The first Friday of each month the SoWa Artist Guild hosts something called “First Fridays” where participating artists in the SoWa Arts District open their studios at 450 Harrison Avenue from 5PM – 9PM.
If you are looking to do something different this weekend check out First Friday. This is a great date option as well as an opportunity to spend a couple hours with friends. After perusing a few galleries and studios walk over to one of the many great restaurants in SoWa. If you need any recommendations, feel free to reach out to me by leaving a comment or emailing me at email@example.com.
If it has been a while since you strolled down Harrison Avenue, then be prepared to see some changes if you plan on coming over this way for the First Friday, Art Walk or opening of SoWa Open Market – all happening this weekend.
Diseño bos a SoWa retailer that first opened in the spring of 2007 has moved from their digs at 409 Harrison Avenue and reopened at 460B Harrison Avenue, in the Thayer Street courtyard and pedestrian walkway. For those not familiar, Diseño bos is a purveyor of furniture and home decor accessories from Latin and South America. The shop provides a nice compliment to the Asian influences and design pieces found next door at Mohr & McPherson.
Check out the new digs and while there congratulate the owner, Frank Campanale, on recently celebrating seven years with Diseño bos.
PhilippoStyle is looking to open this week in space that was previously used as a pop up store last summer by Mitchell Gold Furniture at 485 Harrison Avenue. Owner Phillipo Caporrella is using the large space for his hair salon and spa that will offer maincure, pedicure, massage and have a small space set aside to sell clothes and accessories.
Unique destination shops like Frank’s, Diseño bos, and Philippo’s, PhillipoStyle, make our neighborhood distinctive and a destination. We need to champion these small businesses by visiting them and supporting them so stop by this weekend and say hello.
The construction at 275 Albany Street between Traveler and Berkeley Street now has a name and will be called Troy Boston.
The two residential towers will have nearly 400 units (it is still unclear if they will be apartments or condos), a garage with 180 spaces and 6,000 square feet of retail space. It will be interesting to see how this little corner of SoWa in the South End is transformed as the much larger complex “Ink Block” opens across the street from Troy Boston.
Tyson Andree is a local graffiti street artist who has turned his talents to producing fine art. Some of his new creations have been on view at the South End Adelson Gallery in Boston since early March. Although his show, The Process works on glass, closes this Sunday, April 20th, his work will continue to be on display across the street from the gallery.
Before: 471 Harrison Avenue
Over the past couple of weeks SoWa residents may have seen Tyson painting graffiti art on the backside of EG Leon & Company’s one story commercial building at 471 Harrison Avenue. No matter what you make of Tyson Andree’s street art I’m sure everyone agrees it is a welcome addition, masking an otherwise ugly concrete one-story facade.
I stumbled upon a couple of really nice renderings of the Ink Block – a large, mixed use development just blocks from my home in Boston’s South End. I believe this photograph is a rendering of what the corner of Harrison Avenue and Traveler Street will look like when the development is done. Below I snagged an image of the former Boston Herald building (courtesy of Google Maps) that the Ink Block is being built upon. Under the former Herald building is an aerial view of the entire project. Seeing these images makes me very excited. When done, retail and commercial space as well as a couple hundred apartments and condos will replace what had previously been under used and mostly vacant space.
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The Cathedral of the Holy Cross which owns the parking lot at 600 Harrison Avenue has leased development rights to allow for 160 apartments (with 21 affordable units and 3,600 square feet of retail or restaurant space) as well as enough underground parking to accommodate the Cathedral’s existing 79 spaces and more for residents.
More Details about 600 Harrison Avenue Project
While board approval awaits, there has been little push back from the community. Hopefully this will greenlight the project and move it forward.