Top Massachusetts Business Stories for 2021: Year in Review


MASSACHUSETTS – This week we’re highlighting top Massachusetts news for 2021. Today we recap the big, interesting and offbeat business stories that have made headlines in Bay State this year.

Delivery of marijuana arrives in Massachusetts: In June, Massachusetts became the 15th state to allow home delivery of marijuana when a Taunton-based company filled its first order.

Freshly Baked Company was the first to legally deliver recreational cannabis, serving customers in Grand Taunton. But other companies quickly followed suit, with the state’s regulatory department approving more licenses this summer. Also on Patch: Borat actor sues Massachusetts marijuana dispensary

Hood removes “Jimmies” from the name of the ice cream: HP Hood has entered the debate over whether “jimmies”, New England’s old term for chocolate chips on ice cream, is racist by changing the name of one of its popular ice cream flavors . The Lynnfield-based company changed the name from Brigham’s “Just Jimmies” to “Just Sprinkles”.

There has been an ongoing debate about the term in recent years, and some small ice cream vendors have stopped using it. Officially, the claim that the word jimmies is racist is “unproven”, according to Snopes, the fact-checking site that tries to confirm or deny rumors.

Bad timing for DraftKings: DraftKings, FanDuel, CBS All Access and other internet platforms have been hit by service disruptions, preventing people from accessing their sites in several major cities, including Boston on Superbowl Sunday.

For Boston-based DraftKings, the hiatus meant players weren’t able to place bets through its sportsbook on the biggest betting day of the year. In addition to its daily fantastic sports games, DraftKings offers betting on games for users in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, from West Virginia, Tennessee, Michigan and Virginia.

Kowloon presents its intention to close the Route 1 establishment: It’s not yet the closing time for Restaurant Kowloon, representatives of the Route 1 emblem reassured customers in January. An appearance by members of the Kowloon team at a Saugus planning board meeting turned some heads, as the property’s eventual closure and redevelopment was announced.

But that doesn’t happen for some time. According to a statement, the restaurant “only plans for the future, which is years, not months … The process of getting local councils to do their due diligence and approve any project is not a overnight process. So our family is just starting some preliminary legwork. “

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The Supreme Court authorizes the dismissal of unvaccinated workers by the MA hospital: The Supreme Court has dismissed an emergency appeal from employees of Massachusetts’ largest hospital system who opposed the COVID-19 vaccine on religious grounds.

Judge Stephen Breyer made no comment in November when he dismissed Mass General Brigham employees’ request for a religious exemption from the system’s vaccine requirement. Lawyers for the employees said in court documents that six were fired, one resigned and another was vaccinated in order to keep his job.

Mass General Brigham – who with 80,000 workers is the state’s largest private employer – told workers they would be sacked if they didn’t get their first shot by November 5.

Famous chefs settle in Boston: It’s been another tough year for restaurants in Massachusetts, but that hasn’t stopped two celebrity chefs from announcing their plans to open new upscale restaurants in Boston.

Gordon Ramsay, the famous chef known as much for his temperament as for his cuisine, opened Ramsay’s Kitchen this fall, which took over the 7,000 square foot space previously occupied by the Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. Meanwhile, railroad chief Masaharu Morimoto opened Momosan Ramen Boston near Boston’s Government Center district on Causeway Street in October.

Gunmakers leave Massachusetts: Smith & Wesson, the Springfield-based gun maker for more than a century and a half, said in September it was moving its headquarters from Massachusetts over a bill that the company said will hurt business. This follows an announcement in May by Troy Industries, which has been manufacturing firearms and accessories in Massachusetts since 2003, that it will move its headquarters, manufacturing and 75 jobs to Tennessee.

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