The latest Natick, Mass., business news:
Crowded corner for barber shops
We noticed a new barber pole spinning at the 1 North Main St. space (across the street from Pizza Plus), previously occupied by Calliope before the stationery store moved to 29 Main St. When we stopped by Corner Barber Shop over the weekend to welcome shop owner Ahmed Osman to town, customers already were taking advantage of the new business’s services.
Osman had no time to talk then, because he was working. But we were curious about the location, just a door or so away from Robert’s Barber Shop at 6 North Main St.
We did get ahold of Robert, and he wasn’t sure why the other barber would open up so close to him, or why the landlord would go for that. “It’s not cool, but there’s nothing I can do about it. We’ve been open since 2015 and have loyal customers,” he said.
The town does not have any distance provisions for such personal service businesses.
The Flats rises from the rubble
If you’re curious about what the development in the space between Agostino’s and Morse Institute Library might look like, you can now check out the website for The Flats @ Natick Center. The previous building was torn down at the start of the year, though the beginnings of a new structure are emerging.
The Planning Board in March of 2020 gave its blessing to this 48-unit project. A 7-19 Washington Working Group studied the project, ensuring 10 “affordable” units would be included.
You can now let The Flats, at 7 Washington St., know your interest in securing a studio, 1-, or 2-bedroom apartment (fully furnished or not), or retail space.
The plan is for the development to open in summer of 2023.
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