For those of us Zooming all day, shoes haven’t been a big priority.
Still, I’m long overdue to replace the walking shoes I lace up for the late night walks I've been taking since March right after I finish writing this
Lucky for me – and all of us – we have two independent shoe stores in our market; a segment of the apparel industry that’s been on the endangered list
even before the pandemic.
There’s Michelson’s Shoes
a 100-year-old family run business in Needham, with another store in Lexington.
Next week, the Barn makes its long-anticipated move to its new home at Trio in Newtonville
less than a mile east on Washington Street from its former location in West Newton.
The move to Trio is noteworthy in many ways. The mixed-use project from Mark Development
was the focal point of a heated approval battle and neighborhood opposition back in 2017.
But rather than destroying the character of Newtonville, as some worried, the project will bring new life and customers to the village; with arts programing
from the New Arts Center
plus Clover Food Lab
Fuji (Japanese cuisine), CVS and a new restaurant by award-winning chef
Douglass Williams on the way.
The Barn’s new 8,500 square foot space will have an entrance connecting to a landscaped plaza adjacent to Washington Street and another doorway facing
“I am so pleased that our iconic family-owned shoe store, has found a new home right down Washington Street at Trio Newton in Newtonville,” said Mayor
Ruthanne Fuller. “The Barn is a wonderful exemplar of independently-owned and operated businesses that add to the uniqueness and warmth of Newton’s
Surviving as an independent retailer during a pandemic is an accomplishment in of itself. Congratulations to Joe, Cindy and Brendan Carrigan
and everyone on the Barn team for getting through these extraordinary times and completing your move.
I'll be over Monday to pick out my new shoes.
Charlie wants us back on the MBTA
Here’s something Gov. Charlie Baker wants people to know is safe: Riding the T.
“I’ve ridden the T since the pandemic and I believe it’s safe,” Baker said at a State House press conference this week. “There’s plenty of distance.”
Ridership on all of the MBTA’s services is down, notes Bruce Mohl at CommonWealth
Green Line ridership is the lowest in the subway system: Only 19 percent of pre-COVID levels. The Red Line is only slightly better at about 21 percent.
Bus service is the highest; about 40 to 50 percent of pre-COVID levels depending on the route.
“Honestly, I can’t think of a less risky activity. There’s not a lot of talking,” Baker said. “There is certainly not a lot of yelling. There’s very little
engagement. Most people have their headphones on and are looking down at their phones.”
Wellesley finally gets a CVS COVID test site
Remember back in May when CVS backed off of plans to open a drive-through COVID test site at Linden Square after town officials and some abutters voiced concerns about traffic
Watertown awards third and final marijuana shop
became the third and final recreational marijuana dispensary to receive a host community agreement in Watertown, Watertown News reports
The retail shop would be located at 48 North Beacon St.
Natural Selections at 23 Elm St. and Bud’s Goods & Provisions at 330-350 Pleasant St. have also been approved but have yet to open.
Sira operates a medical marijuana facility in Needham.
Today’s three bullet points
- The IRS announced that PPP forgiveness amounts are not to be included in a borrower’s gross income for federal income tax purposes, and lenders should not issue
a 1099 to borrowers for the PPP forgiveness amount. Still unresolved are the tax problems forgiveness may create for businesses in Massachusetts and other states.
- A reminder about the chamber’s Shop Local Market directory, featuring gift ideas and locally branded items from chamber members, curated by our local
merchants. Browse here to look for client or employee appreciation gifts, welcome gifts, teacher gifts - or something to just treat yourself - while supporting local.
If you’re a chamber member and would like to list one or more of your locally themed items email Tiffany Chen for assistance.
Workers car pooling seen as a source of spread
The reports showed that food manufacturers and distributors (most notably a Cumberland Farms’ distribution center in Westborough and a Gourmet Specialty
Foods’ plant in North Andover) appear to have suffered a higher number of Covid-19 outbreaks in recent weeks than other types of businesses.
The next-most common industries were other types of manufacturers and warehouses,
But notes Ryan: “For some of the largest Covid-19 workplace clusters, the outbreak does not seem to have been caused by conditions within the facilities,
but rather employees carpooling to work or socializing outside of work...While the risks of dining at restaurants have received lots of attention,
only one restaurant is in the database, and that establishment was linked to just two cases.
The findings speak to a need to be investing more, not less, in transportation to get our blue collar workers to their jobs.
Ooh, that smell
Is there a meat lover in your life who has been lax about wearing a face mask, or fails to pull it all the way up over their nose?
Maybe they need a bacon-scented mask.
The limited edition, “Hormel Black Label Breathable Bacon” features the latest in pork-scented technology "to keep the delicious smell of bacon always
wrapped around your nose and mouth."
Be back Tuesday. Take good care.
President, Newton-Needham Regional Chamber
And a reminder to you to include the #KeepMakingMemoriesContest hashtag in your Instagram and Twitter post when you dine locally this weekend. Details here.