For Kate Stillman, making the two-hour drive to Boston Public Market to sell cuts of meat from the grass-fed animals she raises at her Hardwick livestock farm had become too much.
The owner of Stillman Quality Meats made the realization during the winter. She wanted to spend more time on the farm with her animals, and her 4- and 10-year-old children.
It was about that time that Stillman said she was starting to hear everyone talk about Worcester.
"You really need to drive through Worcester," people told her.
Stillman said she would usually hop on the Massachusetts Turnpike and avoid Worcester, but she decided to check it out.
"On a whim one day, I looked, just to what there was for commercial real estate," Stillman said in an interview. "I literally landed in the parking lot outside of Birchtree Bread...I was floored at sort of the vibe that was going on there."
Developer Ed Murphy showed Stillman a space on Harding Street.
Stillman started to float the idea to her customers: Would you shop at a brick-and-mortar in Worcester?
The response: "We would love to find you in Worcester."
Stillman said it was good timing. And the timing is fast, as she is planning to open her Canal District Butcher shop in mid-August.
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Maddi's Cookery and TapHouse
Chef Adam Hicks of Milford's Depot Street Tavern decided it was time for a second venture, and has invested in a Canal District location to open a second restaurant.
Maddi's Cookery and TapHouse, will offer a range of homemade dishes, including fresh salads, sandwiches, hamburgers, fish and chips and rotating specials. Maddi's will also have an approachable and affordable wine list and 20 craft beers on draught.
The name is a combination of Hick's children's names: Matthew, 9, and Addison, 2. The location was formerly home to The Perfect Game.
Maddi's, at 64 Water St., is expected to open in early spring.
Pageboy Hair Studio Inc.On the opposite side of Maddi's, Pageboy Hair Studio Inc. will open a salon with a storefront on Harding Street.
The salon will have six stations and feature an industrial-style design with concrete floors, Worcester developer Ed Murphy said.
With Maddi's on the Water Street side of the building, Pageboy and another available retail space on the Harding Street side and 16 residential units upstairs from all of it, the building is set to become a destination spot in the Canal District.
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Owner of Milford's Depot Street Tavern to open 'Maddi's Cookery and TapHouse,' a neighborhood pub in Worcester's Canal District
After renovations, Hicks said Maddi's will have an industrial feel with salvaged lights, custom wooden tables and a concrete bar.
The building is owned by Worcester developer Ed Murphy. Upstairs, there are 16 resident units. The restaurant will expand across the Water Street side of the building.
The opposite side has two units, one of which will be occupied by a hair salon.
Called Pageboy Hair Studio Inc., the salon will have six stations and feature an industrial-style design with concrete floors, Murphy said.
"I think it will become a destination spot where people want to go," Murphy said of the building. "He's going to bring people from his Milford location who want to come out and try this which brings new people to the Canal District."
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Developer breathing new life into this closed Perfect Game building in Worcester with 16 apartments and up to four retail spaces
Two shuttered Water Street buildings are receiving a second life under Worcester developer Ed Murphy, who is currently renovating 16 luxury apartments units and retail spaces on 64 and 56 Water St.
64 Water St. was the home of Perfect Game, a popular bar catering to the sports and boneless wing crowd. The bar closed in September.
Days after Perfect Game closed, Murphy, who already owned 64 Water St., purchased Bucky's auto garage right next door, on 56 Water St.
Murphy is already renovating the empty buildings and shopping around for new tenants to move in and revitalize the block. His developments in Worcester have been a driver for the renaissance of dining and development occurring in downtown.
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