Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Part of nation-wide program to spruce up long-opened stores.
Coffee aficionados who congregate at Starbucks' Belmont Center location will need to find some other place to get their Mocha Cookie Crumble Frappuccino fix for at least a week-and-a-half in August as the location undergoes extensive renovations, according to Starbucks staff. The coffee shop at 47 Leonard St. in the heart of Belmont Center is more than 10 years old and is on a list of locations across the country to be given a near-gut rehab and a new updated look. Customers and residents will be greeted with new wood-like chocolate-colored flooring and large coffee murals along the wall. A large supporting pillar near the serving area will be pushed back and the working area will be expanded so servers have room to work. There will be new…
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Branch opening coincides with release of first quarter results.
A branch of Belmont Savings Bank will open for business today, May 1, in Waltham, the first located outside the bank's traditional Belmont/Watertown home. The bank, at the Shaw's supermarket at 1070 Lexington St., is a full-service branch with two ATMs and a night drop box. The branch, the first expansion by the Belmont Savings in more than a decade, coincides with the bank releasing its first quarter earnings in 2012, showing net income of $447,000 as compared to net income of $1.5 million for the first quarter of 2011. Since the beginning of the year, Belmont Savings' assets have increased by $49.7 million or 7.4 percent to $718.7 million. Looking at the numbers, the bank has seen net loan growth, including loans held for sale, of $29.5…
Monday, April 16, 2012
Businessman and BHS Ice Hockey coach brings back ice cream to former Brigham's location.
When Dante Muzzioli was 16, he rented an ice cream truck. "It was kinda fun cause we would hit the sites around here so I did it my senior year also," said Muzzioli, who turned that entrepreneurial spirit into a successful landscaping and general contracting business in Belmont. Yet he always remembered that first truck and also about the good times he and many people had in Belmont where everyone came for ice cream. "I remember coming to Brigham's since I was a young kid and how people had such happy times here," the long-time boys' hockey head coach said of the old-style ice cream shop at the corner of Belmont and Trapelo that served town residents since the 1930s. So when he heard last year that the Belmont Brigham's was closing, …
Friday, April 6, 2012
Opening today, dwelltime – between Harvard, Central squares – for those who appreciate coffee.
Americans have had a long love affair with coffee. Americans average about nine pounds ofcoffee beans a year per person. If a pound can make 40, 6-ounce cups, that comes to around 20 gallons. A quick tally of coffee shops around Belmont's Cushing Square adds up to at least two local businesses and two national chains. All seem to be doing well, as places to enjoy coffee, food, friends and community. Israel Fridman, a Belmont resident for over two decades, learned to appreciate coffee in his native Mexico City. He remembers growing up in his neighborhood with coffee and chocolate roasting shops, which filled streets with aromas he has long associated with an enjoyment of friends sharing good drink and food. A chemical engineer, Fridman …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Co-owner says challenge periods over allows a two month build out to begin.
Early this week, Chris Cho was leaning against what remains of the counter where once frozen yogurt was served at the former TCBY store at 59A Leonard St. Since late last year when the long-time Belmont store closed, the store's front windows have been glazed over as the location's future was debated. That inactivity will soon end as Waltham resident Cho and his co-owner, fellow Dartmouth grad Enrique Colbert, will begin directing the transformation of the store into Belmont Center's first "fast food" outlet with the introduction of a Subway's on Leonard Street. Cho, who owns with Colbert five other Subway franchises in the area, was going over blueprints after the town's review of their January application got Belmont's stamp of approval …
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Development an active site nine months after receiving town's OK.
One clear indicator that a project is actively under construction is the presence of a port-a-potty. And that, along with trucks, material and workers, are busy stripping down the building that once housed the Murray Sandler Skate Shop on Concord Avenue. According to Office of Community Development's Director Glenn Clancy, demolition began at the location a few weeks back as the site is being prepared for the construction of a retail center at the corner of Concord Avenue and Bright Road. The work comes nearly eight months after the Belmont Planning Board unanimously voted to approve the site plan submitted by developer Robert Orfaly and his development team to build a one-story brick retail "village" that will have two to five tenants at …
Monday, February 13, 2012
In this quick video, we show you how to claim listings in Patch Places to better promote your business through Belmont Patch.
When Belmont Patch launched nearly two years ago, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses to collect information for our directory. Now, Patch Places is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods and much more for spots around town. All users can add events taking place at local spots, can rate the business on a scale of one to five stars, and can add a review. But owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. Owners or managers should search for their business listing and select "claim you listing" in order to make updates to the page. A form will pop up asking for your name, contact information, and proof of ownership. Within a few days, someone from Patch should …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Belmont's A Chocolate Dream and Paradise Flowers know Feb. 14th helps the bottom line.
For Belmont florist Christine Haverty, Valentine’s Day is definitely the “Black Friday” for love. More than any day of the year, Feb. 14 is the longest and busiest at Paradise Flowers. “We get a lot of orders for Mother’s Day as well but that occurs over an entire week rather than just one day,” said the owner of the shop on Concord Avenue. A visual and aromatic feast To handle the heavy requests, Christine will extend her hours on Tuesday and keep the shop open all day, from 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. She advises that anyone who is planning to purchase an unusual bouquet, insofar as colors or the arrangement, call at least a day in advance to make sure the particular time-tested gift of flora will be exactly right. Contrary to popular belief…
Friday, February 10, 2012
It doesn't have to be the most expensive; do you have a hole in the wall you love? Tell us why?
Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we want to know the most romantic restaurant in Belmont. Might be the atmosphere, might be the food or the locale. Your pick could be the usual suspect or something that will cause some to scratch their heads. But tell us why it holds a special place in your heart ... and that of your loved one. So, where is the most best place in Belmont to take your valentine for a romantic dinner?
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Retailers are encouraged to claim their Patch Places listing to better promote their business.
When Belmont Patch got off the ground two years ago this April, editors and freelancers ventured to local businesses in order to collect information for our directory.Now, Patch Places is a spot where users can find descriptions, hours, accepted payment methods, and much more for spots around town. All users can add events taking place at local spots, can rate the business on a scale of one to five stars, and can add a review. So far, nearly 50 Belmont businesses have grabbed their listing and are making them their own. But owners of local businesses get extra bonuses when they claim a listing. Owners or managers should search for their business listing and select "claim you listing" in order to make updates to the page. A form will pop …