Commercial Alley

Another one of Portsmouth’s gems is the brick pathway that connects Market Street with Penhallow Street, which is known as Commercial Alley.  The richness of all of the brick tones along with the unique trees and signage for the merchants along the alley make this a distinctively unique location.

The Common Man | Portsmouth (Uncommon NH Dining)

I thought I’d mix it up a bit today and feature one of my favorite hanging signs.  The Common Man took over the former Victory Restaurant at 96 State Street during 2009, in the historic district near Prescott Park and the Memorial Bridge.  I just love the size of the sign and the blue of the sky against the bricks of the building and the subtlety of the lighting on the sign.  This one is an interesting contrast to the neon sign (another favorite) of The Rosa just across the street – which I’ve included below.

The Varied Bricks of Market Street

Three buildings located on Market Street all stand side to side, and each building is easily distinguished by its own unique brick textures and colors.  Solari Salon & Spa can be seen at the lower right, with its subtly lit exposed brick walls, next to it on the left stands the former home of Ganesh Imports, and closest to the North Church with the curved roofline is the building that houses the soon to be opened Bella Sol restaurant (with the bright red border above its door).