Nimbus Franklin Square

You may have noticed some peculiar activity in Franklin Square over the past few days: caution tape, climbing ropes and tree climbers and a strange mass of white orbs suspended over the fountain. It's just us! Washington Gateway Main Street is proud to announce that our newest artistic light installation is near completion and ready to light up Franklin Park. A few minor adjustments today and we will be up and running.

"Nimbus" is an artistic light installation created by artists Claudia Ravaschiere and Michael Moss, renowned Boston artists, with recent works in the Fort Point neighborhood. Their newest creation,"Nimbus," consists of 26 orbs that hover above the fountain and will illuminate the park with various colors each night.

From the artists: "Our goal in making art for the public realm is to evoke a sense of discovery as people encounter the unexpected in a familiar space. We hope to rouse curiosity in passersby, increasing their capacity to observe what the park offers: a contemplative area to experience the green and the beauty of the earth in an urban setting.

We used the iconography of a cloud to create a sculptural light piece above the Blackstone Fountain in Franklin Square. We found our inspiration in one of NASA's earliest environmental satellite programs, first launched in the mid-1960s, the Nimbus Satellite Missions. The Nimbus program and the data that was collected allowed scientists to measure the Earth's radiation for the first time and observe solar radiation entering and exiting the Earth's system. These observations helped to verify and refine the earliest climate models and observation of the polar ice caps. The contribution of the Nimbus satellite program and the study of the data from these missions provide vital information on global warming today. We hope that by making reference to the this early program, those that encounter our "Nimbus" will be inspired to study further the history of this program, global warming and the importance of urban green space."

Washington Gateway Main Street would like to thank Claudia and Michael for creating such an innovative and impactful piece of art that will adorn the park.

Special thanks to the intrepid tree climbers, Eric Whipple, Andrew Joslin and Sean O’Brien and the Blackstone Franklin Square Neighborhood Association and Capital One for helping make this possible.

Join us for the official lighting of "Nimbus"
Tuesday, October 17
Franklin Square Park

Welcome, Anoush'ella

Washington Gateway Main Street extends a warm welcome to a new restaurant in the district - Anoush'ella Saj Kitchen is a "fine casual" spot that brings Eastern Mediterranean food to Washington Street. First-time restauranteur Nina Festekjian and her husband, Raffi, bring flavors from their Lebanese-Armenian heritage to the South End and we couldn't be more excited.


Read more about Anoush'ella in their recent write-ups in Boston Magazine and Eater Boston, then check out our list of all the flavorful offerings the South End has to offer in our Restaurant Guide.

Anoush'ella is located at 35 West Newton Street and is now fully open for lunch and dinner every day from 11am-11pm.


Back to School in the South End

And that means back to school shopping. Stock your back-to-school closet and support local businesses - a win-win!

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CouCou | 24 Union Park

A children's boutique offering clothing, housewares & toys, as well as a playroom with classes. CouCou offers a wide selection of uniquely curated products for ages 0 - 10, including clothes, toys, crafts, homewares and gifts, imported from around the globe.


Tadpole | 58 Clarendon

Tadpole is an independently owned modern children's store. In addition to the great products, they also offer free stroller assembly, a simple-to-use baby registry, car seat installation and much much more. 


Treat Yourself @ BRIX Wine Shop | 1248 Washington

Once your shopping for the kids is done, pick up a little something for yourself from our friends at BRIX Wine Shop. In addition to a carefully curated, hand-picked selection of wine and spirits BRIX offers weekly wine tastings that are complimentary, educational and, most of all, fun!

Get Your Morning Jo with Splash of South End!

Hot summer days = iced coffee in Boston...not that we don't drink iced through the winter but hey... Here's a few South End spots for you pick-me-up of choice. 

Jaho Coffee and Tea | @jahocoffee

Our South End location opened in May of 2011 and has since become a favorite in the neighborhood. This location features our full beverage and food menu. Stop by to enjoy an expertly made espresso beverage or one of our daily coffees prepared in a french press, siphon, chemex or pour-over. Food offering include breakfast sandwiches and bagels served all day, sandwiches and salads made fresh to order and a wide variety of pastries and desserts.

Business Hours:
Monday-Sunday 6:30am-7:30pm

1651 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02118

Flour | @flourbakerycafe

Their flagship store on Washington St (before it became an empire) Serving Fazenda coffee (@fazendacoffee) with a side of drool worthy baked goods. Think sticky buns and chocolate brioche. Order over the phone to skip the well deserved lines on your way to work.

