18 11, 2021

Fairway’s ‘Fairgiving’ Initiative Benefits St. Monica’s 

2021-11-18T10:54:43-05:00November 18th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Fairway’s ‘Fairgiving’ Initiative Benefits St. Monica’s 

By Ginger DeShaney Happy Fairgiving! Or rather, Happy Thanksgiving, thanks in part to Fairway Independent Mortgage.  Fairway has donation boxes in nine South Boston businesses to collect food for St. Monica’s Thanksgiving meals. But Fairway isn’t just collecting the regular items. “[St. Monica’s] suggested some fun desserts: cake mixes and frosting and brownie mixes in addition to instant potatoes, cornbread, and cookie mixes,” said Colleen Howard, Fairway’s new marketing and business development coordinator. “Everyone always thinks of the typical stuff, like stuffing and canned veggies, but in addition they will be making a bunch of desserts to keep it fun.” Fairgiving is a new initiative Colleen started this year to help St. Monica’s in its mission to feed 400 local families for Thanksgiving. “St. Monica’s [...]

1 11, 2021

There’s No Place Like MW Hair Studio

2021-11-01T09:41:23-04:00November 1st, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle, News|Comments Off on There’s No Place Like MW Hair Studio

By Ginger DeShaney The banter between Lisa Walsh and Nikki McCart is easy because they’ve been friends forever. They finish each other’s sentences. They laugh a lot because, well, they are downright hilarious.  The second you are in their presence, you feel like family.  And that’s exactly how they want it.  Lisa, 41, and Nikki, 37 -- who were both born and raised in Southie -- opened MW Hair Studio at 401 W. First St. (right next to Publico) on Oct. 1 and the atmosphere is very welcoming. “The goal is to make everybody feel like they have someplace they belong,” Lisa said. “We want everyone to feel comfortable and at home and relaxed,” Nikki said. “That’s kind of the vibe we like in here. [...]

21 10, 2021

Southie’s Tatte Location a Home Away From Home

2021-10-21T22:54:45-04:00October 21st, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Southie’s Tatte Location a Home Away From Home

By Ginger DeShaney Early Wednesday morning, a line had gathered at Tatte Bakery & Cafe at 60 Old Colony Ave. before the shop officially opened its doors at 8 a.m. By 10 a.m., people were set up at tables and counters with their laptops to do some work, orders of shakshuka were being consumed, and the coffee machines were buzzing. “I’m very excited to be here,” said founder Tzurit Or, who greeted customers offering their congratulations and hugs on the Southie location’s Opening Day. “It’s great. I could feel the anticipation from the neighborhood,” she said, noting she had gotten a lot of questions about when the bakery was going to open. Tatte is the anchor of National Development’s redevelopment of the Cole Hersee complex [...]

7 10, 2021

In Good Company: The Gift Shop That Keeps on Giving

2021-10-07T19:59:49-04:00October 7th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on In Good Company: The Gift Shop That Keeps on Giving

By Ginger DeShaney In Good Company at 653 E. Broadway is so much more than a gift shop. It’s also a safe space, a supportive environment, and a meeting place. “The goal is to build a presence in the community around the shop that is a space where people go to feel good,” said owner Kait McKenna. “I want the shop to be a bright spot on the street where people can come to a meeting place ... A space that they can trust to buy meaningful gifts. It’s a space for people to express their individuality and spread kindness through gift giving and meaningful conversation.” In Good Company displays an LGBTQ flag in the window, which “is representative of a safe space for the [...]

4 10, 2021

Life-Changing Experience: Gym Owner Finds Burnin’ Passion to Help Others

2021-10-04T09:44:42-04:00October 4th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Life-Changing Experience: Gym Owner Finds Burnin’ Passion to Help Others

By Ginger DeShaney Helping a friend lose 50 pounds put Ray Peleckas on track to turn around his own life and dedicate himself to his passion for helping others through fitness.  His studio, Burnin’ by Ray, helps his members have a better life. “By coming to Burnin’ by Ray, by being part of the community, they were able to live a better life ... meaning, they slept better, they were better parents, they were a better spouse, they were a better employee, they had less doctors’ visits,” Ray said.  “It just made their life better.” That’s the name of the game at Burnin’ by Ray, which has locations in the Seaport District (157 Seaport Blvd.) and Belmont.  People from all different walks of life work [...]

26 09, 2021

Boston Microgreens: This Business is Literally Growing

2021-09-26T19:15:22-04:00September 26th, 2021|Categories: Business, Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Boston Microgreens: This Business is Literally Growing

By Ginger DeShaney There are a lot of growing businesses in South Boston, but only one is an actual farm. “I feel like it would be cool for more people to know [about the farm] because this is something really unique and special in Boston and in the city,” said Boston Microgreens cofounder and CEO Oliver Homberg. “It’s the most central production farm in Boston.” After growing microgreens in his South End apartment to provide for a handful of local restaurants, Oliver decided to expand the business into a space at 416 W. Broadway. He grows 75-plus varieties of microgreens based on what his restaurant customers want. “We are a custom urban farm,” Oliver said.  Oliver provides microgreens to more than 50 restaurant customers; he [...]

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|Comments Off on New Studio Provides a ‘Playground’ for Yoga, Connection

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, [...]

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