Business

By - 4/10/15 - 7:36 am

The Boston Conservation Commission meets next Wednesday to consider plans by M.S. Walker to build a $50-million factory and R&D center at the old Stop & Shop complex on the Readville/Dedham line.

Although the new building will be on the Dedham side of the property, its only street access is through Meadow Road in Readville. The Conservation Commission is involved because the company...Read more

By - 4/1/15 - 6:13 pm
Closed Burger King on Boylston Street in Boston's Fenway neighborhood.

Chad O'Connor noticed today that another low-density commercial square is being replaced by a high-density residential square. Or more specifically: The Boylston Street Burger King has closed - to make way for a 240-unit, 17-story apartment building by Skanska USA, as shown in this architect's rendering submitted to the BRA:

By - 4/1/15 - 5:08 pm

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the owner of Roggie's, 356 Chestnut Hill Ave., designate somebody else as the bar's manager, which could be a step towards convincing officials to let the bar re-open after 11 months.

The city ordered Roggie's shut after police said owner John Rogaris tried to impede their investigation into how a patron wound up unconscious and near...Read more

By - 3/30/15 - 11:19 pm
Space for lease in the BPL main library in Copley Square

J. Patience was startled by the retail-lease sign on the side of the new wing of the under-renovation BPL main library in Copley Square.

Earlier this month, BPL trustees issued an RFP for companies interested in leasing the space, at the corner of Boylston and Exeter in the under-renovation Johnson wing.

Brandon Abbs is on a BPL advisory board that will...Read more

By - 3/29/15 - 3:37 pm
U-Haul driver smashes into Foley's Liquors in Brookline

DR happened upon the aftermath of a crash in which the driver of a U-Haul truck managed to plow into the front of Foley's Liquors on Cypress Street. No injuries, at least, he reports.Read more

By - 3/24/15 - 9:06 am

Everyone's favorite Yeti has gone into business.

According to this article, the Yeti has set up a web site at Etsy selling merchandise to support the MSPCA. Good for the Yeti!...Read more

By - 3/23/15 - 10:41 pm

The Herald reports online clothing retailer Karmaloop, which Greg Selkoe started in his parents' JP basement in 2000, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. No layoffs planned, but look for the company to sell itself to the highest bidder - who might even be serial interrupter Kanye West....Read more

By - 3/23/15 - 8:50 am

The Globe reports the Boston Housing Authority is looking to renovate its Bunker Hill project in Charlestown by hiring a developer to add "hundreds of market-rate units to the 1,100 low-income units that are there now."Read more

By - 3/23/15 - 8:25 am
Lenane Building in Fields Corner, Dorchester

The Lenane Building, planned home of new cafe.

Three Dorchester residents are turning to the community to try to raise the money needed to turn an empty space in the Linane Building, 1448 Dorchester Ave., into a cafe that will focus on both baked goods and the community.

Elisa and Vivian Girard, who live in Fields Corner, and Jack Wu, who lives in Ashmont, hope to raise $60,000 by May 5 on ...Read more

By - 3/16/15 - 8:37 pm

The Globe reports on whistleblower lawsuits by two former employees of the Cooperative Bank, based in Roslindale, alleging malfeasance by bank officials - in particular, hiring a dentist with no banking experience as president and then, when that didn't work out, hiring a new president who used employee checking accounts for cashing large numbers of personal checks....Read more

By - 3/11/15 - 7:01 pm

Roslindale Village Main Street reports a pair of Roslindale residents have signed a letter of intent to open a Craft Beer Cellar in the rehabbed trolley substation at Washington Street and Cummins Highway - the same building where Chris Douglass, owner of Tavolo and Ashmont Grill in Dorchester, plans to open a restaurant.

Bryan Reeves and Marty Alvares-Reeves have both been hobbyist brewers for...Read more

By - 3/10/15 - 7:50 pm
Globe Direct being delivered to a burned out house

Garrett Quinn forwards this photo showing that whoever delivers Globe Direct fireplace stuffers in East Cambridge isn't going to let the fact that a building caught on fire and got boarded up stop them from delivering the things every week.

H/t Kevin Franck for the headline.Read more

By - 3/7/15 - 3:10 pm

The folks at K9 Strolls on Pembroke Street spent part of today roaming the neighborhood looking for dog crap and other stuff that's emerging as our glaciers slowly recede. They report they collected five large bags of the stuff - and reported a number of overflowing trash cans to the city.

H/t Pilot Block Neighborhood Association....Read more

By - 3/5/15 - 7:40 am

Xconomy reports the price of a cab medallion in Boston has dropped from $700,000 to $500,000 in just one year - and that Carriage News, a newspaper for the Boston taxi industry, stopped publishing last month.Read more

By - 3/4/15 - 7:42 am

Mary Moore writes she had actually been proud to have never taken an Uber car.

My patience ended this morning, when I stood on the street for 20 minutes in temperatures that hovered in the teens, waiting for a taxi that I'd ordered the night before.

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By - 3/4/15 - 7:14 am

Anyone know what closed this place down, and what's happening with it? Not the greatest store in of itself, but it was indeed a convenience to have it across from the T stop, open later than the other hole-in-the-wall convenience stores in the vicinity.Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 5:24 pm

Mayor Walsh says he wants to increase the fines for commercial snow infractions from $300 per incident to $1,500.

The fines would be levied in companies that refuse to shovel their sidewalks or dump snow in the street.

The increase would require approval from the state legislature.Read more

By - 2/28/15 - 10:21 pm

Dune Jewelry, which makes jewelry with lockets containing beach sand, is demanding a Florida company stop making jewelry containing beach sand.

In a lawsuit filed in US District Court in Boston this week, Dune says it holds two design patents on incorporating sand in jewelry, that it quartz Rebecca James LLC red handed violating those patents and that a judge should make that...Read more

By - 2/28/15 - 2:34 pm
Note explaning why Rosies in Chestnut Hill is closed: Supplier shut

UPDATE: Chestnut Hill Rosie's remains open - the note applied only to Inman Square.

Rosie's, with stores in Inman Square and Chestnut Hill, closed its doors today.

Shazza shows us the note in the window of Rosie's Bakery in the lower Chestnut Hill Mall; a call to the Inman Square store leads to a message saying the same basic thing: The "wonderful supply...Read more

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