July Downtown Digest

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July 2018
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Upcoming Events & Markets
WEEKLY YOGA
SATURDAY 10 am
2 Park Street

$5.00 per session
Children 12 & under are FREE!
convenient parking along Park and Franklin streets
CAFE CRAWL
WITH HISTORY & ARCHITECTURE TOUR

Sunday, August 12
9:30 am
Start: Amazing Things Art Center
Get your tickets now!
Free coffee and bakery samples from 6 cafes
PUBLIC MARKET
at Springdale Beer Barrel Room

Sunday, August 19
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
102 Clinton Street
still accepting vendors!
LOKERVILLE LOOKOUTS BLOCK PARTY
at Butterworth Park
252 Bishop Street

Saturday, September 8
rain date September 15
3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
ACCEPTING VENDORS & SPONSORS!
Exciting Details Coming Soon!
DFI BLOG
THRIVING IN OUR URBAN CORE Our innovative business leaders are enjoying increased profits in downtown Framingham, witnessed by growth in clients, sales and inventory value.
A MILLENIAL GETS HER CAREER FOOTING IN DOWNTOWN FRAMINGHAM Learn how a recent Framingham State University graduate made a big impact downtown in just one year!
DFI KICKS-OFF WALK DOWNTOWN INITIATIVE MBA-candidate Richard Sanger studied the efficiency and benefits of walking downtown and developed a model for creative wayfinding.
LOKERVILLE LOOKOUTS SHARE NEIGHBORHOOD ASPIRATIONS, FAVORITE DOWNTOWN BUSINESSES Learn more about the desires of one neighborhood that feeds the downtown business district.
JAMMIN' IN FRAMINGHAM'S URBAN CORE A bevy of indoor and outdoor concerts were awarded to downtown restaurants that participated in the recent Taste of Downtown Framingham.
DFI PRESENTS FINDINGS TO CITY COUNCIL SUBCOMMITTEE Business Development Intern Bobby Mitchell interviewed 31 businesses to get their take on Framingham's current Sign Bylaw.
DFI's CREATIVE ECONOMY AND CULTURAL TOUR IS A MEMORABLE ADVENTURE Locals enjoyed boat rides in Farm Pond and learned about the life journeys of our local artists.
DFI PRESENTS FINDINGS TO FRAMINGHAM'S MARIJUANA TASK FORCE Learn how a sample of businesses in the Central Business District responded to a potential nearby dispensary.
Arts & Entertainment

160 Hollis Street - on-site parking

300+ events a year!
Fine art, classes, plays, live music, school performance competitions, and more!

672 Waverly Street

A new 2018 premier Brazilian steakhouse in our downtown! Complete with a restaurant, bar, and lounge for live entertainment.

666 Waverly Street - on-street parking

One of the oldest pubs in Framingham, serving up great burgers and Italian dishes. Stop by for live music on the weekends.

102 Irving Street - on-street parking

Darts, karaoke, live bands, games, and more!

358 Waverly Street - on-site parking lot

Authentic Mexican fare in a vibrant setting close to the MBTA Commuter Rail. Karaoke every Wednesday and Friday.

81 Morton Street - on-site parking lot

Great brewery with food trucks, live music, an art gallery & more!

49 Lexington Street
(Main Branch) - on-site parking lot

Activities for all ages every day - ALL FREE!

101 Concord Street - parking lot in rear or on-street

Fine dining in downtown Framingham complete with an enriching ambiance and Friday night jazz sessions!

398 Waverly Street - parking on South Street and CSX lot directly across Waverly Street

An open setting perfect for family celebrations, a rock concert, or whatever you might need!

181 Concord Street - parking lot in rear or on-street parking

A perfect spot for community meetings, political gatherings, a conference room for business meetings, and fun entertainment!

102 Clinton Street - on-site parking lot

From yoga to pints & paints to the monthly public market series, Springdale is a flexible, vibrant community gathering space complete with an art gallery and sports games!

40 Concord Street - nearby MBTA parking lot and on-street parking!

DJ / Karaoke every weekend!

85 Hollis Street - parking in Hollis Court lot off Boris Way

Wonderful open setting for lively fun in our urban core! Stop by for exciting performances all weekend long.

