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SoulCycle opening first Boston-area location March 5

March 3, 2014 04:36 PM
Photo courtesy of SoulCycle
A SoulCycle studio.

SoulCycle, an indoor cycling studio popular with the fit and famous on both coasts, is opening its first Boston-area location at Chestnut Hill Square March 5, according to a press release.

The Chestnut Hill studio is over 2,900 square feet and features 55 bikes. It will also include a SOUL retail boutique, which will sell SoulCycle's original clothing collection. The studio currently has a pop up store at the mall so shoppers can see the bikes and purchase pieces from the clothing line.

Photo courtesy of Chestnut Hill Square
SoulCycle's clothing for sale at Chestnut Hill.

SoulCycle is a "high energy, results-oriented, and community based" brand. It offers "boutique cardio fitness" through its candlelit studios and riding instructors who select their own music for each ride.

"Today, around 8,000 consumers ride in SoulCycle classes every day to release stress, burn fat, tone muscle, improve aerobic endurance, and change their bodies," according to the press release. "SoulCycle combines a mental component of inspirational coaching, with great music and a full-body workout on a bike."

SoulCycle class sign ups start at noon on Mondays for the following week. You can find classes and read instructor biographies online.

Photo courtesy of SoulCycle
SoulCycle lobbies feature Polaroid photos of community members. The Chestnut Hill location will make its own Polaroid wall with photos of its riders.

This will be the 26th SoulCycle studio in the country. The first studio opened in New York City in 2006. Today, celebrities including Oprah, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper, and Jake Gyllenhaal can be found cycling in SoulCycle classes. Only time will tell if Tom and Gisele are next.

Maggie Quick can be reached at Follow her on Twitter at @MaggieQuick.

Mall at Chestnut Hill looking for "Step Into Spring" vendors

February 18, 2014 11:21 AM

The following is a press release from Mall at Chestnut Hill.

Mall at Chestnut Hill is seeking interested landscape artists, horticulturists, master gardeners and floral designers to participate in the 6th Annual “Step Into Spring” Flower & Garden Show beginning Saturday, April 5—Sunday, May 11. Participants will be given a designated area in the mall to display what they offer and their talents for five weeks.

The public will have the opportunity to view displays native to New England along with some of the most rare and unusual varieties. Your business can be featured in creative ways, from logo presence, to sampling efforts, brochure distribution and much more.

“This is a wonderful partnership between many talented florists and landscapers and we look forward to working with the participants each year to showcase some of the area’s most artistic forces,” said Debora Konig, Director of Marketing for Mall at Chestnut Hill. “Each spring people come to Mall at Chestnut Hill to view the displays, participate in the special events and be inspired or simply for a reminder that spring is about to bloom!”

Interested businesses should contact Assistant Director of Marketing Ashley Wheeler at Mall at Chestnut Hill now until Monday, March 10.
Phone: (617) 933-3577

Visit and follow us on Twitter @ShopChestnut.

Street closures, parking bans planned in Boston for New Year's Eve

December 26, 2013 11:16 AM

Street closures are marked in red. Parking bans from Dec. 27 to Jan. 1 are colored in black. Jan. 1 parking bans are indicated in purple.

Some Boston streets will be closed to traffic -- and parking will be banned on others -- New Year’s Eve for the city’s annual First Night festivities.

City officials said they encourage people traveling in and around the city to use public transit, including the MBTA, which will offer free rides after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, as well as some extra service.

The following streets will be closed to vehicles:

  • Boylston Street, from Massachusetts Avenue to Tremont Street, from 4 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 31
  • Charles Street, from Park Plaza to Beacon Street, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Dec. 31
  • Dartmouth Street, from St. James Avenue to Boylston Street, from 12 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 2 a.m. on Jan. 1
  • Atlantic Avenue, from Milk Street to Cross Street, from 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31 to 12:30 a.m. on Jan. 1

Parking bans will be in effect from Friday, Dec. 27 through Wednesday, Jan. 1 at the following locations, which will be marked with “Tow Zone No Stopping” signs:

  • Boylston Street, Copley Square side, from opposite #585 to opposite #575
  • Blagden Street, Copley Square Library side, at the first two parking meters adjacent to Dartmouth Street.

