Business

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 kitchen" that used to bake many of their goods went out of business and owners Judy Rosenberg and Eliot Winograd couldn't find another one to match the quality and price they'd gotten there.

By - 2/27/15 - 8:20 am
The Point proposed tower in the Fenway

Architect's rendering.

The BRA board yesterday approved a revised plan to build a $290-million tower of both condos and apartments at the intersection of Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue, replacing an old D'Angelo sub shop.

Samuels and Associates says its Point project will include a mix of condos and apartments, ranging from studios to three-bedroom units and with two floors of retail space. Some 15 floors of apartments will be topped by 11 floors of condos. The BRA had already approved an earlier version of the plan, which had 30 fewer residential units.

By - 2/26/15 - 1:09 pm

The landlord for the new FitChoice 24/7 health club on Washington Street goes before the Zoning Board of Appeals next week for permission to let the facility live up to its name and actually operate around the clock.

The fitness business, which replaced the Sugar restaurant and bakery, already advertises it's open 24 hours - although staffed only for 12 hours on weekdays - but it turns out you need zoning permission to actually never close.

The board's hearing is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday in its eighth-floor hearing room in City Hall.

By - 2/18/15 - 12:01 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today Dish Network and Direct TV have to continue paying an excise tax on their Massachusetts accounts.

The state's highest court ruled that even though cable providers and Verizon don't have to pay the excise tax, that's not discriminatory under the US Constitution's commerce clause because the satellite companies still come out ahead, because of the way the land-based providers are taxed:

By - 2/14/15 - 11:53 am
El Recreo Coffee in West Roxbury

El Recreo Estate Coffee opened this morning at 1876 Centre St., in the space vacated by iScream:

Dedicated to bringing premium Nicaraguan coffee while practicing social and environmental stewardship.

By - 2/7/15 - 5:20 pm
Empty Radio Shack in Dedham

All that's missing at the soon to close Dedham Radio Shack - besides most of the inventory, that is - is a sign saying even the fixtures are for sale.

By - 2/4/15 - 1:06 pm

The owner of a Hyde Park gas station is seeking permission to add beer and wine to his offerings.

Elias Akiki, owner of the eponymous gas station at 1171 Hyde Park Ave., goes before the Boston Licensing Board next week seeking a beer-and-wine license to sell beer and wine out of a cooler, at least up until 10 p.m.

In addition to gas, the station already offers a one-bay self-service car wash.

By - 2/3/15 - 8:05 pm

The owners of the Boston Cheese Cellar on Birch Street said tonight they're closing the shop at the end of the month.

In a newsletter to customers, Kathy Lacher and John Pierce say they're looking for somebody who'd want to continue selling cheese to Roslindale. They plan to go out with a fondue party on Feb. 28.

Roslindale's only cheese shop opened in 2006; it was later joined on Birch Street by a wine shop.

By - 2/2/15 - 10:25 am
Proposed AC Hotel in the South End

The rendering above shows the AC Hotel by Marriott planned for the former Boston Herald site now occupied by the Ink Block development of residential units and a Whole Foods. According to a press release from the developers, National Development:

By - 1/30/15 - 10:20 am

The Jamaica Plain Gazette takes a look at how Bicon Dental wound up owning a historic house that it plans to knock down for a parking garage and townhouses.

By - 1/28/15 - 7:51 pm

Senator Eileen Donoghue .. claimed the high costs associated with..becoming a host city would be outweighed by the economic gains from increased tourism and business.

By - 1/24/15 - 4:40 pm
Super Liquors in Hyde Park is ready for the Super Bowl

Super Liquors is, of course, conveniently located on Truman Parkway in Hyde Park.

By - 1/23/15 - 5:19 pm
Eversource Energy

Exciting news, corporate name fans: On Feb. 2, NStar will officiallly change its name to Eversource Energy. Even as I type this, e-mails are going out to customers introducing the exciting new name that has the advantage of not making long suffering reporters wonder whether the 'S' in NStar is capitalized or not.

By - 1/23/15 - 2:58 pm

According to a new study (warning, PDF) released by Uber, yesterday, its Boston drivers - of which it estimates there are now 10,000 - are earning an average of $19 per hour, ~33-percent more than area taxi drivers and chauffeurs.

The study came under immediate criticism because its research was co-conducted in-house by John Hall, Uber Technologies' "Head of Policy Research", so, yeah, he had a conflict of interest. He has a doctorate from Harvard University, though, so there's that.

By - 1/23/15 - 12:31 pm

Self-employed Roslindale residents no longer have to travel out of the neighborhood if they want some office space. Micah Perlin recently opened Rozzie Cowork at 85 Robert St. (that brick building across from Fallon Field).

By - 1/22/15 - 12:52 pm
Olympics calls for tearing down Bayside hotel in Dorchester.

In jeopardy? Proposed expanded Bayside hotel would have to go.

Ed. note: The first look at proposed Olympics venues.

The Boston Teachers Union last week filed detailed plans to tear down its current headquarters on Mt. Vernon Street and replace it with a new building and parking garage.

By - 1/21/15 - 2:35 pm

Hyundai Rotem, the South Korean company that started delivering commuter-rail trains 2 1/2 years late, is suing the state for awarding the contract to build new Red and Orange Line trains.

By - 1/18/15 - 12:56 pm
Little Lamb logo

A Mongolian hotpot chain that wants to break into the US market is suing Little Lamb, 326 Cambridge St., on charges it's using the chain's name and logo without permission.

In a lawsuit filed last week in US District Court in Boston, Xiao Wei Yang Catering Linkage in Inner Mongolia, Ltd. says it originally signed a franchise deal with the owners of Little Lamb, but that it decided to pull out after learning, it says, the two owners were married, rather than competing restaurant operators. Also, company charges, Cheng Xu and Yonghua Qin then refused to pay the chef the company flew to the US to help them set up their restaurant.

By - 1/17/15 - 6:27 pm
Closed Trader Joe's on Boylston Street in the Back Bay, due to fire

Titanium Cranium noticed this sign in the window of the Boylston Street Trader Joe's about a small fire yesterday.

By - 1/16/15 - 9:49 am
Proposed new entrance to Boston Garden

Proposed new entrance to the Garden from developer's BRA filing.

The Herald reports Star Market has agreed to build a mega-market in the $1-billion mixed-use development planned for that vacant space in front of the Garden and the train station.

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