It is with a heavy heart that I am writing to let you know I have decided to close Bostoniano.
This is a very difficult decision for me, as I have dedicated almost six years to this editorial project. Since launching the website bostoniano.info in Jan. 2011, and the print magazine on Dec. 22, 2012, Bostoniano has been a daily companion in my life, and I have invested time, energy and money into presenting you and thousands of other readers a magazine and a website you could be proud of.
But these are very challenging times for the magazine and print business in general, and despite gaining great traction among readers, advertising revenue just never grew to the point of sustaining the enterprise.
When I started Bostoniano, I never really conceived of it as a business that would make much money, although I hoped it could sustain itself. I was driven more by a philosophy I’ve cultivated over the years: I wanted to give readers in Massachusetts and in other parts of the country the possibility to dive into Italian and Italian American culture, exploring the roots and heritage so many of us share. Being an Italian immigrant in the United States, I instantly felt a connection to all those who had come to this country before me, and I gave it my all to make sure their story, their past and their heritage had a spotlight shone over them.
While I am saddened by the closure of Bostoniano, I am grateful that I can further this mission I set for myself by working even harder on I AM Books, the Italian American bookstore I co-founded one year ago. I am also comforted by the idea that Bostoniano continues in other forms and under different names. After all, Bostoniano would have never existed without Fra Noi, the best Italian American magazine that is in print today in the United States. If you loved the features, recipes, interviews and other national and international news that Bostoniano brought to you every month, you will enjoy Fra Noi just as much (if not more!), because we have always shared content across magazines. [click here if interested]
As I close this chapter of my life, I cannot help but think back to all the wonderful people that I met along the way and all those who supported me, the magazine and the idea behind it. You are what made this magazine possible over the course of four years. You have contributed to building a piece of Italian American history and identity, and for this I am eternally grateful.
Grazie di cuore. Thank you, with all my heart.
With Bostoniano’s closure, you may be entitled to a refund for the remaining issues owed by Bostoniano LLC, depending on the initial date of your subscription or renewal.
We will be issuing refunds for the amount due over the course of the next few weeks, and we ask that all checks be deposited by Dec. 29, 2016, as we will be shutting down all remaining business operations on Dec. 30, 2016.
I would like to ask one favor of those who might be owed a refund, though.
Bostoniano has been more than a labor of love to me. It’s been an enormous draining on my family’s resources.
If you can find it in your heart to forgive the remaining months in your subscription, I would be deeply grateful.
For any questions or concerns, please leave a message at 617-651-1861 or write an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will do my best to respond within 24 hours.