The Improper Bostonian

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The Improper Bostonian
Camille Kostek on The Improper Bostonian cover, 2018.jpg
Camille Kostek on the cover for the Oct/Nov 2018 Wedding Issue
EditorMatt Martinelli
PublisherWendy Semonian Eppich (2003–2019)
Total circulation
Year founded1991
First issueAugust 1991[2]
Final issueApril 24, 2019[3]
CompanyImproper Publications, Inc.
CountryUnited States
Based inBoston
WebsiteThe Improper Bostonian

The Improper Bostonian was a glossy lifestyle magazine first published in August 1991 "highlighting the people and places that make Boston a world-class city."[4]

After 28 years, publisher Wendy Semonian Eppich announced that the magazine would cease publication effective April 25, 2019.[5][6]


The magazine came out bi-weekly and reported on the area trends in a young and entertaining way. The magazine was a staple in Greater Boston, distributed free at kiosks within city limits, and available via a $29.95 annual subscription to people living outside the municipality.[1] The magazine covered music, theater, sports, fashion, personals, shopping and local events.[7] The magazine also held or sponsored events in the city ranging from balls to benefits for the homeless and children.[8]

When it was first published, it was a newsprint tabloid and—via several upgrades—it changed format to a glossy. The Improper Bostonian was founded by Mark Semonian in 1991. His sister, Wendy Semonian Eppich, succeeded him as publisher in 2003.[9] The publication was owned and operated by the Semonian family from its inception.[10]

In 2019, it has been distributed to 274 newsboxes and 600 other locations around Greater Boston, including colleges and restaurants, with the magazine being delivered to 13,000 homes reaching 350,000 readers each year.[11]

On the magazine ceasing its publication in 2019, Eppich stated "I think The Improper has become a part of the fabric of the city... I think we brought some fun to the city for 28 years".[10]


  1. ^ a b "Subscriptions". Retrieved 4 November 2017.
  2. ^ Sweeney, Emily (April 25, 2019). "The Improper Bostonian announces it will close Thursday". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Current Issue". Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  4. ^ "Media Kit 2016" (PDF).
  5. ^ Buja, Melissa. "The Improper Bostonian Shuts Down After 28 Years". NBC10 Boston. Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  6. ^ Eppich, Wendy Semonian (2019-04-25). "An Improper Farewell | Improper Bostonian". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  7. ^ "The Improper Bostonian". Improper Bostonian. Archived from the original on September 11, 2007. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
  8. ^ "Improper Events". Improper Bostonian. Retrieved February 29, 2008.
  9. ^ Fisher, Jenna (April 25, 2019). "The Improper Bostonian Magazine To Stop Publishing". Retrieved April 25, 2019.
  10. ^ a b Seiffert, Don. "Improper Bostonian magazine says it's shutting down after 28 years". Retrieved 2019-04-25.
  11. ^ "The Improper Bostonian Is No More". Boston Magazine. 2019-04-25. Retrieved 2019-05-17.

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