10 09, 2021

New Studio Provides a ‘Playground’ for Yoga, Connection

2021-09-10T15:08:25-04:00September 10th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney The new yoga studio at 249 E Street is an inviting spot for the community to feel comfortable and connected. “We just kind of wanted to make a space that felt like a playground; where people could just walk in and connect with others and not feel the pressure of having to perform anything,” said Emily Arlauskas, one of the three young owners of the Yoga Playground. “Like a little kid on a playground, you take chances and try things and don’t worry too much if it’s going to be right.” Emily, 25, her sister, Hannah Arlauskas, 23, and Emily’s roommate, Natalie Wannamaker, 24 -- all graduates of Northeastern and all Southie residents -- opened the studio on Aug. 15, 2021.“Anyone is [...]

29 08, 2021

Southie Store Sprouts from Owner’s Boston Roots

2021-08-29T10:11:37-04:00August 29th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Southie Store Sprouts from Owner’s Boston Roots

By Ginger DeShaney A new store has sprouted up in Southie and it’s all about community.  Sprout, at 47 L Street, is a specialty shop that offers daily grocery needs -- produce, dairy, grains, and bread -- but also a selection of oils, vinegars, spices, natural preservatives, spreads, yogurts, Italian sweets, artisanal cheeses, beverages, and so much more. Grab and go sandwiches, wraps, and salads are also available. Owner Nazih Kishtban opened the store Aug. 2 and already has had good foot traffic. Nazih had never opened a business. But when the COVID-19 pandemic derailed a new job he was supposed to start, he reevaluated his life. Feeling lost and confused, he volunteered with the Food Bank, helping package food, do deliveries, and more. After [...]

5 08, 2021

HarborOne Bank is All About Community, Giving Back

2021-08-05T19:35:55-04:00August 5th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on HarborOne Bank is All About Community, Giving Back

By Ginger DeShaney Alba Shaba Alba Shaba knows the neighborhood. A resident of South Boston since 2007, she’s proud to call Southie her home and raise her children here.  “I love South Boston,” she said. “It’s my community.”   Because of that, she knew that Southie would be a great fit for HarborOne Bank, where she is the Assistant Vice President of the new branch on 14 West Broadway, which opened in May. “South Boston is all about community,” she said. And so is HarborOne.  “Giving back is important to HarborOne,” said Alba, who personally volunteers at the Pine Street Inn and with Cradles to Crayons. For more than a century, HarborOne has been committed to its customers, its communities, and its colleagues. As [...]

24 07, 2021

Dluxe Nail Bar West Opens 

2021-07-24T12:08:24-04:00July 24th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Dluxe Nail Bar West Opens 

By Ginger DeShaney Dluxe Nail Bar West, located at 377 W. Broadway, is now open.  The sister shop to D Luxe Nail Bar at 659 E. Broadway boasts 16 chairs, 8 bar stools, 4 tables, 4 drying stations, and a private waxing room.  With chandeliers lining the ceiling, the nail salon is inviting, modern, spacious, and bright.  “It’s beautiful,” said Ally White, who has been a client at the East Broadway location for years but stopped in the West Broadway spot last week. “You’re going into a pretty place.” Ally works on West Broadway, “so this is more convenient.”  Thai Nguyen and his sister Tiffanie Nguyen own the West Broadway location. Tiffanie is the owner of the flagship East Broadway salon.  The West Broadway location, [...]

15 05, 2021

WAREHOUSE Experience: B/SPOKE’s South Boston Popup Inspires, Energizes

2021-05-15T17:07:33-04:00May 15th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on WAREHOUSE Experience: B/SPOKE’s South Boston Popup Inspires, Energizes

 By Ginger DeShaney Emily Katz Eclectic artwork and funky lighting provide the perfect high-energy backdrop for working out at WAREHOUSE at 64 C Street in South Boston. A talented, diverse, and passionate group of artists was given free rein on the walls of B/SPOKE Studio’s 22,000-square-foot WAREHOUSE, which offers spin classes, weight training, yoga, personal training, and so much more. “WAREHOUSE embodies our aesthetic, energy, vibe, and culture,” said Emily Katz, B/SPOKE Director of Studios. “We had an opportunity to create and design a new space that feels really authentic to who we are and who we want to be as we continue forward. “Creativity, imagination, and inclusivity are literally painted into our DNA,” Emily continued. “Our walls are oozing with color, passion, [...]

14 05, 2021

Manufacturing a Good Time: Castle Island Brewing Co. Set to Open Southie Location

2021-05-14T19:13:10-04:00May 14th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on Manufacturing a Good Time: Castle Island Brewing Co. Set to Open Southie Location

By Ginger DeShaney With his Castle Island Brewing Co. set to open a new location this summer in South Boston’s Cole-Hersee building, Adam Romanow has come full circle.  “I’ve always wanted to be in Southie,” said Romanow, founder and president of the brewing company. “I’ve been living in Southie for 13 years now. I’ve got some history with the neighborhood.” Adam’s grandfather, Allan Romanow, started Romanow Container in Southie, and his great-grandfather, Leo Mayer, started Cole-Hersee. “I always had the dream of bringing some manufacturing back to South Boston,” Adam said. “With a name like Castle Island, it seemed like it would be a great fit.” Adam named his company after his favorite place in the city: “I love it there. That’s my happy place.”  [...]

24 04, 2021

The Bohdii Vibe: Boutique Already Making a Name in Southie

2021-04-24T12:45:08-04:00April 24th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on The Bohdii Vibe: Boutique Already Making a Name in Southie

By Ginger DeShaney Bohdii Boutique opened its doors at 398 W. Broadway on April 10 and already has some regulars. “It seems like everyone has great things to say when they leave,” said owner Justice Pellegrino. “We’ve already had repeat customers. A few girls were like, ‘I was just here the other day.’ That says a lot.  “If you’re seeing people come back, that’s the best that can happen.” This is the second boutique for Justice, who is just 24 years old. She opened her first Bohdii Boutique in Western Mass. (East Longmeadow) in November 2019 to see if she could do it. “Then I brought myself to the big city.”   A Boston shop made sense because she ships a lot of merchandise from her [...]

16 04, 2021

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

2021-04-23T16:17:05-04:00April 16th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Making a Difference: Susan Devlin Steps Up for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

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|Comments Off on Men of ‘Leisure’

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 [...]

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