Business

By - 8/17/16 - 1:53 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today struck down a Baker-administration plan to tax electric users to pay for new natural-gas pipelines to feed Massachusetts power plants.

In its ruling, the state's highest court said the proposed tax would violate a 1998 revision of state laws regulating utilities, which sought to shift the costs of new construction away from consumers and onto the companies that would benefit from them. Read more.

By - 8/17/16 - 12:14 pm

A blackout that left hundreds of Jamaica Plain residents and businesses without power from noon yesterday until 3:45 this morning was caused by another company "accidentally digging into our underground equipment," an Eversource spokesman says. Read more.

By - 8/12/16 - 5:51 pm

Newmarket Square businesses will soon begin a campaign to urge the mayor to get Long Island open again - or find another place where addicts can get treatment and counseling away from their streets and the drug dealers who prey on them. Read more.

By - 8/12/16 - 12:30 pm

Avanti Salon, 20 Newbury St., is suing the owner of Avani Aveda Salon, 75 Newbury St. for trademark violations, saying the newer place's name is deliberately confusing. Read more.

By - 8/8/16 - 9:03 pm

So on one Sunday in August, when all the masters of the universe are down on the Vineyard or the Cape or the Hamptons or anywhere but here, Boston shut Newbury Street for a few hours so people could just amble up and down the street.

Many pearls were clutched and no doubt quills angrily put to paper by some merchants, such as the executive director of the Newbury Street League as quoted by the Globe:

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By - 8/8/16 - 6:49 pm

Crain's Boston reports that Public Radio Exchange has opened a professional studio for producing podcasts in a former oil-change garage on Western Avenue.

By - 8/8/16 - 11:54 am

Boston Restaurant Talk reports the locally grown Tasty Burger is getting all cease-and-desist upside Chipotle's head over its plans for a burger chain called Tasty Made - with a logo in the same exact colors as Tasty Burger's.

By - 8/4/16 - 2:03 pm
Wynn casino site in Everett

This morning, Scott Whollley walked around the Everett site where Wynn is building its Boston-area casino now that Somerville says it won't appeal its state approval.

Adam Castiglioni, watched Bob DeSalvio, head of Wynn Boston Harbor, speak at the formal groundbreaking: Read more.

By - 8/4/16 - 12:20 pm
Ice cream factory and ice company in Roslindale

After you buy your three-gallon tub of ice cream at Puritan on Washington Street, you can go across the street to buy some ice at the Ice Box to keep it cool.

By - 8/3/16 - 4:50 pm

Industries have a life cycle just like humans . Like a person’s childhood, teenage years, adulthood and golden years, industries have distinct life stages. A local example is the Nantucket whaling industry. Let’s review the lifecycle.

1659: Nantucket settled.

1752: Start up stage. Whaling voyages begin. The market for clean burning whale oil is small but growing. Industry profits are negative and large amounts of capital are required to build ships and train mariners.

1760-1789: Growth stage. In this stage capital requirements are still high, but sales grow rapidly and profits are positive.

By - 8/3/16 - 1:56 pm

The City Council voted today to hold a hearing on a recent Boston Public Health Commission vote to ban the sale of flavored cigarettes at convenience stores because store owners never had a chance to testify on the proposal before the council.

By - 8/3/16 - 8:05 am

The Globe reports Patriot Care opens today at 21 Milk St.

Originally set to open in June, the facility won zoning-board approval last August. Voters approved marijuana dispensaries in 2012.

By - 8/2/16 - 11:00 pm
People bemoan loss of Canto 6 on pages posted at bakery

Roving UHub photographer Joseph Laws reports a "For Rent" sign now hangs in the window of Canto 6, while fans of the JP bakery have a clipboard on which to write their thoughts on the loss.

By - 8/2/16 - 9:50 pm

Verizon and city officials said tonight that if they reach agreement on a cable contract, the company will roll out its FiOS service to four Boston neighborhoods using its traditional fiber-optic cables right to people's homes or buildings. Read more.

By - 8/1/16 - 9:35 pm

Caught in Southie spills the beans: The Boston Licensing Board will give Starbucks another chance to grind out a case for why it deserves a license at L Street and East Broadway. Read more.

By - 8/1/16 - 8:55 am

The Boston Business Journal reports state legislators reached accord late last night on a bill that would not bar ride-hailing services from the two locations but would add a 20-cent fee to every ride for a new state office to oversee the services and ensure riders go through background checks. Lawmakers rejected a bid by taxi operators to make ride-hailing drivers also get fingerprinted.

By - 7/30/16 - 11:08 am

The Life Is Good Co., the local company that has marketing its eponymous slogan with the smiling "Jake" face since the 1990s, says a California company that lets people create and sell T-shirts online is doing a very bad thing: Letting people make and profit off unauthorized copies of the phrase and face. Read more

By - 7/29/16 - 5:46 pm
Closed Tedeschi store in Jamaica Plain

Tedeschi has shuttered its store by the Monument at Centre and South streets, forcing people who want convenience to go to walk a couple blocks up Centre to the other Tedeschi, where the Store 24 used to be.

By - 7/29/16 - 9:59 am

Xconomy reports the stock price for Cambridge-based Seres Therapeutics is dropping like a rock on news that its novel attempt to treat an increasingly antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria didn't seem to work much better than a placebo. Read more.

By - 7/28/16 - 3:01 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the Milk Street Cafe is using a 3D printer to spritz out latte foam.