The customer service area where I spend my days is in front of expansive windows facing west. I might work indoors all day, but that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the nature so close by. With our windows open we can hear the Merrimack river lapping the tree-lined shore below. The trees sway in the breeze and filter the sun through our ceiling high windows. Hawks hang out on the tree branches – occasionally we hear one screech, or witness a young hawk get bullied by a flock of blue jays. Swallows swoop over the river for their dinner. Robins nest in every nook and cranny they can find – including the building entry awning! We hear quacking from mallard ducks on the river bank below, a sound that always makes me smile and open my window. A couple summers ago I walked the River Walk path behind the Fishercats Stadium on my lunch breaks and found a dozen Monarch butterfly caterpillar eggs. I took them home and raised them with my kids. It’s the time of year to start looking for those again!
I often joke with my family that I’m going to move into Reliable’s office. The spacious mill suite has high ceilings, a kitchen, huge windows and a couple comfy sitting areas that I like to take breaks in. The space is still a work in progress, but it’s shaping up beautifully. We have various types of art on the walls, beautiful wooden doors on the office and conference room and a comfortable open concept that is wonderful for claustrophobics like me!
There are several art galleries and photographers in the building – and just walking through the halls to get to our suite can be relaxing. The Hatfield Gallery has beautifully appointed the 3rd floor hallway walls with framed art of the city and other New Hampshire locations. Our many neighbors have architecturally interesting entry ways. I love seeing the original wood floor and old rolling doors that were part of the original building design. I visit Be Day Spa on the 2nd floor on occasion. I’ve gotten a variety of services there and loved every single one of them.
There is a great Mexican restaurant and bar – Pochito’s at the other end of South Commercial Street. Super yummy and authentic Mexican is one of my many favorite kinds of food! The only thing I think is missing from Langer Place is a café – we don’t have a place that we can walk to just get a quick soda or sandwich when we forget to bring things in. Although, Market Basket is moving in just up the street and I hear they have a “café” on site. It’s so nice to be a part of downtown Manchester’s development and evolution. Can’t wait to see what comes next!