By Mark Shanahan
BOSTON (Boston Globe) — For nearly three decades, The Improper Bostonian has showcased smiling faces: stars from near and far, athletes, and the city’s bright young things.
“I’d look at it and think, ‘Oh, this is what young people are doing. They’re looking cute and going out at night,’ ” says Monica Collins, a former Boston Herald TV critic and self-described media junkie. “I really liked it. I’d walk my dog in a certain direction every other week just to get a copy, and then I’d dive into it.”
Now thousands of faithful Improper readers will have to look elsewhere for photos of well-scrubbed men and women at sparkly affairs and the magazine’s signature mix of buzzy restaurant reviews, celebrity interviews, fashion spreads, lifestyle features, and event listings. To the surprise of its own staff, the magazine announced Thursday, April 25, it is closing.
“After nearly 28 years in business, we are closing The Improper Bostonian effective today,” publisher Wendy Semonian Eppich wrote in statement posted on the magazine’s website. “While this news might be surprising, the company has had a great run and we’re hopefully leaving this incredible city better and brighter since our inception in 1991.”
In an interview later in the day, Semonian Eppich said it was a difficult decision to stop publishing, and even more difficult to deliver the news to the staff.