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Dot iPhone covers

Designer, Michelle Competiello  started her design business 2 years ago, specializing in print design; invitations; flyers; posters; etc. She designed a typographic poster that listed all the major places from her hometown,Milton, and got a huge response. So she followed up with one for Newport and then South Boston -places she’s lived in over the years.

Designer of the Dot iPhone case, Michelle Competiello

Designer of the Dot iPhone case, Michelle Competiello

She was repeatedly getting requests for other cities and towns so she just *knew* the next one would have to be Dorchester! Her father is originally from Savin Hill and some of her college roommates are from Dot too, so she’s quite familiar with Dot hot spots and vernacular.  She tells us that  iPhone Dorchester cases are the most popular of the bunch, so order quick!

Thanks to Dottie Hotties reader, Sean Wheeler, for sending us into this great find on Etsy.


Boston Strong Bracelet Fundraiser

Recently we discovered the oh-so-charming ‘Dorchester’ bangle bracelets from Triple Decker Designs (seen below is Leslie’s new beloved bracelet with the Dorchester triple decker charm, with the words ‘No Place Like Home’ engraved on the back).  Triple Decker Designs is an online only business is run by three sisters who grew up off Bowdoin Street in Dorchester. They started the company to honor iconic Dorchester neighborhoods, parishes and triple deckers that they knew and loved as kids. Bill Forry said it best in a recent op-ed piece in the Dorchester Reporter, ‘ In old Dorchester, life centered around these things: Park benches and pews and three-decker porches where children and their charges congregated and found common bond based on a shared faith, a shared struggle and, typically, a shared ancestry.’.


Following the tragedies that occurred on Monday, April 15th and in subsequent days following, the sisters of Triple Decker Designs  wanted to help those in need so they quickly placed an order for Boston Strong charm bracelets. Not only is it a statement of our devotion to our city and it’s citizens, but ALL the proceeds from these bracelets ($20 each) will directly benefit the Richard Family of Dorchester. We think these bracelets make a great gift for Mother’s Day and for anyone who shares Boston pride.


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It’s Gettin’ Hot in Here …


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( … but please refrain doing what’s called for in the next line of the song if you’re in public reading this; k? Thanks!)

Following on the heels of last week’s announcement by 24/7 Wallstreet that Dorchester is ranked #5 on the list of the 10 Hottest Up-and-Coming Neighborhoods in the USA, an article further waxing poetic about its awesomeness was just published by Design New England and is available on

We are so happy that Dot is FINALLY starting to get the respect, attention and press it deserves!