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29 11, 2020

From the heart: Stephie Chic creates handmade gifts

2020-11-29T16:57:10-05:00November 29th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney Gemstones and bracelets. That’s how it started. Stephanie Greenstein was looking to buy a bunch of bracelets from a shop. But they were $45 each, which got her to thinking, “I could do that.” So she did. She made herself bracelets, and her friends noticed them. They wanted her to make them bracelets, too, so Stephanie made them for free. “I was making pieces for friends, then those friends told their friends,” Stephanie said. And people were willing to pay.  “It started as a hobby and shifted to an actual business.” She opened her e-commerce website -- https://stephiechic.com/ -- in June 2019. Stephie Chic features Stephanie’s beautiful handmade creations: bracelets, earrings, necklaces, tie-dye clothing, masks, and hair accessories. Stephanie took her passion [...]

27 11, 2020

Black Friday popups

2020-11-27T20:03:59-05:00November 27th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings|0 Comments

Several women-owned small businesses popped up on East Broadway in front of Roza Lyons for Black Friday shopping. Colleen Howard of Camden Hydes recruited the businesses for the popups and Rob Fitzharris of Roza Lyons generously donated the space in front of his restaurant. There was a steady stream of shoppers throughout the afternoon. Another popup will be held behind the Playwright, Colleen said.  (PHOTOS BY GINGER DeSHANEY)   Colleen Howard (left) and Sue Lynch of Camden Hydes   Camden Hydes bracelets   Jane Hayes of Wolfie's All Natural Treats   Wolfie's gifts   Barbara Kelly (left) and Maureen Beatty of Lazy Jack   Home decor from Lazy Jack   Tracy (left) [...]

21 11, 2020

Catch the Waves:  New hair boutique focuses on customized service 

2020-11-21T13:06:24-05:00November 21st, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|0 Comments

By Ginger DeShaney For Erin Ghella and Marty Horn, one blessing came out of the COVID-19 pandemic: their new hair boutique, Feather & Waves.  During the state shutdown, Marty was laid off from her job and Erin’s hours were drastically cut. Marty called Erin and asked: “Do you want to open a salon with me? I’m serious. It needs to happen.” “We held hands and said, ‘Let’s go,’ ” said Erin. “We’re Laverne and Shirley over here.” “It’s one good thing that came out of COVID,” Marty said. “I never thought I’d actually do it. But we had no choice. No one was hiring.” Located at 653 E. Broadway, Feather & Waves Hair Boutique has been open for about two months. Marty, 30, and Erin, [...]

13 11, 2020

Serenity now: East Side Yoga & Fitness offers peace of mind during stressful times

2020-11-13T08:36:42-05:00November 13th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Serenity now: East Side Yoga & Fitness offers peace of mind during stressful times

By Ginger DeShaney With everything going on in the world right now -- from the Covid-19 pandemic to the political situation -- people are seeking an antidote. One such medicine comes with a mat.  “At this point, our mental well-being is at the forefront,” said Andrea Corazzini, owner of East Side Yoga & Fitness at 584 E. Broadway. “We’re trying to navigate this new landscape.” Andrea likes to say that the physical part gets people on the mat, and the mental benefits keep them there. “Exercise helps you get out of your own head. Someone tells you what to do so you can just zone out.” Yoga offers a sense of peace and mindfulness, Andrea said, something we could all use right now. “It clears [...]

11 11, 2020

Blooms + Booze: Duo Focuses on Celebrations, Connections, and Creativity

2020-11-11T09:12:51-05:00November 11th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Blooms + Booze: Duo Focuses on Celebrations, Connections, and Creativity

By Ginger DeShaney It was a match made in party heaven. Colleen Dunleavy knows flowers. Crystal Mills knows cocktails. They met six years ago doing a photo shoot and immediately hit it off professionally and creatively. “Colleen and I are such a great match,” Crystal said. “We had a friendship from Day 1, and it's been amazing for us to know each other's strengths and build our business as business partners.” Today, their business, “Love Child,” combines blooms and booze and is making a name in South Boston. “Flowers and cocktails go hand in hand,” said Colleen, who also owns Dunlovely Floral Design while Crystal also owns WanderLush, a craft cocktail business. “Flowers and cocktails make people feel better and put smiles on their faces.” [...]

