The Boston City Council today approved a measure that would let city small businesses have acoustic musicians play without having to get a permit from the city. The proposal was sponsored by at-large Councilor Michelle Wu.
The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday gave unanimous approval to filling a long vacant, once fire ravaged block on Chestnut Hill Avenue with a place where people can spend an hour petting cats and then fill up on gyro and souvlaki. Read more.
The Burlington Mall reports it plans to re-open at 9 a.m. tomorrow after it was shut on what would normally be one of its busiest days of the year due to a water main opening up right under one of its parking lots.
The Revere Journal reports problems at a Saugus power plant caused noises so loud they could be heard in Revere. Specifically, a "silencer" that normally muffles the anguished screams of steam being vented from the plant's two boilers.
The Lynn Item reports that the fabled Orange Dinosaur of Rte. 1, now sitting in the world's largest pit of despair, will be joined by a Kane's Donuts outlet next year.
This is not your father's West Roxbury: Wild Orchid, which opened last month on VFW Parkway inbound just past the Dedham line, offers a full complement of the sultry stuff you need, plus smokes. Just do a U-turn past where the other McDonald's used to be, by the car wash.
The Boston Business Journal reports Reebok has picked the the Innovation & Design Building in the Seaport for its new headquarters.
It'll join New Balance (Brighton) and Converse (North Station) in Boston.
Hizzona signed an agreement letting Verizon offer TV channels and the company says it begins cabling up homes in parts of West Roxbury, Roslindale and Dorchester tomorrow - with Dudley Square by the end of the year. The move means parts of Boston now have three main broadband/TV/phone providers: Verizon, Comcast and RCN; Verizon says it will roll out FiOS to the entire city within six years.
Reports are pouring in of long lines at the conjoined Prudential and Copley Place Malls - the former for the opening of its new Italian food court, the latter for an Alton Brown book signing at Williams-Sonoma. No word if the two malls' security forces are trying to keep the lines apart to avoid an implosion or worse.
Workers and supporting clergy and residents blocked Mass. Ave. outside the Central Square McDonald's around 6 a.m. this morning. in a protest calling for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Read more.
The City Council on Wednesday considers a proposal by councilors Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury/Jamaica Plain) and Michelle Wu (at large) to ban most plastic bags in Boston and to let stores charge 5 cents for paper or reusable bags - or plastic bags that can be composted. Read more.
A federal judge in Boston today issued a temporary restraining order against W.B. Mason that requires it to rehire two drivers who claimed they were fired last year during a successful organizing effort by Teamsters Local 25 at the company's warehouse on Summer Street in South Boston. Read more.
I get treated like Ebenezer Scrooge at holiday time. After all, there is no investment advisor in Boston’s Enchanted Village. But rather than admonish my readers to rein in spending, I’m recommending you treat yourself this season.
They just get taken down, spruced up and then returned to their rightful location in Sullivan Square. Alex Carlson took a Schrafftsie today in the Schrafft Building parking lot.
Reuters reports Framingham-based IDG, which runs tech-oriented Web sites around the world, is in "advanced talks" to be bought by an investment group headed by the chairman of IDG China.
IDG also owns IDC, a tech consulting and market-research firm.
Horn's Jeweler, 339 Washington St., will change its name so nobody will confuse it with E.B. Horn, which has been operating in downtown Boston since 1839. Read more.
A local catrepreneur is hoping to wrangle support for a place on Chestnut Hill Avenue where people looking for some fuzzy affection could pet kitties for $15 an hour between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Read more.
The Globe reports the sneaker company wants to flee Canton for new digs in our very own Hub, joining New Balance and Converse.
Of course, the move will be accompanied by layoffs. And, of course, even though the company already said it's moving to Boston, the mayor's office is looking at what sort of tax breaks it can unwrap as a housewarming gift.