Business

By - 2/2/16 - 7:43 am

Jamaica Plain News reports the shuttered market at 18 Hyde Park Ave., across from the T stop, would become Forest Hills Fine Wines under a proposal that goes before the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council tonight.

By - 1/30/16 - 4:19 pm
Weird store in downtown Boston

Craig Caplan is struck by the discordancy of a Downtown Crossing store opening and closing at the same time .

By - 1/28/16 - 11:21 pm

Our own Ron Newman took lots of pictures when he visited the old Medford mall before it closes this weekend.

By - 1/28/16 - 1:54 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports that when it comes to "Uber of [Fill in the Blank]" companies flooding Boston, most react like Dorchester is on the dark side of the moon.

Among the Dot rats irked by that: Mayor Marty Walsh, who says enough's enough.

By - 1/27/16 - 8:16 pm

Mayor Walsh's office announced tonight that Boston has signed a "Surrounding Community Agreement" that includes $68 million worth of payments to the city over the next 15 years and an effort to spend at least $20 million a year with Boston businesses over the same period.

The agreement marks the end of the city's increasingly futile court challenges to the Wynn casino on a parcel in neighboring Everett. Read more.

By - 1/27/16 - 1:34 pm
Tito Jackson speaks against proposed Grove Hall liquor store

Councilor Jackson led the charge against proposed liquor store as other residents waited to testify.

UPDATE: License request rejected.

Grove Hall residents and religious leaders packed the Boston Licensing Board hearing room today to urge the board to reject a license request for a Blue Hill Avenue liquor store.

The proposed Blue Hill Liquors, 438 Blue Hill Ave., is "absolutely tone deaf to the people of Grove Hall," City Councilor Tito Jackson said. Read more.

By - 1/22/16 - 4:31 am

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By - 1/20/16 - 11:04 pm
Motor Mart helipad

The top of the Motor Mart in Park Square used to be a heliport. Photo by Leslie Jones.

First we learn the city might spend $100 million to fix the old Northern Avenue bridge so GEsters don't have to worry about getting stuck in traffic. Tonight, the Globe reports our local titans of industry can't wait for GE to come to town so we can get us a helipad - one that the state is looking at building as part of the $120 million in infrastructure it promised GE, because what the hell kind of world-class city doesn't have a helipad?

The downtown business community has gone without a public-use helipad for more than 15 years. But that could be about to change. GE’s pending arrival has jump-started the conversation about building one.

They quote some hand servant to the ruling class that "it’s time to consider this as a transportation system amenity."

Wonder if it'll take CharlieCards.

Photo from the BPL posted under this Creative Commons license.

By - 1/19/16 - 7:41 am

Wynn Resorts says it's hired Suffolk Construction as general contractor for its $1.7-billion, 3-million-square foot casino in Everett.

By - 1/15/16 - 9:36 am

City Councillor Tim McCarthy says people knocking on doors claiming to be from Eversource aren't and that residents should report them to 911.

By - 1/14/16 - 4:24 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today granted a package-store license to Wine Riot for its Web 3.0-enabled wine store at 519 Tremont St.

The board accepted arguments from Tyler Balliet and Morgan First that there was a public need for a shop that caters to users who want to help drive their inventory through app-driven reviews and histories of their own drinking habits, coupled with an emphasis on wine education. Read more.

By - 1/13/16 - 4:12 pm

Aviva Chomsky discusses what happened to Globe deliverers in the Lynn area when the paper switched distribution companies: The new company ditched accident insurance, forced the deliverers it did take on to handle longer routes and decreased the per-paper fee they got. Also:

At the old distribution center in Lynn, they folded and bagged their papers inside the facility, with plenty of light, tables, and access to bathrooms. In Woburn, they are forced to do it outdoors in the icy darkness, or awkwardly inside their cars.

By - 1/13/16 - 1:08 pm
Packed hearing for Wine Riot at Boston Licensing Board

First listens as Balliet explains concept and supporters wait to speak.

The Boston Licensing Board could decide tomorrow whether to grant a liquor license to Wine Riot, which wants to open an app- and database-driven wine store at 519 Tremont St. in the South End. Read more.

By - 1/8/16 - 10:44 am

Gillette yesterday sued several Lowell residents it charges have been selling Fusion cartridges stolen from World Shaving Headquarters by still unknown parties. Read more.

By - 1/7/16 - 7:45 pm
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Former IDG exec Colin Crawford reports that IDG has retained Goldman Sachs as a prelude to selling itself off - ideally in one piece. Read more.

By - 1/7/16 - 7:53 am

Babuskha Deli, a Russian-oriented convenience store at 62 Washington St. in Brighton, goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week to request an all-alcohol package-store license.

The board's hearings start at 10 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 1/4/16 - 11:39 pm
Proposed condos on Centre Street in West Roxbury

Architect's revised rendering.

Residents who attended a meeting tonight on a 16-unit condo proposal for the old West Roxbury Motors site generally gave a thumbs up to a proposed design that eliminates an earlier exterior that residents found too modern for the area, too much like something built out of Lego bricks.

But when one resident questioned why the single ground-floor commercial space would be made off limits to a restaurant or coffee shop - in a building that would be across the street from the neighborhood Starbucks - other residents said that wouldn't bother them, because that stretch of Centre Street already has at least ten vacant storefronts. Read more.

By - 1/4/16 - 1:09 pm

Starbucks goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to change the shuttered Melting Pot fondue place in the Park Plaza Hotel into a, well, Starbucks.

Park Plaza guests who now want the Starbucks experience have to walk a full two-tenths of a mile to the Starbucks in the Transportation Building. Read more.