Remembering Mayor Menino   Recently updated !

10689948_10152825108680775_9088029076091588250_nToday we lost one of our most beloved Bostonians, the longest-serving mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino. From 1993 until earlier this year, Mayor Menino led Boston through business development and innovation, focused on affordable housing, improving education and making Boston the “leader when it comes to social justice and opportunities for all.” His leadership made him both respected and admired; his loss is a great one.

Our hearts go out to every Bostonian, especially his loved ones. He will be very missed by all.

“Here’s what I see all across this great city – people working together to make Boston a better place to live and to raise children, to grow and pursue dreams.” – Thomas Menino


New Apartment Project Expected Near Kenmore Square   Recently updated !

0416900beaconstreet-600xx5313-3542-44-0A $16 million apartment project is set to be approved near Kenmore Square. The location is at 900 Beacon St which is located in the Audubon Circle Neighborhood. The area is known for its central location since it is in walking distance to Fenway Park and numerous shops and restaurants.

The Boston Business Journal states, “The developer, 900 Beacon Street Realty Trust, a family company operated by the Yu family of Chestnut Hill, plan to demolish The Elephant Walk Restaurant and construct a five-story, 38,950-square-foot, mixed-use building with 32 one-bedroom apartments and 4,470 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The proposed project will include 36 parking spaces. Of that number, 30 will be underground. It is unclear if Elephant Walk will continue to operate once the project is complete.”

The popular restaurant, The Elephant Walk, may seek another location to operate out  of while the apartment project is under construction. Their lease expires in October and the property owner has offered them a space in the new building.


The Latest Boston Luxury Apartments – The Arlington   Recently updated !

OBBNew luxury apartments called The Arlington have opened in Boston. The property was once the Boston Consolidation Gas Co. and more recently the Boston Renaissance Charter School. The building sits at 14 stories high with 128 one and two bedroom units, and is located at Arlington Street and Columbus Ave.

The property was co-developed by New York Related Cos. and Boston Congress Group, and the redevelopment cost a mere $100 million.

The Boston Herald states, “With its limestone facade and two-story arched windows, the building cuts an elegant figure. The lobby, once used to display gas stoves, has refinished marble columns and brass detailing along with new white marble floors — and a gas fireplace tucked in one corner.”

The Arlington has numerous amenities including hardwood floors, marble countertops, stainless steel appliances, and each unit includes a wash and dryer. The property also includes a fitness center, basketball court, private lounge, and an on-site pet lounge, but this all comes with a price. Rents start at $3200 for one bedroom units and $6200 for two bedroom units.

Currently,  20% of the units have been leased.


Want to avoid friends? There’s an app for that!   Recently updated !

Are there times when you want to be antisocial and take a day to yourself? It may be very difficult with the numerous social networks that keep you connected with your friends and family 24/7, but you may be in luck. The new iOS app Cloak allows you to go incognito by collecting location data from your friends on Instagram and Foursquare so you won’t bump into  them on the street.

Mashable states, “Connect Cloak to Foursquare and Instagram and the app brings up a map displaying your location and the locations of friends who have checked in nearby. If there’s someone you want to avoid, select “flag” and the app will alert you when that person gets within a certain radius of you. A half mile is the default radius, but you can set it to be as small as one block or as big as two miles.”

This app could be beneficial  for those that are very active on those two social media accounts and developers are in the works to include other networks. Facebook has good potential, but Twitter will not be included because most users have their GPS location turned off.

The app is currently free for iOS users in the App Store and at this moment there are no works for an Android version.


Spotify Acquires the Music Intelligence Company The Echo Nest   Recently updated !

cc065c90-f452-4237-80c8-82457c1eb1b7-460x276Spotify announced that it has acquired The Echo Nest, which is a music intelligence company based in Somerville, MA.

Currently the company is behind other music platforms like Rdio and Twitter Music that allows users to personalize their music selections. Spotify plans to use their technology to create a better experience for users and this aquisition may impact many of Spotify’s competitors in the future.

In a statement by Spotify, the Founder and CEO David Ek states, ““We’ve been fans of The Echo Nest for a really long time and honoured to have their talented team join Spotify.  At Spotify, we want to get people to listen to more music. We are hyper focused on creating the best user experience and it starts with building the best music intelligence platform on the planet. With The Echo Nest joining Spotify, we will make a big leap forward in our quest to play you the best music possible.”

The Echo Nest API will continue to be free and supported. Also, the company will continue to operate out of their Somerville and San Francisco offices.


$65M Harvard Square Redevelopment Begins   Recently updated !