Parking bans will be in effect on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the following locations, which will be marked with “Tow Zone No Stopping” signs:

  • Arlington Street, both sides, from Beacon Street to Boylston Street
  • Atlantic Avenue, east side, from East India Row to Commercial Street, and west side, from Commercial Wharf to Cross Street
  • Beacon Street, Public Garden side, from Charles Street to Arlington Street, and, both sides, from Charles Street to Walnut Street
  • Berkeley Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Boylston Street, both sides, from Dalton Street to Arlington Street, north side, Public Garden side, from Arlington Street to Charles Street, and, both sides, from Charles Street to Tremont Street. (*Note the Friday through Wednesday restriction for a portion of Boylston Street as well.)
  • Cambridge Street, both sides, from Court Street to Sudbury Street
  • Central Street, both sides, from Old Atlantic Avenue to the Dead End
  • Charles Street, Public Garden side, from Boylston Street to Beacon Street
  • Clarendon Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Court Street, both sides, from Washington Street to Cambridge Street
  • Cross Street, both sides, from Atlantic Avenue to Hanover Street
  • Dartmouth Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Exeter Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Fairfield Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Gloucester Street, both sides, from Newbury Street to Boylston Street
  • Hereford Street, both sides, from Boylston Street to Newbury Street
  • Milk Street, both sides, from J.F.F. Surface Road to Old Atlantic Avenue
  • Old Atlantic Avenue, both sides, from Milk Street to State Street
  • Surface Road, both sides, from Sudbury Street to State Street

For a list of MBTA-related changes on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, click here.

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Free rides after 8 p.m., extra service on MBTA for New Year's Eve

December 26, 2013 10:48 AM

The MBTA said it will continue its annual tradition of offering free rides after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, while boosting service on its subway and commuter rail lines to accommodate people traveling to celebrate First Night.

On New Year’s Eve, the T's Green, Red, Orange, and Blue lines will operate on modified weekday schedules with extra trains running at “rush-hour levels of service” from about 3 p.m. until 2 a.m., officials announced.

The T’s commuter rail lines will also run on modified weekday schedules with additional service, including a number of lines that will see extra outbound service and some delayed outbound departures between midnight and 2 a.m., officials said.

To see a detailed list of extra commuter rail service and delayed departure times, click here.

Meanwhile, the T’s Silver Line, buses, trackless trolleys, express bus routes and boats will run on regular weekday schedules on New Year’s Eve, officials said.

The T’s paratransit service, the RIDE, will run on a regular weekday schedule with extended hours until 2:30 a.m.

On New Year’s Day, the four subway lines will run on Sunday schedules as will the Silver Line, the RIDE, the commuter rail and buses, meaning some commuter rail and bus lines will not operate, officials said.

For a detailed list of subway and bus routes that will not run on New Year’s Day, click here.

The T will not run boat service on New Year’s Day.

City officials have encouraged people traveling in and around Boston on New Year's Eve to ride public transit, including the T. A number of streets will be closed to traffic, while parking will be banned on others. For a detailed list, click here.

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Winter Coat Drive at The Mall at Chestnut Hill

October 22, 2013 02:25 PM

The Mall at Chestnut Hill has partnered with Cradles to Crayons to host a month-long Winter Coat Drive until Nov. 19.

People can drop their new and gently worn coats off at Guest Services, located on the Main Level in the Center Court. Drop-off will be open during mall hours (10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturday, and 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday).

The mall is located at 199 Boylston St. in Chestnut Hill.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at

Boston officials crackdown on 'professional' cat, bird feeders

October 16, 2013 01:39 PM

City officials in Boston say they are trying to combat health- and sanitation-related problems created by a growing number of people who leave food outside to feed stray cats and birds.

“Professional feeders,” as city officials call them, violate local health and sanitation laws if they leave any food on someone else’s property or large amounts of food outside for an extended period of time on their own property.

Food left outside attracts unwanted pests and rodents, and congregating animals drawn to the backyard buffets can become a nuisance, leaving behind droppings and other messes that create sanitary code violations, according to Lisa Timberlake, spokeswoman for Boston’s Inspectional Services Department.

Until recently, the department rarely received complaints about animal feeder, she said. But over the past six months, the city has fielded between 20 and 30 calls, mainly about people feeding cats and birds.

Documents provided by city officials show there are at least 23 addresses known to be cat-feeding grounds and another 15 locales are identified as bird-feeding hot spots.

Those addresses, most of which city officials found after neighbors’ complaints, are spread across the city, including locations in: Allston, Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Roslindale and South Boston.

