Greater Boston Concierge Association


May 2015



Important Links

GBCA web site 


Les Clefs D'or 


Convention & Visitors Bureau  


 June 1 -

Boston South End 


June 16 - All Member February Make-up

Meeting and Tour 

Edward M. Kennedy Institute


 June 20 - GBCA Family Fun Day



June 29 - All Members Meeting and Tour

New England Aquarium






Meeting Minutes By Bonnie


Click on the link below for the meeting minutes from our May All Members Meeting at the Boston Public Library


May Meeting Minutes



May All Members Meeting

Boston Public Library

Photos by Evan Martin





The Charles River Bistro on the Esplanade





The Charles River Bistro presents the JJArtworks Paint Party Series 
this June through September! Renowned Boston artist J.J. Long will 
guide the class to create and leave with a beautiful masterpiece. Join 
the paint party experience on the banks of the Charles River Lagoon!

Where: Charles River Bistro, located across from the DCR Memorial 
Hatch Shell at Boston's Esplanade Park
When:  Thursday, June 11th
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm

For tickets go to:





Help Wanted....
Boston Hotel Buckminster Job Opening



Craigslist Boston  






The links above will direct you in your search for concierge positions and other industry related careers.


if you have a position at your hotel or condominium and business concierge desks, please let us know.


Please send details to us so we can announce them here.


Thank you and Good Luck!



2015 Esplanade Corporate Hospitality Packages


Click here for details 

GBCA Lapel Pins

Show your GBCA pride at your hotel with an official GBCA lapel pin!

Available at our next meeting for only $10!

GBCA Information

The Greater Boston Concierge Association
304 Newbury St.
Box # 526
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

GBCA Member News
We love hearing from our members! If you have any special events, awards, recognitions please let us know. We would love to share your info with fellow GBCA members in any of our newsletters. Please send any info you like to
so we can get it into our next newsletter. 


President's Letter 







Dear members and friends;


This has certainly been a busy spring for our GBCA members. No sooner did we complete an amazingly successful GBCA Hospitality Trade Show, we were thrust into all the excitement of many businesses here in Boston and beyond inviting us to experience firsthand what they have in store for the upcoming season. 


A great big thank you to our good friend Janet Young, Manager Group Sales & Reservations for Plimoth Plantation, for the marvelous FAM trip to Plymouth on Tuesday, May 16, 2015. Our members enjoyed the relaxing motor coach transportation provided by Gray Line Tours.


Also thank you to Kate Fox, Executive Director and Stacia Cooper Sales Manager of Destination Salem who showed us what makes Salem so special with their fun-filled Salem FAM trip on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. Transportation and tour of Salem made possible by the Salem Trolley.


The "GBCA Clean Up Day" on the Esplanade with our friends at the Anthem Group and the Charles River Bistro was a huge success. Members Krissy Beal, Eisha Beatty     Adam Castiglione, Beverly Doughty, Debra Hegger, Matt Tomkewicz and I all worked diligently to beautify the area around the bistro.  We planted flowers, painted and stained flower boxes... Thank you to all of our volunteers for the amazing job they did. I had no idea we have so many members with green thumbs!! And thank you to the folks at the Anthem Group for allowing us to participate in this worthwhile event. We cannot wait until next year to be involved once again. Be sure to attend one of the many upcoming events at the Charles River Bistro to see the fine work your colleagues have done. The Bistro Opening night celebration takes place this Thursday, May 28th, 2015 (*Rain date: June 5th, 2015) 5:00pm - 7:00pm and the Hospitality Networking Series will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2015 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm. And watch for your invitation to the GBCA Family Fun Day on the Charles River Saturday, June 20, 2015. Invitations coming soon!!


Our all member meeting was held on May 6, 2015 at the Boston Public Library. Our members toured the "We are One" exhibit as well as the incredible Map Center, art work and painting by Sargent. What an incredible evening it was thanks to the generosity and participation of Janet Spitz Executive Director and Alison Cody Development & Program Manager who made the evening a huge success. Learn more about our exciting meeting as you read GBCA Secretary Bonnie's minutes and be sure to send your thank you e-mails and letters to our hosts and guest speakers.


For the month of June, we have two all member meeting planned for you. Our February meeting at the EMK Institute had to be postponed because Mother Nature played havoc on us all. That event will take place on June 16, 2015. Thank you Namita Raina

Director of Marketing at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate for helping us reschedule this event and allowing our members the opportunity to visit Boston's newest attraction. Old Town Trolley has generously offered their services and will be shuttling those needing transportation from Boston. Free parking is also available. You should have received your invitation already, so please RSVP today.


Our official June all member meeting will take place at the New England Aquarium on Monday, June 29, 2015. A special thank you to Della Grallert, the New England Aquariums Group Sales Manager  for making this meeting possible. RSVP today for this meeting and event.


