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This Is What It’s Like to Open a Fitness Studio During the Pandemic

While existing gyms and fitness studios around the Boston area reconfigured their business models and existing protocols to meet the demands of the COVID pandemic, […]


Plan a Perfect Massachusetts Beach Day With These Eight Tasty Takeout Ideas

Pack up your canvas tote with plastic cups, can koozies, and plenty of hand sanitizer: The beach is summer 2020’s hottest dining destination. Though restaurants […]


Boston Chef Michael Serpa Is Opening a Tequila-Soaked Taqueria with a Rooftop Bar

One of Boston’s hottest chefs isn’t letting the pandemic-related uncertainty ground his ambition: Chef Michael Serpa—the face behind the food at the Back Bay’s suave […]


Boston Sports Clubs Is Having Yet Another Wave of Issues With Members

Members at Boston Sports Clubs across the city are resurfacing with yet more beef with the gym chain that just refuses to show a little […]


Facing Very Tight Restrictions, Gym Owners Weigh In on Their Reopening Plans

It’s been a hell of a ride for gym and fitness studio owners in and around Boston during the past four months as they navigated […]


Your Ultimate Guide to Boston’s Seasonal Beer Gardens

No lines at the beer garden? Now that’s a little bit of summertime bliss for these uncertain times. Drinking-outside season might look a little different […]


10 Creative New Menu Items for the Summer of Social Distancing

For most chefs, menus are living documents: They reflect the freshest ingredients that come through the door, creative whims and inspirations, and of course, whatever […]


Where (and When) to Shop Farmers Markets around Boston this Summer

Farmers markets are different this year, as social distancing requires shoppers to keep trips purposeful and speedy—so no lingering to listen to a local musician, […]


Update: Gov. Baker Approves To-Go Cocktails for Massachusetts Restaurants

UPDATE, Monday, July 20: Cheers, Massachusetts: You can now order cocktails to-go from Bay State restaurants that are open for takeout. On Monday afternoon, Gov. […]


As Boston Restaurants Reopen Their Dining Rooms, Chefs Share Excitement and Concern

Attention, diners: Your table is ready—inside. Monday was the first day Massachusetts restaurants were permitted to open indoor dining rooms since March 17, the date […]


Oxford Gym Racks up $8,000 in Fines as Owner Refuses to Shut Down

On May 18, David Blondin, owner of the Oxford gym Prime Fitness and Nutrition, decided he’d had enough and reopened his gym for business, despite […]


Boston Restaurants Are Back (Sort of), and Change Is on the Menu

It finally happened: I ventured out to eat at a restaurant. This is not the kind of thing one used to announce as a spectacular […]


The 20 Coolest New Outdoor Restaurant Patios in Boston in 2020

Hungry for more time outside? Good news: Local leaders throughout the state have made it easier for restaurants to offer outdoor dining for this unusual […]

Life & Style

As Retail Reopens, Shop These Black-Owned Stores around Boston

Phase Two of the grand reopening plan for Massachusetts rolled out last week, and that included the cautious return to in-person shopping at nonessential retail. […]


The Best Lobster Rolls in Boston to Order Right Now

No matter how different this summer in Boston might feel, there will be plenty of fresh lobster rolls. Is there a more iconic New England […]