Monday, May 20, 2013
Phillip's TV moved into Village Green Renewal's shop.
There’s an empty storefront on the corner of Harvard Street and Aspinwall Avenue where Philip’s TV & Stereo used to be. Last October, Brookline Patch reported that Philip’s had merged with Village Green Renewal at 6 Davis Avenue. Seth Barrett, founder and owner of Village Green Renewal, said that many local craftsmen work within a word-of-mouth network. “I’m not looking to compete with local craftsmen. I grew up here, so did a lot of them,” Barrett said. “It’s pretty rewarding to point somebody towards just the right business and know that the people there will be kind and courteous and respectful and it’s going to be a good experience for them.“ Village Green Renewal will fix anything from iPods to restaurant furniture, lamps, dolls, …
Thursday, February 21, 2013
The Picture Place offers frame work for all of your meaningful photos, paintings and more.
The Picture Place has been a Coolidge Corner standard since owner Bob Granquist opened up at 320a Harvard Street 36 years ago. They frame anything from diplomas, awards, photos, tickets, and anything of sentimental value that can fit in a frame. “A man once asked us to frame a flower from his first date with a woman,” manager Michelle Lauder said. “He was giving it to her as a wedding present.” From framing people’s sentimental photographs, paintings or objects, Lauder has come to understand an intimate angle of cultural diversity. “Framing represents people’s hope and need for preservation. Brookline has such a diverse population, but everyone has objects of value. People have relationships with their objects.” Lauder said that people …
Monday, December 3, 2012
Using the comments section, tell us where your favorite barbershop in town is.
When I asked on our Facebook page, where was the best place to get a haircut in town, the only response I got was Alton Place. “We specialize in men’s regular haircuts with a hot lather shave,” Master Barber Mike Cafarella said. “We like to think of our selves as an old school, full service barber shop. Every cut gets a neck shave, shampoo and a back massage.” The back massager resembles a floor buffer, but it is the perfect ending after a hot lather shave and a shampoo styling. Cafarella said that he started cutting hair about 10 years ago after he hung up his career as a chef. His uncle is a retired and taught him his technique. What makes Alton Place stand out is the welcoming environment. “We offer coffee and tea to each of our …
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Start your holiday shopping at locally owned stores during Small Business Saturday.
Small Business Saturday is on Nov. 24 this year, two days after Thanksgiving. It is a day for everyone to support the small businesses that their community thrives on. American Express founded the day in 2010 to help small businesses get exposure during the holiday season, when they might be otherwise overlooked. With retailers buzzing around the holidays, it is important to support local small businesses that rely on their neighbors in order to continue prospering and building the local economy in Brookline. Last year, 100 million people nationwide participated in Small Business Saturday by shopping at locally owned stores to help boost the economy and their communities. Here are 20 small businesses in Brookline participating in Small …
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Check out some of the top Brookline-centric pages available on Facebook.
The following list is in no particular order. 1. Brookline Booksmith 2. Coolidge Corner Theater 3. East Coast Divers 4. Pinos Pizza 5. 1st Light Festival 6. OTTO Pizza 7. Zaftigs Delicatessen 8. The Daily Catch Brookline 9. Brookline Tai Chi 10. YoBro 11. Brookline Massage 12. Brookline Hub 13. The Paris Creperie 14. Savory Living 15. Fireplace 16. Hops N Scotch 17. Compliments Food Truck 18. Brookline Local First 19. Athan’s Bakery 20. Kitsch In Sync Know a really great Brookline-related Facebook or Patch page missing from the list? Tell us in the comments section!
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
The financially and legally troubled Boston-based pizza chain has shut some locations, including its Brookline location, and its future remains uncertain.
The locally owned pizza chain Upper Crust needs a cash infusion of a least a hundred thousand dollars to keep its doors open, or it could close forever, according to the Boston Globe. Upper Crust declared bankruptcy last month and is also in the midst of a scandal that it owes $850,000 to its workers in back wages, according to the US Department of Labor. A separate investigation into the company in 2009 found the company had also violated several labor laws and owed employees $425,000. At a hearing in US Bankruptcy Court Tuesday, the trustee, Mark G. DeGiacomo, said the company needed $120,000 to keep the doors open, according to the Globe. However, that cash did not come through. The chain has rapidly shut down 10 out of its 16 area …
Friday, October 5, 2012
Owners hope to expand some services and tweak others, while two long-standing Brookline Village businesses merge.
Two local businesses are coming together to be a one-stop shop for repairing everything from rocking chairs to iPods. Village Green Renewal, run by Seth Barrett, is now hosting the man at the helm of Philip's TV & Stereo, Allen MacPherson, better known as "Red"--and will be expanding some of their services with MacPherson's expertise. The two sat down with Patch to talk about their merging busineses. Village Green already repairs just about anything from chairs to lamps to bikes--and now includes televisions and other electronics. Carrying on the tradition of Phil Waldman--the Philip in Philip's TV--who started MacPherson working at the TV shop out of the Navy. MacPherson has been with Philip's TV since 1969. "Red is a community …
Monday, August 20, 2012
Brookline Local First, an organization which encourages shoppers to buy from local businesses, launched its new website late last week.
If you're going to go shopping, a recently-launched website wants you to consider shopping Local First. Brookline Local First is a local chapter of a larger movement, which encourages shoppers to buy from local businesses over larger ones. The group launched a new website on Friday, which includes information on how businesses can join the group, where you can buy locally, and what some of the benefits of shopping locally are. Clear Flour Bread, Eureka Puzzles and Tiny Hanger are just a few of the businesses who will soon sport the Brookline Local First sticker. See the website for the full list of member businesses, broken into Retail, Food and Services. Local First is also on Facebook and Twitter. To celebrate the launch of the site…
Monday, August 13, 2012
If you, like the Dude, will abide at the Coolidge Corner Theatre tonight, then bring your camera and share some of the shenanigans with Patch.
For the last five years, the Big Lebowski screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre has sold out--this year is no exception. So, bring your camera with you, catch the pageantry of the costume contest, and the thrills of the bowling tournament. Just put it away before the movie starts--we don't want anyone to get in trouble. Then, head back over here and upload them to our gallery here. We have posted a few photos from last year's event to get you started.
Monday, December 5, 2011
Local Brookline author, Amy Traverso, signed copies of her book and gave samples to customers of Brookline Booksmith.
Brookline Booksmith hosted author Amy Traverso on Saturday, as she signed copies of her first book, "The Apple Lover's Cookbook." Traverso, who is a Brookline local, also treated patrons to samples from her book including apple butter and apple streusel coffee cake. Traverso spent four years working on her cookbook, which included extensive research on apple varieties and recipe building. "The Apple Lover's Cookbook" was released in September.