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#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!

                   

 

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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Happy BulfinchGIVING

 

 

It’s true what they say about that tryptophan coma, I haven’t been the same since I ate my weight in turkey.  Now that I’m finally awake (just in time to start preparing for more holiday meals), I’m getting around to this blog post.  As many of you know, Bulfinch had another event at our new office, this time to raise money for the Greater Boston Food Bank.  Thanks to an overwhelming amount of support, we were able to more than triple our goal donation amount!  So here’s the recap of what can be considered a truly epic night of food, music, and great company

 

Strips of raffle tickets were snaking their way across the floor while guests shimmied around the gift table.  Why buy just one when gifts such as weekend stays at the St Butolph Inn, Patriots tickets thanks to Ace Tickets, a Tea Forte tea assortment, and a certificate for two at Grill23 were just a few of the options?!

 

DJ King H set the mood with energetic beats while Patricia Gallagher from One Hope Wine and Down the Road Brewery kept glasses full

 

While adults conversed, the kids had their own party going on, complete with caramel apples (because FALL) and dance circles

Zechariah Cook, Co-Owner of Bulfinch Boston Realty, and Morgan Franklin, an agent, are always on the clock

Alicia Ingalls, Co-owner of Bulfinch Boston Realty, catching up with old friends

Lauren Hammer, an agent at Bulfinch, posing with friends and family

 

Mark Pardes and Alicia Ingalls, the original owners of Bulfinch, discussing how much real estate has changed in Boston over the last 30+ years

 

Taryn Smith, Director of Operations at Bulfinch Boston Realty, leads the raffle while Morgan Franklin realizes he is a jack of all trades as he winds up the crowd during the auction

 

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to our friends, family, and clients for helping make this event such a success.  Every dollar donated feeds three meals, which means that thanks to all of your donations, we helped the Greater Boston Food Bank give 10,800 meals to those in need in our community.  Special thanks to the following individuals and companies that made all this possible:

Rogaris Law

Ace Tickets

Maverick Empire

St Botolph Inn

Tea Forte

DJ King H

Patricia Gallagher of One Hope Wine

Nift

Grill23

Jeff Chalmers

UMass Dining Club

Down The Road Brewery

Visions Restorations

Heather Prohaska Photography

All of the winners and contributors to the raffle and auction

A Bulfinch Evening with Brigitte Livet de Sautels

Thank you to all that came to Bulfinch Boston Realty’s very first event at our recently renovated space!  On Thursday October 12, 2017 we hosted “An Evening With…” our very first art show dedicated to a featured artist.  Since July, we’ve proudly showcased paintings by Brigitte Livet de Sautels at our office on Newbury Street.  Brigitte’s art is based on impressions of images, unique objects, buildings, and unusual faces all rendered, recast and recreated through her talent as remarkable works of art.  She is well recognized for her unique sense of color and her innate ability to translate “from mind to media”.  To see more of Brigitte’s work, feel free to stop into the Bulfinch office located at 255 Newbury St Boston MA or Brigitte’s studio located in the Bradford Mill on 43 Bradford Street in West Concord MA. brigittedesart.com

 

Last Thursday’s event brought in a delightful mix of Back Bay residents and professionals, with the new and improved Bulfinch office (implemented by the extraordinarily talented Anthony Richardson, owner and creative force behind Visions Restorations) only happy to accommodate them.  Cortez Martinez lured art aficionados in with the smooth sounds of his saxophone, while Heather Prohaska of Heather Prohaska Photography was quick to pose them in front of the step and repeat created by Ansy Chevalier of Studio 24.  Beer and wine flowed freely thanks to Gianni Mazzotta and Bauer Wine and Spirits.  Since the artist we were all there to pay our respects to originates from Clermont Ferrand, France, it seemed only fitting to include macarons on a (silver) dessert platter.  

 

Brigitte de Sautels stands next to her latest piece, Sensationnel

 

The food, as always, did not disappoint

 

Party goers and Bulfinch agents mingle over drinks

Patricia Ranahan and Lucian Estevez discussing their latest listings, no doubt

 

Zech Cook, co-owner of Bulfinch Boston Realty with Anthony Richardson, owner of Visions Restorations

A guest filling out our sign in book in order to stay in the know of future Bulfinch events

Cortez Martinez with Brigitte de Sautels and Zech Cook

Our youngest art critic

That's a wrap!