Many people may not be aware there's a place in Jamaica Plain that you can practice superhuman feats -- the Commonwealth Circus Center. Co-founder/co-manager/co-owner Steve Minnihan answered questions about the circus, what classes are like and whether knife throwing is taught (spoiler: it's not). Q: What is the Commonwealth Circus Center? Minnihan: Commonwealth Circus Center (C3) is a recreational circus arts studio for youth and adults. Our mission at Commonwealth is to build an inclusive community where students of any age, experience level, and ability come together to learn self expression, movement arts, and healthy risk-taking through the joy of circus!
I’m pleased to let you know that a panel of trustees has selected designLAB architects to create a feasibility study to explore the possibility of renovating and expanding the Eliot School. A panel of trustees chose designLAB from a pool of nearly 30 interested firms. Selection criteria included experience creating spaces for making and learning, additions to historic structures, innovation, thoughtful landscape design, environmental sustainability and an inclusive visioning process. The firm will develop a range of scenarios for the Eliot Street site and possible alternative locations. Each option will include cost estimates and plans for phasing construction to accommodate ongoing programming. This is the first step in what will be an extensive process that we hope will lead to more adequate space for the school, including access for the disabled.
Only time will tell if Jamaica Plain can support two sushi restaurants. What is known is that we're down to one after the Kamado restaurant closed on Centre Street. The Kamado Super Fusion restaurant went through several changes in recent years, including changing management and a name change. Earlier this week the windows were covered with brown paper and a sign on the door said the business closed on Nov. 21.
Jamaica Plain restaurant Café Beirut is asking for help from the community to make its rent after someone stole thousands from the Lebanese eatery. A GoFundMe page was created on Dec. 19th to raise $6,500 to "keep Café Beirut in the community." The fundraising page says it all:
Recently, it was discovered that several thousand dollars had been stolen from the coffers of Café Beirut. Though the perpetrator has been identified and proper action is being taken, it appears unlikely that money will be recovered in time to cut the rent check, if at all.
The Hyde Jackson Square Main Street honored 25 businesses at their annual meeting for being in business for 20 years or more. Held on Oct. 24th, the event recognized the businesses "to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our storefront merchants who have successfully owned their stores, restaurants, and service business for 20 years and more." The following businesses and owners were honored:
Alejandro Castillo - Alex's Chimis
Idalia Flores - All Checks Cashed
Robert Amador & Maryanne Oller - Amador & Oller Executive Group
Soranlly Castillo - Angela's Hair Salon
Philip Barron - Barron Chiropractic & Rehabilitation
Ruddy Castillo - Centre Tailor Shop
Cathy Gavriel & Adrian Gaspar - Dunkin' Donuts, Jamaica Plain
Alberto Vasallo III - El Mundo Newspaper
Juan Fernandez - Fernandez Barber Shop
Jorge Gomes & Ana Fernandez Gomes - Fernandez Travel Agency