UPDATE, 12:55 p.m. Whatever was in the suitcase determined to not be a threat.
Managers evacuated the Whole Foods at 15 Westland Ave. around noon when they discovered an unattended stainless-steel briefcase just sitting there, inside the entrance.
The BPD bomb squad is on scene; firefighters are staging down the street, just in case they're needed.
The Licensing Commission met last night, approving licenses to exciting new businesses in Somerville.
Taking the agenda out of order, the panel met with representatives from Bibim Restaurant who will be occupying the old McDonald's space at 243 Elm Street. This license was the deciding factor, at least that's how their spokesperson made it seem at the community meeting, on whether they would expand the... Read more
The mission of The Davis Flea community: to Reclaim, Repurpose, Rediscover and Reconnect continues on Sunday, March 16, 2014 with The Davis Flea Spring Vintage Market at The Center for Arts at the Armory, Somerville from 11:00am until 5:00pm.
Rather than focusing on selling new products and crafts, The Davis Flea Spring Vintage Market will showcase dealers selling vintage, collectibles, re-purposed, up-cycled and antique merchandise.... Read more
Can anyone recommend a rad events space in downtown Boston? Can be restaurant, hotel, etc. For about 75-100 people.
Calumet Photographic, which runs a national chain of photography supply shops, including one on First Street in Cambridge, has filed for Chapter. 7 bankruptcy and shut all its stores.
After the news broke, though, the company posted on its Facebook page:
Stay tuned, as we are exploring opportunities to reopen select locations to keep serving our customers.
H/t Arturo.... Read more
Wicked Local Cambridge reports the landlord booted the long-time pizza place because it didn't want to pay to upgrade the "mechanics" of the eatery in an old building.
I took the opportunity to attend a community meeting in Ward 6 to learn about a new Korean restaurant, Bibim, looking to occupy the 243 Elm Street space in Davis Square. Also in attendance this evening, were the owners Young and Ed Kim, their attorney, architect, spokesperson, as well as, Alderman At Large Jack Connolly and Director of Economic Development Ed O'Donnell. Ward 6 Alderman... Read more
The Red Sox go before the Boston Licensing Board this week for permission to add cans to their repertoire of beer options at the lyric little bandbox this season.
In December, the board approved a Sox request to start selling beer in aluminum bottles - after Fenway officials assure the board that the bottles would be opened first and that, even if they were... Read more
BetaBoston (the new Globe tech site) reports on growing national databases of license-plate scans that let repo men, banks and, well, any company with the money to spend track your whereabouts.
State Rep. Jonathan Hecht (D-Watertown) has filed a bill that would outlaw the practice in Massachusetts. The industry warns this would make Massachusetts a lawless enclave roamed by the worst criminals from... Read more
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says a liquor-license vacuum caused by national chains sucking up liquor licenses for downtown and waterfront restaurants will hinder redevelopment of Dudley Square.
Tomorrow, Jackson asks the city council to start work on a proposed petition to the state legislature to give Boston 12 new liquor licenses for the area bounded by Tremont Street, Melnea Cass Boulevard, Harrison Avenue, and... Read more
Alrighty then, just got a press release from Wynn, the people who want to build a casino in Everett, about this week's vote in Revere in favor of a Suffolk Downs casino. It reads in part:
WYNN SETS WORLD RECORD FOR FIVE-STAR AWARDS
Revere voters opt for mediocre three-star racino
â€œA casino next to a decrepit race track is no match for Wynn Resortsâ€™ proven... Read more
The Boston Licensing Board today gave Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury St., permission to stay open until midnight.
Michael Lemanski, general manager of one of Boston's dwindling number of bookstores, said customers had been asking for an extra hour of time in which to enjoy the literary alternative to a traditional bar or pub.
He told the board at a hearing Wednesday the revenue... Read more
Shaw's has begun work to bring its aging Boylston Street Shaw's store into the 21st century with an extensive remodeling that it hopes will include one aisle devoted to the sort of liquor the increasingly discerning population of the Fenway demands, officials told the Boston Licensing Board today.
The board decides tomorrow whether to grant the Star Market a license to sell beer, wine and... Read more
Andrew Teman illustrates the brutal and short life of a Globe Direct bag, at least the ones that are lobbed at the houses of people who care what their streets look like.
We'd gone several weeks without a Globe Direct dropping landing on our property, and were feeling pretty good about that. But when I opened the front door today, there was one of... Read more
Do you want (or need) to raise money to support the causes and organizations you care about?
Join Socializing for Justice for a ProfDev (professional development) training Fundraising: Getting Past the Fear of Asking on Monday, March 3, 6:00 - 8:30 PM at The NonProfit Center, 89 South Street in downtown Boston.
Fee: $10 advance/$20 door - split with trainer
Limited... Read more
Boston Magazine does an interview through e-mail with John Henry on his thoughts on saving the Globe and journalism. Among other things, he acknowledges plans to sell the Globe's 16 acres on Morrissey Boulevard, move the Globe to "a smaller, more efficient and modern facility in the heart of the city."
Also noteworthy: More details on Henry's specific plans for the Globe and boston.com,... Read more