"Chef/“idol” Joanne Chang’s “upscale” breakfast-and-lunch bakery chain earns a “cult following” for her “thoughtfully prepared” sandwiches on “wonderful” fresh bread and “tasty pastries”, including the “infamous” “rave”-worthy sticky buns (“every dieter’s worst nightmare”); most locations are typically “bustling with hip young families” and urbanites “planning their next startup”, so they’re “chaotic” and “usually swamped”, but “very solicitous service” keeps things moving." -THE ZAGAT REVIEW

Business Hours:
6:30am - 8pm
8am - 6pm
8am - 5pm

1595 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02118, United States
+1 617-267-4300

South End Buttery | @southendbuttery

Offering Equato r coffee in their revamped cafe on the corner of Shawmut Ave. Might be tempted to snag a cupcake named after one of the dog's owners or maybe a buttery egg sandwich on one of their eponymous croissants. If you want something healthy their oatmeal even feels indulgent.  

Business Hours
Open Daily: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

312 Shawmut Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
617 482 1015

Get Fit for Summer, South End Style!

Summer is Coming to the South End and since we start every day with a Blackbird Doughnut, it's time we end every day with a workout...check out the South End's fitness classes below:

Endurance Pilates

The South End's premier fitness studio offers small group and private training in Endurance Pilates, Barre Boston, Power Vinyasa Yoga, HIIT, Tabata, TRX and Hardstyle Kettlebell. Endurance offers Classical Authentic Pilates on the highest quality Gratz equipment. Their teachers are not just "instructors" They have completed a minimum of 1,000 hours of training in the Endurance Method and will provide the highest quality, technically specific and most beneficial workout for your time.
LOCATION: 1636 Washington St, Boston, MA 02118
PHONE: (617) 982-3205

ReCycle Studio

Check out this member review of ReCycle! 
"This is a great cycling studio with very friendly instructors and owner. Each instructor is different and gives a completely different ride. The atmosphere is excellent as it's non-intimidating, comfortable and cozy. I went here to try indoor cycling for the first time in my life and I became addicted shortly after. Along with dieting, this cycling course helped me lose 30 lbs!
LOCATION: 18 Union Park St, Boston, MA 02118
PHONE:  (617) 366-9670

Barre3 - Coming Soon!

Exercise, nourish, connect: these are the 3 pillars of the barre3 approach. It’s not just about how hard you work out or the numbers on the scale. It’s about nourishing your body and making connections in order to lead a balanced and happier life. By focusing on whole-body health, we empower you to feel your best from the inside out.
LOCATION: 1515 Washington St. Boston, MA 02118
PHONE:  503-206-8396

Stroll the South End

The Spring Stroll has a lot of great offerings. Take a guided tour with Seba or take a look at some of our suggested stops below. And Here's a List of offerings from all participating businesses

5.12.17 5:30 - 7:30PM
Location: South End - Info will be emailed to registrants!
Join the South End Business Alliance (SEBA) for a small group tour of businesses or make your own! RSVP HERE.

5.12.17 5:00 - 8:00PM
Stop by the Urban Grape for Freemark Abbey wine tasting and a Ser Verde Shoes pop-up!

Mark your calendar! We will be celebrating the South End Stroll with a very special event featuring Freemark Abbey and Ser Verde Shoes.

First we welcome Matt who will be representing Freemark Abbey- a bastion of Napa Valley winemaking with a legacy spanning 130 years. Over the years, Freemark Abbey’s Viognier and Cabernet Sauvignon have been longstanding UG favorites.

Finally, were are pleased to welcome back Boston’s very own Amy Lambroukos-Silva of Ser Verde Shoes who will be sharing her Espadrilles and sandals, handmade exclusively in Spain.

5.12.17 @ Follain
Stroll on to Follain for a sample bag and chance to be in a raffle!

No one should have to compromise their health for beauty. Together with our clients and makers, we’re taking a stand against toxins in personal care, refusing to settle for anything but the safest, most effective products. We’re shifting the mindsets — and building a community of activists who want a better kind of beauty.

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5.12.17 4:00 - 9:00PM
Head down to Gifted for more wine, bites from Tremont 647 and live music

Art is for Everyone during ArtWeek in the South End

Here's few South End picks from your Washington Gateway neighbors:

MassQuerade Ball 2017: Convergence April 30th @ Villa Victoria Center for the Arts


Artsy Crafty Cocktails  May 4th @ at Restoration Resources

Yellow Bird Chase Puppetry May 7th @ Boston Center for the Arts

Patio Season is Baaaaaaaack!

Winter is finally over (even in Boston) and you've earned your time in the sun. Enjoy a sip while you "spill the tea" with your friends at the great patios in your district.

Stella (Sidewalk yellow awnings)

Cinqucento (Red umbrellas with white table cloths)

Gaslight (Red umbrellas with stone floor)

Kava Neo-Taverna (White umbrellas among brownstones)