Improper Bostonian announces it will close

The Improper Bostonian is closing down.

In a statement posted to the magazine’s website, publisher Wendy Semonian Eppich said the magazine will be shutting down Thursday.

“After nearly 28 years in business, we are closing The Improper Bostonian effective today,” she wrote. “While this news might be surprising, the company has had a great run and we’re hopefully leaving this incredible city better and brighter since our inception in 1991.”

In the statement, Semonian Eppich thanked her family “for believing in The Improper Bostonian and all of its employees from the beginning, and for providing incredible support.”

The publisher did not respond to a request for comment.


She also thanked her brother, Mark Semonian, who published the magazine’s first issue in August 1991, “for creating and conceiving something that is such an important part of the fabric of our city.”

She went on to thank the staff of the magazine, both past and present.

“Thank you for all of your hard work. You amaze me every day and are smart, creative, kind, humble, loyal, fun and fabulous. You’ve been an absolute joy along this Improper journey. In the business world, a company is only as good as the people you work with — and I feel fortunate and appreciative to have worked with all of you. Your fingerprints have left a lasting impression on The Improper brand.”

In her farewell letter, she also thanked the magazine’s partners, vendors, advertisers, and, of course, readers.

“Our loyal readers: Thank you for picking us up every two weeks and putting us on your coffee tables—or in recent years, for also clicking on our website,” she wrote. “It has been a pleasure to entertain, inspire, inform and amuse you. Our staff was always delighted when you shared your love and passion for the brand. Your feedback gave us a lot of pride in what we did and motivated us to continue doing it.”


The Improper Bostonian was published 24 times a year and reached an audience of more than 426,000 readers, according to the magazine’s website. Copies were distributed for free in newsboxes throughout the city.

The magazine was founded by Mark Semonian in a loft in Brookline Village, and the first issue was published in August 1991. Semonian’s sister, Wendy, became publisher of the magazine in 2003. She did not specify the reasons behind the decision to close the magazine in her farewell letter.

Emily Sweeney can be reached at esweeney@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @emilysweeney.