Business

Lower Mills Stroll on tap this evening

Despite the drizzly weather, it was last year around this time that the first Lower Mills Holiday Stroll surprised organizers by attracting over 300 people, many of whom later returned to patronize shops they had peeked in on.

Tonight’s more elaborate second venture promises to attract even bigger crowds with its freebies, art displays, a book-signing for the new paperback about the Baker Chocolate Company, even free trolley service to shuttle shoppers too weary to “stroll” across the bridge between Dorchester and Milton.  Read more

Police oppose later hours for Blue Hill Avenue restaurant

Boston Police and two city councilors today opposed a request by Tasty Caribbean, 388 Blue Hill Ave. to extend its closing hours from midnight to 2 a.m.  Read more

250 patrons stop by for Ledge's grand opening

"It'll help the neighborhood. It fits." So pronounced one patron at the long-awaited opening last Friday of a new Lower Mills restaurant and bar - Ledge Kitchen and Drinks - on the former site of Donovan's Village restaurant at 2261 Dorchester Avenue.

The introduction of Ledge, as it is called, adds to the growing collections of tasteful and tasty dining options in the neighborhood that offer, clients say, downtown-quality food without the inflated prices and haughty attitudes of Newbury Street or the South End.  Read more

Builder outlines plans for a four-story apartment building in Fields Corner

By 
Mike Deehan, Contributing Editor
Jul. 16, 2009

Plans for a new housing development on Adams Street were presented by the Boston Redevelopment Authority at a neighborhood meeting on Tuesday evening at the Kit Clark Senior Services Center in Fields Corner. The proposed building would be built at the corner of Adams and Dickens streets, at 252-254 Adams Street and would stand four stories tall. The building would provide 15 individual single and two bedroom units.  Read more

Future of Franklin Park Zoo remains in limbo

By 
Mike Deehan and Gintautas Dumcius, Contributing Editors
Jul. 16, 2009

A fiscal tug-of-war between Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature over the future of the Franklin Park Zoo has left the institution’s fate in the balance and some in Dorchester talking about the zoo’s significance to the community and wondering about the effect of it being permanently shuttered.  Read more

Mixed Market: Prices entice homebuyers; lending woes persist

Mixed Market: Newly renovated homes for sale on Hendry Street. Photo by Chris LovettMixed Market: Newly renovated homes for sale on Hendry Street. Photo by Chris LovettCrosscurrents in Dorchester’s real estate market are pulling in different directions—extending the fall-off in prices of the past two years, but also showing signs of new vitality.

“If someone’s telling you there’s no business, they’re not in our neighborhood,” says the Dorchester office manager for Jack Conway & Co., Julie Simmons.

“There is a lot of activity now,” she says. “That $8,000 tax credit is really bringing people in.”

But even agents who vouch for people willing to buy and sell say their customers still meet obstacles.  Read more

Westminster Dodge fights to overturn death sentence

Joe Lawlor has sold thousands of cars in his six years as sales manager at Morrissey Boulevard’s Westminster Dodge. The Bickford family — which has operated the Chrysler dealership since the 1960s — has sold many times that.

This week, though, they are pitching a different kind of sale, one that even they admit has long odds of finding the right buyer.  Read more

Eating right - for under five bucks- in Mattapan

Dwayne Lawrence and the Teen Health Movement explore their options along Blue Hill Ave.

Winery rolled out as Port Norfolk’s latest hidden gem

By 
Brian Denitzio, Special to the Reporter
May. 1, 2009

Editor's Note: The Dorchester Historical Society will host a special event on Sunday, May 3 at The Boston Winery in Port Norfolk from 2-5 p.m. Back in 2007, the Reporter's former news editor Brian Denitzio visited the Winery — run by the Bruno family, who also own the Venezia restaurant next door. Enjoy!  Read more

Bayside Expo lawyer expects "positive resolution" despite foreclosure threat

The Bayside Expo Center on Columbia Point is being threatened with foreclosure and the property could be auctioned off next month, according to reports published today in Boston's daily papers. However, an attorney for the Bayside said today he expects a "very positive resolution" to the matter.  Read more