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Local food lands at Logan Airport

Michael Levine figured travelers would want to eat local even when they were about to fly off to someplace else, but he wasn’t counting on the crowds that have flocked to his Berkshire Farms Market at Logan International Airport during its first four months of operation.

 

The upscale food market, in the newly renovated Terminal B, offers a range of local food products that stand out from typical fast-food-style airport fare.

 

Berkshire Farms sells maple syrup and roasted nuts made in Williamstown, chocolate from Sheffield, gluten-free brownies from Great Barrington, jams and preserves canned in Ashfield, and other foods from the Berkshires.

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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Tourists & business travelers pump up Greater Boston hotels in June

An increase in tourists and business travelers fueled occupancy rates and revenue at Greater Boston’s hotels in June, according to a new survey by PKF Consulting.

 

The 97 hotel operators in the PKF Trends in the Hotel Industry sample achieved an average 86.5 percent occupancy at a $219.20 average daily rate (ADR) with a resulting $189.61 revenue per available room (RevPAR) for the month. These performance levels represented an occupancy increase of 0.4 percent, a 5.7 percent increase in ADR, and an overall 6.1 percent increase in RevPAR for June 2014 compared to June 2013.

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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Biopharmaceutical companies shifting labs, jobs to Mass.

A wave of biopharmaceutical industry consolidation has been bringing jobs and companies to Massachusetts even as it has led to darkened labs and uprooted scientists in other states.

 

GE Healthcare became the latest player to disclose it is shrinking its R&D footprint elsewhere but growing in Massachusetts. The company, which last week said it would eliminate hundreds of jobs in New Jersey next year, on Wednesday confirmed it will move its US life sciences headquarters to Marlborough and add 220 employees.

 

“A lot of our customer base is in Massachusetts,” said Kieran Murphy, the London-based president of GE Healthcare Life Sciences, which sells bioreactors, diagnostics, and processing equipment used in drug making. “It’s the home of pharma and of biotech. We feel we can access great talent from the universities there because it’s a center of innovation.”

 

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“There’s nothing more rewarding to me than seeing a city-kid on a boat for the first time — smiling, confident, and amazed after catching their first fish. To keep our program running, we rely on the generosity and support of programs like the MCCA’s Community Partnership Grants. Their commitment to community programs, particularly youth programs, makes our small operation and all those smiles possible.”

- John Hoffman, Fishing Academy, Brighton, MA

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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'Swing Time' at The Lawn on D Combines Playground Fun & Interactive Art

As if The Lawn on D, a 2.7-acre park on D Street next to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, doesn't offer Bostonians enough engaging events and innovative installments (it most certainly does), the masterminds behind Boston's next great public park are helping to give you a playground item found almost anywhere. Only, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority isn't breaking ground on any old swing set.

 

Dubbed 'Swing Time,' these swings are no ordinary oscillating seats. Rather, they're more one part swing, one part interactive art. And they're designed so that those who use them will not only interact with the swing, but interact with each other as well. At least, that's the intention of designers Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler of Höweler + Yoon Architecture.

 

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"The champion of this department was Levy Restaurants, an event and catering company associated with Hynes Convention Center. Levy’s cupcakes were basically beyond words. I’ve never tasted a better crafted cupcake in my entire 26 year-cupcake-eating-life."

- Jessica Cickay, Food Blogger

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@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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Food trucks fueled by fusion

A tantalizing perfume engulfs a corner of City Hall’s sprawling plaza one Thursday afternoon: chicken, lamb, exotic sauces, and pita bread, coupled with the smoky aromas of ribs and grilled cheese.

 

It’s coming from the Chicken & Rice Guys food truck, sitting less than 20 feet from a friendly competitor, Roxy’s Gourmet Grilled Cheese. The smell overwhelms any aroma coming from restaurants nearby, luring more than 60 people — some in tailored suits, others in Red Sox jerseys — to quick and cheap meals emerging out of well-worn trucks.

 

Why, in a city with eating options ranging from burgers to Vietnamese pho, do hordes of people voluntarily stand in 15-minute-long lines for bowls of rice and meat or grilled cheese?

 

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"The BCEC is one of the few convention centers that offers free Wi-Fi service throughout the facility. It eliminates the need to negotiate this "must-have" service, results in considerable savings and satisfied attendees!

- Linda S. Bailey, CMP, National Fire Protection Association

Social

@MassConvention: The tunes, buzz and vibe in the BCEC today has all the MCCA employees awake and ready to go. We love #INBOUND14!

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