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By adamg - 3/27/19 - 10:22 am

The Zoning Board of Appeal yesterday approved a proposal by Lululemon to include a cafe inside the new two-story store it's outfitting at 210-214 Newbury St., after hearing that the idea is to make life easier on people who don't have long enough lunch breaks to shop for athleisurewear and then go somewhere else for something to eat. Once the store moves from its current location down the street, Lululemonistas will be able to pick up both athletic wear and some prepared food to take back to the office.

By adamg - 3/27/19 - 12:21 am

A federal judge says a man who sued L.L. Bean over a pair of slippers it refused to replace after it eliminated its lifetime return policy last year really shouldn't have. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/19 - 10:42 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved marijuana shops at 430-454 Blue Hill Ave. in Grove Hall and 591 Albany St. in the South End.

In both cases, the approval does not mean the shops can actually open, only that they can now apply to the state Cannabis Control Commission, which would have to decide whether to grant licenses. Read more.

By adamg - 3/26/19 - 4:21 pm

A decision by the mayor's office to approve two marijuana shops less than a half mile apart - in potential violation of a city ordinance - sparked an unusually volatile Zoning Board of Appeal meeting today, during which the board chairman slammed his gavel to the table to restore order at one point, not long after he yelled at a city councilor that she was out of order. Read more.

By adamg - 3/24/19 - 10:38 pm

Roslindale Craft Beer Cellar owner Bryan Reeves announced today he's shutting his store in the basement of the Roslindale Square substation. Reeves says he will stay open as long as he still has stock left - which he'll be discounting 25% starting Tuesday. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/19 - 5:14 pm

Brookline Police report things went pretty smoothly at the Brookline Village herbarium on its first day selling recreational marijuana:

BPD found limited disruption to area from 9 am opening, coordination went well. Schedule ahead worked, thus lines had less impact on pedestrian traffic. Mbta service not affected, heavy media presence. Overall successful 1st morning as a result of planning

By adamg - 3/21/19 - 12:11 pm
Old Symphony 8 sign

An aggrieved citizen files a 311 complaint about the sign advertising a restaurant below it that recently re-opened after being shut for years, only with a new name:

This sign for a long closed retiring is a blight on the area - it can't be legal to just leave it there? Please initiate removal

By adamg - 3/21/19 - 11:31 am

Boston.com reports that TD Bank has apologized for, and taken down, a street ad that makes it sound like if your debit card has been stolen, it's probably in Dorchester. The wording's very similar to that on Samsung ads a couple years ago that implied stolen phones all wind up in Mattapan.

By adamg - 3/19/19 - 12:14 pm

Jamaica Plain News reports AAA Appliances on Centre Street, near the Monument, could be replaced by a pot shop, if approved by the city and state. The appliance store would then move somewhere else, either in JP or West Roxbury. Read more.

By adamg - 3/18/19 - 5:53 pm

UPDATE: Market cleared to re-open on March 27 after passing a re-inspection.

A Boston health inspector today shut Ming's Supermarket, also known as New York Marts, 1102 Washington St. for a variety of health violations that included dead bugs on a hot-foods light shield and rodent droppings under a sink employees are supposed to use for hand washing. Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/19 - 4:19 pm

The state Cannabis Control Commission today granted permission to NETA to open its expand its existing medical dispensary in Brookline Village to sales of recreational pot starting Tuesday.

The dispensary is in the big old bank building at the corner of Washington Street and Rte. 9.

By adamg - 3/15/19 - 3:24 pm
Casket-company fire from the air in East Boston

See it larger. Photo by Kim CV, landing at Logan shortly after 5 p.m.

Update, 10:25 p.m. Nearby residents being allowed to return to their homes.

A fire that erupted on the roof of the New England Casket Co., 1141 Bennington St. in East Boston shortly after 3 p.m. spread throughout the building and spewing toxic smoke that forced the evacuation of nearby residents as it went to nine alarms. Read more.

By adamg - 3/14/19 - 10:51 pm
Mike Ross explains marijuana proposal

Company lawyer and former City Councilor Mike Ross talks as company treasurer Brendan McKee listens.

A company about to open its first pot shop in Williamstown hopes to come to the other side of the state and turn a gardening and flower shop on American Legion Highway in Roslindale into a dispensary that would offer pot to both medicinal users and people who just want to get high. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/19 - 5:32 pm

The Zoning Board of Appeals yesterday approved pot shops proposed for Brookline Avenue in the Fenway and Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain.

The rulings mean the applicants can now go to the state Cannabis Control Commission to seek a license to open. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/19 - 12:55 pm

The City Council agreed today to take a look at how to make Newbury Street safe for pedestrians - especially those in wheelchairs or pushing strollers - on sidewalks increasingly cluttered with signboards advertising local shops. Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/19 - 1:24 pm
Big, really, giant wheel making a turn in South Boston

Eileen Murphy watched a big wheel making a turn on East 1st Street this morning. It was headed towards the Reserved Channel, where Eversource is building a new engergy conduit to the Deer Island sewage-treatment plant, which it had to install after the federal government and Massport sued it (and the MWRA) because the original one wasn't buried deep enough and would have caused problems for the dredging ordered by the Army Corps of Engineers to allow bigger ships to dock at the Conley Terminal. Read more.

By adamg - 3/8/19 - 10:46 am

The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today that Veolia, which generates steam at a Chinatown plant, owes the city of Boston $2.2 million in taxes for the 2015 fiscal year because it applied for a tax abatement via letters attached to its quarterly tax payments rather than through an official abatement form. Read more.

By adamg - 2/28/19 - 12:23 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today upheld a fine of more than $2.6 million against a beer distributor for kickbacks paid to some Boston-area bars to give its beers guaranteed taps, but said that the state commission that oversees liquor laws can't punish a Seaport bar that accepted the bribes because of what it said was a tortured interpretation of those laws. Read more.

By adamg - 2/28/19 - 9:55 am

Mayor Walsh announced today that the city will begin to put its cash on hand in environmentally and socially conscious investments - and in local financial institutions.

The operating funds, which the city uses to pay bills, could total about $150 million a year in short-term fixed income securities of companies that have strong environmental and societal records, and about $100 million to be deposited in local banks.

By adamg - 2/26/19 - 9:35 am

The McDonald's at 1750 Soldiers Field Rd. in Brighton is old. How old? It's so old the franchise owner had to file a formal declaration with the city Landmarks Commission to determine whether it was of any historic interest and possibly worth saving. Read more.

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