Innovation Economy

In Somerville, shuttered factory now a hub of innovation

Employees  at Keystone Tower Systems worked on a piece of a wind turbine at Greentown Labs in Somerville.

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The Ames Business Park is not only fully occupied, it has also become the entrepreneurial epicenter of the city.

Friendly’s co-founder Prestley Blake, 99, sips on a fribble during an outing to the chain with his wife Helen.

Shirley Leung

Friendly’s and its founders are aging well

Sales may be finally improving at Friendly’s Ice Cream, but does the chain pass a taste test with cofounder Prestley Blake?

// Market Basket employees begin rebuilding

The company is struggling with barren shelves, strained vendor relationships, and a mountain of new debt.

Cashier Mary Olson (left) and assistant manager Raquel Flores embraced.


Market Basket uprising’s success hard to replicate

So much had to break the workers’ way that it’s hard to draw a formula for replicating the movement.

The most (and least) profitable professions in Massachusetts

Massachusetts workers ran companies and classrooms in 2013.

Discounts you didn’t know you could get with a student ID

When in doubt, always ask, but here are a few places where showing a student ID may get you more than you think.

Companies lag in revealing data breaches, consumer groups say

News that JPMorgan Chase had been victimized is just the latest headline from a digital crime wave that shows no sign of ebbing.

Visual search to shop: gimmick or game changing?

Though many companies are trying to make the ‘‘visual search’’ a reality, this seemingly simple notion remains elusive.


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Data desk

// Latest from the data team

The Globe’s data team enhances stories with data through charts, maps, and interactive graphics.

Shirley Leung

Leung writes a business column every Wednesday and Friday. Previously she served six years as the business editor overseeing daily and Sunday coverage.

Market Basket in turmoil


A family feud is now an outright business crisis for the Demoulas Super Markets chain.

Game Changers


The new publication highlights the entrepreneurs and the contributors who make the state a national leader in innovation.

Massachusetts housing prices

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// Median prices by town

Median sales prices have climbed above the 2005 peak in more than 60 Massachusetts communities. Compare the numbers for each Bay State city and town.

Diversity Boston

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A look at how urban farming is taking root, books about diversity for children and teens, a conversation about Boston’s health disparities, and more.

Top Places to Work


// 2013 Top Places to Work rankings

The Globe’s annual survey of Massachusetts companies ranks the top largest, large, medium, and small employers in the state.

Globe Investigations

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// Recent investigative reports

Read recent stories and ongoing investigations from the Globe’s journalists.