Business

By - 2/14/14 - 11:51 am

A New York company that makes ink it says can be used to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones is suing a Boston company that uses ink to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones.

In a lawsuit filed yesterday in US District Court in Boston, Touchpac charges that Touchbase Technologies, run by participants in an MIT... Read more

By - 2/13/14 - 3:42 pm
Marty's open in the storm

At the height of the storm this afternoon, Marty's Fine Wines in Newtonville felt compelled to post this sign.

By - 2/12/14 - 4:01 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports the bank holding the mortgage on the long-shuttered Ciao Bella property at 240 Newbury St. has scheduled a foreclosure auction for the property.

Joseph Cimino, who says he's been renovating the building since 2011, recently told the Boston Licensing Board he had a tentative agreement with Suitsupply, which wants to lease the space for a men's clothing store... Read more

By - 2/12/14 - 11:21 am
Downeast logo

The Boston Licensing Board decides tomorrow whether to let the city's first cider house offer samples during the tours it wants to offer.

The mayor's office, the BRA and several city councilors gave strong support to Downeast Cider House's request for a "farmer wine pouring" permit at a hearing today.

Downeast began making locally sourced cider at 200 Terminal St. about a year ago.... Read more

By - 2/11/14 - 10:59 am
Wegmans

The new supermarket, built on the site of the departed Omni Foods on Rte. 9, holds its grand opening on April 27. However, the liquor-store part of the supermarket opens March 29.

By - 2/7/14 - 7:59 am

The Globe reports Tedeschi is taking over the space Kelly's vacated in 2011. Once it opens, the current Tedeschi, inconveniently located three doors down from the corner on the other side of Harvard, will close.... Read more

By - 2/5/14 - 11:12 am

City Council President Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) wants the legislature let Boston add a 6.25% tax on liquor sales at local packies to help pay for treatment programs for alcoholics and drug addicts.

The council is scheduled today to consider his request for a formal hearing on his proposal.

In his request for a hearing, Linehan says Boston neighborhoods are "experiencing... Read more

By - 2/2/14 - 12:16 pm

The Lynn Daily Item reports Lynn Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy is having a little trouble believing a Suffolk Downs traffic study that claims the resort casino planned for Revere will only add 18 cars a day to Lynn roads.

By - 2/1/14 - 11:32 am

EMC, the Hopkinton-based storage technology company, is asking a federal judge to let it bar a California man's proposed change in its governance from its annual proxy statements.

And it's asking the judge in US District Court in Boston to make it snappy, because the statements need to go out to shareholders by the end of March.

EMC says that even ignoring the fact that... Read more

By - 1/29/14 - 8:56 pm

Are you at a nonprofit that's overwhelmed by technology? Do you feel like the unimaginable pile of tech you're working with isn't quite paying off with less work? Is it frustrating that even with extensive data management tools at your disposal, you're not able to efficiently manage or create reports from your data?
Join Socializing for Justice for a ProfDev (professional development) training on... Read more

By - 1/28/14 - 1:59 pm

Officials at the Revere Hotel on Stuart Street told the Boston Licensing Board today they had no idea a group of companies that organized a Christmas party for local tech start-ups was selling tickets - a violation of the state law that prohibits open bars at events open to just anyone.

At a hearing this morning, hotel officials said they're now taking a tip... Read more

By - 1/26/14 - 2:25 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court is set to hear an appeal from a man who says a decision by Roche Bros. to bar him from collecting signatures for his election campaign outside one of its stores violates his rights under the Massachusetts constitution, Associated Press reports.

Steven Glovsky of Wayland says Roche Bros. wouldn't let him collect signatures in a run for the governor's council... Read more

By - 1/20/14 - 6:59 pm
Dogecoins accepted in Harvard Square

Eric Maki noticed today that Honor System Books in Harvard Square accepts Dogecoin payments. Also, Bitcoin, but that's so last year.

By - 1/18/14 - 1:22 pm

An Ohio woman is suing the Marriott Long Wharf for what she says was permanent colon damage caused by a toothpick in a hamburger she ordered through room service during a 2010 stay.

In her lawsuit, originally filed in Suffolk Superior Court but transferred this week to US District Court, Rebecca Robinson-Brown of Columbus, OH, says she ordered a burger and kettle fries on Dec.... Read more

By - 1/17/14 - 12:52 pm

Earlier this week, diners at Todd English's Figs restaurant in Charlestown started reporting an odd thing: They couldn't buy beer or wine. When asked, servers said something vague about some sort of problem with the liquor license but that it would be fixed soon.

Indeed there is a problem with the liquor license, although whether it will be fixed soon is another question. On... Read more

By - 1/17/14 - 7:34 am

The Herald reports the BRA yesterday gave the thumb's up to developer's plans to add 600 apartments, and a supermarket and other new retail space to the former Sears distribution center.

Ed. question: Wonder what happens to the Fenway Shaw's? That site seems ripe for redevelopment, too.... Read more

By - 1/15/14 - 3:02 pm

THURSDAY UPDATE: The Licensing Board granted the request for a beer and wine license.

The Boston Licensing Board could vote Thursday whether to let a shuttered Vietnamese market on Dorchester Avenue be turned into an upscale shop selling everything a young professional could need for a dinner party - from wine and gourmet cheeses to self-service olive oil and home-made peanut butter.

At a hearing... Read more

By - 1/15/14 - 1:11 pm
Roger Berkowitz and lawyer

Roger Berkowitz explains Legal C Bar concept.

The Boston Licensing Board could delay action on a proposal by Roger Berkowitz to open a Legal C Bar in the space left vacant by Todd English's Olives in Charlestown partly because of legal problems related to his equally closed Kingfish Hall restaurant.

Board members decide Thursday whether to grant a request from city officials and nearby residents to delay any action on Berkowitz's request... Read more

By - 1/15/14 - 7:36 am
Isis

Isis Parenting, which provided classes, consulting and products for expectant and new mothers, announced yesterday it's closing all of its centers in the area - Back Bay, Arlington, Needham and Hanover.

The chain, which started in Brookline in 2003 - and which provided pre-natal classes for a number of local hospitals - broke the news on its Facebook page last night:

With heavy hearts,

... Read more

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