Over at Charlesgate Realty, Michael DiMella complains that Yelp has pulled several reviews of his business. And even though the ones that got yanked were the less-than-perfect ones (he now only has reviews giving him perfect 5s), he's upset:
... I think this is a complete disrespect to me, my business, and my employees, not to mention my customers who WASTED their time writing their thoughtful reviews. We're promoting Yelp to our customers because Yelp provides us a tool to allow customers to comment freely (without our control) and gives us an opportunity to earn new business from the reviews (which I anticipate being mostly positive - hopefully!). And if we happen to get a bad review - even better - it will give us an opportunity to correct things!
But because of this, I have really had my faith in Yelp shaken. I am not sure if I should discontinue linking to Yelp, and mentioning Yelp to customers or not. What's the point? I don't want to waste my time or my customers' time. ...
Retail Ventures paid $1,675,000 to liquidator Buxbaum Holdings to get rid of Filene's Basement. A bankruptcy filing is likely within the next few days.
Liquidator buys what's left of the chain, the Herald reports.
The current owner of Filene's Basement has listed it as a "discontinued operation" and put it up for sale. If nobody buys it after 30 days, will they give it to charity?
General Growth Properties, which operates Faneuil Hall Marketplace and owns the Natick
Mall Collection, filed for bankruptcy today.
Looking for a robot that will clean your house and take care of the kids? Itâ€™s not going to happen anytime soon according to Tandy Trower, General Manager of Microsoft.
Trower, the founder of Microsoftâ€™s robotics initiative, told a crowd of RoboBusiness Conference attendees this morning at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston.
â€śWe have a lot of work to do in this area,â€ť said Trower.
While there are great innovations in the robotics field, Trower said that many of these advances are still locked away in university labs and libraries.
Jon Chesto explains how it's the work of Ray Rogers, the guy who tried to derail Deval Patrick over "killer Coke." This time, he's working for an IBEW local.
Despite Economic Instability, Sponsorship Support Remains Strong for Project Bread's Walk
Groupon is a new site that tries to gather a bunch of people together to get a discount on something. Normally, it's stuff like food, but today, if they get enough people without dental insurance together, everybody gets a big discount on dental exams at a South End dentist.
To sign up, though, you'll need to tear yourself away from the photo of the half-naked dude brushing his teeth outside next to his big-ass SUV. Is that a common sight in the South End?
Good news for JPer: It's not. There'll be two Boomerangs, one in JP and one in West Roxbury, according to the nice lady who answered the phone at the JP store when I called just now.
It's karmic, anyway: JP got a Real Deal, so West Roxbury needed something in return.
Sail Boston said it will scale back the Tall Ships event [Boston Globe], in an apparent compromise with Menino.
As discussed yesterday [UH], Sail Boston previously implied they would proceed with the full event despite missing a City deadline to demonstrate that they could cover public safety costs. The City estimated these costs at $2 million.
The 5C's on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury (next to the equally derelict Spring Blossom Chinese restaurant) remains shut despite a new owner because liquor distributors won't send their trucks there due to the $100,000+ in bills the previous owner ran up, the West Roxbury Bulletin explains.
The MBTA will install 60 new billboards in Eastern Mass., expected to generate at least $6 million for the MBTA over the next 20 years, with little say from the communities in which the billboards will be placed, reports the Globe.
ParkwayBoston reports on a different kind of photo exhibit in Roslindale Square: Photos that show "Roslindale Revitalization Through Business to Business Partnerships." The photos, by local photographer Bob Ward, are hanging through May 31 at the A. Boschetto Bakery on Washington Street.
Susan Labandibar, president of Tech Networks of Boston, writes to the CEO of Kimberly-Clark to explain how none of the users of her company's four restrooms will ever put Kimberly-Clark toilet paper to their tushes as long as it continues to purchase pulp from Canadian Boreal forests.
All it takes to get more students interested in public service, rather than public looting, is to remove investment banking as a career option. Or something like that, the Globe says. Great photo.
The Herald reported Friday that a 225-seat 1960s-themed diner is planned for Downtown Crossing.
The ubiquitous sources with no names say the restaurant will be in the ground floor of a Suffolk University-owned building.
A restaurant planned for a year out wouldn't be such news, except for the Downtown Crossing angle.