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Boston's Latest Fashion Experiment
A first look inside Ministry of Supply's Newbury Street pop-up shop
MoS h1
On Friday, local fashion technology company Ministry of Supply is officially opening up a pop-up shop at 299 Newbury Street in the Back Bay. Calling the store, H1, after the idea of an "alternate hypothesis", the company plans to run its experimental store through the summer. Read More
Line of Life
Harvard i-lab project joins with MIT CoLab artist for community-sourced Back Bay mural
Image from Ernest M. English's website
Starting at 11 a.m. on Monday, Ernest M. English, an artist based out of MIT's Community Innovation Lab, will be unveiling an enormous canvas that will hang by the Boylston Street entrance to the Prudential Center. However, in the morning, the piece of urban art will be far different than the piece that will eventually be displayed prominently in the Back Bay.  Read More
Growing room
Wayfair getting more space, needs a sign
Wayfair's founders Niraj Shah and Steve Conine

This morning, Wayfair, the Boston-based online furniture retailer, announced that it has added 170,000 square feet to its upcoming lease in The Offices at Copley Place.

The additional office space more than doubles the original square footage Wayfair anticipated needing for its expected move in June. Last spring, the company announced that it was leasing 105,000 square feet from Simon Property Group, Inc., for a summer 2014 move out of the tower at 177 Huntington Avenue, a space that is part of the Christian Science complex. Wayfair's new office space will now be 275,000 square feet, about three times the size of its current headquarters. Read More
Bumps on the road to an IPO?
As Karmaloop seeks to raise next round, it stretches some vendor payments and shutters underperforming sites
Karmaloop CEO Greg Selkoe.
Hipster apparel merchant Karmaloop has been one of Boston's rare consumer e-commerce hits: the company, founded in a Jamaica Plain basement in 2000, booked $165 million in sales last year, according to CEO Greg Selkoe. And the company's headquarters have progressively taken over the inside of what was once the landmark Shreve Crump & Low jewelry store in Back Bay, where it employs almost 200 people. Read More
Makers on Main Street
New storefronts across Boston let you build your own product
Newbury Makerbot (1)

There was quite an interesting scene taking place recently at Makerbot’s Newbury Street store, as the 3D printing company held a printing workshop for children.

A seven-year old named Victor could be observed manipulating shapes with a 3D modelling software program. He chooses red blocks, adjusts the dimensions, and then pieces them together. A Makerbot employee assigned to oversee the children’s work takes a look at Victor’s creation.

“That’s a good looking robot,” he says.

“It’s actually a Minecraft person,” Victor replies, as he rotates the model into clear view. Read More