By - 5/10/13 - 8:05 am

In an editorial, the Jamaica Plain Gazette rhapsodizes about how Roslindale completes JP, in part because Roslindale hosts all the trailer-trash kind of chain stores that would otherwise try to muscle their non-local way into the pristine Elysian fields of Jamaica Plain:

It has been easier for local-business-minded JP to fend off the likes of Family Dollar when we all know we can go

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By - 5/3/13 - 3:02 pm

Meet like-minded progressives at Connecting for Justice on May 23 from 6-8:30PM at Lir Irish Pub and get connected to great social justice organizations in Boston. Have you been lurking on SoJust? It’s time to meet the friendly faces of the group that’s grown to almost 2250 members, hosted 150+ events and fostered hundreds of connections since our founding almost 7 years ago.
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By - 5/2/13 - 7:51 am

Homegrown Karmaloop and some California woman who leads an organization for "professional groupies" are battling over the right to sell things with the word "Plastics" on them.

In a pre-emptive strike, Karmaloop this week sued Yvonne Nicoletti, a.k.a. Lexxa Vonn, for the right to continue producing trucker hats that say "PLASTICS" on the front and "She's fabulous but she's evil" on the lower brim.... Read more

By - 4/25/13 - 4:25 pm

News item: Yankee Candle unveils Boston Strong-scented candle, says it features "a heartwarming blend of cinnamon, baking spices, and a hint of freshly poured tea."

What do you think Boston Strong smells like?

By - 4/25/13 - 7:54 am

The Boston Business Journal reports Barbara's Bestsellers is talking to the company that controls commercial space in the station about re-opening in another space at the commuter-rail station.

By - 4/23/13 - 7:39 pm

Do you often get stuck in conversations? Not know how to approach people at networking events? Join Socializing for Justice for a fast-paced, fun & interactive Skillshare on the Art of the Schmooze on May 6th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM.
SoJust hosts events that draw progressives of all stripes that share common values but may work on different issues. We create social spaces that allow for... Read more

By - 4/12/13 - 12:41 pm

John Antonellis is our guest writer on today's post. John has been a resident of Eagle Hill in East Boston for close to 15 years and a homeowner there for 12. He is the Lead Instructor at the Harvard Bridge Program, a worker education program for employees at Harvard University.

Something stinks in East Boston, and it isn't the litter and garbage that... Read more

By - 4/8/13 - 6:30 am

Looks like Warby Parker, which undercuts chain prices on prescription glasses through its online store, is looking to set up a physical store in Boston.

H/t Matt Karolian.

By - 4/4/13 - 8:18 am

A lawsuit by key members of the local taxi industry against upstart Uber is now a federal matter - San Franisco-based Uber yesterday had the suit transferred from state court to US District Court in Boston.

In the suit, Boston Cab Dispatch and EJT Management charge Uber, which lets customers use a smart-phone app to arrange a ride, violates state law, which requires taxis in... Read more

By - 3/28/13 - 7:43 pm

The Globe reports Vornado Realty Trust, which left a giant gaping sore in the heart of downtown, is pulling out of the Suffolk Downs casino proposal because state officials dared to ask it for detailed financial information on its executives, to make sure they aren't actually organized crime figures or illegal ivory importers or something.... Read more

By - 3/28/13 - 1:15 pm

Mind's Eye Yarns in Porter Square is up for sale; if nobody wants to buy it and keep it open, it'll shut down later this spring.

Another bit of old Boston gets ripped out: Windsor Button to shut down.

H/t Cara.... Read more

By - 3/26/13 - 4:27 pm

Blanchard's of Allston on Harvard Avenue has posted an apology and explanation for the way some customers wound up having their credit cards used for transactions halfway around the world.

Initially, reports from the experts were that there was no evidence of a data compromise in the Blanchard's systems. After receipt of still more recent complaints, Blanchard's continued with further investigation by another

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By - 3/25/13 - 2:14 pm

The Herald reports the supermarket chain will open up shop in Landmark Center.

By - 3/19/13 - 3:05 pm

The Globe reports it's starting to happen, due to the tight rental market in Boston. Also, undergrads looking for fall apartments? So, so screwed.

By - 3/17/13 - 12:31 am

This is the story of how a drug compounding pharmacy NECC in Framingham Mass., under a deregulated Food and Drug Administration regime passed in 1998, is motivated by greed to expand into drug manufacturing by conspiring with clients to create fraudulent patient prescription records on a large scale yielding wild profits, 44 deaths, and 678 people severely ill with spinal and other forms of meningitis... Read more

By - 3/13/13 - 7:57 am

The Proper Bostonian writes she could deal with a Frye boot store replacing one of her favorite restaurants - Charley's at Newbury and Gloucester. But she will not abide by the arboreal destruction she says Frye committed outside the location - eight trees chopped to bits:

Besides the kousa dogwoods there was a white birch, and other trees. It's a grim scene and a

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