In August of 1991, recent college grad Mark Semonian published the first issue of The Improper Bostonian. After coming up with the name and a million ideas, Mark gathered a team of young, smart individuals, and a magazine was born in a loft in Brookline Village.
In 2003, Wendy Semonian Eppich, Mark’s sister, became publisher of the magazine, which is now headquartered in the Pledge of Allegiance building in the Back Bay. The site once housed The Youth’s Companion, a 19th-century publication boasting some of the era’s most respected writers, including the person believed to have penned the Pledge of Allegiance. Today, The Improper continues that creative tradition, striving to produce a publication worthy of its hometown.
Twenty-six years after its founding, The Improper has become a local institution that reaches a loyal audience of more than 426,000 readers. With 24 issues a year covering everything from food and fashion to arts and entertainment, we pride ourselves on highlighting the people and places that make Boston a world-class city.
In the Press
Channel 7’s (WHDH-TV) coverage of The Improper‘s Holiday Entertaining issue here!
Chronicle’s segment on The Improper here!
The Improper’s editor Matt Martinelli on Fox25 here!