Business

By - 12/12/15 - 12:09 am
Ethel Weiss has passed away

Chris Lopez noticed the sign in the window of Irving's on Harvard Street on Friday about Ethel Weiss, 101.

Really sad day in Brookline. Ethel was always so sweet to my wife and I when we went into Irving's.

By - 12/10/15 - 9:09 am

A local movie buff forwards the following exchange between a patron of a local movie theater and the theater's manager. The manager agreed to release the exchange on condition names be excluded.

Sent: Wednesday, December 09, 2015 9:10 AM
To:
Subject: Security
Dear Mr ____,

On Saturday December 5 my date and I attended the 4:15 showing of Spotlight at the ***** Theatre . Just before the show started I was returning from the men's room , when I came across two Muslim women with large backpacks speaking a foreign language entering my theatre .

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By - 12/10/15 - 8:40 am

The Globe reports General Electric is considering the South Boston Waterfront as a home for its corporate headquarters.

City and state officials are offering the "property tax relief and tax credits" that have become de rigueur in trying to attract the sorts of companies that will make certain Globe business writers very happy that Boston can finally regain at least one multinational corporate headquarters, because we've apparently been suffering a horrible malaise at our lack of said corporate giants having their leaders regularly ride through our streets in limousines. Or as the Globe puts it, GE moving its executives here would prove "a civic boost" for a saddened region.

By - 12/9/15 - 8:13 am

The Boston Business Journal reports the Boston Firefighters Credit Union will be moving into the space at Centre and Lagrange vacated by Eastern Bank. Unfortunately, the space is not large enough to let the credit union sublease space to a pizza place or funeral home.

The location is right up the street from the City of Boston Credit Union, which the BBJ notes has become the Boston Firefighters Credit Union's evil arch-nemesis.

By - 12/3/15 - 10:22 am

In US District Court in Boston.

600 lb. Gorillas, a Duxbury ice-cream company, this week sued one of its suppliers for allegedly providing ice cream for its ice-cream sandwiches that was so bad people stopped buying them. Read more.

By - 12/3/15 - 8:43 am

Lisa shows us the denial about this online post from McKinnon's Meat Market in Davis Square.

By - 11/27/15 - 11:02 pm

David Parsons watched the horde sweep into H&M at South Shore Plaza early on Black Friday.

Ed. note: We went in the afternoon, when things were a bit calmer. But much of the second floor smelled overwhelmingly of stale popcorn butter - like a popcorn butter truck had exploded and they hadn't finished cleaning it up. Also, Lord & Taylor had a DJ at their first-floor entrance playing "Uptown Funk" cranked to 11 - who knew the store's demographic had changed so much.

Photo copyright David Parsons. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 11/27/15 - 2:15 am
Guy giving out instructions at Walpole Wal-Mart

Worker tells crowd where the hot deals are.

The doors opened at 1 a.m. at the Walpole Walmart. Workers let in 10 to 15 shoppers - the earliest of whom had been there since 4 p.m. - at a time.

Wal-Mart shoppers

Just in case, four of Wapole's finest were on hand: Read more.

By - 11/20/15 - 4:33 pm

The Boston Business Journal reports on the sale of 500 Boylston and 222 Berkeley, notes:

The deal to acquire 500 Boylston and 222 Berkeley comes at frothy time in Greater Boston commercial real estate market.

By - 11/20/15 - 10:25 am
Nerd commuting in Boston's Financial District

If you still needed convincing that Boston's Financial District is becoming more of Boston's Tech District, David Harris presents this photo of a guy tooling down the street on one of those new micro-Segwayish things this morning.

By - 11/20/15 - 9:28 am

The Boston Business Journal reports on the unveiling of Boston Pharmaceuticals, a Cambridge drug company headed by a guy a French drug company fired as its CEO last year - in part because they didn't like the idea of him running the joint from his new home in the Boston area. Read more.

By - 11/19/15 - 9:13 am

An alert UHub reader noticed the guy who said he wanted to build a hotel catering to observant Jews on VFW Parkway in West Roxbury (where the burned-out McDonald's used to be) sold the property yesterday for $1.4 million to the owner of a Brockton gas station and car wash. The BRA's King David Hotel page is now gone, although you can still see the initial filing for the project.

By - 11/17/15 - 7:38 am
Cloth elephant on the move in South Boston

Payette, a Congress Street architectural-design firm, designed itself Pearl the elephant as part of a circus-themed display at the International Interior Design Association's fall New England fashion show earlier this month. Yesterday, staffers wheeled Pearl over to the South Boston convention center for the Architecture Boston Expo.

Read more.

By - 11/13/15 - 9:35 am

Toyota, which makes Lexus cars, is suing a Somerville wedding photographer using the name Lexus Studios, alleging that is causing the auto giant "irreparable injury" and demanding he rip up all his business cards and signs and pay damages and lawyers' fees.

Toyota's suit, filed this week in US District Court in Boston, says the company has been trying since 2012 to get Paolo Pacheco to change the name of his business because people might think the studio has something to do with Lexus cars.

Complete Toyota complaint.

By - 11/10/15 - 5:15 pm
Wage protesters by the Old State House in downtown Boston

Beth Gavin captured protesters demanding a $15 minimum hourly wage outside the Old State House this evening.

By - 11/9/15 - 3:07 pm

Xconomy takes a look at a Downtown Crossing company called Bolt, which offers money, advice and gizmo-building gear to build things you can actually touch, rather than software.

By - 11/9/15 - 12:05 pm

Downtown Crossing is getting a Forever 21 (where the Tello's used to be). Now if only we could get a Spencer Gifts.

By - 11/6/15 - 4:49 pm

Tweet Cheeks reports from the Back Bay City Sports: They've only marked stuff down 10%. Ditto at the Downtown Crossing outlet, MG reports. Savvy going-out-of-business-sales fans know the deep discounts don't start the first day - and even when they do, be wary, because liquidation pros sometimes mark stuff up first so they don't lose out that much when they mark it down.

By - 11/5/15 - 3:53 pm

The Boston Licensing Board today gave Roche Bros. a packie license for its new Downtown Crossing store.

At a hearing yesterday, Roche Bros. President Gary Pfeil told the board that the chain held a number of focus groups with current downtown residents and workers and discovered that people enjoying life in the heart of the city have a different way of entertaining guests: They're more likely to have parties with cocktails and appetizers than sit-down dinners. Read more.