Plus, L Street Tavern to be sold
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A bookshelf next to a window at Beacon Hill Bookstore.
There’s going to be a new book shop to visit in Beacon Hill soon. | Photo by @heathmcdonough
It’s time for a bookish update, Boston. We have plenty of page-turning details on three new bookshops in the works for Beacon Hill, Davis Square, and Dorchester.

📖 The highly anticipated cat lounge and bookstore A Sanctuary Cafe is expected to open in February at 80 Charles St. First announced back in December 2022, this long awaited storefront plans to open in phases.

Here’s the story — there are a lot of moving pieces (literally, with the cats) for this shop. The cafe and bookstore areas will open before the cat lounge, so the cats have extra time to settle in. Stay tuned for details.

📖 Somerville is getting a new woman-owned bookstore in Davis Square called Narrative. The small independent bookshop owned by Mila Hossain is also planning for a February opening. Follow along for opening updates + be ready to share books with the book community here.

📖 And another onejustBook-ish is a new book store in the works in Dorchester thanks to Boston’s poet laureate Porsha Olayiwola and Bing Broderick.

The goal is to create a centralized hub and networking space in a cozy and comfortable book cafe setting. The storefront is currently under construction and the team is still fundraising to help stock the shelves with culturally curated, radically influenced, and locally inspired reads.
Monday, Feb. 12
  • The Dunkin Men’s Beanpot | Monday, Feb. 12 | 4:30 p.m. + 7:30 p.m. | TD Garden, 100 Legends Way, Boston | Prices vary | Cheer on Harvard vs. Boston College at 4:30 p.m., then watch Northeastern vs. BU at 7:30 p.m.
  • Diaper Lab Cloth Diapering Workshop | Monday, Feb. 12 | 6 p.m. | Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville | $30 | This information-packed workshop will include lessons on modern cloth diaper options for two guests per ticket.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • South Street Diner brings Bourbon Street to Boston | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 11 a.m.-11 p.m. | South Street Diner, 178 Kneeland St., Boston | Price of purchase | Owner Sol Sidell will recreate the feeling of Mardi Gras in New Orleans with all-you-can-eat jambalaya, plus beads and beignets.
  • Rom-Com Movie Night in Garage B | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 6-9 p.m. | The Charles River Speedway, 525 Western Ave., Brighton | Free to attend | Doors open an hour before “10 Things I Hate About You” begins.
  • 2024 Chinese New Year Concert | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 8 p.m. | Berklee Performance Center, 136 Massachusetts Ave., Boston | $12-$17 | Usher in the Year of the Dragon with a spring festival concert hosted by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Trivia in the Main Bar | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7-9 p.m. | PKL, 64 C St., Boston | Free to attend | Reserve your spot for multi-round trivia + a chance to win a $50 or $25 gift card.
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News Notes
Coming Soon
  • Six new eateries are joining H Mart in a 25,000-sqft building at 1004 Beacon St. in Brookline. Kyo Matcha will sell cakes and ice cream, right next door to ramen chain Kyuramen. Sushi Jiro, Rice Roll HK Cafe, Baby Cafe, and Mini Punjab are slated to move in later. (Boston Business Journal)
  • After 27 years, the Woods family will sell L Street Tavern in early March. The Southie establishment will remain under the ownership of the Medico family, and the new owners plan to continue its neighborhood traditions.
  • Boston-based sportswear company ‘47 made a deal to sell official NASCAR headwear and apparel, including items featuring NASCAR-owned tracks and teams. Last year, the company sold 25 million hats in more than 35 countries. (Boston Business Journal)
  • “A Canvas of Culture” is a new multi-year initiative looking for artists to create public art for Boston Public Schools. The program will commission artworks for 13 sites across nine public schools. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Feb. 28.
  • Former Boston Symphony Orchestra conductor Seiji Ozawa died Wednesday at 88 years old. The world renowned Japanese maestro led the BSO from 1973 to 2002 — longer than any other conductor in the organization’s 128-year history. (7 News)
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We asked: “Will you watch the new Red Sox series?”

Here are the results to our poll.


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Last week, Netflix announced that the Red Sox will be the topic of two new projects.

The plan is to release two films: a documentary to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic 2004 Red Sox season — when the team finally won the World Series after 86 long years and broke the infamous Curse of the Bambino — and a docuseries following the local MLB team on its current 2024 season.

And from the results of our poll it looks like most of you are excited to watch.
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This Wednesday, treat your shelf to a Valentine’s gift of a free book. Trident Bookseller and Cafe on Newbury Street knows our love language and will be offering a free book with your purchase through the Toast app for pick up or delivery, while supplies last.
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