May 2018 Downtown Digest


May Downtown Digest
- Events & Markets
- Arts & Entertainment

- Community Calendar
- New Businesses
- Job Opportunities
- Spring Scenes
In Memoriam
The passing of State Representative Chris Walsh has deeply impacted the entire Downtown Framingham, Inc. organization. Representative Walsh was a long-time supporter and staunch advocate of our non-profit organization, and he recently visited our downtown office with his staff in February 2018. His love of transportation, architecture, and history inspired us to start last year's first Cafe Crawl & Architecture Tour. This year's Downtown Celebration will not be the same without him, but we will work even harder to carry out his transit-oriented vision of downtown Framingham.
Taste of Downtown Framingham Entertainment Series
Downtown Markets
Framingham Flag Day Parade!
Exciting Details Coming Soon!
Arts & Entertainment
4's Sports Pub

Live music every Friday and Saturday night

Amazing Things Art Center

May 21

Jazz Jam & Show James Merenda & Ticklejuice

May 25

Rhythm with Reason

May 29

Jazz Jam & Show with Kaoruko Pilkington

June 1

NoMad Stories & Cousin Bobby Bluegrass

June 2


Danny Sullivan's

Acoustic Wednesdays

Jam in the Ham Thursdays

Karaoke Sunday night
Depot 417

Thursday Whaddyaknow Team Trivia

Acoustic Friday nights with Corey Hales

Acoustic Sunrise every Saturday morning
El Mariachi

Karaoke every Wednesday and Friday

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company

May 23

Jam in the Ham - Bluegrass Jam

May 25

LIVE Music: Chris Renna

Brato Kitchen Pop Up

May 26

Pangea Food Truck

May 30

Jam in the Ham - Bluegrass Jam
Framingham Public Library - Main Branch (notable events)

May 21

May 22

May 23

Origami Workshop Series

May 24

What’s the Buzz? The Fifth Annual Town-Wide Middle School Spelling Bee

May 25
AniManga Club
Pho Dakao

May 25
The Malik Ty Wallace Band

June 1
The Greg Shuler Band

RR6 Kitchen & Bar

May 25

Abraham Pop/Rock Band

Sofa Cafe

June 23

Jeremy Green Pop/R&B Hits

Springdale Beer Barrel Room

Thursday Geeks Who Drink Trivia

Every Other Saturday - Barrel Room Yoga

June 2

Slam Dance - Pictures from the Pit - JJ Gonson Art Exhibit

June 6

Neighbor Night with Mike Gormley for PMC
Taqueria Mexico

Live DJ and Karaoke every Friday and Saturday night

Tropical Cafe

May 25

Looka Party

Upcoming Community Events
New Businesses
Minas Market is now open at 151 Concord Street, offering the community fresh produce, quality meat cuts, and a variety of grocery items.
IK Images held its ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 9 at 118 Union Avenue. It offers head shots or related photos to meet your needs. Itala Keller, owner of IK Images, also opened the adjoining Downtown Hub. Visit this well-designed, airy co-working spot where you can rent a dedicated desk while enjoying great amenities.
La Pupusa Loca Grill opened at 144 Waverly Street, providing homemade meals and open daily from 9 am to 9 pm.
Rincon La Cabana opened at 16 Irving Street, serving the great tastes of Ecuador to our welcoming community.
Job Opportunities
Depot 417
Join the team!
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Cellar Team Lead
  • Packaging Team Lead
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Digital Marketing Intern
  • Beer Hall Front of House Staff
  • Sales Rep
  • Regional Ambassadors
Pho Dakao - Join the team!
RR6 Kitchen & Bar
Servers and Bartenders
Springdale Beer
Digital Marketing Intern
Spring Scenes
Jack's Abby was named the Massachusetts Manufacturer of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Their continued success and employment growth are ensured by the company's strong quality control measures. Read the blog here.
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!
Tiago Prado, CEO of the highly successful BRZ Insurance, describes to FSU students how tenacity and grit must accompany book smarts in order to succeed as a business in 2018.

