The latest Natick, Mass., business news:
Arthur Murray dance swinging into ex-Fair & Yeager space
A bright new red sign for Arthur Murray Dance Centers now hangs over the doors at the always nicely decorated space at 10 North Main St. in Natick Center that was long home to the Fair & Yeager insurance firm. Fair & Yeager busted a move for Needham in late 2022.
What are the chances that Arthur Murray would replace insurance exec Arthur Fair in the prominent space?
A sign on the door at 10 North Main St. now states that the dance center will be coming soon, and plans are to begin teaching classes there on Jan. 15.
Arthur Murray currently is located at 251 West Central St., near the West Natick train station, and will be moving from there.
The new location will give Arthur Murray more of a chance to be a part of the arts and culture scene in Natick Center, according to the studio.
Hot Doogy powering ahead with Mall plans
We reached out to find out if there were still plans to open at the Mall, and indeed there are, per Keith Nicholas, Director of Operations & Development at Hot Doogy. February or early March is likely, he says.
“As this is a new restaurant space at the Mall, it requires a tremendous amount of site/infrastructure work (i.e. electrical, plumbing, drainage, gas, etc.,) as it was all existent in this area and has taken a bit longer than we expected,” Nicholas says. “But construction is ongoing, and we are eager and excited to bring our amazing brand and concept to the Natick Mall as well as additional employment opportunities it will offer.”
Hot Doogy’s offerings are loaded with various toppings and sauces, making them a complete meal. The restaurant offers burgers, acai bowls, and more if hot dogs aren’t your thing.
ReLeaf cannabis shop pushes into ’24
Every so often we hit up ReLeaf to get an update on its plans to open a recreational marijuana shop at the old Papa Gino’s space on Rte. 9 west. The space proved a bit challenging in complying with town rules about the entrance and exit on Rte. 9, but obvious progress has been made on the building, and there’s even a sign up now.
We’ve never had any luck getting a response from the firm, which already operates a shop in Mansfield. But a day after our latest ask, pointing out that the Natick ReLeaf website still said “Under construction & opening in 2023!”…
… we noticed that the website had been updated to say “2024.” So I guess they sort of responded to our inquiry.
Natick’s other recreational cannabis dispensary licensee, Redi, has gotten a good head start on ReLeaf, opening its facility a year ago at Cloverleaf mall.
Longfellow Health Clubs bump up rates
Longfellow Health Clubs, located in Natick and Wayland, greeted members to start the new year with a notice that its rates are going up (aka, a “market adjustment”). The clubs actually lowered rates in 2008 and have kept them at that level since, according to a letter sent to members. New rates have been bumped up in the $10-$15 range.
Health club rates can sometimes be mysterious, with clubs requiring members to first fill out an online form & then being contacted with the fee info.