Welcome back to AM Intel, a Monday morning round-up of mini news bites to kick off the week.
A Pharmacy-Themed Candy Store Opens in the North End
Happy Pills, a Barcelona-based candy store, has opened its first United States franchise (121 Salem St., North End, Boston). The brightly lit store is meant to have the ambiance of a pharmacy, with customers filling pill-bottle-like containers with one or more of 88 different candies and then choosing from a variety of labels. (At private events, custom labeling is available.) There are some sugar-free options; plus, gluten-free and vegan options will be added soon. Happy Pills is closed Mondays.
Landsmith Will Not Be Opening in Malden
Union Square Donuts cofounder Heather Schmidt had been planning on opening Landsmith, a “cafe and outdoor adventure clubhouse,” at the J Malden Center, a mixed-use development that will also include a new location of Salem’s Bit Bar. In addition to operating as a cafe, Landsmith was meant to be a home base for educational classes and outdoor programs for mountain biking, trail running, and other outdoorsy activities.
Unfortunately, Schmidt announced over the weekend that the brick-and-mortar Landsmith cafe will not come to fruition “due to rising unexpected buildout costs that became insurmountable.”
“It’s been disappointing to me that the shop won’t be opening, but Landsmith is very much still alive,” Schmidt continued. “As many small businesses experience, I am going to have to pivot to a new plan and bring Landsmith to life in a different iteration. As I reassess and realign on what Landsmith means and what I want it to be, I plan to take it back to the place it started — nature, being in the outdoors, and connecting with the community. Over the past six months, I’ve held coffee in the woods meet-ups, camping overnights, trail-running, and more. I want to continue to do these types of organized events and am even considering expanding to different parts of the country!”
Keep an eye on Landsmith’s Instagram account for updates on how the plan evolves.
In Other News...
- Shortly after hitting Chipotle with a fine for child labor violations, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is at it again, collecting $400,000 from Wendy’s for an estimated 2,100 violations in the state. Half of the settlement will go toward a fund aimed at educating young people about child labor laws.
- A little bit of Doyle’s lives on at the Irish Social Club in West Roxbury.
- Boston steakhouse chain Davio’s keeps expanding; it’s heading to Virginia next, opening an 11,000-square-foot restaurant in Reston.
- Boston Globe correspondent Diti Kohli spent the night at South Street Diner, one of Boston’s very rare 24-hour businesses.
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