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 [...]

11 04, 2021

Sprucing Up Broadway

2021-04-11T14:18:27-04:00April 11th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|0 Comments

Donna Brown and Noah White donned their gloves, grabbed their brooms and trash bags, loaded up the wagon, and hit West Broadway earlier this month.  Donna, the executive director of the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation, and Noah, an intern there, were doing their part to help Southie shine by participating in the South Boston Spring Spruce-Up.  As Donna wrote in her SBNDC invitation to local businesses, nonprofits, and residents, “It's been a long winter, and South Boston's sidewalks could use a little TLC, especially along Broadway! If we all spend just 15-30 minutes picking up litter and giving the sidewalks a sweep, we'll head into [spring] looking and feeling fresher.” Donna said her organization tries to do something before Love Your Block (formerly Boston [...]

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 [...]

28 03, 2021

Coming of Age: Ollie Program Helps Transform Boyz II Men

2021-03-28T19:42:22-04:00March 28th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Coming of Age: Ollie Program Helps Transform Boyz II Men

By Ginger DeShaney Cam Murphy Jared Frith, 15, really enjoys being a member of Boyz II Men at the South Boston Neighborhood House. “It doesn’t feel like any other program,” he said. “Cam is super chill, but not too chill. It’s almost like being at home but way more fun.” Cam Murphy is the Boyz II Men coordinator. “I definitely want this program to be a place where they learn independence,” he said. “I try to not be overbearing or overcontrolling. I want them to have these experiences where they can learn. “I want them to have that ability to grow. When they move on from this program, they'll be going off on their own a little bit.” Boyz II Men is a [...]

25 03, 2021

Bulletin Board Material: Condon CC Girls Honor Inspiring Women Who Give Back

2021-03-25T22:10:00-04:00March 25th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Bulletin Board Material: Condon CC Girls Honor Inspiring Women Who Give Back

By Ginger DeShaney For Women’s History Month, the Condon Community Center Girls Group honored inspiring local women for their contributions. The girls created a bulletin board “celebrating women who embrace our community.” “It’s people within the community,” said Girls Group member and Condon CC school year staffer Keara Wilbanks, a student at Boston Latin School. “When you hear Women’s History Month, you think of celebrities. But these are not celebrities. They are more relatable.” They are the faces we see in the community, women who live here, women who give back.  “They are not celebrities,” agreed Barbara Caputo Kelly, Program Supervisor, BCYF Condon Community Center, “but they are celebrities to us.” Debra Flaherty, Condon CC staff assistant, said it was important for the girls to [...]

18 03, 2021

Sweet Music: Concert Showcases Talent of Boys & Girls Club Members 

2021-03-19T18:07:30-04:00March 18th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Sweet Music: Concert Showcases Talent of Boys & Girls Club Members 

By Ginger DeShaney Do you ever wonder what it’s like falling under? Do you ever dream to succeed but you don’t? It don’t matter. ’cause the weight of the world is on your shoulders but nothing can bring you down. Is it wrong, is it right, but it don’t matter; what matters is right now. These are the opening lyrics of the original song “What Matters,” written by preteens Tiara H, Ella M, and Salamata B, members of the Edgerley Family South Boston Boys & Girls Club’s music program.  What matters, what matters is that we've got each other … When the world feels heavy and you feel lost, make sure one thing is clear: Don’t you worry about tomorrow; today you’re here. Tiara performed [...]

17 03, 2021

Going Green: Southie Woman Recycles Christmas tree, Creates St. Patrick’s Day Tree

2021-03-17T15:20:38-04:00March 17th, 2021|Categories: Featured, Happenings, Lifestyle|Comments Off on Going Green: Southie Woman Recycles Christmas tree, Creates St. Patrick’s Day Tree

By Ginger DeShaney Andrea Antonucci has started a new tradition, transforming her Christmas tree into a St. Patrick’s Day tree. She got the idea from a post by Jenn Nauyokas LaMountain on the Southie Community Bulletin Board.  “Around that time, I was going to take down my tree but I didn’t want to,” Andrea said. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was home all the time and wanted to keep the tree up so she could continue to enjoy it.  “I knew I could use some of my Christmas ornaments,” she said. She repurposed green, gold, and white Christmas ornaments. She also had Ireland ornaments that she had bought for her mom but got back when her mom died.  Andrea bought Irish ornaments from Southie’s [...]

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, [...]

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