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November 12, 2013 
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Meetings & Notices
First Night Boston & Mayor's Holiday Spectacular

Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston have announced the complete schedule for First Night Boston 2014.

Please visit the First Night Boston website for additional information and to purchase the 2014 First Night Button, which grants admission to all indoor events (outdoor First Night events are free to attend).

The 10th Annual Mayor's Holiday Spectacular has also been announced.

Dozens of theater shows, comedy acts, concerts, and more are discounted by 50%, including downtown performances such as Sleeping Beauty, Mies Julie, and Templanza. It's shaping up to be a great holiday season in Boston!
Internships Available

The Downtown Boston BID is seeking interested students to help out with a variety of projects. Please send cover letters and resumes to
BID Services
  • 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.
  • contact for more.
This Week's Featured Calendar Event

The Casa Patas Flamenco Foundation's "Templanza"
dances into the Modern Theatre on November 26th.

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. 
CityServicesCity Services
Development & Research 

With so much going on in the downtown area--new businesses, major development projects--it is important to keep tabs on all the changes occurring in our dynamic neighborhood.

The Downtown Boston BID website maintains the following databases, free to browse:

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

Lafayette City Center

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:
Featured Stories
Downtown Boston Welcomes Mayor-Elect Walsh & His Transition Team

In October, then-candidate Walsh stopped by Oceanaire (40 Court St.) to speak to members at the BID's 2013 annual meeting.

Congratulations to Mayor-Elect Martin J. Walsh and all the members of his campaign on their recent victory. The Walsh committee has chosen historic 100 Franklin Street, now a Webster Bank and formerly the Boston Stock Exchange, as their transition headquarters.

We welcome them to the downtown community and wish the Mayor-Elect and his team much success and a smooth transition as they plan for Boston's future.
We look forward to working in 2014 with Mayor-Elect Walsh, his transition team, and all members of the newly-elected City Council.
Development News
The Merchant Restaurant Opening
Soon At 60 Franklin St.

The Merchant is setting up shop: Merchant restaurant is targeting a mid-December debut at 60 Franklin St., in the former London Harness space.

Owned and operated by the team behind Boston's legendary Littlest Bar, the Merchant will feature 200 seats, private dining rooms, eight TVs, pull-down projectors for meetings, and much more. The menu theme is "American brasserie," with locally-sourced food and coffee and an extensive craft beer selection. Keep reading for future updates on the grand opening! 
Sweet Tooth Bakery Soon To Indulge Downtown

Downtown's collection of confectioners is set to grow again, with a Sweet Tooth bakery opening imminently inside the Corner Mall.

This is the second location for Sweet Tooth, which already enjoys a major following at its South Boston location (above). Specializing in freshly-made sweets of every variety, Sweet Tooth's baked goods are already available downtown at the Walgreens emporium. Keep reading for future
updates on the grand opening! 
DealsAndPromotionsArts, Entertainment & Events
Macy's Fall Fashion Preview & New Winter Sportswear Line

The weather has finally turned chilly--and Macy's is ready! The downtown Macy's Donna Johanson and CBRE-Grossman's Andrea Matteson hosted another great "pop-up" fashion show on Summer Street Plaza last Friday afternoon. Macy's models (below) previewed the latest fall looks.

In preparation for winter, Macy's has introduced the Helly Hansen winter sportswear line. Visit the Coats Department (2nd floor) to shop the collection, which includes breathable, waterproof, and windproof styles all exclusive to Macy's. Helly Hansen will be discounted the standard 25% at the upcoming fall 2013 Macy's Friends & Family sale. Call 617-357-3341 for more info.
"Sleeping Beauty" Awakes At Paramount

History is in the making at the Paramount Center this week, as the theater hosts a production of "Sleeping Beauty" by one of the world's oldest marionette companies, Milan's Carlo Colla & Sons.


The Boston Globe recently published a fascinating behind-the-scenes feature on Carlo Colla & Sons, run by Eugenio Monti Colla. His production of "Sleeping Beauty" includes 11 puppeteers operating 165 different marionettes. The show runs from Wednesday, November 13th-Sunday, November 17th at the Paramount. Visit here for tickets and info.    
Freedom Trail's Historic Holiday Stroll Launches

What were the holidays like in downtown Boston in the mid-19th century? Experience the Freedom Trail's annual "Historic Holiday Stroll" to find out!

The Holiday Stroll explores how Charles Dickens, by giving the first reading in America of "A Christmas Carol" at the Omni Parker House in 1867, helped establish our modern holiday tradition. Several other holiday-oriented stops are included on the tour, which runs Thursdays-Sundays, at 3:30 pm, now through the end of January. Call 617-357-8300 for tickets and more info.
A Landmark Decision: Talk At Old South On Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

This week marks the ten-year anniversary of Goodridge v. Department of Public Health, the Massachusetts SJC's first-in-the-nation ruling
granting same-sex couples the right to marry.

To mark this momentous milestone, Old South Meeting House hosts Mary L. Bonauto (above right), Project Director at GLAD and plaintiff's lead counsel in the Goodridge case. Bonauto will discuss the historic decision and its aftermath Wednesday, November 20th, at 6:30 pm at OSMH. The event is free to attend; please call 617-482-6439 for more info.