Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Bill's Pizzeria is now open and paying tribute to the Natick Pizza Palace, which formerly inhabited the location.
Bill's Pizzeria opened for its first full day Tuesday. The restaurant, which moved in to the old Natick Pizza Palace location, is renovated and has a completely new feel. Paying tribute to the spot's previous inhabitants, Bill's Pizzeria dedicated a bench outside to the Ganas family, who owned Natick Pizza, a landmark in town for years. A "Bill's" sign that hangs in the kitchen is made from a sign from the old business. Bill's Pizzeria has another location in Newton.
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Golf Town, Moosejaw and the new Dover Rug are all open.
In tough economic times like these, businesses all over the country are struggling to keep their doors open, while others are accepting the challenge and opening. Periodically, we'll feature the business changes happening in Natick, highlighting old businesses that we're sad to see go and ones we're excited to try in the future. The following are a few of the most recent Natick business updates:
JP Comella and his brother Matt will open their ninth restaurant in Natick center in early April.
For those looking for an excuse to take the kids out for dinner or hoping to try a new restaurant with homemade pasta dishes to please all palettes—your wait is nearly over. Comella’s, the well known family-owned Italian restaurant chain, is expected to open a new location in Natick by early April. “We expect to be up and running in our new location, 45 Main St., by the first half of April,” co-owner JP Comella told Patch. The restaurant will fill the spot of the former Rise N' Shine Cafe, which recently closed. Natick will be the ninth restaurant for Comella’s which began operation with a single store in Wellesley in 1988. “We, my brother Matt and I, are co-owners and will continue to expand into areas that meet our demographics as long …
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
This new building on Route 135 will hold retail space. What does Natick lack or need more of that you'd like to see go here?
If you've driven down Route 135 in the past several months, you've probably noticed the new construction project going up next to the Natick Animal Clinic. In our, "You Asked, Patch Answers" column last month, we let you know that this new building will have retail space on the first floor and offices on the second, according to Town Administrator Martha White. So far, it has not been determined what businesses will fill the space. So, we're wondering, what would you like to see open in this building? What does Natick lack that you and your neighbors could use? Tell us in the comments section!
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Selectmen candidate Joshua Ostroff hosted a "Working Together for Natick" discussion Monday to talk about how government can better work with businesses to support jobs and schools in town.
Current selectman Joshua Ostroff, who is running for reelection this year against Rick Jennett, invited members of the community to Working Together for Natick Monday night, a campaign reception to discuss how government can better work with businesses to support town jobs and Natick’s public school system. "When I think of how we need to grow as a community, I hear people talking about the need to contain costs and consolidate facilities maintenance. That is important to do that, but to really grow as a community and to be able to keep pace with what it's going cost to pay qualified educators to educate the next generation of leaders in this community...it's not going to be cheap, we can't do it all on the backs of residential taxpayers…
Monday, February 27, 2012
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray signed an executive order Monday to help protect military bases in Massachusetts from budget cuts and closures.
Monday, February 27, 2012
Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray signed an executive order on Monday that will help protect military bases in Massachusetts, including Natick Army Labs. The order created the Commonwealth’s Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force to help formalize protection against potential budget cuts, closures and consolidation. “I thank the Lieutenant Governor for his leadership working across state agencies and industry organizations to protect the military bases that serve as a vital part of the Massachusetts economy,” said Gov. Deval Patrick in a press statement. “Massachusetts has a strong, innovation-based economy and our military presence is supported by world-class education, research and engineering institutions in regions throughout the state…
Friday, February 24, 2012
Palettes is open; Bill's Pizzeria and Moosejaw will open.
In tough economic times like these, businesses all over the country are struggling to keep their doors open, while others are accepting the challenge and opening. Periodically, we'll feature the business changes happening in Natick, highlighting old businesses that we're sad to see go and ones we're excited to try in the future. The following are a few of the most recent Natick business updates.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Board of Selectmen Candidates Josh Ostroff and Rick Jennett disagreed on several topics addressed at the first of two Natick Forever debates to be held this political season.
The two candidates for the open three-year seat went head to head Wednesday night in the first debate of the 2012 Natick political season. Incumbent Joshua Ostroff and former Finance Committee Chairman Rick Jennett fielded questions from residents and Natick Forever chairman and debate facilitator, Jimmy Brown. A member of the Finance Committee for 10 years, Jennett told the crowd he is ready to be a part of a board that can make policy decisions and give residents the answers about what is happening in town. “Natick is in my soul and I want to continue to serve the community as I have done in the past,” said Jennett. “I think I’ve worked hard to show the community there is info out there that needs to be had and I’d like to continue that …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Located in Natick Center, new business Renew Arts & Industry is bringing life back to vintage design treasures and giving local artists a space to showcase their works.
In the six years that One80 Visual media design business has been stationed in Natick Center, it's unusual and artistic storefront displays have drawn in countless curious passerbys. But once inside, the "business to business" design company had little to show the art browsers interested in purchasing the vintage pieces they had on display as a part of their own decor. That repeated interest is what sparked One80 owner Patrice Goldman to team up with sisters Marcia Brooks and Diane Brooks Ring to create Renew Arts & Industry —a new business inside One80 that collects and sells their old treasures to the community. "We've always had an appreciation of not only original art, but vintage and decorative items," said Goldman, as the business …
Thursday, February 9, 2012
The town is encouraging residents to answer an Online survey about likes, dislikes and dreams for development in Natick Center. The survey is available until Feb. 16.
In late January, residents, downtown business owners and other interested parties convened at Town Hall to discuss ways to improve Natick Center. At the Natick Center Forward discussion, as it was named, the nearly 100 attendees broke into groups, sharing likes, dislikes and dreams for the hub of the community. Now, residents who were unable to attend the discussion may share their thoughts and innovative ideas through an Online survey available on the town's website. At the January discussion, group facilitators submitted their findings from their groups back to town officials, who compiled the opinions and goals into a draft plan for the future. The draft shows group consensus in a number of areas that could use improvement downtown: …