By - 3/5/09 - 8:40 am

By way of starting a new Downtown Crossing thread on UH, Menino opened a burrito joint and reaffirmed commitment to DTX as a pedestrian mall.

The Globe story also has an amusing bit about what features of DTX the mayor's walking tour somehow missed.

By - 2/26/09 - 4:52 pm

Glory be-- can it be that people aren't so eager to walk around proclaiming that "Life is Good"? The Crimson reports that Everything Jake, better known as the "Life is Good" store in Harvard Square's Garage, is closing:

According to [employee David] Orazine, daily revenue used to average around two or three thousand a day in the shop’s earlier months.

By - 2/25/09 - 4:56 pm

Ed. Note: The BBJ has apparently unpublished the story, so whether it's accurate or not, I don't know.

The Boston Business Journal reports that the one company actually interested in leasing space in One Franklin Place - the tower that's supposed to replace the hole - is now backing away from the idea, in part because it's been unable to negotiate a lease with the hole's owner.

By - 2/25/09 - 9:54 am

Teddy Kokoros reports that Boston Billiards on Brookline Avenue looks like it has ceased to be.

By - 2/25/09 - 9:45 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on staggering losses at the parent companies of Massachusetts's second-largest retail bank and big hits to Fidelity's bottom line.

By - 2/20/09 - 8:05 pm

A developer gives $500 checks to multiple Cambridge City Councilors on multiple occasions and they turn around and give him approval to build a complex. By my count 6 councilors, which should make a majority of the council, recieved funds. I guess the question is wheter or not Mr.Reeves is right when he says:

By - 1/26/09 - 9:26 am

Thoughts: I'm not surprised to hear about this happening. Just like people investing at the top of the residential market, some investors are bound to be burnt. What I still don't understand is why some companies still pay the $60-100/sq. ft. to be in a building in the middle of a city. If your company has no need to be near a city, why pay those prices? I think after this downturn you will see a lot more office construction outside of cities.

follow more of the breaking developments here.

By - 1/13/09 - 6:30 pm

On Wednesday, Jan 14, The city's Department of Neighborhood Development will will host meetings for those business owners and employees directly affected by the January 6th Peterborough St fire.

Location: Boston Arts Academy, 174 Ipswich St (across from Fenway Park Gate B)
3:00, Property Owners and Business Owners
4:00, Business Owners and Employees

By - 1/5/09 - 11:04 am

Does anyone have any info on "Allegedly deceptive business practices" of LA Fitness?

I happened to find this petition site, Petition Site with a petition to stop the LA Fitness club from opening in W. Roxbury. These people seem to be very upset that the permits were fast-tracked by the city, and have lots of alleged problems with LA Fitness listed on the petition.

It's written by the "VFW Parkway Business Assoc" but I don't know if that's a real group or not.

By - 12/30/08 - 3:34 pm

I got a thank-you note today for a Christmas tip, from the person who delivers the Globe! This was so unusual that I wanted to post it - there is still great service out there.

I also got a typed-up note saying that she would not be delivering the paper for a couple of days, but someone else would, and it included a phone number to call in case of any problem with delivery.

She also delivers the paper right to the front step, every morning, even during the awful weather we had last week. (I really love having the paper delivered.)

By - 12/7/08 - 6:30 pm

On Thursday, the Boston Public Health Commission will vote on whether to kill off the few remaining cigar bars and sheesha cafes.

How can unelected bureaucrats legislate with such power over the rest of us? I blame the heavy hand of Menino, whose attempts to stifle any fun or mild mischief is making Boston a dead place. Maybe it's time to start an initiative petition to elect the Public Health Commission.

These bars already have stringent ventilation rules, so the impact on workers approaches nil. Anyways, as with a lot of jobs, individuals can assess the risks and benefits.

By - 12/4/08 - 7:19 pm

If you're planning to attend the New England Auto Show at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center this weekend, I want to know why.

After spending a few hours at the show already today, I'm astonished at how subdued the dealers and the audience are. Spread out across the entire hall's ground level are nearly 40 brands of car from Aston Martin to Volkswagen and Volvo. But there are few people wandering around between the cars and there are even fewer booth staff.

By - 11/19/08 - 10:30 pm

Would it be insufficiently nostalgic and sentimental to suggest that Out of Town News be replaced with an internet cafe?

By - 11/5/08 - 7:50 pm

AJ Gerritson reports on a recent event attended by all the titans of the Boston advertising community:

As I was scanning the crowd from my table, I couldn't help but notice the shared trepidation among them.

As I sat there, I quickly found myself wondering. ... how many people here know how to reach customers or clients in today's information sharing age, and how many of these traditional industry leaders really know what social media means to their clients and their clients' customers? ...

By - 11/3/08 - 4:35 pm

Wicked Local Brookline reports the Coolidge Corner Barnes and Noble is flying the coop when its lease runs out in December, finally leaving Brookline Booksmith in peace.

By - 10/26/08 - 6:53 pm

When the economy is going in the tank what do you do? Design a neighborhood based on Feng shui!

NECN with the story.

By - 10/25/08 - 7:32 pm

Steve Garfield reports live from the West Roxbury Roche Bros. which has up and rearranged the produce department!

And the ice-cream/frozen food aisle is all different!

By - 10/3/08 - 5:09 pm

Bonhams Important Motorcars Auction

There's a big tent set up at The Larz Anderson Auto Museum, Brookline, MA for Bonham's Vintage New England, A Sale of Important Motorcars and Automobilia, tomorrow, Oct 4, 2008.

By - 10/1/08 - 12:45 pm

Bookdwarf has the scoop.

The new owners are Jeff Mayersohn and his wife, Linda Seamonson:

Mayersohn, who lives in Wellesley, said, "As a customer of Harvard Book Store for over thirty years, I'm overwhelmed and elated by this opportunity. My wife and I have wanted to own a bookstore for many years--I never imagined that it could be Harvard Book Store."

Mayersohn is a vice president at Sonus Networks, which builds equipment for heavy-duty Voice over IP networks - he's an alumnus of BBN and GTE Internetworking. Sonus has had some issues this year.