Q&A: Sam James, the Worcester guy from ‘The Voice’

His latest album hit big on iTunes earlier this month, and for reality show veteran Sam James, the momentum only grows from there. “I’ll tell you what it says a lot about. It says a lot about Worcester. I have such a strong fanbase here and in New England. … I had all my friends and others from this city sharing my tracks on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. You really can’t say enough about the support that I get from this city.” The city-bred singer-songwriter sits down with Patrick Sargent to tell the Sun what’s happening next.

Local Business Spotlight: Shrewsbury Street orders up The Usual

With a little help from Niche Hospitality, a husband-and-wife duo plan to put down roots in the heart of Restaurant Row with what they consider a fresh concept largely missing from Worcester’s already eclectic and wide-ranging food scene. What could be missing from the city’s seemingly endless bounty of culinary choices, and how will The Usual fill that void? Only one way to find out.

Q&A: Sam James, the Worcester guy from ‘The Voice’

His latest album hit big on iTunes earlier this month, and for reality show veteran Sam James, the momentum only grows from there. “I’ll tell you what it says a lot about. It says a lot about Worcester. I have such a strong fanbase here and in New England. … I had all my friends and others from this city sharing my tracks on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram. You really can’t say enough about the support that I get from this city.” The city-bred singer-songwriter sits down with Patrick Sargent to tell the Sun what’s happening next.

Local Business Spotlight: Shrewsbury Street orders up The Usual

With a little help from Niche Hospitality, a husband-and-wife duo plan to put down roots in the heart of Restaurant Row with what they consider a fresh concept largely missing from Worcester’s already eclectic and wide-ranging food scene. What could be missing from the city’s seemingly endless bounty of culinary choices, and how will The Usual fill that void? Only one way to find out.

Vape shop owners at odds with Worcester health board

Vaping quickly became not only a popular alternative to tobacco smoking but a trend among young people. Vape places in Worcester know they will be losing some clientele when the legal age for purchasing tobacco products goes up to 21 in September. Whether this is a good thing depends on who’s talking, these small businesses or the city’s Board of Health.

Union Station

Worcester-Providence rail plans picking up steam

Boston Surface Railway Co. is in negotiations with city and rail officials on a timeframe to begin construction of a commuter rail platform at Union Station next year. Indeed, there are a number of items causing serious momentum to build behind the initiative to connect Worcester to Providence and beyond. Patrick Sargent reports.

Worcester Sports Complex

First in the Sun: Rucker says Canal District rink adds long-term tenant

As work progresses to clean up Canal District land where developers are planning an $18 million, mixed-use, dual-rink skating arena, its first college hockey tenants have agreed to a long-term lease.

Cliff Rucker, owner of Worcester Railers HC and a principal partner in the development of the former PresMet Corp. site, told Worcester Sun late Thursday, Aug. 11, the Becker College men’s and women’s hockey teams will join the Railers in committing to leasing space, including permanent locker rooms, at the planned 100,000-square-foot arena.