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By - 5/21/15 - 10:40 am

Weirdo Records in Central Square closed for the last time this week. Owner Angela Sawyer writes: Read more.Read more

By - 5/21/15 - 8:00 am
Inside the Roslindale Substation

Mark Katz went on a tour of the old trolley substation in Roslindale Square yesterday, led by Roslindale Village Main Street and Historic Boston, which now owns the long dormant hulk.

He reports the substation's renovation begins in earnest next month as workers ready the space for a restaurant by Chris Douglass (owner of Ashmont Grille and Tavolo in Dorchester) and a craft...Read more

By - 5/19/15 - 7:41 am

The Globe reports the people who work in and around Kendall Square are fed up with sitting in traffic. Sure, there's talk of more buses and better switches on the Red Line, but then there's Robert A. Weinberg, director of the Weinberg Laboratory of Cancer Biology at Whitehead Institute: Read more....Read more

By - 5/18/15 - 7:46 am

WBUR introduces us to the history of MiniLuxe, which hopes to become the Starbucks of nail salons - and which treats workers better than those places in New York and got started when a partner at a Boston investment firm was driving through Revere and noticed all the nail salons there.Read more

By - 5/13/15 - 3:46 pm

City councilors will haul in executives from Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp. for another chat about the way they're running Faneuil Hall Marketplace - this time for their plans to start charging buskers up to $2,500 for performance space. Read more.Read more

By - 5/11/15 - 12:15 pm

The Globe reports the operators of the one-time "festival" marketplace plan to start charging the street performers who provide much of the festival feeling a fee to entertain shoppers.Read more

By - 5/6/15 - 5:28 pm

The Pittsburgh Business Times reports the for-profit school's parent company just isn't seeing enough profit in art education these days; will slowly close institute as students graduate its classes, rather than just shutting immediately.

H/t Dale Cruise.Read more

By - 5/5/15 - 4:33 pm

for some common sense at 7-11. Went in there earlier for my daily chocolate fix, and saw notices by every register that they are now only accepting cash for scratch ticket purchases (no more debit cards).

Now,I typically stay far away from buying scratch tickets, but I'm still curious. Is this is a 7-11 policy or a Mass Lottery one? If it is a Lottery...Read more

By - 5/4/15 - 12:11 pm

CyPhy of Danvers, started by the co-founder of the equally local iRobot, today launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $250,000 for making drones it swears any idiot with a smartphone can fly.Read more

By - 5/3/15 - 1:50 pm

UPDATE: Mayor Walsh also got involved. His Roxbury liaison, Kaira Fox e-mailed neighborhood groups and other elected officials on Friday: "I wanted to let you know, the Mayor has heard the complaints and reached out to Clear Channel personnally to ask that they change the billboard. The City does not have control over the content of Billboards, but agrees this is in very poor taste...Read more

By - 4/29/15 - 4:14 pm
Line at Roche Bros in Downtown Crossing, Boston

Dan O'Brien thought of Disneyworld when he saw the line of people waiting to get into the Downtown Crossing Roche Bros. on its opening day today.

The store is also accessible via the subway stop.Read more

By - 4/29/15 - 3:46 pm

The City Council today unanimously called on the Boston Public Health Commission to study the possible ramifications of a proposed gas pipeline down Grove Street in West Roxbury and a proposed "metering and regulating station" for the pipeline right across the street from the West Roxbury Crushed Stone quarry, which still uses dynamite to dislodge the boulders it crushes.

The motion passed by the...Read more

By - 4/29/15 - 11:50 am

Residents and the owners of a Blue Hill Avenue liquor store duked it out this morning over the store's request to start selling nips, at a hearing before the Boston Licensing Board.

The board decides tomorrow whether to let Blue Hill Liquors, 108 Blue Hill Ave., sell the tiny bottles.

The store's attorney, Ethan Schaff, said the store needs the nips to stay in...Read more

By - 4/28/15 - 2:49 pm

A BU spinoff that is selling panels in a centralized solar farm is suing crowdsourcing site Indiegogo after the site blocked its campaign, the Boston Business Journal reports.

CloudSolar had raised nearly $450,000 in pledges before Indiegogo decided to halt the campaign and refund all the money, the Journal reports....Read more

By - 4/25/15 - 6:43 am

Blue Hill Liquors, 108 Blue Hill Ave., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week seeking permission to sell nips.

The store currently has a license provision prohibiting it from selling the single-serving mini bottles of alcohol.

The board generally imposes nip bans on liquor stores at the request of local residents and police.

The board's hearings begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its...Read more

By - 4/24/15 - 12:47 pm

WBUR reports Gov. Baker has submitted legislation that would require both background checks and minimum insurance levels for people who drive for services such as Uber and Lyft.Read more

By - 4/24/15 - 9:45 am

Legislators from Boston and Dedham are proposing a VFW Master Plan Commission to look at ways to improve the VFW Parkway from Centre Street in West Roxbury to the Dedham line and Providence Highway in Dedham between the Boston line and the Washington Street rotary.

State Sen. Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury) and state Reps. Ed Coppinger (D-West Roxbury) and Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham) want the commission...Read more

By - 4/23/15 - 9:00 pm
Trabelsi and proposed King David Hotel in West Roxbury

Trabelsi with rendering of his proposed King David Hotel.

Developer Nissim Shimon Trabelsi says he's talking to several hotel management companies - including the one that runs the King David Hotel in Jerusalem - about running the chain of hotels he hopes to start with one on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury at the Dedham line.

At a community meeting called by the BRA tonight, Trabelsi told both the local union construction workers and...Read more

By - 4/22/15 - 9:56 am

The BRA holds a public meeting Thursday on a developer's plans to build a kosher hotel and restaurant on the VFW Parkway at the Dedham line.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in the District E-5 community room.

The proposed 69-room King David Hotel would go where the McDonald's on the southbound side used to be, until it burned down in 2013....Read more

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