Upcoming Community Events
Community Kiln - Register for classes and workshops at the Brick Stack Arts Center

PAC MetroWest - Register for the last summer theater workshop at Amazing Things Arts Center



July 26 - 28 - Framingham Comedy Weekend - Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co., Amazing Things Arts Center

July 27 - Framingham Summer Scene's Youth Theater Workshop presents Once on this Island, Jr. at Fuller Middle School

July 28 - Book Signing with Author Claire Gem at Sofa Cafe from 10 am to 1 pm

August 9 & 23 - Outdoor Summer Jazz Series by Amazing Things Arts Center at the McAuliffe Branch Library

August 12 - The New England Vintage Bicycle Show & Swap Meet, 2018 at Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. (12 pm - 5 pm)


August 19 - Unity and Pride Day at Mary Dennison Park

September 16 -
Armenian Church Annual Picnic
New Businesses
Braza Union House Bar and Grill recently celebrated its grand opening, surrounded by local government leaders along with restaurant owners and managers. Stop in to experience their delicious variety of fruits, vegetables, meats, and desserts!
Framingham Sub Shop & Pizza re-opened at 193 Concord Street in June 2018 after its commercial complex suffered a serious fire in December 2016. The revamped restaurant is sleek, cozy, and still delivers a great selection of top-notch meals.
Motion & Energy, INC. recently expanded at 113 Irving Street. Their new NAPA Heavy Duty Center is the first of its kind in the New England region, and their hydraulic manufacturing machine is only one of two in the country!
FATEC USA University recently celebrated the grand opening of its Framingham satellite campus at 47 Franklin Street. FATEC USA University is focused on delivering essential business management and technology skills that result in competitive career opportunities.
Merengue Restaurant recently opened at 55 Frederick Street. This family-run eatery features popular dishes from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, including mofongo and slow-roasted pernil.
Pitbull Jeans recently opened at 31 Hollis Street. Pitbull Jeans offers a variety of men's and women's apparel, from trendy jeans to branded shirts. Parking is available in the Hollis Court Parking Lot off Boris Way.
The Foodie Cafe Food Truck recently opened in the MWRTA lot near the intersection of routes 126 and 135. Proceeds from the custom-built trailer support Daniel's Table, and the truck is open weekdays from 7:00 am to 1:30 pm.
Business Announcement
MAPA Translations & Language Solutions announces the availability of their full service audio and music production studio in DT Framingham. Studio 3 Audio is available for local musicians, voice over actors and others needing a place to professionally record and mix their audio. Voice artists have the added benefit of getting to work with our in-house VO coach, Drita Protopapa Dumont, who is also available to help with all aspects of voice over demo production. For more information, you can reach us by phone: 508-309-7856 or via email: info@mapatranslation.com. To learn more about us visit our website: https://mapatranslation.com/services-languages/voice-over
Job Opportunities
  • Quality / Lab Manager
  • Beer Hall Front of House Staff
  • Sales Representatives
  • Brand Ambassadors
Summerscenes
Summer Scenes
Franklin Marval completed his music-themed mural in just six weeks!

Learn how DFI facilitated the mural project, and read the feature here.
DFI partnered with the City's Economic Development Industrial Corporation to furnish and maintain public seating on the plaza of the Memorial Building.

*However, DFI needs additional volunteers to help stow plaza furniture on Friday evenings between 5:30 pm and 6:00 pm. If interested, please email us here. Thank you for supporting us!
We are honored to be chosen as MutualOne Bank's Checking for Charity recipient! A $10 donation will be made to Downtown Framingham, Inc. with each opening of a new personal or business checking account!

