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January 22, 2013
MeetingsAndNoticesMeetings & Notices
"BIDs Making A Difference": BSA Event At Webster Bank

Downtown Boston BID President Rosemarie Sansone will join Paul Levy, CEO of Center City Philadelphia, and Frank LaTorre, President of the Providence Downtown Improvement District, for the lecture "Downtown Business Improvement Districts Making A Difference." The lecture will take place Thursday, February 21st, at 6:30 pm, at Webster Bank (100 Franklin St.).
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The event is part of the BSA's 2013 Urban Design Committee Schedule. To RSVP, please email [email protected] and include the name of the lecture in the subject line.
MAPC Open House

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission (MAPC) is hosting its annual open house on Tuesday, January 29th, at 4 pm, at its offices at 60 Temple Pl.
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The event will include a meet-and-greet, discussion of MAPC's mission and objectives--even a free raffle! Call 617-451-2770 for more info.  
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  • Cleaning and powerwashing in downtown.
  • Friendly, welcoming downtown presence: helping visitors with directions, notifying fire & police personnel of incidents, and more. 
  • Downtown beautification and capital improvement initiatives.
  • Summer arts & music shows; winter Holiday Market.
  • contact [email protected] for more.
Downtown Events Calendar
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Visit the Happening Now section at for a listing of all the exciting activities going on in downtown Boston right now and in upcoming weeks and months.

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If you are interested in promoting
your events through us, please email [email protected].
Event details should be sent no later than Friday at 12 pm for inclusion in the following Monday's newsletter. Thank You.
RealEstateListingsReal Estate Listings   
Office, Residential, Retail/Restaurant

The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District is pleased to run real estate listings on www.downtown for available office, residential, and retail/restaurant space on behalf of Downtown Boston BID members.

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Visit the Doing Business section of
to view the current set of listings. All questions pertaining to individual listings should be directed to the broker(s) affiliated with the listing.  
Downtown Boston BID Weekly News Update

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For questions and comments, please contact Doug Meyer, newsletter editor, at: [email protected]
FeaturedThisWeekFeatured Stories
"Mix It Up Mondays" Coming In February

To encourage people to explore new hotspots as
well as old favorites, the Downtown Boston BID is pleased to announce the launch, in partnership with Boston Magazine, of "Mix It Up Mondays."

Mix It Up Mondays

For six weeks beginning on Monday, February 4th, over a dozen of downtown's hottest nightspots
(visit here for the full list) will be mixing it up with exclusive dishes, or reduced-price favorites to be paired with a Belvedere vodka cocktail.

The promotion will conclude in April with a special event for dedicated Mix It Up patrons, participating restaurants, and industry professionals (details to follow in upcoming issues). See you Monday nights!
Thinking Cup Nominated As Top East Coast Coffee Shop

Thinking Cup Coffee (165 Tremont St.) has been nominated by Coffee Fest, an industry trade group, as one of the top 14 coffee houses on the East Coast. 

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Thinking Cup will be competing at the inaugural "America's Best Coffeehouse, Eastern Region" contest, to be held in New York from March 8th-10th. Cast a vote for Thinking Cup (the winners are determined partly through social media), check out the other competitors, and learn more about this exciting challenge. Good luck, Thinking Cup! 
BusinessDevelopmentsDevelopment News  
Walgreens Update

The tempo of development at the Walgreens "Emporium" (10-24 School St.) has accelerated, with the clock at the corner of School & Province having been taken in for restoration by the Electric Time Co. of Medfield.

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Walgreens representatives recently hosted a welcome session inside the 25,000-sq. ft. space, an upscale pharmacy which will feature gourmet food, a liquor & wine shop, and more. The Walgreens is on-track to open in April.
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Trunk Show At Cohen's Fashion Optical

Cohen's Fashion Optical (328 Washington St.) will highlight its collaboration with global fashion phenomenon Marc Jacobs with a special trunk show on Thursday, January 24th, from 4-6 pm, featuring Jacobs' hottest eyewear.

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The trunk show will feature free single-vision lenses (distance, reading, or sunglasses) with the purchase of a set of frames. Call 617-542-9221 for more info.
Arts, Entertainment, Events
Racing To New Heights At
One Boston Place

One Boston Place New On Saturday, February 2nd, starting at 9 am, One Boston Place will host an incredible display of athletic fitness: "Race Up One Boston Place."

Hundreds of firefighters from all over New England will sprint all
the way to the top of the 41-story, 600-foot-skyscraper to raise money for lung disease research. Non-firefighters are encouraged to join, as well! (You don't have to race to the top--walking is fine.) Call 781-314-9005 for more info. 
Nuns Kick Up Their Heels At
Boston Opera House

Inspired by the smash hit movie, the Broadway production of "Sister Act" opens at the Boston Opera House today. 

New Sister Act 2013

Hailed by the New York Post as "ridiculously funny," the show runs through Sunday, February 3rd.

When: Tuesday, January 22nd-Sunday, February 3rd
Where: Boston Opera House (539 Washington St.)
Contact: visit here for tickets and more info

Artists Crossing Now Open At
50 Franklin St.

Artists Crossing, the downtown gallery/artists co-op, has now reopened at 50 Franklin St., at the corner of Franklin & Hawley Streets, following its move from 505 Washington St.

Artists Crossing 50 Franklin Corner
The gallery's hours stay the same: Tuesdays-Wednesdays: 11 am-5 pm, Thursdays-Fridays:
11 am-6 pm, Saturdays-Mondays: by appointment.
Contact [email protected] for more info.