Jamaica Plain has lost our neighborhood coordinator for the city in Alexandra Valdez. But the good news is that the city has gained a new director of engagement for its Economic Mobility Lab. "It has been my absolute pleasure serving as the Mayor’s Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Coordinator and the citywide Latina Liason for the past three years," said Valdez to Jamaica Plain News. "From attending community meetings about local issues, to helping new businesses open, I have learned so much from our neighborhood and how government is here to help its constituents. I have also learned a great deal from the many residents and activists who put in tireless hours engaging in our government to improve our neighborhood."
It appears there will be an Indian restaurant showdown in Forest Hills after the Bukhara Indian Bistro recently announced it's moving mere feet away from Tikki Masala. Bukhara will be moving from 701 Centre St., one of the busiest areas for commercial foot traffic in Jamaica Plain, to 3698 Washington St., and Tikki Masala is located at 3706 Washington St. A sign in Bukhara's door says they're moving on April 1. It is not clear whether they will be opening in their new location on that day. Maybe a new location will serve Bukhara well, as they were shutdown twice for extended periods of time in 2018 for health code violations.
Jamaica Plain’s next Fixit Clinic is this Saturday at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library on South Street. The Fixit Clinic will be from 10 am to 12:45 pm, and is a free, do-it-together activity for people to bring their broken household things and learn how to assess, disassemble and repair them. That's a much better option than sending them to the landfill. All you need to do is bring your broken household items, any manuals (if available), and a willingness to learn. Clinic organizers will provide the tools, and volunteer coaches with expertise fixing a wide variety of things will help you.
The Blue Frog Bakery will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with a party this Saturday, and will be offering special pastries and desserts, chocolates, coffee, and cocktails. Owner Brad Brown will kick off the party at 9 am with a special cake-cutting ceremony, and the party will ensue until 1 pm at Blue Frog Bakery (3 Green St.). "Our baking methods have not changed in the last 15 years. Croissants are cut and rolled by hand almost every day," said Brown. "When I started, we weren't making our own bread, but I've learned that it's better when we make everything in house from scratch including fillings and doughs.
A newly proposed recreational-medical marijuana business may take over the space of longtime Jamaica Plain business, AAA Appliances, which has been at its current location since around 1970. The owner of AAA Appliances, Eleonore Grassa, is also the owner of the 767-773 Centre St. block, and has signed a letter of intent with Giving Tree Health Center, said Brian Bairos, Giving Tree's board president, director, CEP and head of cultivation. An employee at AAA Appliances said that the business is not closing, and that it would either relocate to another Jamaica Plain location or possibly West Roxbury. AAA Appliances has been in Jamaica Plain for around 60 years, first in Hyde Square and in its current location since the 1970s.