Monday, July 21, 2014

Boardroom Bistro Restaurant to Get New Owners and New Name

The Boardroom Bistro Restaurant at 54 Middlesex Turnpike will soon be getting new owners and a new name. David Smerling and Jeff Goldberg who opened the restaurants, will still own the office building where the restaurant is housed. The new restaurant which has a preliminary name of Cucina D, is expected to feature a new Italian cuisine based menu and should be getting the Boardroom Bistro's existing liquor license. Stay tuned for more details.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Great Wall Restaurant to Add Sushi Bar

The Great Wall Restaurant in the Great Road Shopping Center at 309 Great Road will soon be adding a Sushi Bar. The new Sushi bar is expected to have 7 seats. The restaurant will also be adding a few seats at the bar. The total number of seats is not expected to change.

The Great Wall is one of the larger restaurants in Bedford with just under 250 seats. As the popularity of Japanese Restaurants has grown, many Chinese restaurants have responded by adding Sushi Bars. It will be interesting to see if this new Sushi Bar has any impact on Ginger, Asiana Bistro or Bamboo.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Designing Healthy Lives Moves To Bedford

I recently spoke with Danielle M. Beck, the owner of Designing Healthy Lives which provides individual Nutrition, Health and Wellness Counseling.

Danielle started out as a nutritionist and personal trainer with a emphasis on nutrition. She then ended up going to nursing school, became a registered nurse. Next she went back to school to get a MSN (Master of Science in Nursing) to become a board certified Nurse Practitioner (NP). After becoming a NP, Danielle ran a surgical service at the Boston VA. While she enjoyed the work and helping people, she found that the conventional methods were not for here and felt she would be able to help more if she could spend more one on one time with patients. So she decided to leave the VA and do some consulting. She always enjoyed nutrition counseling and thought she could combine that with her expertise in medicine to really help people.

In September 2013 she rented retail space in Cambridge and opened Designing Healthy Lives. However she quickly figured out that her business was not a typical retailer that relied on foot traffic. Danielle grew up in Bedford and recently moved back, so she thought it would be more effective to operate the business from her home on Pine Road in Bedford. At the start of the year, she went before the zoning board to get the permits needed to operate a home based business and started providing services in early February.

New clients usually come to her when they get sick of having problems and are looking to make changes. They typically find her via word of mouth. Her guiding principle is that the body is self healing. The correct nutrition can help the body get back in balance. Her focus in not on treating the symptoms but finding the root causes for the problem. Having a medical background is very helpful and she personalizes the counseling to each client. Her focus in on information and implementing long term changes that clients can live with.

With her new business,  Danielle likes the fact she can spend a lot more time with clients. Her typical appointments are about one hour and most people stay for 4-6 sessions. She does not take insurance but accepts Health Savings and Medical Savings Accounts (HSA/MSA's). She has also found that having her business at home offers a non-medical environment which has been a plus. Her clients range in ages from their 20's to their 70's.

In addition to the one on one and couples counseling, Danielle also provides Corporate Nutrition and Health Education Seminars.

There are quite a few home based businesses in Bedford and the number seems to be increasing. While it's historically been fairly common in specific industries such as Psychiatry, the advances of technology have made it easier to have a home office and opened up new at home businesses opportunities.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Bedford Market Place Shopping Center Renovation Expected To Begin Soon

With the improving economy, the long awaited renovations to Bedford Market Place shopping center are expected to begin soon. The shopping center, which has Marshall's and Whole Foods as it's anchor tenants, had formalized plans for a renovation back in 2008 but the faltering economy put things on hold.

The original plans from 2008. While some changes are expected, the basic layout is expected to be retained. The Bedford post office retail store and the mail distribution building are likely to be relocated. Click on the image to zoom in
Stay tuned for more details.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Construction Continues on New Auto Repair Shop

The old garage has been torn down and is being replaced with this new building
Construction work continues at 50 Concord Road, former site of Bierens Garage. The new building will also be a garage and features three service bays. The future repair shop, which is owned by Richard Iovino, also has a used car license that permits it to be able to display up to 3 cars for sale at any one time. The retail name of the new business has not yet been established.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mattress World and Radio Shack Space in Great Road Shopping Center Appear To Be Available To Lease

According to the Conviser Property Group who manages the leasing for the Great Road Shopping Center, the current spaces occupied by Mattress World and Radio shack are available for lease starting in June.

Stay tuned for more details.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Developments in the Depot District

A quick update on some developments going on in and around Depot Park (AKA The Depot District).

State Electric recently moved it's headquarters from Woburn to 2 DeAngelo Drive. The building which was originally built in 1974, underwent renovations before State Electric moved in.

Formulatrix a life science company currently in Waltham, will soon be moving to 10 DeAngelo Drive. The site is currently undergoing renovations. Interior building renovations are expected to begin shortly.

Demolition should be starting very soon at 54 Loomis Street. The new mixed used development, tentatively known as Bedford Place will have 2800 square feet of rental space available along with 23 apartments. The building is expected to be completed by May 2015. The retail space is now being advertised for lease.

Artist depiction of retail space at 54 Loomis Street

As reported previously, the retail space being developed at the back of the Bikeway Source bike shop at 111 South Road is just about complete. The new space which is about 1250 square feet, is expected to be ready by the end of the summer. Ken Larson the owner of the property has started to look for a tenant. According to Ken, the ideal tenant would be a shop that is locally owned and sells high-quality baked goods, breads and pastries as well as good-quality coffee.

The back of 111 South Road is now available for retail lease
As part of the renovation, The Bikeway Source has expanded their show room. Stay tuned for more details on their expansion.

And in Depot Park itself, additional renovation are underway at the Depot Building. The renovations include restoring the facade, replacing the current windows with a design that better matches the age of the building, making the first floor bathrooms handicap-accessible and adding a handicap accessible entrance ramp. After the renovations are complete, the space may once again become available for lease to retail and other tenants.