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Newton-Needham chamber extends hand to Back Bay businesses

Posted by Laura Gomez  May 1, 2013 06:07 PM

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The Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation of Needham to show support for the businesses in Boston’s Back Bay impacted by the April 15 Boston Marathon bombing, according to a press release.

On Wednesday, May 8, Fairway and the chamber will be offering free round-trip bus rides to the Back Bay in an effort to encourage chamber members and others in the community to shop and dine at local businesses that lost income due to shut down of their operations following the attack.

“Like many we were looking for a way to support those impacted by the tragic events on April 15,” said Amy Tierce, regional vice president for Fairway Independent Mortgage. “Reading about the lost revenue, damaged storefronts and inventory and fears that some businesses may not survive really hit home for me as a small business owner.”

“It’s unusual for the Newton-Needham Chamber to be promoting commerce outside of our two communities but this is a very worthy exception,” said chamber president Greg Reibman. “We’re really pleased to be standing in solidarity with the businesses in the Back Bay and we’re grateful to Amy Tierce and Fairway for creating this program and inviting our members to participate.”

Fairway has reached out to 20 businesses on Boylston Street, all of which are interested in participating in some way. Some restaurants will be featuring special menus and drinks, other businesses will provide special promotions or coupons for participants.

The motor coach will depart at 11 a.m. from 375-395 Eliot Street, Newton, across from Echo Bridge Mall at the corner of Eliot and Chestnut (cars may be parked in the overflow lot and left for the day).

Between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. attendees will be free to enjoy all that Boylston Street has to offer; dining, shopping and special offers from some of the businesses.

The motor coach will leave Boston at 3 p.m., returning to 375-395 Eliot Street by 4 p.m.

Transportation, event buttons, gift bags, coupons and promotions will be provided to all who participate For those who may want to participate but do not need transportation, the Charlesmark Hotel at 655 Boylston St. will have the gift bags and pins available for people to pick up there as well.

Space is limited and transportation is first come, first served.

Contact Amy at asteinberg@fairwaymc.com or phone at 781-719-4664 to reserve your space.

Deadline for registration is Monday May 6.

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