The redevelopment of the Conductor’s Building and the new development at 114 Mount Auburn Street has started this week in Harvard Square.

The developer plans to construct an eight-story 70,000 square foot building that will include restaurant, retail, and office space, and a new main building that will be owned by Harvard University.

The construction of the Conductor’s Building, which is 5,000 square feet, commenced with  a ground-breaking ceremony with Governor Deval Patrick. The Boston Globe states, “The century-old Conductors Building is one of the oldest original structures of the MBTA’s Red Line. Development of the new structure involves a complex design in which the building cantilevers over and above the electric transformers that power the entire Red Line.”

Carpenter & Co. bought the property from Bulfinch Cos. for $4 million in 2012 and the developers bought the neighboring property from the MBTA in 2007.


Old Charleston Chew Factory Set to become Luxury Apartments   Recently updated !

RevisedFinal_Neoscape_BroadwayLofts_Terrace_DOWNSAMPLE-e1392059846177Former Charleston Chew Factory now the Batch Yard in Everett, MA.

The former Charleston Chew Factory in Everett, MA is set to become luxury apartments. Post Road Residential obtained $68 million for the development from First Niagara and will include studio, one, two, and three bedroom apartments.

The construction of the old factory will be one of three residential buildings that will be called Batch Yard and will feature 328 units.

Boston Business Journal states, “Residents will have access to a five-level parking garage as well as a roof-top deck, swimming pool, on-site gymnasium, and community rooms. Rents start at $1,700 for studios and as high as $4,000 for a three bed.”

The Factory has been vacant since the 80s and the founder of Post Road Residential, Andy Montelli states, “We’re pleased that First Niagara shares our vision for this project, which is to create a community which will bring new energy to this Everett neighborhood while responding to the growing need for housing within convenient commuting distance to downtown Boston.”

For more information regarding the Batch Yard visit batchyard.com


Wayfair Sales Reach $915M in 2013   Recently updated !

 

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Wayfair, the Boston based furniture and décor e-commerce company, recently announced that revenue reached $915 million in 2013.  This is a 55% annual growth rate and the company is hoping to expand in the coming years.

Bostinno states, “The leading company has made a pair of strategic hires in the past year. Back in October, the firm appointed Michael Fleisher, former vice chairman of strategy and operations at Warner Music Group, to the position of CFO, likely in preparation for an IPO in late 2014 or 2015. Fleisher led two companies – Warner Music Group and Gartner – through their initial public offerings in 2005 and 1993, respectively, so he knows the drill.”

The company’s  brand portfolio also includes the top brands like AllModern, DwellStudio, and Joss & Main.

Wayfair can also be added to the small list of online-only retailers that have reached almost $1 billion in sales.  They have almost 1,000 employees and is the top funded  privately held Boston tech firm.

It looks like Wayfair has a bright future ahead.


Tavern in the Square is Coming to South Station   Recently updated !

0127taverninthesquare-304South Station will be seeing a change as Tavern in the Square is set to open this Thursday, January 30th. The property was previously occupied by Clarke’s two years ago and is located under the Amtrak board in the station’s concourse.

Boston Business Journal states, “the 800-square-foot spot will offer 40 seats, 32 craft beers, a limited menu of appetizers, salads, soups, and sandwiches priced from $10 to $14.”

Equity Office manages the property and the owners of the restaurant will pay $108,000 in annual rent and plans to spend $250,000 to renovate the space.

Tavern in the Square is not the only new addition to  South Station. A Starbucks, Barbara’s Books, and a 30,000 square-foot CVS will also be opening.


The Sleep Number x12 is Infused with Sleep Monitoring Technology   Recently updated !

article-2535859-1A7E905100000578-970_634x286Sleep Number recently introduced the x12 bed at CES, which is the first bed that allows you to “track and optimize your sleep via SleepIQ technology”. So not only will you be able to adjust the firmness on each side of the bed (with a remote or voice commands), but the bed will also give you sleepy-time data with a sleep score. This is done via the wireless connection in the bed which is connected an app on your smartphone.

Also, the bed can be plugged into your bedside lamps so you can set a timer on your lamps or turn it off with the remote.  If your partner snores there is a button that will tilt their side of the bed six degrees upward so they will stop snoring.

If that’s not good enough, there is also a soft light located under the bed and the mattress has the ability to give you a full body massage.

Time states, “Instead of wearing a gadget to bed — say on your wrist — the entire x12 bed itself acts as a sleep tracker, monitoring your heart rate and how often you move around during the night.”

With all these features this bed is not cheap. It is currently priced at $8,000 for a queen size and will go on sale February 8th.