The Papercuts bookstore is on the go, but unlike its Orange Line-themed logo, it can take the bus to its new location on South Street. "I'm absolutely delighted to announce that this morning, I signed a new lease and will be relocating Papercuts in early 2020 to 60 South Street where Fresh Hair has been woman-owned and operated for the last 37 years. I'm honored to carry the torch of woman-owned small businesses high!" wrote Kate Layte, founder/owner/manager of Papercuts J.P. in an email newsletter. Layte founded the neighborhood bookstore in 2014, offering great customer service, holding author readings, and more.
Jamaica Plain residents, business owners and neighborhood associations banded together questioning the process that allowed Chase Bank to make unpermitted renovations to its new Centre Street location. Led by a triumvirate of licensed architects, who were either chairpersons or members of the former Jamaica Plain Centre/South Main Street's Design Committee, the permit process was doubted. After doing their own research, Ed Forte, Michael Epp, and current Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council member Gert Thorn, learned that Chase Bank was doing work that required a design review, which had not taken place. They also felt that the renovations, specifically the metallic-look, was out of character of the area of 701 Centre Street. The trio wrote to a plethora of city departments, city officials, and elected officials, to voice their concerns.
Thanks to architects Ed Forte, Michael Epp, and Gert Thorn for their ongoing diligence regarding Chase Bank’s design downgrade of 701 Centre St. without communication with the community, in spite of being located in the midst of a Neighborhood Design Overlay District. This is not the first time community input has “slipped through the cracks” or been waived away for businesses and developers and will not be the last, without community vigilance. As abutters to both 701 Centre and the recently built, oversized condo building at 11 Burroughs St., we are disappointed that regulations pertaining to these projects were overlooked and abutters were not notified of these neighborhood changes. When we made renovations to our house, we were obliged to delay construction for over two weeks until all 80 of our abutters had the opportunity to weigh in on the new design.
The Boston Main Streets Foundation recently awarded $32,500 in Impact & Innovation Grants to seven Boston Main Streets Districts, including two local Jamaica Plain Main Street programs.
JP Centre/South Main Streets received $3,500 for a First Thursday Scavenger Hunt, and Three Squares Main Street (formerly Hyde Jackson Square Main Street) received $5,000 for the Hyde Square Mode Shift initiative. The $3,500 to JP Centre/South Main Streets will go to 10 First Thursday Scavenger Hunts that will highlight six businesses with a monthly theme such as art, food, gifts, health, or kids. The scavenger hunts will utilize the JP Centre/South StriveOn app, which was launched in 2018 and utilizes a multi-media approach to shopping the district. When the user finds and visits the business featured in the scavenger hunt, that business will provide a sample, a taste, a free gift or discount with purchase, a 5-minute class, a quick tour, or any number of ways that are available to them to engage the visitor in their business. The goal of the scavenger hunts is to promote late Thursday business hours and create new, more successful revenue opportunities for the businesses in the district.
A proposed deal would transfer City Feed and Supply's alcohol license to Equal Exchange, which would also purchase both locations of the popular neighborhood market. City Feed and Supply's owners Kristine Cortese and David Warner sent an email to its customers providing some details of the possible sale:
"Over the course of this year we have been in conversation with Equal Exchange, discussing the possibility of Equal Exchange purchasing City Feed and Supply. The deal is not yet complete but is progressing towards completion and we wanted to let you all know before you hear it elsewhere. We will start meeting with neighborhood groups to seek approval for transferring licensing, so the word will be getting out." City Feed appeared at Wednesday's Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association meeting to discuss its request to transferring its beer and wine package store license at its business located at 672 Centre St. City Feed's store at 66 Boylston St.