Like the rest of the country, the Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on Jamaica Plain's stores and restaurants. As the state slowly loosens restrictions, it's important for us to feel comfortable to go back to our favorite stores and restaurants. As the months have gone on businesses have altered the way they operate. Have they worked? Have contactless payments eased your mind?
There aren't a lot of bakery-real estate offices. But the global pandemic has created a new world that led the delicious croissants of Fiore's Bakery to share the same space with Ken Sazama Real Estate. After being closed for five months due to the Coronavirus, Fiore's Bakery reopened with a twist -- a new business roommate as Sazama Real Estate set up shop where customer seating used to be. Charlie Fiore and Ken Sazama talked about what led them to this odd coupling of their businesses. Q: What made you come to this interesting business arrangement?
The board of directors for JP Centre/South Main Street recently voted to update the organization's mission statement to direct more focus on issues of equity and diversity in the business district. The new mission statement will be a guiding force in development of programs, events, and strategic planning. The organization's new mission statement is as follows:
JP Centre/South Main Streets works to support and enhance a vibrant, multicultural business district which contributes to a diverse, welcoming community for people to live, work, and visit. The organization's objectives are as follows:
ECONOMIC VITALITY: Assisting and attracting both existing and new businesses to achieve a lively, diverse, and equitable center of commercial and community activity. DESIGN: Using an inclusive design approach to improve access for people of all ages and abilities.
While it won't be the Doyle's Pub that you, your father, your father's father, and his father, grew up with -- there is a proposed project to revive the pub that closed last year after 137 years of serving the community. The Save Doyle's Cafe Facebook page posted an update with a flyer for an Oct. 1 community meeting. "Priorities have shifted these past few months as we struggle through this pandemic and all of us take stock of what is dear. While we know there are more pressing issues at this time, we also know that our community will recover and life will resume some day.
A new consignment store opened on Centre Street this week and is holding a grand opening this Saturday. DVSTY Consignment announced on Facebook that it is taking drop-offs of items, including Banana Republic, J. Crew, designer and boutique clothing, contemporary and vintage items. Items need to be in good condition and looking presentable, washed, and ready to sell. The store is located at 713 Centre St. They're also giving away free tote bags to the first 100 customers on Saturday as part of their grand opening.