Julio Varela posts another open letter from Whole Foods, with an update on construction and planned hiring.
WBUR reports on the groundbreaking for the new Vertex headquarters next to the federal courthouse.
You want Haynes Management of Wellesley. The Boston Business Journal reports the Newton company, which does health-care consulting, is the subject of hate mail that should have been targeted at the Wellesley company, a real-estate concern.
The Globe reports the impending demise of Village Books.
Maureen Rogers is left wondering where she'll go for new books now:
When I saw the news the other day, I immediately dropped in and spent nearly a hundred bucks on books, boo-hooing all the way.
Boston.com reports that Borders will be close its Downtown Crossing location, after many thought that store, which is one of Borders better performing stores, would be safe from closing.
Sad, sad day, what's next, Macys?
Rather than turn this into a fight fest about how bad Menino is or what not, I'll pose a question instead..
Gretchen Van Ness was at last week's Whole Foods meltdown and provides an account.
Publishers Weekly posts the impending obit for the Harvard Square store, which goes out of business at the end of this month, several years after it left the Downtown Crossing location that gave it its name. The owner says he couldn't find anybody to buy the place; will continue to operate globecorner.com.
Via Chris Klein.
Turns out you can now rent researchers and labs for designing new drugs, and a new breed of small-scale entrepreneurs are doing just that, WBUR reports:
Dennis Goldberg runs a drug company out of one corner of his living room.
The Jamaica Plain Gazette reports the Jamaica Plain Laundry Centre, across from where the Hi-Lo used to be, is shutting down this weekend rather than pay a rent increase that could be as much as 200%.
The City Council today unanimously approved $12 million in tax breaks over seven years for construction of Vertex's planned $1-billion headquarters and lab space on Fan Pier.
City Councilor Bill Linehan, who represents South Boston and chairs the council's economic-development committee, said the new construction will mean $50 million in tax revenue over the period of the breaks.
In addition, the council approved a state proposal to spend $50 million in state funds on infrastructure improvements on and near Fan Pier for Vertex, which recently won federal approval for a possible blockbuster Hepatitis C drug.
BostInnovation reports on a startup that looks to apply a Priceline-like model to Boston garages - you fill out an online form stating where you want to park and for how much, then garages compete for your business.
Please stop that snorting now: The idea is that even those garages that charge $35 for a couple hours (like pretty much anything within easy walk of Government Center) might have empty spaces they're willing to fill at lower prices.
Xconomy reports on the FDA giving the nod to Vertex's Incivek, designed to inhibit the liver-destroying virus. Approval means potentially big sales and a move to the South Boston waterfront.
The Learning Co., publisher of the game that has introduced generations of schoolkids to the concept of mortality, is suing Zynga, operator of the game that lets their parents grow virtual vegetables, to prevent it from launching a Facebook game focusing on an overland journey to Oregon in the 1800s.
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