted to scale this building then I would need my trusty, patented Chris-grapple.

Essex Street

In addition to lacking any artistic talent at all – the main reason I could never be a graffiti writer is my indelible-yet-specific fear of falling off abandoned downtown buildings.

Curb Alert: One Awesome Gaming Glider

June 8th, 2010 by

I really struggled with what my 1st topic should be. I filled my notebooks with ideas, and yet they all seemed so lackluster. As if someone heard my prayers, I came home to a wonderful gift.

Across from my house In the middle of my street sat this magnificent beauty propped up against a rock. How did it end up here, I wonder? I must have done something really wonderful to have been bestowed such a priceless heirloom.

Though I feel blessed, I can’t stop thinking about the misfortunate darling who lost this rare gem; and what an artist! I could be wrong, but I think this same talent has so nicely left similar works of art on all the signs in my neighborhood. What a giver!

As much as I would love to display this masterpiece in my foyer, my family and I are not up to date on our tetanus and rabies shots. I will hate to see it go, but sharing is caring.

If you would like to own this luxury item or know the poor gamer who must be longing for it, it will be in the middle of Main Street Haverhill propped up on a rock at dusk tonight.

Just remember: the early bird gets the worm!

Our natural resources: Little River bicycle deposits

June 1st, 2010 by

Now that the floods of springtime have subsided, (Bradford basements, rejoice!) Little River is not much more than a trickle below the bridge on Winter St. The recent dry spell has revealed a riverbed littered with a vast array of (oddly enough) bicycles!

I counted the tires and freewheels of at least five different bikes down there, and even spotted a whole Razor scooter submerged at the river’s deepest spot. Some of them looked almost like Jurassic fossils the way their bare bones jutted out of the muck.

I know it’s a bit late for Earth Day, but is anyone out there willing to slap on some waders and fish this junk out of the water? If so, I’d be happy to help!

Downtown fill in the blank: 61 Locke St.

May 31st, 2010 by

A few weeks back I was lucky enough to be invited to Haverhill Fever contributor and produce snob Chris’ place in the Hamel Mill Lofts for a cocktail party.

Now, If you ever have a chance to visit the Hamel Mill Lofts- do it! And if you’re ever in the market for a new apartment- double do it! Honestly, I’ve never been a planned community/apartment complex type of gal, but this place has so many great amenities (game room, gym, home theatre) and such breath-taking spaces (what can I say? I’m a sucker for 12 foot ceilings and banks of 8 foot high windows.) that I was starting to have serious doubts about how worth it having a mortgage to pay and grass to mow is.

As I was gazing out over the city below, daydreaming about being able to call a superintendent rather than further defending my Foursquare mayorship of Lowe’s, I spied this really cool-looking corner store- nicely painted and just sitting there, awaiting some plucky entrepreneur.

After some speculation, it suddenly hit me. Why, this was the deep-sixed would be porn store Hidden Pleasures, which was the centerpiece of my favorite Eagle Tribune story of all time! (“We’re not trying to sell dildos, honest! We just want chocoholics to be able to hide their shame.”)

Today I wandered downtown in search of Memorial Day festivities (crickets) and since I had my camera along, I decided to get up close and personal with the very building that caught my eye and tickled my funny bone a few years back.

61 Locke St- where "Hidden Pleasures" got the kibosh.

Around the back there was a full dumpster, which I hadn’t noticed when I was looking down at the building, so I’m not sure if this is a new development. There was also a permit in the window for said dumpster that’s set to expire soon:

Forgive the slanty photo- stupid peg leg!

I hadn’t heard any news that the naughty store folks had sold the building, so maybe they’re working on a slightly less NSFW. (not suitable for Winter St?)

Or, the old Eagle Tribune article also mentioned the owners may be interested in simply renting the space, in which case they could be clearing out to get it ready to put up for lease.

Either way, this is one property I’ll be keeping my eye on, for sure. I’d love to see the building go back to having big plate glass windows. Once the lofts fill up whoever uses 61 Locke St. will have hundreds of pairs of eyes peering down upon it, which means easy advertising! Could be a cute cafe, coffee shop, or even a book and gift shop.

What do you think guys? Anyone up for the opportunity?

Conveniently located right behind the dumpster

May 27th, 2010 by

I have no idea if Mr. Herman Steckerl is still in business – but you’ll have a heck of a time getting through the door.

Alley off of Essex Street

The College of Cthulu

May 22nd, 2010 by

Haverhill’s greatest academic claim to fame may just be fiction.

World-renowned scary story writer H.P. Lovecraft apparently based his imaginary campus, Miskatonic University, on the now-defunct but still-lovely Bradford College.

No more pencils, no more books

If you wanted to attend Bradford College – it’s too late – but fortunately, for those of you interested in occult-like-things, MU is still taking applications.

And for residents who live on that side of the river – if you hear some scary sounds late at night, don’t worry, it’s just Cthulu coming to get you.

And he's hungry.

In honor of our fictional institution of higher learning – I hearby petition to change the mascot of Haverhill High to The Fighting Cephalopods.

Because that would be awesome.

Go Pods go!