Business

Ruff styles: Eclectic furnishings

Churning out everything from huggable seahorses to 6 by 7 foot acrylic chandeliers, Dorchester's Shane Ruff epitomizes the new breed of artists who have both the creativity to produce a wide variety of public-pleasing works and the skills to get their goods seen and sold.  Read more

Shopping promotion gets Uphams Corner man moving

Troy Crawford, above, who lives and works in the area, won a new iPod Touch through the Uphams Corner Main Streets promotion. Photo courtesy UCMS.  Read more

Brothers drop new anchor in Uphams Corner

Butcher Ramón Perez shows off some choice cuts at Brother's Supermarket in Uphams Corner.: Photo by Pete Stidman. Click to enlargeButcher Ramón Perez shows off some choice cuts at Brother's Supermarket in Uphams Corner.: Photo by Pete Stidman. Click to enlargeThere are benefits to having a large family. One of them, it seems, is a set of natural partners in the business world.

That is definitely the case for the Fernandez brothers, who just opened their second Brother's Supermarket on Dudley Street in Uphams Corner last month. The six brothers each have a role in managing or working at one or more of their three liquor stores and two groceries in Roxbury and Dorchester.  Read more

Port Norfolk says nay to billboard, cash payment

A billboard at Dorchester Avenue and Hoyt Street: Photo by Pete Stidman.A billboard at Dorchester Avenue and Hoyt Street: Photo by Pete Stidman. Click to expand.It just got a little tougher to put up new billboards in Dorchester.

John McLaughlin, a principal of Sullivan McLaughlin Companies, offered the Port Norfolk Civic Association $50,000 up front and 8.3 percent of net revenue for 20 years in exchange for permission to erect a billboard on his property next to the Southeast Expressway on Tuesday night. A relatively generous offer from a man well respected and trusted in the Port. But neighbors turned it down flat.

"I've been fighting for 30 years against billboards," said Ben Tankle, who helped start a civic group in the waterfront village in 1958. "The money is just them dangling the carrot, saying 'Come on… I'll give you 50 grand.' Well I'm not going to sell my vote."  Read more

Work again underway at NE Brake building

Developer Steven Turner has not returned phone calls from the Reporter and at least one local civic association this week, but he has begun minimal work on a local landmark, the NE Brake building at Mass Ave. and East Cottage Street in Edward Everett Square.

Just what his plans for the structure are is a well-guarded mystery that some wish the community was privy to. It has lain vacant for years after a furniture shop owner stopped construction mid-stride, leaving steel girders exposed above the original structure.  Read more

Osherow on road to recovery

Dorchester real estate agent Kenneth Osherow is already back at work in a limited capacity and recovering well after his partner of five years, Ceslo Cruz, inexplicably attacked him at his second home in Bartlett, N.H. Jan. 17.

Cruz allegedly broke both of Osherow's wrists and stabbed him several times in the back and abdomen. Police interrupted the altercation early that Saturday morning in the basement of Osherow's house. Cruz was charged with attempted murder.  Read more

Finding ways to cut costs, drive business

The City's Office of Neighborhood Development (DND) rolled out a new program this week designed to assist small businesses and non-profits in reducing the cost of their utility bills.

Dubbed "Boston Buying Power," the program creates a City of Boston-wide energy buying group, with the concept that by working in tandem, small offices can save money on their heat and electric bills by buying in bulk at group rates.

A Dorchester man, Steven Rumpler, DND's Acting Senior Business Manager, was contacting Dorchester and Mattapan businesses with the offer this week.  Read more

Columbia Point plan draws big crowd

Despite the down economy which has sapped potential financing for two massive development proposals on Columbia Point, neighborhood folks came out to view the progress on the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Master Plan for the point on Saturday.

Their conversations were the best window yet on what might be agreed on in the plan and what has yet to be hammered out.  Read more

Future of E. Cottage warehouse in sight

A tax lien court case begun in 2004 for a 2.75 acre property at 65 East Cottage St. - whose owner owes more than $1.6 million in property tax - appears to be perched once again on the precipice of resolution.

A new buyer, Briggs Capital LLC, now has the property under a purchase and sale agreement with owner Harold Cohen, according to the city's legal department and Cohen himself.  Read more

Port Norfolk Civic considers billboard deal

Plans to erect a new billboard on the Southeastern Expressway stalled this week after Port Norfolk neighbors demanded more time to review the proposal, which would divert an unspecified percentage of profits back into the community in return for their acceptance.  Read more