16 04, 2021

Making a Difference: Susan Devlin Steps Up for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

2021-04-16T18:28:30-04:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Susan Devlin has stepped out of her comfort zone in honor of two courageous kids battling cancer. As she raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), her driving forces are Ollie, 3, and Belle,10 -- the LLS Boy & Girl of the Year.  “I do a lot with charities in the community, but I donate to them. I’m not a fundraiser,” said Susan, owner and founder of Nurture Salon at 127 L Street in Southie. “But I have been wanting to do something more. I have been kind of wishing for it; it’s like it came to me.”  Kristen Krikorian, a client who has been coming to the salon since it opened almost 19 years ago, nominated Susan for the [...]

8 04, 2021

Men of ‘Leisure’

2021-04-09T07:57:35-04:00April 8th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Men of Southie, get ready to shop! Power couple Christine Crevier and Chris Yang, managing partners and co-founders of Luxe Leisure, knew there was a real need for a men’s clothing shop in the neighborhood. In chatting with customers and neighbors, it was apparent something was missing. So they opened a men’s boutique connected to their women’s shop at 553 E. Broadway. “A lot of men didn’t have the option to shop [in Southie],” said Chris. “There were no local boutiques. People are super excited to see we are offering a more rounded assortment for families.” “Women are super excited, too,” Christine added. “We are filling a void.” The men’s shop had a soft opening on Saturday, April 3, with the grand [...]

3 04, 2021

Cakes with a Kick: Riley’s Drunk Kitchen Bakes with Spirits and Love

2021-04-03T09:55:07-04:00April 3rd, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Cakes with a Kick: Riley’s Drunk Kitchen Bakes with Spirits and Love

By Ginger DeShaney You can have your cake … and drink it, too. Wait, what?  Thanks to Riley Mahan’s creativity and flavor-making skills, you can buy cakes, cupcakes, and macarons made with booze ... and love. Welcome to Riley’s Drunk Kitchen. Her cake flavors include: Rose Riesling Prosecco Espresso martini (Bailey’s, coffee, and espresso) Coconut rum Mudslide (Bailey’s and Kahlua) Margarita Bourbon and caramel Chocolate and Guinness Frosting choices include: Limoncello Bailey’s Aperol Rum chata Kahlua You can also get booze-less cake (chocolate, vanilla, funfetti, lemon, and Oreo), cupcakes, and macarons. All of her cookies are booze-less. Riley’s Drunk Kitchen was born out of quarantine and boredom.  During the COVID-19 pandemic, Riley has been working from home full time as a program manager for Dana-Farber [...]

2 04, 2021

Barber Stop: Harold Amato Closes L Street Shop, Enters Retirement 

2021-04-02T08:02:59-04:00April 2nd, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Barber Stop: Harold Amato Closes L Street Shop, Enters Retirement 

By Ginger DeShaney After 50 years at the helm of Harold’s Barber Shop, Harold Amato has hung up his scissors.  This old-school Southie landmark at 87 L Street closed its doors on March 31. In a farewell ad to his customers, Harold wrote, “I have made several great friends and have many memories that I will treasure forever. It has been my utmost pleasure to be part of the Southie community ... I will miss you all as I start the next chapter in my life.” Harold, 77, of Marlborough, was the only barber in his shop for those 50 years. He never sat around; he was always on the go, which would explain how he could manage several customers at once. He had tried [...]

13 03, 2021

Having a Ball: Fun is Right Up Their Alley at Southie Bowl

2021-03-13T16:18:03-05:00March 13th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Having a Ball: Fun is Right Up Their Alley at Southie Bowl

By Ginger DeShaney John Tunney The atmosphere was electric. The smiles were huge; the laughs were hearty; and friends were thrilled to be together -- safely, of course.  “It’s a great place. People are engaging,” owner John Tunney said about Southie Bowl. ”No one is on their phones. Everyone who is here wants to have fun. You can’t have a bad time here.”  Southie Bowl “is the soul of what we all love about South Boston,” John said. “I hope to bring the community back together after this traumatic event and collectively move forward.” When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Southie Bowl shut down until September. But when gyms and recreation facilities had to cut back in December, the lanes shut down again, [...]