Last but not least, concierges remember to RSVP for these two exciting strolls in June. Monday June 1, 2015 will be the South End Stroll hosted by SEBA and the Harvard Stroll takes place on Monday, June 22, 2015. Please note these invitations as well as our invites are meant for the recipient only. Please do not share your invitations with others. Unfortunately, this has been an ongoing issue and is subject to forfeiture of GBCA membership by the offenders. Please always abide by our standards of conduct. Our membership is one of friendship, honesty and cooperation and our members are held in the highest regards. Let's all work together to keep the integrity of the GBCA strong.


With Pride in service, you're President.

Betty Salemme




Click on link below for important information regarding our code of conduct. 


GBCA Code of Conduct




We are available for your guests this weekend...






for more info!



Salem Tourism Day

Good afternoon Greater Boston Concierge Association,
We wanted to thank you all for joining us at Salem Tourism Day and we hope you all enjoyed your day here in Salem. Here you can find information about all the locations that we visited yesterday:


Click here for full list of Salem Information 



If you have any questions, we'd be happy to help. And if you have photos you'd like to share from Tourism Day, we'd love to have them!
 Stacia Cooper
Sales Manager
Destination Salem
Phone 978.741.3252



Check out our fellow GBCA team member

John MacKenzie in The Cat's Meow!



GBCA Esplanade Clean-up photos







Here are details about the seasonal farmers markets, open now on the Greenway:

The Boston Public Market runs two seasonal farmers markets each year along the Rose Kennedy Greenway, featuring over 30 local producers. Products include farm fresh produce; meat, poultry, and eggs; cheese and dairy; fish; bread and baked goods; plants and flowers; and an assortment of specialty and prepared foods, including several "grab-and-go" lunch options.
The Dewey Square Farmers Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. on the Greenway across from South Station. The Greenway Farmers Market is open Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the plaza at 136 Blackstone Street, opposite the Greenway's North End Parks.




GBCA Plymouth Trip Photos






Discounted Tickets are now available for purchase

Single Day Pass: $38.00


Food Coupons: $13.00

While they last

Adult tickets at the park are $59.99 each, children under 54 inches pay $49.99 at the park and children 2 and under are free.

call Betty at 617-385-4510 or email

or Natalia at 617-384-5049 or email

Tickets may be purchased with cash only!



Tiger Raffle



Just two weeks left to purchase Tiger Raffle Tickets

Tickets are $25 each to win great overnight packages around the world.

Contact Betty Salemme; Nathan Goff;, or Debra Hegger; 





Save the date!!!

GBCA Family Fun Day coming soon.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Invitation coming soon!!





Ogawa Coffee Welcomed First International Shop on Milk Street


Legendary Japanese coffee roaster, Ogawa Coffee, opened its doors at 10AM on Friday, May 22nd at 10 Milk Street, offering a specialized coffee selection along with breakfast, lunch and sweets seven days a week.


Founded in 1952 as an independent coffee roasting business in Kyoto, Japan, Ogawa Coffee is currently comprised of 36 independently-owned and operated shops, renowned for exceptional coffee quality, hospitality, and world class baristas. Ogawa Coffee's first international shop is made up of a team of locally hired baristas who underwent an intense training program, led by World Latte Art Champion barista, Haruna Murayama who relocated from Kyoto to Boston to oversee training and menu development.


"Many ask, 'Why Boston?' The answer to that question is both simple and complex," said Ogawa Coffee USA CEO and President Yoshinori Uda. "In addition to sharing many similarities, Boston is also the sister-city of Kyoto, Japan, where Ogawa Coffee is headquartered, making it a perfect city for our first international shop. Moreover, as the world's largest coffee-consuming country, the United States is an important market for us to learn from, as we continue to improve and build a future of exceptional coffee for future generations."


To celebrate Boston and Kyoto's kinship, Ogawa Coffee serves its House Blend Kyoto, currently found exclusively in Kyoto and Boston. The Ogawa Coffee Boston shop menu also includes traditional café fare such as croissants, salads, sandwiches and smoothies; Ogawa Coffee's Signature Drink, a seasonally evolving creation of Ogawa baristas; and Ogawa's famous and Single Origin Trio, a flight of three different single-sources coffee shots served side-by-side for comparison. The Boston shop is openMonday-Friday 7:00AM-7:00PM and Saturday-Sunday from 10:00AM-7:00PM.


Welcome, Ogawa Coffee!





GBCA 2015 Board

 Betty Salemme

Vice President of Operations:
Debra Hegger

Vice President of Public Relations:
Evan Martin
 Vice President of Membership: Daymeyn Gantt
 Chief Financial Officer:
 Gina Guange

Recording Secretary:
Bonnie O'Hare

Affiliate Representative:
Kristen Beal
Elizabeth Carey