Tuesday, April 23, 2013
For the first time since the April 15 bombings, city officials and inspectors are taking businesses owners through the Boylston Street blast zone.
The area surrounding the site of the Boston Marathon bombings is not quite back to normal, but it’s starting to get close. City officials and inspectors have been leading business owners through their businesses within the still-closed-off section of Boylston Street Tuesday. The FBI handed the crime scene off to the city of Boston Monday, but Boylston Street between Hereford and Berekley streets is still closed to the public. Keith Shirley, owner of Meridian Realty Group at 46 Gloucester St. between Newbury and Boylston streets, said the lack of access to his business for the past eight days has made things difficult. “We’ve had logistical issues,” he said from behind the blocked off gate on Gloucester Street. “We haven’t been able to …
Monday, February 25, 2013
The landmark property used to be the headquarters of the Boston Police Department.
With a champagne toast, the iconic Back Bay Hotel officially became the Loews Boston Back Bay Hotel Thursday, the Boston Globe reported. The Loews Hotels & Resorts chain announced plans to buy the building, at the corner of Berkeley and Stuart streets, last month. It had been owned since 2009 by the Doyle Collection, a Dublin company specializing in upscale hotels. The building was built in the 1920s to be the headquarters for the Boston Police Department. The police left in the late 1990s; the building was later renovated and turned into a hotel in 2004. It features 225 spacious guestrooms, modern amenities, meeting and event space as well as two restaurants, Cuffs, an Irish Bar, and The Stanhope Grille.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The company's new high-end gallery and store will be in the former New England Museum of Natural History building.
Restoration Hardware will return to the Back Bay on March 7, according to the Boston Globe. The high-end furnishings store left during the recession but announced in September 2011 that it would be opening in the old New England Museum of Natural History building, on the corner of Boylston and Berkeley Streets. There it will open its RH Historic Gallery, in the space formerly occupied by LouisBoston. Restoration Hardware has described the new store as a gallery and said it will "express new and evolving ways of designing the home, and will serve as a showcase for the company’s extensive Outdoor & Garden Collections," according to the Globe.
Friday, December 28, 2012
During these economic times, businesses come and go all the time. Tell us which ones you were sad to see go in the comments section below.
It was another year of welcomes and farewells for Back Bay businesses. Although many stores and restaurants have opened in the Back Bay in 2012, there have been some noted departures. In March, JP Licks left after losing its lease at 352 Newbury St. Charley's Saloon at 284 Newbury shuttered in September and just last month the Upper Crust at 222 Newbury St. abruptly closed after filing for bankruptcy. TELL US: What Back Bay business(es) were you sad to see close in 2012? Share with us in the comments section below.
Monday, June 11, 2012
The organization has grown to include more than 2,000 customers around the Boston area. Founder Jeff Barry talks about how it all got started.
Ten years ago, Jeff Barry rediscovered beets. He was living in San Francisco, and was getting vegetables delivered to his door through a service called Planet Organics. “I started to cook with food I didn’t know how to use, and I revisited vegetables I didn’t think I liked,” he said. It left so much of an impression that when he moved from California back to Boston, he decided to start a similar service here in the city. He found a small network of suppliers, bought a van, created a modest website, threw together a few speadsheets, pasted fliers around neighborhoods – and voila. Boston Organics was born. “I did my first delivery around June or July of 2002,” Barry said. His wife took the day off from work, and they delivered organic …