By Carol Meyer
Merchants, shoppers, and those driving and walking by the near-replica of the landmark 1859 Italianate-style Lincoln Building in Hingham Square are pleased to see that the fencing is down — a sure sign of progress!
"We're excited and looking forward to a grand opening possibly at the end of April hosted at Tosca," said Charlene Flynn of TLC Real Estate, who owns the building with Reuven Levy. "This will add even more vibrancy to downtown Hingham." The building is being praised by town officials and residents alike following a long development process.
The leases haven't been signed for the first-floor retail space yet, but Flynn confirmed that TLC and two high-end boutiques will be among the five businesses on the first floor. "We've been talking with a lot of different possible tenants, from high-end clothing boutiques to a gelato shop," she said.
There are four one-bedroom units on the second floor and two, two-bedroom penthouse units on the top floor.
The original building, which was slated for eventual demolition, was taken down after the roof collapsed following several heavy snowstorms in early 2015. The plans got the final okay from the zoning board of appeals in 2016.
Are you excited about this new addition to Hingham Square and looking forward to finding out what retail shops will be located there?
Rough winter? Think again!
By Carol Meyer
The winter of 2015 is not easily forgotten! In all, about 100 inches of snow fell on Hingham. The result was the calling off of school for many days -- even school kids got tired of making snow angels and snow men and women in their yards -- the collapse of the roof and part of the third floor of the 1859 Lincoln Building in the heart of downtown Hingham, other collapsed roofs around town, lots of building leaks, and mounds of snow to shovel, plow, and walk through when trying to reach our front doors.
In early March 2015 Hingham Farmers Market organizers and vendors were wondering whether the snow would melt from the Bathing Beach parking lot before the planned early-May opening day -- fortunately it did!
That said, although February and March so far this year haven't been easy, here's a photo of the "farm" at the Bathing Beach -- where excess snow was stored that year -- taken by Wendell Davis in early 2015. He and his wife Linda of Baking with Joy are regular market vendors.
What stands out to you the most about that memorable -- and tough -- winter?
So looking back, this year hasn't been so bad -- at least not yet -- right?
On the Lighter Side
by: Carol Meyer
There's nothing better to help chase away the wintertime blues than good music!
The Coffeehouse off the Square, located in the Old Ship Parish House in Hingham Square features well-known as well as budding performers -- from jazz and roots to bluegrass and harp music.
The Coffeehouse, which starts with an open mic at 8 p.m., provides a welcoming atmosphere to just relax, listen to good music, and enjoy a cup of coffee and dessert. Everyone is welcome!
Remaining performances this year from March through May on the third Saturday of the month include witty and engaging Irish singer-songwriter Robbie O'Connell; the multi-talented Eric Cornetta and Friends; and Ezekiel's Wheels, a lively and enjoyable Klezmer Band.
For further information visit http://oldshipchurch.org/coffeehouse-off-the-square.html
The booking committee is already lining up performers for the 2019-20 season. What kinds of live music would you like to see at the Coffeehouse and at other local venues?