Business

By - 4/23/17 - 2:07 pm

The BRA, um, BPDA, just won't take no for an answer: After losing several legal battles over its attempts to put a restaurant at the end of Long Wharf, the authority is trying yet again to convince judges to let it get what it wants. Read more.

By - 4/20/17 - 5:59 pm

The Globe reports a pair of Chicago real-estate firms could be about to plonk down the big bucks for the perpetually unused former Barnes & Noble building on Washington Street. And at $65 million, you can bet they're not going to just open another bookstore there.

By - 4/19/17 - 11:58 am

Associated Press reports Emirates is going from two flights a day to Boston to one.

By - 4/18/17 - 7:55 pm

iRobot, the Bedford-based maker of cat-transportation devices that double as vacuums yesterday unleashed a barrage of lawsuits against other vacuum makers, accusing them of sucking out the good stuff in iRobot patents to make their own brands of floor cleaners. Read more.

By - 4/18/17 - 2:57 pm

Stacy Eblan reports on the Quirky Roslindale Message Board that the Staples on Washington Street is closing on June 11.

The store opened in 2008 in a new building where the Ashmont Home Center used to be. Between Ashmont and Staples came several proposals that never got anywhere, including a chain drug store - stopped by Tom Menino himself to protect the nearby Sullivan's Pharmacy - and a self-storage place.

By - 4/18/17 - 2:09 pm

Congrats, you survived the Boston Marathon! probably isn't a message that a Boston-based marketing firm would send to runners, especially not next year, after the fifth anniversary of, well, you know.

By - 4/16/17 - 5:21 pm

The Guardian explains our growing urban-farming sector.

H/t Brad.

By - 4/15/17 - 10:45 am

The Boston Fire Department reports firefighters responded at 7:05 p.m. Friday to Bailey's Coin-Op Laundry, 1135 Harrison Ave. for what turned into a two-alarm fire that started in a dryer.

The fire caused an estimated $100,000 damage, the department says.

By - 4/14/17 - 9:00 am

WGBH won $218.7 million and WHDH $162.1 million, in a federal auction in which they agreed to move or shut down their on-air frequencies so that wireless providers can get more bandwidth.

WGBH's money comes from its decision to move both WGBH and WGBY in Springfield to different frequencies. WHDH owner Ed Ansin will take his money for just shutting down Channel 56's current frequency - although WLVI will live on in a "channel share" arrangement with WHDH. Read more.

By - 4/11/17 - 11:26 am

The Board of Appeal today approved a plan by Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue, to run a beer garden on Friday and Saturday evenings at its brewery at 306 Northern Ave. in the marine industrial park. Read more.

By - 4/7/17 - 2:01 pm

No injuries, but several businesses along Centre Street near the Bank of America parking lot lost power when the manhole lost its top, Ted Cooper reports.

By - 4/5/17 - 8:02 pm

WBZ reports a jury ordered a guy who worked at Toodies Fine Jewelry in Quincy to pay Stephen Leigh Jewelers $34,500 for a Yelp review that bashed his rival. His lawyer says he may appeal.

By - 4/5/17 - 3:04 pm

Columbia Billiard Co., 558 Columbia Rd., has trouble with a capital T and is currently shut as its new owner awaits word from the Boston Licensing Board both on a series of violations found in a February inspection and its requests for the licenses it should have had before that inspection. Read more.

By - 4/4/17 - 2:43 pm

A Brookline company that has figured out how to beam mobile-phone ads at people in very specific geographic locations today agreed not to use the technology to target people sitting in Massachusetts health facilities. Read more.

By - 4/2/17 - 2:30 pm
Hatoff's gas temporarily closed in Jamaica Plain
Hat's off to Hattoff's

Fans of the iconic gas station on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain grew worried this past week when they saw the pumps fenced off and construction work going on.

Fear not - the beloved gas station is not being turned into condos. It's just closed for six weeks for some renovations, according to the guy behind the counter at the Hatoff's check-cashing place, which remains open behind the old station. Read more.

By - 3/31/17 - 6:40 pm

CNN Money reports the Japanese clothing chain is threatening to pull out of the US - which would include its new Faneuil Hall Marketplace store, the one that required substantial physical changes to the Quincy Market building - if the Trump administration insists it only sell clothing made in the US.

By - 3/31/17 - 9:08 am

But it turns out there's a company on Rutherford Avenue, called Indigo Agriculture, that is using the idea of microbiomes to assemble bacteria packets that can help plants resist drought and disease, and it recently hired EMC's former chief lawyer.

By - 3/30/17 - 3:45 pm

The money is part of a $157-million national settlement with states over the way VW ginned up its diesel engines to show up as "clean" during emissions tests, the state Attorney General's office reports.

By - 3/30/17 - 9:13 am

The Boston Business Journal reports:

A day after President Donald Trump signed an executive order rolling back regulations aimed at curbing climate change, General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt told employees the company will take a leadership role in fighting global warming.