Tag Archives: SOWA

Lion’s Tail cocktail lounge rumored to open in Ink Block this week

lions-tail-ink-block-south-endLocated next to Fuji on Harrison Ave in the Ink Block, Lion’s Tail is rumored to possibly open this coming weekend.  According to a write up in Boston Magazine the cocktail bar and restaurant will accommodate approximately 120 people, and the space will have a long, curving bar that spans the room, two communal high-tops, and dining tables with tufted black leather banquettes.

The space is marketed as a speakeasy which strikes me as odd, considering it is in the Ink Block which gives off anything but an old-time speakeasy vibe. Having said that, I’m game anytime a new bar or restaurant wants to open in the neighborhood and I look forward to checking out Lion’s Tail once they open.

You can follow Lion’s Tail on Facebook by liking their page, here. For more information you can read the Boston Magazine article, here.

Sunday is the last South End / SOWA market of the season

South End and SOWA Open Market Map 2It seems like it was just a few weeks ago that I was writing that the South End and SoWa Open Markets were opening for the season, but the reality is it has been six months and tomorrow, Sunday, October 30th marks the last market of the season. Both markets have continued to thrive and had a stellar year.

South End Open Market and the SOWA Market are separated by 3 blocks and are open from 10 AM – 4PM. Come over to the neighborhood and check them out before they close up for the season.

SoWa First Friday

Sergio models for SoWa artist, Tom Ouellette at 450 Harrison Ave #208

Sergio models for SoWa artist, Tom Ouellette at 450 Harrison Ave #208

Friday, May 6 is SoWa First Friday, a monthly event that celebrates our community of artists and those who love art. The monthly celebration is free and open to the public and includes more than 20 galleries and 60 studios, that stay open from 5-9 PM with most of the participating galleries and artists located at 450 and 460 Harrison Avenue in the SoWa district of the South End.

If you’ve not been recently or if you are looking for something to do this Friday, come by after work to admire the local talent and to show your support for the local artists and galleries. There is something for everyone including fashion designers showcasing their latest garments, sculpture, abstract art and more.

For more information about the participating art galleries link here, and link here for more information about SoWa First Friday’s.

"Brain Wash" by Federico Uribe made from shoelaces and pins at Adelson Galleries Boston

“Brain Wash” by Federico Uribe made from shoelaces and pins at Adelson Galleries

GALVIN-ized Headwear at 450 Harrison Avenue

GALVIN-ized Headwear at 450 Harrison Avenue

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave #C7

Abigail Ogilvy Gallery at 460 Harrison Ave #C7

SoWa First Friday art painting

Jaqueline Cedar exhibit: Be real at Steven Zevitas Gallery at 450 Harrison Ave.

Dueling markets open in the South End next month

In less than a month, the farmer’s, artist’s and food truck markets will reopen on Sunday, May 1, but this year you may think that you are seeing double.

This year the South End Market and GTI are hosting separate markets just blocks from each other. The South End Market is relocating to the Ming’s Supermarket parking lot across the street from the Ink Block and closing Traveler Street between Washington St. and Harrison Ave., lining it with many of the 100+ participating artisans to consolidate and expand their space.

Just two blocks away the newly branded SOWA Open Market will take place in the same space as previous years, stretching from Thayer Street through the parking lots for Cinquecento and Gaslight along Harrison Ave. South End and SOWA Open Market MapFortunately the two markets are literally separated by mere blocks so it will be relatively easy to visit both and hopefully alleviate some of the increased traffic the market has created as it has grown in popularity in recent years.

The organizers of the South End Market have not published a list of participating Farmer’s Market vendors but if they do I’ll do my best to share it.  The SOWA Farmer’s Market list of participating vendors is available here.

SOWA farmer’s market now open on Saturday and Sunday

SoWa Farmers MarketStarting Sunday, May 1, 2016 the South End will host two weekly markets that will be separated by about 3 blocks.  For those familiar with where the Sunday market has traditionally resided nothing much will seem different.  The South End Market as it was previously known is moving closer to the Ink Block and will be located in Ming’s Supermarket parking lot. The artist market by the studios and farmer’s market by Cinquecento will now go by the name SOWA Market.

One notable difference with this year’s SOWA Market is their intention to be open on both Saturday and Sunday following the grand opening. The Saturday Farmer’s Market will be slightly smaller with more vendors initially participating every Sunday alongside the Vintage and Artist Markets as well as the Food Truck court located one block away in the Gaslight and BSC parking lot. Below are the names of the vendors lined up to participate for the SOWA Market 2016 season.

Farmer's Market

For more information about the SOWA Market visit here.

New restaurant Scofflaw looks to open at Ink Block

ScofflawAnother restaurant and bar looks like it will be opening in the South End’s Ink Block.  You may recall back in November I wrote about Bar Mezzana which is an Italian restaurant that is aiming for a spring 2016 opening in the 360 Harrison Ave building.  This new restaurant – rumored to be called Scofflaw – will be in the 300 Harrison Avenue building.

The new space is hoping to acquire the Lower Mills Tavern liquor license. A hearing for the request was scheduled for Wednesday, January 6th.  You can read more about the new restaurant from, Boston Restaurant Talk.

345 Harrison Avenue in South End update

Nordblom, South End, SoWa

345 Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End

You may not have noticed but the old Greybar building that occupied a city block between Washington Street and Harrison Ave has been demolished and construction appears to be underway (or soon to be underway) for the new residential development currently known by its address, 345 Harrison Ave.

The site for 345 Harrison Avenue, formerly home to commercial space owned by Greybar

345 Harrison Avenue, formerly home to commercial space owned by Greybar

Tomorrow the BRA Board of Directors will meet and is expected to approve changes to the project.  According to the BRA agenda notes, the developer – Nordblom – would like to increase the retail space from 30,000 to 40,000 square feet, decrease the number of units from 602 to 587 apartments and increase the number of parking spaces to 270 spaces.  Who knows when this project will finally be finished but it is nice to see activity here and it will be interesting to see how the project will add life to this part of the South End.