Friday, August 10, 2012
The British sandwich shop plans open in mid-November at 501 Boylston Street.
Pret a Manger, featuring handcrafted, freshly prepared sandwiches, was before the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay's licencing committee Monday night with plans to open a cafe in the space vacated by Borders last year. "This is not a traditional restaurant where there's cooking," said Greg Donovan, owner of development firm G.A. Donovan Management Consulting Corp. With 300 restaurants across the world, mostly in the United Kingdom followed by Hong Kong, Paris, New York City and Chicago, this would be the first one in New England. The sandwiches, made daily, are featured in refrigerated glass display cases. There's value placed on the presentation, as well as the quickness of service. They pride themselves on getting people in and out …
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Marimekko, a Finnish textile and design company known for its original prints and bright colors when it comes to home decor, clothing, bags, accessories and fabrics opens today on 140 Newbury St.
This will be the third US store, and customers can ask questions directly to designer Aino-Maija Metsola, who will be on hand from noon - 1 p.m. for the grand opening. The store also has a line-up of events planned throughout the week, including Thursday when you can purchase fabric and have it framed on-site, and treats from Georgetown Cupcakes on Saturday. "The two-story store in Boston is located in an area popular with students and faculty of some of the United States’ leading universities, such as Harvard and MIT," said Marimekko’s President and CEO Mika Ihamuotila. "The success of our store in nearby Cambridge has also encouraged us to make this new opening. I believe that succeeding in these three influential environments could …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The insurance company will open in 330,000 square feet of office space at 101 Huntington Ave. when its current lease in Fenway expires in 2015.
Back Bay will be the new home for Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Massachusetts. The insurance company is moving it's headquarters into 330,000 square feet at 101 Huntington Ave. in the Prudential Center Complex when it's lease at Fenway's Landmark Center expires in 2015. The agreement was confirmed on Thursday. The Back Bay location is ideal based on the undisclosed terms of the lease and its proximity to the MBTA, Blue Cross CEO Andrew Dreyfus told the Boston Herald. “At a time when we’re doing all we can to keep our administrative costs as low as possible, 101 Huntington proved to be the most affordable option that will best meet the needs of our business and our valued associates,” CEO Andrew Dreyfus said in a prepared statement. The 25-…
Friday, June 15, 2012
The cupcake shop held a special event on Thursday, and opens to the public Saturday at noon. Customers receive one free cupcake all day long!
Sisters and co-owners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes, celebrated the private opening of Georgetown Cupcake on 83 Newbury Street in style. Invited guests enjoyed mini samples and champage. The room was packed with business people, food bloggers and more. The shop opens to the public on Saturday at noon, and customer receive one free cucpake all day long. This is the third location for the sister. In addition to the Washington D.C. original, they opened just opened in SoHo in New York, and are opening in Los Angeles in September. "We try to capture the spirit of the neighborhood we're in," LaMontagne said. The architecture on Newbury Street isn't far from that of the Georgetown original, and there's an …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The IIsraeli-influenced restaurants offers items like falafels, and hopes to start a takeout service soon.
Laffa, an new Israeli-influenced vegetarian restaurant at 31 St. James Ave., is open for business. Serving up items like falafels, the restaurant features eat-in bar stools, but was before the Neighborhood Association of Back Bay’s licensing and building use committee last week with a request to start doing takeout. The neighborhood voted not to oppose the plan, and Laffa will go before the city’s licensing board on Wednesday. It’s currently up and running, but is still catching up on zoning requirements. Laffa is open from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. and does not serve alcohol.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
The sisters and stars of TLC's DC Cupcakes will be official open at 83 Newbury St. on June 16.
Georgetown Cupcake is opening at 83 Newbury Street on Saturday, June 16. Sisters and co-owners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, stars of TLC’s DC Cupcakes, plan on celebrating with a private opening celebration party that Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. With two locations in Washington D.C., this is the first Boston location and there's another shop in New York scheduled to open in the winter. The cupcakes sell for $2.75 each, and come in flavors like red velvet, chocolate ganache and bubblegum pink, as well as season specials - including white chocolate peppermint, gingerbread, cinnamon spice, and many more for the month of December.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
The British apparel shop blends sportswear with streetwear, and opens May 24. Don't miss their 50’s Americana-inspired Summer Amy Winehouse Collection.
Fred Perry, a British heritage brand that blends sportswear with streetwear for iconic styles, is opening it's third US store in Back Bay. With shops in 50 countries across the globe, and two in New York, the store hosts its grand opening at 301 Newbury St. on May 24. The brand is well-known for its original cotten pique shirt synonoymous with underground fashion and British cool. They've collaborated with a handful of artists and designers including Raf Simons, Richard Nicoll, Emma Cook and Amy Winehouse. The store launches with the Men’s Authentic Summer Collection, the Women’s Authentic Summer Collection, the Kidswear Spring/Summer Collection, and the 50’s Americana-inspired Summer Amy Winehouse Collection. (This was the last …
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Neighbors stopped by to celebrate the opening of the new Charles Street shop, and enjoyed some free cake.
Kids from the Hill House swarmed the new J.P. Licks at 150 Charles Street for the grand opening of the neighborhood's only ice cream parlor. "The week it opened, we've been here everyday," said 10-year-old Jake Berger. It officially opened on April 30, but people came together on Monday for a welcome celebration. All proceeds from the afternoon went to support the Hill House community center's scholarship fund. "It's the best thing to happen to Beacon Hill and the kids," said Dani Urencio, a Hill House employee and mother to three kids who happily enjoyed the celebratory cake. "It's a great hangout." Owner Vince Petryk said so far business has been good, and he enjoys the people in the neighborhood. He's been looking to open in Beacon …
Friday, May 11, 2012
Marimekko, known for its original prints and bright colors, sells home decor, clothing, bags and accessories and fabrics.
A popular Finnish textile and design company plans to open it's third US store at 140 Newbury Street in July. Marimekko, known for its original prints and bright colors, sells home decor, clothing, bags and accessories and fabrics. They opened their first store US in Manhattan in October 2011, and also took over a Cambridge concept store in November. The company plans to boost its brand on the East and West Coasts, CEO Mika Ihamuotila told the Boston Herald: “We have longer traditions in these regions, and we believe they have greater natural demand for our products. Our long-term goal is to extend our distribution in the U.S. through high-end department stores and specialist retailers and by opening new Marimekko stores.”
Monday, April 30, 2012
Carmen Vanderheiden talks about removing tattoos at her new Back Bay business.
Carmen Vanderheiden started out with laser hair removal business, and was surprised by people’s reactions when she tried to cover up their tattoos. “About 80 percent of people were like ‘please, hit it. I want it gone,’” she said. “I said, ‘note to self.’” That was the inspiration behind Tataway, a tattoo removal business she recently opened on Newbury Street. Tat-Away is one of the few places that uses a laser machine with fast, pulsing wavelengths that just hit the tattoo, rather than penetrating the skin and causing blisters. And while removing a tattoo is normally about as painful as getting one, Vanderheiden also uses heavy anti-numbing creams and a special, expensive device she calls “The Zimmer,” which freezes the skin before and …