Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Flavored pizza dough its specialty.
A company that started as a maker of gourmet pizza pies with flavored pizza dough is considering opening a restaurant on Haven Street, its first in the Commonwealth. Portland Pie Co., which opened in Portland, Maine, in 1997, has expanded its menu with appetizers, salads and sandwiches and full liquor service in five locations, according to its website: in Maine, in Portland, Scarborough and Westbrook and in New Hampshire, in Manchester and Nashua. “We’re excited about the prospect of potentially building a restaurant in Reading,” Joe O’Neil, who co-founded the company with Dan Thomson, told Patch. “We’re in the information-gathering phase,” he said, and went on to say that becoming part of the Reading community is a hope of his and …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The complex at 30 Haven Street is now open.
The development at 30 Haven St. in Reading officially opened last week. Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Greg Bialecki celebrated the opening with state and local officials on Oct. 11. The development has 53 smart-housing units, underground parking and a Zinga Frozen Yogurt shop right on the property. According to the Reading Community Services Office, a Portland Pie Company will soon open in the development as well. Construction on the property started back in August of 2011. The development was originally scheduled to open earlier this summer, both a June and Aug. 1 opening date were mentioned, but it was still not officially open until last week. In addition to housing, the development includes underground parking for about…
Friday, September 28, 2012
12 all-day spaces to be marked for downtown business employees.
Drivers searching for a parking space in the lower Haven Street area take note: starting this coming Jan. 1, parking in the Brande Court parking lot behind 30 Haven St. will again be limited to two hours on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Except for employees of downtown businesses. They’ll be able to park all day in 12 specific spaces -- if they hold a special parking tag. The Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 Tuesday on those parking rule changes. In 2009, after the Atlantic Food Market left, the selectmen agreed to temporarily allow all-day parking in the lot, Town Manager Peter Hechenbleikner said. Since then, a building with commercial and residential tenants has been built on the Atlantic site. Those tenants have underground …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Jenny Boston has jewelry, accessories and more in their store on Main Street.
Looking for a necklace or earrings to go with a new outfit? Want to start your holiday shopping early this year? Head to Jenny Boston Boutique on Main Street for unique accessories, chic bags and trendy jewelry at affordable prices. Jenny Boston has one boutique in Connecticut and six boutiques in Massachusetts, including the one that popped up in Reading in May. The Main Street store is filled with jewelry, bags, belts, scarfs and more. Their items range in price, but most jewelry pieces are around $20. Their bags are a bit more, but will only set you back around $40. Owners Jennifer DeMaria and Kristen Maynard love owning the stores. "Owning Jenny Boston is very enjoyable to us because we can provide amazing products to our customers at…
Monday, September 17, 2012
Core Barre celebrated one year in town last week.
Core Barre on Woburn Street in Reading celebrated their one year anniversary in town last week. The studio offers classes that incorporate ballet, Pilates and general fitness concepts, Owner Kasie Sullivan said. "But, by no means do you have to be a ballerina to take a class," she added. Sullivan, a Reading resident, opened the studio last year on Sept. 12 in honor of her sister who passed away on the same day four years ago. "For me personally it signifies a place for me to celebrate her," Sullivan said. She decided to start the business because her background was in gymnastics and within the sport she had to take ballet classes. "It was a little piece of everything that I liked about exercising," she said. The Core Barre creator is from …
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Neno's Barbershop will be located on Main Street.
Neno Bonomo opened a new barbershop at 484 Main St. in Reading last week. Bonomo spent over 30 years working at the Clipper Barbershop in Wilmington and is now pleased to have his own shop. A lot of his customers were from Reading and Wilmington, so he thought Reading would be the ideal location for the new place, Neno's Barbershop. The Wakefield resident says that it's a true barbershop that will offer haircuts for $15 and free on-street parking, plus additional parking in the municipal lot adjacent to the shop. Carmen Fama, another popular barber at the Clipper Barbershop, will join Bonomo on certain days. Fama worked at the Clipper Barbershop for over 17 years. The new shop will be open Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
The grant will pay for a program to help local business owners improve their businesses.
The Reading Economic Development Committee, in conjunction with the Planning Division, recently announced that they received a $10,000 grant award from The Massachusetts Downtown Initiative. With the grant money, the town will offer a program, Best Retail Practices, to local business owners as well as the opportunity for eight businesses to have a one-on-one consultation with retail expert Christine Moynihan. According to a recent press release, "This program brings professional advice to independent retailers in the areas of store and restaurant design, layout and visual merchandising, customer service and both traditional and social media marketing." Moynihan co-founded the program and also administers it. She has delivered the program …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The Irish Tavern will start demolition work this summer.
According to the Reading Community Services Office, a new Irish Pub is coming to Reading. The Bunratty Tavern will open at 622 Main Street. The tavern will start demolition at some point this summer and will renovate throughout the fall in the historic M.F. Charles building. The tavern will accommodate 194 people, and will serve Irish food. They will offer a full bar and are looking to incoorporate an indoor area for live music, according to the Community Services Office. The tavern will also include an outdoor dining area for warmer months. The opening date is not scheduled yet. Check in with Patch for more details as they become available.
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
In former Calareso’s building.
A new banner hangs on a south Main Street building that used to house Calareso’s Farm Stand. The Camp to Castle Consignment shop will open around Sept. 1, according to store owner Loren Hayden, at 122 Main St. The store will consign and sell antiques, home furnishing, fine art, collectibles and jewelry, according to the posters in the windows and Hayden. No clothing. Hayden has been selling antiques for 20 years, she said, since her children were young. She’s been a collector even longer. She's worked in publishing and printing in California, she told Patch. Inside her newly whitewashed space, several oriental rugs cover sections of the floor once filled with neatly stacked crates of fresh potatoes, onions, lettuce and spinach. Wing chairs…
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Welcome to our round up of area restaurant and food news.
We know Reading and North Reading residents don’t just stay in town when they want a night out and a break from cooking. Restaurant coming and goings, new business and the best dishes and recipes are among the items that have appeared on area Patch sites over the past month. Below is a look at the restaurant and food stories local Patch sites have covered over the past month. Read through our round up for the latest food news in the area. READING-NORTH READING The Green Tomato celebrated 10 years in Reading on July 25. To thank customers, the restaurant will be serving free samples of new and regular items on their menu. According to Owner John Ryan there will be a tent outside on July 25 from noon to 6 p.m. with samples and free drinks. A…