Blog :: 2019

#ThinkBulfinch Podcast: Episode 1 ft. Angela Niu Owner of ÉgaliTea Organic Café


The #ThinkBulfinch Podcast goal is to Introduce YOU to REAL people, places and ESTATE.  This episode of the Podcast features special guest Angela Niu owner of Egalitea Organic Cafe located at 248 Newbury Street, Boston.  


ÉgaliTea Organic Café is a local tea house and organic cafe in Boston, MA that aims to be your new go-to spot for quality conversation and, of course, quality coffee & tea.  Not only do we provide a warm and inviting atmosphere that's perfect for relaxing but we know coffee and tea like no one's business.  Ever since we opened our doors, we've been sticking to our commitment to being 100% organic and using the best brewing techniques so that every single customer who walks in experience the most wonderful beverages they've ever has.  All cup, lids, and straws are compostable and we strictly classify our trash within the operations.  We are women-owned and operated and have created our ideal all inclusive tea house!

ÉgaliTea Organic Café's menu features a wide array of drinks to satisfy every coffee connoisseur's tastes, including hot and cold espresso drinks, smoothies, bagels, desserts, and more.  We also offer a selection of hot teas and iced tea drinks, hot chocolate, and other alternatives for those who find that coffee just isn't their thing. Out talented baristas can customize your drink to order so that you always get exactly what you want.  We would love to see you in our tea shop!



Come One, Come All to Open Newbury Street!

This coming Sunday is the second Open Newbury Street Event of 2019.  From 10 am – 6 pm people are free to walk along a carless Newbury Street while shops open onto the pavement.  There are freebies, sales, and the opportunity to chat with the local business owners that work hard every day to create the unique shopping and dining experiences Back Bay is so well-known for. 


Since our last pop-up idea was such a success, Bulfinch has decided to once again pull out the carnival games because, well, real estate is a circus.  Make sure to stop by 255 Newbury St, test your aim and win some prizes!



Open Newbury Street will take place this Sunday, August 25 2019 from 10am – 6pm


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    Concepts x Bulfinch

     “The ability to bring to life someone’s vision, to make a concept a reality, that is what is most fulfilling.  That’s why I do what I do”

    – Ismail Guessous


    It’s apparent when someone has a true passion for something.  When they talk about it, you can hear it in their voice, see their face light up, their gestures are more animated, and you can’t help but be drawn towards their energy.  This is exactly how I felt when I spoke to our agent Ismail Guessous about his recent projects with Concepts, an international footwear, street and skate culture retailer returning to its Boston roots. 

    Concepts is more of an art gallery than a regular store, showcasing limited-edition sneakers and clothing and exclusive collaborations with some of the biggest brands in streetwear.  The entire idea behind the business is heavily influenced by the museum/gallery model, from brand-specific stores (such as Adidas x Concepts on Newbury Street) to the pieces chosen to go to retail.  Stores are curated based on current collaborations, new releases, and anything Concepts feels fits its clientele.  Not many retailers have this level of selection control, and it is partly what gives Concepts their edge and what makes them so highly respected among both the high street and high fashion crowd.  It’s a genius business model, and welcomed proof that “fast-fashion” has not completely taken over. 


    Stemming from a long-term relationship between Ismail and Concepts’ CEO, the transition to business relationship was a seamless one, built on a mutual appreciation for the artistic process.  The same care that defines Concepts’ business model is of the utmost importance to Ismail when it comes to finding the right space for a business client. 

    “Understanding the business [you are representing] is very important.  Location is fundamental to a business’s success, so knowing the city and areas where the business will thrive is critical.”


    It’s not just the location that is a key factor in a successful commercial real estate deal.  As Ismail explains, “both the landlord and business have their own wants, needs, and expectations.  It is the agent’s job to marry these differing perspectives and produce an efficacious relationship.”

    The third fundamental piece of a fortuitous commercial real estate deal?  The space itself.  While location determines whether people walk through the front door, space determines whether or not they will stay.  For Ismail, this is where the creative part of his job comes into play.  He feels the greatest fulfillment when he is able to find a space that matches the vision of the client, when he plays a part in bringing an idea to life.  “I did my research, visited other stores, learned the business, talked to the employees.  Eventually I felt like I was part of their team because I had become so involved.”


    So what advice does Ismail have for newer agents looking to expand their knowledge of real estate and explore the commercial side of the business?


    “Jump in with both feet.  Enjoy the challenges.  The best way to learn is to be involved and have the experiences.  Spend time shadowing someone who has done commercial real estate.  Pay attention to the whole process, specifically the negotiations.”


    Concepts is located at 73 Newbury Street and 350 Boylston Street (temporary location; flagship will be located on Newbury St), with stores in New York and Dubai, and is headquartered in Boston


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    Bulfinch 2019 Summer Season Kick Off: Part 2

    .........Because why have just one celebration when you can have two?

    Just a few days after the marathon, Bulfinch participated in ArtWeek 2019, this time appealing to a very different crowd - of the miniature sort.


    On April 27, super heroes descended upon Newbury Street to welcome children of all ages for face painting, make your own super hero sketches done by Lionel Blaise Jr, cookie decorating and a meet and greet with Batman himself. 


    The office was once again transformed, this time giving us all the sense of walking into a comic book.   


    By the end of the day frosting may have covered most of the office's surfaces, but a slew of tiny tykes were walking around the city feeling like the super heroes Lionel and his team had made them into.  


    A special shout out to our Caped Crusader's helpers: Susan Cook for her cookie baking skills, Justin Grammer for getting the kids hyped up watching Avengers, Nick Hailer for snapping the shots, and Lionel's incredible team for the face masks and temporary tattoos.




    Until next time everyone, Up Up and Away!


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      Bulfinch 2019 Summer Season Kick Off: Part 1

      "And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow fast in movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

      - F. Scott Fitzgerald

      So it's been a hot minute since Bulfinch hosted and event, and this past month we had TWO to kick off our summer real estate season.  Outside of real estate, I don't think there's anything we like more at Bulfinch than an excuse to throw a good party.  Just call us Jay Gatsby, old sport. 


      As the snow melts and the cherry blossoms begin to bloom, hibernating Bostonians begin to gear up for our dear commonwealth's own "Winter Has Ended" holiday, officially known as Patriot's Day.  However, if you happen to reside anywhere near a certain famous 26.2 mile strip running from Hopkinton to Boston, you only know it as Marathon Monday.  What do you get when the summer season kick off coincides with our city's most pride-filled day?  An epic marathon party at our office complete with Sam Adams 26.2 beer, Gatorade margaritas, and running bib raffle tickets.  


      This year, we decided to dedicate our efforts to our friend Christina Medina, who ran this year's marathon for Team Brookline.  We chose Christina because, in addition to being a close friend to our office, she truly exemplifies our company's core values.  Strong, hardworking, determined individuals who make the rest of us want to push ourselves harder, and make us believe that we are capable of more than we realize, deserve our thanks.  So thank you Christina for being that person in our lives.


      And thank you, as always, to EVERYONE who comes out to spend their evenings with us!  The dance parties would be a lot less fun without you there. 


      With our support, Christina raised $8,698 for Team Brookline and we were able to contribute $600 of that.  Special shout outs to our donors: Down Under School of Yoga, La Morra, Ace Ticket Brookline, Boston Olive Oil Company and 47 Brand, as well as DJ O for the tunes and Nick Hailer for snapping the pics




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