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6 Game-Changing Bostonian Businesses

Who’s That is an app that basically acts as Tinder for groups at bars. I’ve never personally used it, but as a concept, I think it’s brilliant. How heartbreakingly awkward is it watching a group of guys approach a group of girls only to be shot down with apathetic glares and be caught in the crossfires of judgmental, subliminal glances between friends? Or see a squad of girls that were definitely #feelinthemselves try to start conversations with a squad of papacitos that clearly aren’t feeling them? Yes, everyone needs to learn how to go after they want and stop letting the fear of rejection render them cowards, but you can’t blame people for wanting to drastically decrease the chances of public humiliation on what’s supposed to be a fun night out. Oh, the difference a right swipe can make!

2. THE BOSTON CALENDAR

There’s nothing more annoying than being struck with a sense of adventure and wanting to do something new, and finding yourself unable to find events that actually interest you. In online magazines and listicles, you’re likely to find touristy attractions and suggestions that don’t appeal to any normal person older than 12 and younger than 40. The Boston Calendar solves that problem for Bostonians with an extensive and varied list of events that don’t suck happening every day in the Hub of the Universe, for every type of person there.

3. FASTEN

Fasten is an app like Uber, but much cheaper while compensating its drivers much better than Uber and other companies like it. A ride that costs around $25 in Uber (pre-surcharge, btw) costs $10-13 with Fasten. Enough said.

4. SPOTS

Spots is an app literally revolutionizing nightlife in Boston. They provide real time promotions and deals happening at restaurants and bars as well as wait times, covers, dress codes and how packed they are. Is there anything more frustrating than realizing there’s an outrageous line in front of the bar you were planning to go to, or worse; that it’s completely desolate, and that you wore a brand new outfit that everyone on Snapchat has already seen but that you won’t get a free drink out of?

5. UNITIQUES

UNItiques founder Alex Shadrow photographed by Cydney Scott
UNItiques founder Alex Shadrow photographed by Cydney Scott

UNItiques is a company started by Boston University alum that identifies itself as the safer, trendier Craigslist. It allows college students in the Boston area to sell their stuff (anything from cars to clothes) without fear of being axe murdered or having their organs stolen and sold on the black market, and that’s always a plus right?

6. ROSIE

I’ll be honest; I’m not a real adult and grocery stores confuse me and stress me out. Like, I don’t know how to find anything. My mom barely does, and she’s been a real adult for decades now. Rosie is an app that allows you to shop from local grocery stores online and either pick them up at your convenience or have them delivered.

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