5 03, 2021

Puppy Love: Dogs Can’t Get Enough of Wolfie’s All Natural Treats 

2021-03-05T15:58:04-05:00March 5th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Puppy Love: Dogs Can’t Get Enough of Wolfie’s All Natural Treats 

By Ginger DeShaney Jane Hayes Handrahan loves dogs. Some might even call her a “crazy dog lady.” “Anyone who has surrendered their heart to their dog understands what I mean. I love dogs because people …,” she said, trailing off. “Dogs are wicked cool. They all have their own cool personalities. They’re kind of like people, but they don’t talk back. They are always happy to see you. They don’t make snide remarks.”  Then there’s that unconditional love dogs offer.  Jane turned her passion for pooches into a business. Several years back, Jane made the unfortunate mistake of buying her beloved black German Shepherd, Leyna, chicken treats made in China. She then realized that polyurethane was an ingredient in the product to increase its shelf [...]

2 03, 2021

Wick-ed Good: Noted’s Homemade Candles Spark Joy

2021-03-02T20:48:13-05:00March 2nd, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Wick-ed Good: Noted’s Homemade Candles Spark Joy

By Ginger DeShaney Candles are so much more than a source of light or the perfect gift. “Each part of lighting a candle, the glow from the flickering flame, the warm fragrance wafting through the air, elicits very personal emotions,” said Ashley Seamans. “A familiar scent can trigger joy, calm, focus, and bring new energy to your sacred space.” Ashley and her team at Noted make each soy candle and reed diffuser by hand in small batches in her open, light-filled South Boston studio at 423 W. Broadway, Suite 302. “Our candles and diffusers are used as a tool for creating a happier life and making your house feel more like home,” she said. Noted’s core foundation is powerful: fresh and unique fragrances inspired by [...]

28 02, 2021

The Write Stuff: Rick Winterson Marks 20 Years with South Boston Online

2021-02-28T14:37:21-05:00February 28th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on The Write Stuff: Rick Winterson Marks 20 Years with South Boston Online

By Ginger DeShaney From his first story covering Jimbo’s Fish Shanty, to his four stories about Sister Evelyn Hurley, to numerous articles about the Seaport District -- and everything in between -- Rick Winterson is the face of South Boston Online.  Rick, who is celebrating 20 years at the newspaper this week, estimates he’s written at least 4,000 stories for South Boston Online (which he figures equates to about 2 million words). Every story Rick has written is important because “it’s news about the old hometown,” he said. “We are a community newspaper. This is a community worth writing about.” He signed on with South Boston Online in 2001 as a proofreader. A week later, he was asked to write a story on the just-opened [...]

18 02, 2021

Smoothie Operators: OTEN Celebrates Successful First Year

2021-02-18T20:01:08-05:00February 18th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Smoothie Operators: OTEN Celebrates Successful First Year

 By Ginger DeShaney “Everything we do comes from the heart,” Denisse Tejada said as On The Edge Nutrition (OTEN) celebrated its one-year anniversary in South Boston last Saturday. “It’s heart work; it’s not hard work,” she said.  Denisse along with Yeison Baez have put their hearts and souls into the healthy smoothie bar at 283 Old Colony Ave. and it shows.  With a customer base of 4,000 and at least 100 regulars, the shop is making a name for itself. People travel from Rhode Island and New Hampshire for OTEN’s offerings. And many of those customers stopped by for OTEN’s socially distanced anniversary celebration that included balloons and banners, a DJ spinning tunes, specials, and giveaways. “We started this because we wanted to create change [...]

11 02, 2021

For the love of cookies: Southie woman turns baking hobby into a business

2021-02-11T20:09:26-05:00February 11th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on For the love of cookies: Southie woman turns baking hobby into a business

By Ginger DeShaney The timing was perfect for Katie Rausch. Just as she was turning 30 years old (Feb. 5), she transformed her baking hobby into a business.  “I’m entering a new decade with a new passion,” she said. “I’m so excited. It feels like the right time.” While stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, Katie was looking for something to do “other than working and eating my feelings,” she said with an easy laugh. She’d been doing a lot of cooking during COVID and decided to take a baking course online, where she learned about cookies, icing techniques, decorating, and so much more.  She made decorated sugar cookies for family and friends. She made a batch for a friend who was going away [...]

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