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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 [...]

9 11, 2020

City Kids get a kick out of soccer!

2020-11-09T08:15:11-05:00November 9th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on City Kids get a kick out of soccer!

When youth soccer leagues were shut down due to Covid-19, parent Mark Slater stepped up to do something about it. With guidance from the city and state, he organized City Kids, a youth soccer league that boasts 300 kids from South Boston. “I threw it together in two weeks,” Mark said. The parent-run league plays for six Saturdays at Evans Field, with the last games being Saturday, Nov. 14. Covid-19 guidelines are followed and kids wear masks while playing. Everyone checks in each week so contract tracing can be done, if necessary. However, there have been no incidents, Mark said. “The kids are loving it,” he said. “It’s a way for them to get outside.” Mark is hoping to formalize the program going forward. (PHOTOS [...]

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 [...]

2 11, 2020

Layers of Love: Organization finds perfect recipe for helping families in need

2020-11-02T08:02:28-05:00November 2nd, 2020|Categories: Featured, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Layers of Love: Organization finds perfect recipe for helping families in need

By Ginger DeShaney Food is love. And the Lasagna Mamas and Papas of Lasagna Love are spreading that message in South Boston and the rest of the country. Several local women are giving back to the community in the best way they can during the Covid-19 crisis by making and delivering lasagnas to families who need a little bit of help. Daniella Place of South Boston was feeling helpless during the pandemic and was looking for a way to help out in her community when she came across a Facebook post by a college friend, Rhiannon Menn, promoting Lasagna Love. According to its website, Rhiannon founded Lasagna Love at the beginning of the pandemic, almost by accident. Rhiannon, who is also the founder of Good [...]

1 11, 2020

Halloween Car Parade

2020-11-01T12:34:22-05:00November 1st, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Halloween Car Parade

The MOMS Club of South Boston hosted the Happy Haunting South Boston Car Parade on Halloween day. Families gathered at the Boston Athletic Club parking lot to put the finishing touches on their cars before traveling through Southie for a socially distanced Halloween celebration. Led by a Boston Police Department vehicle and a Boston Fire Department fire truck and accompanied by several BPD officers, the parade featured costumed kids, decked-out cars, and tons of fun! (PHOTOS BY GINGER DeSHANEY)

27 10, 2020

Calling all Happy Haunts! 

2020-10-27T13:54:24-04:00October 27th, 2020|Categories: Featured, Happenings|Comments Off on Calling all Happy Haunts! 

Join us for a safe and festive Halloween celebration. Dress up your cars and yourselves and roll into this socially distant car parade.  This parade is being hosted by The MOMS Club of South Boston. EVERYONE is welcome to participate! Please feel free to RSVP even if you don't belong to the club. Southie, this is for you! Awards for costumed cars!   Categories to be announced. Time/Schedule: 9:50am- Vehicles line up for the parade at the Boston Athletic Club Parking Lot (Pappas Way Entrance) 10:30am- The parade begins (parade will conclude at the end of the route) Parade Route: A parade map through South Boston will be made available online, via email and on the day of the parade. Participating vehicles will be asked to place [...]

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 [...]

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