Calling Chocoholics: Cacao Now Open, Selling Nuts, Too

Cacao wasn't even officially open before their first customer walked into Centre Street's new business wanting to buy chocolate. So owner Leo Baez did what any proprietor would do -- he sold the guy some chocolate. "Definitely try the chocolates -- and the roasted nuts are great as well," said Perla Rosario, co-owner of Cacao. It's not just assorted delicious chocolates being sold at Cacao, which had a soft opening at 660B Centre St., on June 30. There are also in-house made barks, in-house roasted nuts, dried fruits and more.


JP Local First Fair on Thursday: 50+ Bizs, Live Music, Food Trucks and Bouncy House

What do more than 50 local businesses, poutine, Mexican street corn, a social media contest and a bouncy house have in common? They're all going to be at the 2nd Annual JP Local First Fair this Thursday at the Loring-Greenough House. The JP Local First Fair is a great way to support many of our JP businesses, or get to know new ones. There will be a wide array of businesses with focuses on: bicycling, canines, real estate, financial planning, theater, helping the elderly, acupuncture, music, dance, legal services and more. This year's JP Local First Fair will feature live music from Back Bay Drumming and Evan of Music at the Blissful.


Restaurant Opening Alert: Soup Shack Opening June 18

The already varied and robust Jamaica Plain cuisine scene will soon get another fare to its lineup -- as the Soup Shack is scheduled to open on June 18. The Soup Shack has given itself a very impressive challenge by serving up three different Asian style soups: Thai noodle soup, pho and ramen. That's Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese soups. It's impressive to do one well. It will be even more impressive if three are done well!


Poll: Should Commercial Property Owners Pay a Fee for Empty Storefronts?

Should landlords pay a fee when their storefronts are vacant? That's the question that a Boston City Council hearing will tackle on Tuesday. District 6 City Councilor Matt O'Malley proposed a vacancy fee for landlords causing "high-end blight" in April. "When properties remain vacant year after year, they create holes in the fabric of our communities," said O'Malley to Jamaica Plain News. "As we encourage investment in our neighborhoods, we must also make sure that investment benefits our neighbors.


#JPLocalFirst Contest: Win $500 to Spend at Jamaica Plain Businesses

Every time you visit a JP Local First member business use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst and you may win one of three prizes in the Love Your Local contest. Anyone can use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter to earn points. You can also use points by commenting, sharing, reposting, retweeting or tagging other people's #JPLocalFirst posts. The person with the most points will win $500 to spend at JP Local First member businesses. The second place finisher will get $300 and there will also be a wild card raffle for someone to win $2o0 to be spent at local businesses.