10 11, 2020

Growing business: Micro Plant Studio also offers experiences, sense of community

2020-11-10T08:32:23-05:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Growing business: Micro Plant Studio also offers experiences, sense of community

By Ginger DeShaney It was a few minutes before closing time when the phone rang. It was someone looking to buy a gift for a special friend. “Yes, come in. I’ll be here,” Julio Cesar Roman told the caller. A little before 7 p.m. on a Wednesday, Eben van der Walt walked into Micro Plant Studio. He asked Julio for plant advice. He pulled out his phone and showed Julio a photo of the gift recipient’s living room, which was full of plants. Julio knew each plant in the photo, and, noticing what she didn’t have, suggested Eben get her either a small Calathea Pinstripe or a larger monstera plant to add to her collection. Julio asked Eben questions, told him about each plant, explained [...]

6 11, 2020

Hidden gem Publico Shines with Global Flavors

2020-11-06T08:55:22-05:00November 6th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Hidden gem Publico Shines with Global Flavors

By Ginger DeShaney Publico Street Bistro and Garden is a hidden gem in South Boston’s busy restaurant scene. Located off the beaten path at 11 Dorchester St., the eclectic eatery attracts all ages: families with kids, young adults in their 20s, people in their 80s, and everyone in between. Open for almost four years, Publico has been quietly and steadily building a stellar reputation and a burgeoning clientele. The cool atmosphere, friendly staff, global menu, and creative executive chef attract the diverse crowd. “We cater to everyone,” said Theo Bougas, managing partner, who noted that’s where the name Publico comes from: for the public good. According to Publico’s website: “Imagine yourself walking through a local public market, enjoying culturally unique street foods, socializing and immersing [...]

7 10, 2020

A Cut Above: Louie Styles now Open

2020-10-07T09:29:31-04:00October 7th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on A Cut Above: Louie Styles now Open

By Ginger DeShaney The 32-year-old owner of Louie Styles is kicking it old school in his new barbershop at 100 Dorchester St. in South Boston.  Louie Ramos officially opened his doors about two months ago and he and his fellow barbers are already attracting regular customers. He attributes this early success to his strong work ethic, his old-school mentality, and his focus on the customers. “We offer high-quality cuts. We take our time,” Louie said. “We don’t want our customers to feel rushed.” Services range from 15 minutes to 60 minutes. The shop takes walk-ins and scheduled appointments. “We build bonds; we have conversations,” he said. “The customers talk to us. We have conversations and make connections.” To get the word out about his shop, [...]

30 09, 2020

Fall and Winter Support for Restaurants

2020-09-30T15:58:15-04:00September 30th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Fall and Winter Support for Restaurants

Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the expansion of the Reopen Boston Fund to ensure restaurants in Boston are able to purchase necessary equipment for outdoor dining this fall and winter. This opportunity will include costs to cover heaters, storage equipment, and propane. In May, Mayor Walsh announced the $6 million Reopen Boston Fund, which provides debt-free grants to support the safe and healthy reopening of small businesses in Boston. To date, the City of Boston has issued more than $2.5 million in direct grants to 1,325 qualified small businesses to implement necessary public health measures and to procure personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies. The Reopen Boston Fund continues to offer grants to eligible small businesses of up to $2,000 (for non-restaurants) to assist with reopening costs, now [...]

6 06, 2020

Let’s Reopen Southie:  Carefully, but for Real!

2020-06-06T08:32:03-04:00June 6th, 2020|Categories: Business, Featured|Comments Off on Let’s Reopen Southie:  Carefully, but for Real!

Phase Two of Governor Baker’s multi-step plan to reopen Massachusetts, after the mid-March shutdown, could begin on Monday, June 8.  The shutdown shot down our St. Patrick/Evacuation Day Parade, and it mostly continues even now.  Barber shops, beauty shops, and beaches are open already, provided that access and all personal gatherings are controlled and limited.  And make no mistake – “Social Distancing” when we knew very little about Coronavirus was absolutely necessary. But right now, let’s start thinking about more reopenings, and how we can make it as real and enjoyable as possible here in South Boston.  Here are a few ideas: First, last weekend, beach crowding and athletics were rare.  Other than a couple of volleyball nets and some “gentlemen” passing a football back [...]

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