Framingham businesses must compete hard for the best talent.
Ellen Sturgis, Executive Director of Amazing Things Art Center, enlightens FSU students on the staying power of performing and fine arts.

Arts thrive in ever-changing, densely populated urban areas that reflect myriad values and diverse cultures.
The marathon's harsh conditions didn't deter the runners who also appreciated the resiliency of our vendors and cheering crowds! Thank you to Avidia Bank for the lead sponsorship!
Adiela Jaramillo, owner of Pueblito Paisa, tells FSU students how restaurants can serve as open doors to experiencing a new culture and its offerings.

Pueblito Paisa was decorated with the patron in mind, where bright reds and yellows reflect the pure vibrancy of Colombian culture.

Pueblito Paisa is crowded with customers from different cultures who are vying to experience and appreciate the happiness infused in Pueblito Paisa's ambiance while savoring its delicious meals.
State Representative Jack Lewis stopped by the Taste of Downtown Framingham to mingle with the community and grab a delightful snack.
RR6 Kitchen and Bar won the 2nd Annual Taste of Downtown Framingham, capturing more than 65% of the popular vote.

Thank you to all who supported our restaurants!
Student violinists from Hoops and Homework entertained the crowd at the recent Framingham Cultural Council awards reception.

Playing music helps students appreciate technical music instruction while increasing their own confidence.
The Eaton Apothecary has a new home at 354 Waverly Street.

This integration of service offerings at the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center continues to serve the community's needs while accommodating the new residential development at 266 Waverly Street.
Jenny the Juggler consults with a young resident on her face painting vision while Jenny's two rabbits keep them company.

The first ever Downtown Common Art Market drew residents and community members to this beautiful green space.
Downtown's CORE Fitness understands the importance of activating our green space in a healthy way at the recent Downtown Common Art Market.

Zumba is a fun way to burn calories through dance-like movements!
Bose volunteers recently created 60 perfectly straight plots at the Pratt Street Community Garden.

Maria Martinez, the garden manager, was thrilled by this time-saving work that will expedite development of this year's crops.
Bullard Building (12 Irving Street) owner, Brian Li, and his son, Wilson, recently volunteered to paint the Pearl Street Garage with the Downtown Framingham, Inc. team.

Beautification of public assets instills enthusiasm and confidence when visiting our community!
Susannah and her husband recently moved to downtown Framingham. Susannah participated in the Zumba at the Downtown Common Art Market and then came along for the Cinco de Mayo Stroll later that day.

We love getting to know our neighbors!
On June 4, Franklin Marval (center) will commence painting Framingham's newest mural, which is a bright depiction of instruments. He is supported by property owner Richard Cohen (left) of 199 Concord Street and Downtown Framingham, Inc. Director Courtney Thraen (right).
Depot 417 recently unveiled a new menu, full of savory crowd pleasers.

You might even be tempted to stay for dessert!!
Fuller Middle School Aviators recently participated in a downtown scavenger hunt.

Here, they learn the history of the Amsden and Kendall buildings.
Fuller Middle School Aviators learn why health services, such as a dental office, are critical assets in a walkable urban core.

Thank you Dr. Naqvi of Atlantis Dental for sharing dental kits with all the students.
The Greater Framingham Running Club directed the 2nd Annual Mural Mile Road Race and Kids Dash on May 5th.

The winners received artwork from famed mural artist Sorin Bica, whose mural stands tall and bright at Framingham's MBTA station and MWRTA Intermodal Center.
Red Castle Soap has participated in the first two Downtown Public Markets hosted at Springdale Beer Barrel Room.

Nearly 10 vendors participate in this monthly market, which is held the third Sunday of each month through October.
Sofa Cafe capped off its one year anniversary with one month of specials and its free cupping event.

Patrons were able to sip five coffee varieties from around the world in the cafe's roastery room.
Yoga on the Downtown Common was a huge hit at our Downtown Common Art Market, led by Certified Instructor Samela St. Pierre.

We're working closely with the City to make this a regular programming option for our community.

Details coming soon!
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Hendler Family
Jim Kelly
Naqvi Family
Valerie and Phil Ottaviani Family
O'Connell Family
Randolph Family
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