Business

Mattapan Square’s loss is Morton Street’s gain

After 35 years, Desie Roberts has moved his photo studio from Mattapan Square to Morton Street.

While several new developments are poised to make their debut in Mattapan Square in the new year, one veteran merchant has decided to make a move to a new part of the neighborhood. Roberts Photo Studio recently relocated to Morton Street after nearly four decades at the corner of Cummins Highway and River Street.

“I‘m proudest of being able to do exactly what I wanted during my entire career. That was a real blessing,” said Desie Roberts, 66, owner and master photographer of the studio.  Read more

From Dot to Dongzhimen: Chasing the American Dream in the Middle Kingdom

One New Year down, one to go.

One of the best things about living overseas has to be the holidays. As an ex-pat, I observe all of my native holidays, like the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. But in addition to these I get to enjoy several other “festivals” during the year with my Chinese hosts. The biggest and best of these is Spring Festival or “Chun Jie”; what we call Chinese New Year.  Read more

Fields Corner store robbed at gunpoint

The Radio Shack store at 1524 Dorchester Ave. was robbed on Tuesday evening by two masked men, one of whom brandished a silver handgun. The incident took place at 8:40 p.m. As one suspect stood guard at the door, the other man dumped the store's cash drawer and two Kindle tablets into a bag before fleeing, according to a Boston Police report.

(UPDATED) HomeGoods in Fields Corner to close down in January

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Dec. 16, 2011

The HomeGoods store in Fields Corner is closing its doors in January 2012, less than a year after it was converted from an A.J. Wright store. The move will leave a gaping hole in the Geneva Ave. shopping mall, where the store is an anchor tenant.

TJX, the Framingham-based company that owns the HomeGoods chain, said earlier this year that they were closing down their A.J. Wright stores and turning them into HomeGoods stores. A.J. Wright, a popular store in the area, sold clothes, while HomeGoods sold furniture.  Read more

Tonight: Meeting eyes development at Mattapan Square T stop

Four years after a feeble economy put transit-oriented development at the Mattapan Square trolley and bus station on hold, MBTA officials are heading back to the community in a renewed effort to develop the station’s parking lot.

The meeting is set for Monday, Nov. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mattapan Branch Library on Blue Hill Ave.

The parking lot will be part of a new diversity development program, sponsored by the MBTA and the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, that is aimed at encouraging businesses owned by minorities and women — architectural, development and engineering firms — to participate in the development process.  Read more

Uphams Corner makes case for post office

Gerry Scoppettuolo, right, making a point  during last Thursday’s meeting to discuss the possible closure of the post office in Uphams Corner. Gerry Scoppettuolo, right, making a point during last Thursday’s meeting to discuss the possible closure of the post office in Uphams Corner.

More than 70 Uphams Corner residents crowded a meeting with United States Postal Service (USPS) officials last Thursday to voice their concern about the possible closure of the neighborhood’s post office.

The meeting was organized so officials could gather local arguments for maintaining the post office and integrate those comments into a report to give USPS decision-makers a clearer picture of the office’s role in the community. Although USPS officials present were quick to explain that they did not make the decision to review the Uphams Corner, Grove Hall, or 29 other Boston-area locations currently facing closure, many in attendance went on the offensive and criticized the discontinuation process.  Read more

Morrissey Boulevard car dealer to close

A Morrissey Boulevard car dealership that has been struggling to stay alive after losing its affiliation with Chrysler in 2009 is closing its doors for good. Westminster Motors— formerly known as Westminster Dodge— will shut down its sales and service operation this month, resulting in pink slips for its remaining 30 employees, according to manager Joe Lawlor.

“We’ll have the property through the end of the year, but it’ll close by the end of November,” Lawlor told the Reporter this week.  Read more

HAILING DOT’S STALWARTS: They built businesses and they stayed

Frank Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Brothers Corp. on Centre Street. : The family-run auto body shop is one of several Dorchester businesses that is at least 100 years old. They will be honored at next week's Dorchester Board of Trade dinner.Frank Fitzpatrick of Fitzpatrick Brothers Corp. on Centre Street. : The family-run auto body shop is one of several Dorchester businesses that is at least 100 years old. They will be honored at next week's Dorchester Board of Trade dinner.The Dorchester Board of Trade will celebrate its 100th year next week by recognizing some of the neighborhood’s longest-standing businesses while gearing up for what they hope will be another century of successful business advocacy.

The October 20th event will take place at Port Norfolk’s Venezia Restaurant and is meant to both highlight some of the neighborhood’s oldest shareholders, including the Dolan Funeral Home, Keaney Funeral Home, D.J. Cutter Oil Heating, and Fitzpatrick Brothers Auto Body Repair. Organizers say they also hope to draw newer businesses into their network and present a unified voice for Dorchester’s 3,500-strong business community.  Read more

‘Conceptual’ plan would site new shopping center next to South Bay

By 
Mike Deehan Special to the Reporter
Sep. 22, 2011

A Boston development firm has begun working on a “conceptual” plan to acquire and re-develop several tracts of land along Boston Street adjacent to the South Bay Mall, according to civic activists who discussed the emerging plan at the monthly meeting of the McCormack Civic Association on Tuesday night.

McCormack Civic executive board member Desmond Rohan described the shopping expansion plan as “strictly conceptual” and said that no land-acquisitions have yet taken place. However, Rohan said the civic group has been provided with a copy of the plan designed by the developer Samuels & Associates, the same Boston firm that created the South Bay Mall in the 1990s.

In a statement issued to the Reporter yesterday, Samuels & Associates confirmed that the company is in “the very early stages of exploring a possible project in Dorchester."  Read more

Gov. Patrick ponders post-public life: 'I'd like to maybe run a company'

By 
Kyle Cheney, State House News Service
Sep. 15, 2011

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, visiting Boston with Denver business leaders, told Gov. Deval Patrick on Thursday that people all over the country talk about him as “a likely presidential candidate.”

At an event at the Intercontinental Hotel on the Boston waterfront, Hickenlooper, a Democrat, put Patrick on the spot about his future, which Patrick insists will be in the private sector and out of elective office.

“Assuming you don’t go into the White House … what do you think about in terms of what direction you want to go?” Hickenlooper asked.  Read more