“We are now working with animal control, animal rescue leagues and the feeders to control,” the situation, Timberlake said.

City officials in recent months have issued several fines, ranging up to $250, for unsanitary conditions and illegal dumping related to animal feeding.

Feeding stray animals is not illegal, as long as the feeding does not create unsanitary conditions or other nuisances, officials said.

City officials said they are working to educate feeders to only leave enough food out to ensure it can be eaten in one sitting and to promptly remove leftover food and whatever container or dish the food may have been placed in.

Improper feeding methods have resulted in dozens of cats congregating in certain neighborhoods as they wait to be fed. Some nonprofit animal care organizations are working to rescue, spay and neuter and find adoptive families for some of those cats, which also helps control neighborhood cat colonies.

In May, city officials issued an illegal dumping fine to an East Boston woman for leaving cat food out for an extended period of time at three different neighborhood locations: near 282 Marginal St, outside the Jeffries Yacht Club and near the Samuel Adams Elementary School.

The woman appealed and the president of a local animal care agency wrote a letter asking city officials not to fine the woman, but to issue a warning instead. The letter said the woman was working as a volunteer for the organization to care for colonies of “community cats," which the organization has spayed and neutered, vaccinated and treated for parasites.

The organization promised city officials that it has, and will continue to, remind its cat caretaking volunteers, who are located in "many North Shore communities,” not to leave behind any food or trash when feeding cats.

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Former Ambassador John Bolton to be honored by Christians and Jews United for Israel

October 4, 2013 01:00 PM

Former Ambassador John Bolton, a diplomat and lawyer who has served in several Republican administrations, wlll receive the eighth annual Genesis Award from Christians and Jews United for Israel at Temple Emeth in Chestnut Hill in a ceremony on Oct. 20 from 3 to 5 p.m, the group announced this week.

The temple is located at 194 Grove Street.

According to a press release from the group, Bolton, who was ambassador to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006 in the administration of President George W. Bush, will also deliver the keynote address at the event. He will discuss "The Campaign to Delegitimize Israel."

Prior to the award ceremony there will be a brunch to thank outgoing Israeli Consul to New England, Shai Bazak, from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. And there will be a special guest appearance by Olympic Gold Medalist Aly Raisman, the group said.

CJUI pointed out that Bolton, who is a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, was assistant secretary of state for international organizations in 1991, when he refused to accept State Department assertions of insufficient votes to overturn Resolution 3378, equating zionism with racism. Instead, he successfully worked to repeal the 1975 UN resolution which he viewed as “…an insult to the intelligence of the civilized world".

According to the group, Bazak has served in both the public and private sectors in Israel. He was media director and spokesperson for Benjamin Netanyahu during his first term as prime minister. Bazak is completing his tenure as Israeli consul in Boston.

According to the group's press release, Christians and Jews United for Israel was formed in 2006 by a multi-denominational constituency of Jews and Christians who came together to defend Israel’s right to exist by countering the lies and disinformation about Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict disseminated by mainstream media and groups hostile to Israel.

The group's website is at

Treat Cupcake Bar introduces cupcake cappuccinos in Needham, Chestnut Hill

October 3, 2013 11:55 AM

If biting into a cupcake has become too trendy, why not try sipping one instead?

As of Oct. 2, the Needham and Chesnut Hill locations of Treat Cupcake Bar are serving up cappuccinos with flavors inspired by the boutique's most popular cupcakes, according to a press release. Each drink costs $4.

Head baker Adie Sprague created the six concoctions, ranging from plain cupcake-flavored to mint cookies n' cream.

The new additions to the menu are:

Sprinkle Me Silly: cupcake-flavored cappuccino, whipped cream, sprinkles

Funky Chunky Oreo: cookies n' cream cappuccino, whipped cream, crushed oreos

Peanut Butter Overload: chocolate and peanut butter cappuccino, whipped cream, reese's pieces

S'Mores: chocolate marshmallow cappuccino, whipped cream, graham cracker

Cookie Dough: cookie dough cappuccino, whipped cream, chocolate chips

North Pole: mint cookies n' cream cappuccino, whipped cream, crushed candy canes

In addition to cupcake cappucinos, Treat Cupcake Bar also offers freshly-baked cupcakes or the opportunity to decorate your own creations.

Shandana Mufti can be reached at

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