Thank you MutualOne Bank!
Local CDLE USA-BRASIL President, Joao Arruda, (above right) invited DFI to attend their recent meeting with local downtown business owners that also included Paul Joseph, CEO of the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce. It was an educational afternoon complemented with delicious food!
The 2nd Annual brewCycle hosted by Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. was a major success, which included more vendors and the fun Paint-A-Bike station by Amazing Things Arts Center. Above left, a cyclist reviews the favorability of cycling lanes in Framingham. Above right, Brandale Randolph, CEO of the 1854 Cycling Company, helps a young rider get acquainted with the state-of-the-art Craft Racer and Craft City electric bikes.
At the recent Crosstie Social night hosted by DFI at Depot 417, patrons participated in the Succulent Creation Station and the Make-a-Minion Station. It was a fun evening of games and Framingham trivia, too.
RR6 Kitchen & Bar recently had its eye-catching bracket sign installed. DFI facilitated the City's Sign and Facade Subsidy program, which helped this small business afford a great sign!
Elton Sanger, son of DFI Public Policy Intern Richard Sanger, discovers his love of painting while volunteering to spruce up the Pearl Street Parking Garage. DFI was excited to partner with the City's Facilities Department to make this amenity vibrant and welcoming for our downtown visitors.
DFI was thrilled to bring the official band of the Boston Red Sox to downtown Framingham. The Hot Tamale Band ignited the crowd's energy all along the route. Thank you to Don Cavicchi of Vineyard Home and Cav Audio / Video Design for giving our team a lift!
State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis helps a friend with our Amsden Building storefront matching contest at this year's MetroFest, which many patrons easily crushed! We also had a bag toss game, which really attracted the kids!
A couple tourists from Illinois with hard-to-fit feet were thrilled to receive full shoe-sizing service and selection assistance at downtown's Panza Shoes. They also got a chance to read the South Side Free Press and do some window shopping!
DFI was thrilled to celebrate the recent grand opening of the Farm Pond Skate Park.
World Cup fans celebrated another victory in our pedestrian friendly urban core. Whether on foot, bicycle, or car, everyone had a safe, jubilant experience.
St. Tarcisius Parish - RCAB successfully planned and executed a wonderful Festa Junina that featured lots of great food, music, and family entertainment. Congratulations and thanks to all the sponsors!
DFI is hosting #Plot48 at the Pratt Street Community Garden, which is overseen by community leader Maria Martinez. We've received maintenance support and resources from community volunteers, Bridges Together, Inc. and Sudbury Valley Trustees. DFI coordinated measuring 65 plots with Bose volunteers in May.
St. Stephen's Church recently held its annual summer carnival. The multi-day event stimulated excitement and laughter, transforming a parking lot into a vibrant, colorful arena to cherish family memories.
188 Concord Street, LLC recently invested in painting its entire property in downtown Framingham. This enhancement brightens the entire block, which you can easily appreciate from the nearby Sofa Cafe!
The community recently gathered at the Framingham Public Library's Main Branch to partake in A Day with the History and Culture of Puerto Rico. The energizing event featured music, food, dancing, and educational facts about Puerto Rico.
It's been a hot summer! Landscapers water the Burkis Square Garden, which is enjoyed by residents of the Irving Square Apartments. The DPW waters flowers in a pot within a planter along the historic Bullard Building.
n + 1 cyclery celebrated four years of business success in downtown Framingham on July 1. On August 12, n + 1 cyclery is hosting The New England Vintage Bicycle Show & Swap Meet, 2018 at Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co.
Construction workers forge ahead on the Alta Union House residential development in all weather conditions. The mixed-use development is slated to open in Fall 2019. Construction of Modera Framingham is also underway at 266 Waverly Street.
A collage of faces appears out of a growing mural at the Southern Middlesex Opportunity Council site near 7 Bishop Street.
DFI has been enjoying its 2018 Summer Tour. We've been raffling off gift cards to Jack's Abby Brewing Co. and Sofa Cafe at Skybokx 109, China Gourmet, and the Middle East Restaurant to promote our downtown's amenities, culture, and entertainment.
Springdale recently hosted the Ritzy Redneck Prom. Attendees were treated to a night of fun with dancing, food, and the appropriate ambiance. Owner Sam even got a chance to relive his prom! Proceeds supported the Jack's Abby MS Bike Team.
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. hosted its first Demo Tape Fest with lead sponsorship from Avidia Bank. The all-day music festival featured special edition Demo Tape beer. Proceeds helped support the Rise Above Foundation. The Natick School of Rock also entertained the crowd and is partnering with the Rise Above Foundation to provide music lessons for a foster child.
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The 1854 Cycling Company is a premium bicycle and apparel brand inspired by the burning of the US Constitution by abolitionists in protest of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1854. Proceeds from each item will be contributed to programs that will help end cycles of poverty among the formerly incarcerated.
Alira Health is a global advisory firm providing strategy, execution and innovation services for healthcare and life science companies.
