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By adamg - 2/14/20 - 11:11 pm

A city health inspector yesterday ordered Ming's Supermarket, 1102 Washington St. in the South End, shut for a variety of health issues, including all the frogs on a rear loading dock without a permit, 600 dozen eggs sitting in a too warm warehouse and rodent droppings found at several spots, including the produce area. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/20 - 8:22 pm

Adam Shutes announced today he'll be closing his Boston Cheese Cellar on Birch Street in Roslindale Square at the end of the month.

By adamg - 2/14/20 - 9:00 am

The Beacon Hill Times reports the Beacon Hill Architectural Commission has been identifying businesses putting free-standing signs on sidewalks and having a little chat with them to make them remove them.

By adamg - 2/13/20 - 1:54 pm

WBUR reports that Back Bay-based Wayfair announced today it's laying off 550 people, including 350 in Massachusetts. In 2018, the state gave the online-focused home-furnishings company a $31 million tax break in exchange for hiring more people in Boston and Pittsfield. Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/20 - 10:40 am

Coravin, a Bedford company that makes systems that let restaurants and oenophiles drink from uncorked bottles, is suing some guy in New Jersey - and 100 "John Does" - for allegedly selling unauthorized and often used or broken models on Amazon Storefront and other online marketplaces. Read more.

By adamg - 2/12/20 - 1:23 pm

The City Council today agreed to look, again, at how to increase the percentage of contracts the city awards to companies owned by minorities and women - which, the last time the city disclosed numbers, was less than 1% of roughly $664 million in contracts each year. Read more.

By adamg - 2/11/20 - 4:45 pm

The BPDA board on Thursday will consider letting Cape Air dock seaplanes at Long Wharf to fly people to and from New York. Read more.

By adamg - 2/6/20 - 3:18 pm
Map of proposed Boston pot shops

Map of proposed pot shops city has OKed and the one (in red) that's gotten required state approval.

The Massachusetts Cannabis Control Commission today signed off on a proposal for a company called Pure Oasis to open Boston's first recreational pot shop, at 430 Blue Hill Ave. in Grove Hall. Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/20 - 11:33 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that remote-access products such as GoToMyPC are more than just a service and so their use can be taxed by the Department of Revenue. Read more.

By adamg - 2/5/20 - 9:37 am
West Roxbury Boomerangs

Closing next month.

Boomerangs on Centre Street in West Roxbury will close permanently on March 21, a victim of struggling sales, according to a spokesman for Fenway Health, which oversees the AIDS Action Committee, to which the small Boomerangs chain's profits go. The other Boomerangs stores, in Jamaica Plain, the South End and Central Square, will remain open. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 10:12 pm

WCVB reports on the opening of the first recreational pot shop in Provincetown, population 3,000, while Boston, population nearly 700,000, has yet to see any open.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 12:58 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday granted Verizon Wireless a two-year extension to install a cell antenna on Bowdoin Street on Beacon Hill since the company can't currently erect the antenna because it's engaged in a lawsuit over its construction. Read more.

By adamg - 1/28/20 - 10:03 pm

A couple who owns a three-family house on Chelsea Street might have to try renting it out as three apartments after the Zoning Board of Appeal today rejected their request to reclassify it as a "lodging house" so that they could continue renting it out in short-term rentals. Read more.

By adamg - 1/27/20 - 6:40 pm

Donna's Cakes, 100 Spring St., announced today: Read more.

By adamg - 1/16/20 - 2:45 pm

Two founders of craft brewer Aeronaut Brewing Co. in Somerville have sued the third for trademark infringement after, they say, he stole the company's recipes, fonts, and even UPC codes to start up a competing brewery under their noses. Read more.

By adamg - 1/15/20 - 3:36 pm

The Globe reports the restaurant with the sky-high views will be closing forever in April - along with the Skywalk.

Via Boston Restaurant Talk.

By adamg - 1/10/20 - 11:49 am
Centerfolds

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday approved the sale of Centerfolds on Lagrange Street - now half of Boston's Combat Zone - to a Texas-based, publicly traded ecdysiast chain. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/20 - 11:19 am

The Boston Licensing Board yesterday granted a beer-and-wine license to Jamie's Variety, 113 H St., which means senior citizens living across the street will soon no longer have to risk life and limb up on Broadway just to buy some beer or wine. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/20 - 9:17 am

The Boston Sun reports the latest on the saga of the Newbury Street dispensary that never opened, but still wants to, only now with an expanded market. Read more.

By adamg - 1/10/20 - 8:56 am

Curbed Boston reports the company doesn't see a future in littering area sidewalks (and Boston Harbor) with dockless rental bikes, so will instead work to bulk up its supply of dockless e-scooters.

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