1st Annual South End Sexy Sweater Soirée




Celebrate the launch of another South End business with great neighbors, music and cocktails.

Food is fuel for life. No one embraces and promotes this more than noted wellness chef/author Allen Campbell. In step with the growing wellness food movement, and in conjunction with the launch of his second book, The Game of Eating Right, comes the Allen Campbell curated AVAIL™.

AVAIL will provide convenient, wellness-focused foods for healthy, active locals of Boston. The creative chef-driven concept reflects the times, the trends towards more mindful living, and significant shifts in our eating habits.

Chef/Author Allen Campbell

Chef/Author Allen Campbell

Allen is also the author of the TB12 Nutrition Manual, and widely known as the “chef of peak performance”. Through his culinary acumen, various publications, speaking engagements, consulting and highly publicized work with athletes, actors and entertainers, he has revolutionized traditional culinary artistry by maximizing health benefits and sustainable practices Allen’s food philosophy begins with one simple concept: whole foods are needed to support a healthy body, mind and spirit.

Proceeds from the South End Sexy Sweater Soirée will support the WGMS Clean Streets Initiative, providing services above and beyond the City’s services to ensure Washington St. is a healthy place to live, shop, work and play. Learn more at gatewaymainstreet.org/cleanstreets.

For information on Clean Streets sponsorship opportunities, please email andrew@gatewaymainstreet.org

South End Holiday Stroll 2017


The 9th Annual South End Holiday Stroll is December 6th from 4pm to 8pm.

Visit your favorite local businesses, where they will be giving discounts and freebies to reward you for shopping small and shopping local for the holidays.

See the map below for participating businesses. They will also have red balloons outside on December 6th. We will be updating regularly as we get more businesses to participate!

Retailers! Sign up here to participate.

Love Your Block - South End Neighborhood Cleanup

The Annual Fall Clean Up is scheduled for Saturday, November 18th 9am-12pm.

Help the South End shine through the neighborhood clean-up. Many South End/Bay Village neighbors and civic organizations participate in this yearly tradition to spruce up our neighborhoods. We look forward to working with anyone who's interested in taking part this year. Dept. of Public Works will help with street sweeping especially for the leaves, providing tools (brooms, rakes, trash bags, etc.) and trash removal post-clean up.

The Blackstone Franklin Square Neighborhood Association has organized tool pickup with the city. If you would like to volunteer on November 18th, please email Toni Crothall, BFSNA President and let her know.


In 2015, the City of Boston kicked off the Love Your Block mini-grant program thanks to Cities of Service. Love Your Block is now a permanent Boston program, including: mini-grants, neighborhood cleanups (formerly Boston Shines), and (eventually) community tool sheds. As always, the Office of Civic Engagement continues to urge Bostonians to revitalize their neighborhoods, one block at a time. The City of Boston's neighborhood beautification volunteer opportunities unite neighbors and communities through physical service, university engagement, and youth development. Neighborhood cleanups are not only for the Spring and Fall! Get your friends, family, coworkers, or organization together to volunteer. You can now work with the City of Boston to plan cleanups all year long. It's fine if you don't have a specific project already in mind! The City will help determine the best project for your group. Request a neighborhood cleanup here.



South End Businesses Get Out The Vote

The City is holding a general municipal election on Tuesday, November 7th. Don't forget to vote! You can find your polling place here.

Besides heading to the polls because it's the right thing to do, there are some other surprising benefits to getting your "I voted" sticker. Our local businesses are encouraging South Enders to get out and vote. Here are some South End freebies and discounts that customers with their "I voted" stickers can take advantage of on election day:

Ash and Rose

Ash and Rose is offering 10% off to their voting customers at their SoWa Boutique, 460 Harrison Ave Suite C6.  Ash and Rose features apparel & accessories made with organic fabrics & fair-trade practices - civic duty plus social responsibility!

Bark Place

Calling all dogs! Bring your owners to Bark Place, 1721 Washington St, on election day for a FREE dog treat, but only if they're a good boy or girl and have their "I voted" stickers!

Bar Mezzana

Dine at Bar Mezzana, 360 Harrison Ave, with your "I voted" sticker. Promotion TBD.


Barre3, 1511 Washington St, is offering one FREE class for anyone who brings their "I voted" sticker in from election day, Nov 7th, through Friday Nov 10th. Exercise your right to vote then exercise at Barre3!

Blackbird Doughnuts

On election day, your "I voted" stickers gets you a FREE mini doughnut at Blackbird Doughnuts, 492 Tremont St. Blackbird has our vote for the best doughnuts.

European Wax Center

European Wax Center is offering a FREE brow wax for anyone who comes in with their I VOTED sticker on. This offer is for election day November 7, 2017 and only for the location at 1387 Washington St, Boston 02118.  Phone 617 236-0050 to book an appointment and mention this offer. Or book online at waxcenter.com.


Vote then head over to Flock, 274 Shawmut Ave, for 10% off!

Flour Bakery - South End

At Flour's South End location, 1595 Washington Street, your "I voted" sticker gets you a FREE small coffee on election day.

Fomu Ice Cream

Voting never tasted so sweet. Visit Fomu, 655 Tremont Street, on Nov. 7 for a FREE mini scoop.

Formaggio Kitchen - South End

Congrats on voting and making your voice heard! Now treat yourself to a FREE Lakota cookie with your "I voted" sticker at Formaggio, 268 Shawmut Ave.


This local artist-owned shop for jewelry, cards, baby items, clocks, pottery, home decor & other gifts. True to its name, Gifted, 2 Dartmouth Street, is the perfect place to find a gift for family, friends, yourself, anyone! On election day, customers with an "I voted" sticker will receive 20% one item.

M. Flynn Jewelry

If you haven't checked out this phenomenal jewelry and accessories boutique and custom design studio, there's no better day than election day to check it out. Sisters Megan and Moria Flynn have been making and selling beautiful pieces in their flagship store, 40 Waltham St, since 2009 and on Tuesday they're giving 10% off to any customer with an "I voted" sticker!


Vote early and then head right over to Niche, 619 Tremont St. The first 25 customers will receive a FREE 2" succulent.

Polka Dog Bakery

Our dogs LOVE Polka Dog Bakery, 256 Shawmut Ave, and Polka Dog Bakery LOVES voters. Head over on Nov. 7 to get a FREE 2oz tube of Chicken Littles or Lucky Duck treats for your furry friend.

SAULT New England

Sault, 577 Tremont Street, is back again this year to support civic engagement and shopping local in the South End. The perfect place for classic & vintage apparel, accessories, grooming products & gifts for men, and on election day your sticker gets you 20% off!


Check out Skoah, 641A. Tremont Street, on Nov. 7. Anyone wearing their "I voted" sticker will receive a FREE Pep Talk Body Lotion. While supplies last!

Table and Tulip

Vote, get your "I voted" sticker, then get a FREE flower at Table and Tulip, 461 Shawmut Ave.


Uniform, 511 Tremont St, is giving away a surprise gift on Nov. 7. We don't know what it is, but based on their stylish menswear offerings, we can't wait to find out!

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.

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!