Atlantis Dental provides a wide range of dental treatments. Dr. Sumbul Naqvi focuses on helping patients achieve healthy teeth and gums for life.
Avidia Bank is committed to the concept of community banking. We proudly accept and fulfill our responsibilities as a corporate citizen by contributing to the well-being of the people and organizations around us.
We “always dream of things that are better, and think of ways to reach those things.” From the first noise cancelling headphones for consumers to a revolutionary seat suspension system for long-haul drivers, we invite you to experience the first 50 years of innovation of Bose.
At Brookline Bank, we provide a full range of financial services to individuals and businesses with outstanding service online, by phone or at any of our convenient branches in Greater Boston.
BPI Construction is a locally-managed construction company prepared to meet your needs and match your vision, no matter how grandiose or wonderfully simple.
As independent insurance agents, the professionals at BRZ Insurance are ready to help you protect your part of The American Dream. We're eager to show you the benefits you realize when you shop local and work with a local, independent insurance agency.
The Bullard Building, LLC - a historic brownstone located at the intersections of Routes 135 Waverly St and 126 Irving St in Downtown Framingham across from the MBTA Station. Lease Space Now.
As a lifetime MetroWest area resident with 35 years of experience selling real estate, Charlene is uniquely qualified to advise real estate purchases and advocate for homes in the West-of-Boston area. As an agent who can speak from personal experience, Charlene demonstrates how a wide range of local amenities is an asset to both the seller (who needs to promote not just their home but also their neighborhood and community) as well as the buyer (who needs guidance selecting the home and location that will fit their needs today and in the future).
Depot 417 (formerly Deluxe Depot Diner) springs to life the historic H.H. Richardson Train Station Depot. Enjoy awesome favorites here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on Thursday through Sunday (closed Tuesday and Wednesday).
Dulce D Leche offers specialty gelato and sorbeto, cakes and pies, chocolab, sandwiches and more desserts in Framingham Centre since 2016.
Framingham State University is a place where inquisitive, career-focused students thrive. New ideas and discoveries are a daily occurrence on campus.
Founded in 2011 by three brothers, Jack, Eric, and Sam Hendler, Jack’s Abby has become a mainstay of the craft brewing scene in the Northeast and nationwide. Jack’s Abby brews lagers, and only lagers.
IPL & Equipment Inc. located in Framingham, Massachusetts has grown since 1998 from a specialty Irrigation Supply business to a wide selection of Power Equipment, Landscape Lighting, and Pond Supplies.
LaRueBoweRs Photography is unique and YOU. We strive to make sure every photo is one of a kind. I love watching my couples grow - from engagement to family and beyond. It's such a thrill to be able to capture each step of a client's life cycle.
MAPA Translations provides high quality and cost effective translations, interpreter services and multilingual voice overs for public schools, academic institutions, law firms, financial institutions, non-profit organizations, medical personnel, multinational companies, and individuals.
The MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, located in Framingham, Massachusetts is a not-for-profit business networking, advocacy, community and economic development organization
MetroWest Commercial Real Estate company provides you with the highest level of service for your commercial real estate needs.
Perfecting the art and science of payments. Michael P. Cannon & Associates provides specialized multi-disciplinary advisory and consulting services to multiple facets of the payments industry: acquirers, ISOs and the merchant community.
MutualOne Charitable Foundation Dedicated to enhancing the qualify of life in the Bank's market area through its ongoing support of charitable, educational, and civic initiatives that contribute to the overall well-being of the people and communities it serves.
Papa Wheelies in Natick is MetroWest's expert source for everything cycling. Our full-service shop offers professional repairs and maintenance on all makes and styles of bikes. We promise great, knowledgeable service for riders of all levels, without attitude or condescension.
Philip Ottaviani has 20 years of experience in real estate & construction.

He knows what the Seller needs and what the Buyer wants. "I Make Deals Happen!"
RR6 Kitchen & Bar is a Family Restaurant offering the wonderful flavors of North, Central and South American cuisine with quality and great pricing. RR6 is best known for its delicious tacos, burritos and soups.
Springdale is the experimental offshoot of Jack's Abby Brewing. The Barrel Room is where we let the ancient alchemy between beer and oak work its slow magic.
Together with our 2800 members and 200 volunteers, we... Conserve and care for over 4300 acres of fields, forests, and farms in the 36 communities surrounding the Assabet, Sudbury, and Concord Rivers. Maintain more than 55 miles of hiking trails.
We make business simple. Trustfulness, efficiency, and a personal approach drives our work. We act toward our client's objectives, focusing on producing the best possible results.
Loja Do Cable Xfinity by Comcast Framingham provides cable tv, internet and voice/phone services available in Framingham. You can sign up for services, pay bills, exchange equipment and other services at this location
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