NOT THE END BUT THE BEGINNING: Well. we all basically know better now, but for a moment there some in Worcester politics were ready to write the Worcester Red Sox an obituary (I really hate WooSox, guys, we gotta come up with something better). Hyper-focused on the Rhode Island legislative process, there was an impulse around here to conflate a signed funding bill with a done deal. But no, just because the Rhode Island state government has consented to spending the money, that doesn’t mean the PawSox have consented to accepting the money. It looks like, based on statements from the PawSox and City Manager Ed Augustus Jr. last week, the game has really just begun. Now, the PawSox know they have a deal in Pawtucket, and they’ve known for a while they have a deal in Worcester (though we, the public, do not yet know what that deal is) and they have a choice to make. When they’ll make that choice – that’s the real question, and anyone’s guess is good as mine.

A BOOKSTORE (!!!!!): Rejoice! Worcester is getting a real, bonafide, independent bookstore. Sure, it’ll be a juice bar as well, but close enough. This has been a sorely-missing component of downtown retail for some time, and this venture could be a signal of more exciting small business investment to come. Opening soon at the Crompton Collective building on Green Street, which is really the small-scale retail hub of the city, Bedlam Book Cafe will open sometime soon. The store will offer a small, but thoughtfully-curated selection of books, specializing in the academic and esoteric side of things, which is cool with me. They’ll even buy used books from customers, which is objectively awesome. In their mission statement, the owners, Nicole DiCello and Patrick Warner, assessed

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