Saturday, April 27, 2013
Business news from around the region.
Saturday, April 27
Business Spotlight: The Turnpike Cafe in Canton The Turnpike Cafe, located at 958 Turnpike St. has been a staple in Canton for more than 50 years. New owners Patrick and Caroline Brodigan purchased the restaurant a year ago and plan to continue its tradition of keeping it in the family. The Brodigan family recently launched a new menu featuring many homemade favorites like burgers and a Greek wrap. They’ve also added some new items such as nachos, pizza, spinach salad and a hummus plate. Canton Patch sat down with Patrick Brodigan to talk about his first year running this well known restaurant. Click here for the full Q&A: http://canton.patch.com/articles/business-spotlight-the-turnpike-cafe *** Business Spotlight: Bamboo Restaurant in …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
The local ice cream chain plans to open nearly 250 shops in China during the next decade.
Canton-based Baskin-Robbins has signed franchise agreements as it plans to triple its presence in China, according to a Boston.com report on Wednesday. Along with Dunkin' Donuts, also based in Canton, Baskin-Robbins is part of the parent company Dunkin' Brands Group, Inc. The ice-cream chain said in a news release on Wednesday that the company is projecting to open 249 Baskin-Robbins shops in China during the next 10 years. Currently, the company has more than 90 locations in China, including shops in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi'an, Hangzhou and Zhengzhou. Dunkin' Donuts, meanwhile, is pursuing expansion plans, according to Boston.com. “We’re very excited to expand the Baskin-Robbins brand in China with these five new partners who each have a …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Blue laws prohibit retailers from opening before midnight on Black Friday.
Black Friday is starting earlier than ever, as some national retailers have announced they will open the night of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22. However, here in Massachusetts, state blue laws prohibit stores from opening until midnight, according to a report by the Boston Globe. Current blue laws prohibit retailers in the state from opening on Thanksgiving, thus preventing them from getting an early start on Black Friday sales, according to the Globe article. Some exceptions are restaurants, health care facilities and gas stations. The laws, instituted in the 17th century, are intended to make sure holidays are properly observed, according to the Boston Globe. Are Massachusetts' blue laws outdated? Should they be eliminated? Tell us …
Friday, June 8, 2012
You really don't need to change the whole room, take it one step at a time.
Many people are afraid of color and change when it comes to their homes decor. We get set in our ways and are terrified of stepping out of the box. Don't be! Cory Santocristo of Babel's Paint & Decorating Center located at 102 Washington Street in Canton and urges homeowners to step out of the box and incorporate other colors into the scheme. Santocristo, an interior design student at The Boston Architectural College, works as a design consultant assisting customers with everything from paint to window treatments. "Mixing patterns and colors is very important in making a statement," said Santocristo. "New England is classic and much more conservative than other parts of our country. Mixing a print with another print along with a solid and…
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Handmade custom designs by Christina Hurley.
Cristina Hurley moved to Canton in 2002 when she and husband Michael, a Canton native moved back here from New York City with their daughter. In New York Hurley worked for a high end jewelry company, "Reinstein-Ross" as a goldsmith for six years. She opened her showroom in Canton two years ago located at 3 Rockland St. Hurley grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico and was exposed to the arts by her parents. Hurley's mother was an opera singer and her father was the conductor for the Puerto Rico Symphony. Her father's boss was married to a jewelry designer Jeanette Fossas. It was through Fossas that Hurley gained experience working with metals and gold. She took a class taught by Fossas and put a portfolio of her work together and applied to …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Since the 1800's and owned by the same family.
Pakeen Farm is located at 109 Elm St. in Canton. Just 20 minutes outside Boston, the Farm is 150 acres and owned by a family who started the farm in the 1800's. Owner Dave Bihldorff, along with his wife and mother, are carrying on the family tradition, yet with a new twist. A few years ago they decided that they wanted the farm to be a self sustaining year-round business. "During the Christmas season, we sell trees. We grow thousands [of trees], which take eight years [for each one] to grow. People come and actually cut down their own tree," said Bihldorff. "We wanted to involve the community and have it be a community supportive agriculture group (C.S.A.),"Bihldorff continued. "It is a creative agricultural business model in which …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
What should go here?
When the Village Shops opened so many were happy to have an anchor store like Talbots. Now Talbots is gone and the building with the bright red door remains vacant. What do you think should go there? Let us know in the comments box.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
Memories of Canton from 35 years ago.
Leslie Kramer has been a Canton resident since 1977 and has raised two daughters here. She is now the proud grandmother of two. In 1982 she and her husband opened Kramer and Company Jewelers on Washington Street across from the Canton Public Library. "What I miss most is the Canton Public Market which was located right where you and I are standing," said Kramer. "The building that our store is in was not here. The original building which had the market was torn down and this was put in it's place."
Thursday, March 22, 2012
CABI donation to help fund Adventure Course at Hansen Elementary School.
Paul Clark from the Canton Association of Business and Industry presented a $500 check recently to Peter Boucher, principal, Lt. Peter M. Hansen Elementary School. The donation will help fund a Fitness Course around the school. The course will provide students, staff, families and the community a place to walk and run. There will also be stations that present challenging and fun fitness activities at the school.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Dave Turano, a sales consultant, coach and managing director at NextLevel, was a guest speaker at Canton networking group.
Monday, March 12, 2012
Editor's note: Information taken from a press release. Success Express of Canton recently hosted a Business Breakfast Seminar for Canton-area small businesses called "Successful Selling for the Non-Salesperson." Hosted by Success Express and the management of Blue Hills Country Club, the event drew more than 40 area business professionals to hear a presentation by Dave Turano, a sales consultant and coach and managing director at NextLevel Inc., one of the region's best known sales training and consulting organizations. During the presentation, Turano outlined 10 key activities aimed at helping the professional who is a "non-salesperson" focus on sales, growing their business and increase new customers and revenue. Turano's remarks …