This page is all about the main street shopping experience. 100 Years ago, main street was 'the' place in town. Today, not so much.
The following communities have a strong retail center, i.e. shops and restaurants, and would be good for a lazy afternoon. Most NH downtowns more or less follow a 'business day' schedule and are listed by population.
The links are to their 'downtown' program, local Chamber of Commerce or municipal website.
Conway & North Conway
Also fairly good are the following:
► Also see DirectoryNH's guide to Shopping in NH.