Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Eric’s Florist has moved to Brande Court.
Where pots of annuals and perennials, along with shrubs, trees and cut flowers were once sold on north Main Street, a facility for frail elders with memory impairments may grow, at the old Eric’s Plant Emporium location. Artis Senior Living proposes to build a 64-unit facility at 1090-1100 Main St. for elders who need help with activities of daily living, such as dressing and eating, consultant for Artis Patrick Mallon told Patch yesterday. Artis would need a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals to extend a non-conforming zoning use, according to Town Planner and Community Services Director Jean Delios. Artis would also need approval from the town’s Conservation Commission, according to the town’s Development Review Team, …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The opening date is not set.
D'Amici's Bakery will soon open in the M.F. Charles Building on Main Street. Owners and Wakefield residents Sarah and Joe Torretta are planning to apply for building permits in the next couple of weeks and hope to open the bakery early this summer. According to an update from the Community Services Office, the M.F. Charles Building, which is on the National Historic Register, will undergo major renovations to "return the building to its former glory." The building, built in 1893, will have four major tenants when the rennovations are complete: D'Amici's Bakery, Northern Bank & Trust Company, Bunratty’s Tavern and Orange Leaf. D’Amici’s was originally opened in Lynn in 1993. They have two other locations in Wakefield and Melrose. The bakery…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Reading Resident Leah Lam opened the salon on Haven Street.
Resident and hair stylist Leah Lam opened the new salon Leah’s at 77 Haven Street. The salon is only 500 square feet and Lam is the only stylist right now. "The salon I opened is a very small salon and it's a concept that I hope catches on," Lam said. The "small, inviting" salon provides more of a personal experience for women getting a hair cut or treatment. "It's a place to not be forgotten," Lam explained. She has three chairs in the salon and is open to hiring another stylist in the future. For now, she is the only stylist and has been cutting hair for more than 20 years. She fell in love with styling in her mother's salon while growing up and gave her first hair cut when she was 12-years-old. On her list of services you will find: …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Also: So why the post-blizzard clean-up mess?
Early bird gym-goers, take note. Three physical fitness facilities in Reading, including the soon-to-open Planet Fitness on Salem Street, near REI, now hold waivers to open at 5 a.m. weekdays. The Board of Selectmen Tuesday granted Planet Fitness and the Burbank YMCA off Birch Meadow Drive and the Reading Athletic Club on General Way a waiver to open before 6 a.m. weekdays. A town bylaw prohibits retail sales earlier than 6 a.m. The Board of Selectmen can grant a waiver if the selectmen deem sales during those hours “in the interest of public health safety and welfare" or "in the interest of public necessity or public convenience.” The Y and the athletic club have both been opening at 5 a.m. for 12 years, their administrators told the …
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
The gym is selling memberships now.
According to VP of Operations for North Shore Fit Management, LLC Taylor Mandell the new Planet Fitness on Salem Street is planning a tentative grand opening in March. The gym is still in the construction phase. So far, they have been working on the plumbing, electricity and HVAC units. They still need to install the flooring, put on a fresh coat of paint, have the equipment delivered and complete the exterior. “We’re excited to be in Reading,” Mandell said. People are welcome to stop by and see the progress the gym has made. You can also buy a pre-sale membership at a promotional rate. There are two memberships available. If you pay $1 down and then $10 per month you will have a membership exclusive to the Reading facility. The black card…
Monday, December 31, 2012
Tell us what business you would like to see open next year.
Reading and North Reading saw a lot of businesses close in 2012. What businesses would you like to see open in 2013? North Reading lost Sears Hardware, Lew's Mobil, A Change of Pace Consignment and more. Reading saw Hersey Jewelers, Mr. Glenn's Barber Shop and others close last year. Tell us, what businesses would you like to see open in 2013? Where should those businesses go? Let us know in the comments section below.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
What should replace Hersey Jewelers?
The Hersey Jewelers officially closed this year. What do you think should go into that space? Hersey Jewelers was a family-owned fine jewelry shop that also assisted with estate sales and purchases as well as appraisals. The space is small, about 475 square feet according to the Reading Planning Department. Another jewelry store may work in that space. Or a small boutique. What do you think should replace Hersey Jewelers? Tell us in the comments section below.
Monday, December 10, 2012
We encourage business owners to claim listings in Patch Places to better promote their business and inform Reading-North Reading Patch readers.
Heav'nly Donuts. Meadow View Care & Rehabilitation Center. Axle Color Studio. Those are just three of the local businesses who claimed their listings on Reading-North Reading Patch recently. Will you be next to take advantage of all our Directory has to offer? Before Reading-North Reading Patch launched, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses in order to collect information for our Directory. Now, Patch Directory is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and more. All users can add events taking place at local spots, rate the business on a scale of one to five stars and add a review. But owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. Owners or managers should …
Friday, October 19, 2012
Kaitlyn Fusco is opening the dog boutique and self-wash facility The Dirty Doodle.
Stoneham resident Kaitlyn Fusco is opening The Dirty Doodle, a new dog boutique and self-wash facility, at 143 Main St., Reading. Stop by for the "projected grand opening" the weekend of Saturday, Nov. 10. "The Dirty Doodle is a dog boutique and self-wash with a strong focus on and dedication to holistic foods and treats, force free training methods, animal rescue causes and consumer education about the medical consequences of poor canine nutrition," Fusco said. Instead of taking your dog to the groomer, you can bring your dog to the Dirty Doodle and use their equipment to wash and dry your pup. You can make an appointment if you want to secure a spot, but an appointment is not necessary. The cost for a wash is $16 and that includes use …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Wine Shop, Wine Bunker and Sam’s Bistro will have their liquor licenses suspended for a short period of time.
Three Reading businesses that sell liquor received penalties Tuesday for selling to a minor under age 21. The Board of Selectmen imposed no-liquor sales times at The Wine Shop of Reading (Reading Fine Wines, LLC) at 676 Main St., the Wine Bunker (CW1 Ltd.) at 1 General Way and Sam’s Bistro (Bistro Concepts, Inc.) at 107 Main St. The Wine Shop’s liquor license will be suspended for five days: this coming Monday, through Wednesday, Oct. 22, 23 and 24 and this coming Jan. 7 and 8. The Wine Shop received a three-day suspension in 2011, the selectmen noted, about a year ago. The Wine Bunker cannot sell alcohol for three days: this coming Sunday, Oct 21 through Tuesday, Oct. 23. Sam’s Bistro cannot sell alcohol this coming Monday, Tuesday and …