On Centre Named Business of the Year; Galloway Named Volunteer of the Year

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JP Centre/South Main Streets recently awarded its 2024 Business of the Year and Volunteer of the Year awards to recognize their stellar work last year in promoting and serving the community of Jamaica Plain

The awards were handed out at JP Centre/South Main Streets Annual Meeting on January 24.

On Centre's owner Phil Celeste receives the Business of the Year Award from District 6 City Councilor Ben Weber. (Photo by Deborah J. Karson Photography)

On Centre, located at 676 Centre Street, Business of the Year. On Centre's owner, and JPCSMS board member, Phil Celeste, received the award, which was presented by District 6 City Councilor Ben Weber.

“We are recognizing On Centre for their great work in the past year with community events, including the Galentine's Wine & Chocolate tour, their in-house fundraiser/promotion with Endless Jewelry, and the Holiday Stroll," said Weber. "Owner Phil Celeste and his staff went above and beyond in doing the work to make these events festive and successful. Moreover they build integral relationships in the community, such as tabling at Open Streets and competing in our Fall Fundraiser Trivia Battle. They continue to brainstorm creative promotions that highlight their stellar customer service and give back to the community.”

Janet Galloway, branch manager at TCB-The Cooperative Bank Jamaica Plain, receives her Volunteer of the Year Award from District 6 City Councilor Ben Weber. (Photo by Deborah J. Karson Photography)

Janet Galloway, branch manager at TCB-The Cooperative Bank in Jamaica Plain and JPCSMS board secretary, was named Volunteer of the Year.

“Janet first joined the JP Centre/South Main Streets board in 2021, and almost immediately took on the role of secretary to fill a gap in our leadership," said Weber. "She has been instrumental in promoting the mission and goals of our organization throughout the community, and can be found at every event that we hold, even during COVID, including:  the Galentine's Wine & Chocolate Tour, Taste & Tour, South Street Nite Market, Trivia Battle, and the Canine Costume Parade. We are so grateful for Janet's presence, careful consideration, and can-do attitude within our organization. We look forward to her continued leadership in our ranks!”

JP Centre/South Main Streets provides these awards every year to one business and one volunteer in the district who goes above and beyond to contribute to Jamaica Plain in connection with the work of the Main Streets organization.

JP Centre/South Main Streets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to bring residents, businesses, and the city of Boston together to guide the growth of Jamaica Plain's Centre and South Streets' business district.