Rose JP Consignment Store Open on Centre Street

There's a new consignment boutique in Jamaica Plain, and you've got to check out the amazing clothing, apparel, shoes, and more that you can buy at Rose JP Consignment on Centre Street. Located at 484B Centre St., Rose JP Consignment is a sister store to Rose JP at 51 Heath St. The Heath Street store is now an outlet store, and is no longer doing consignment. Co-founder Carina Lopez's evolution to opening the two stores is an interesting tale. She first rented the Heath Street spot in March 2018, and wanted to make it into a co-working space.


Eliot School, Kevin Cradock Builders Form Partnership and Youth Scholarship

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts recently announced a partnership with Kevin Cradock Builders that will help foster the next generation of craftspeople. The Jamaica Plain-based builder has funded the Kevin Cradock Builders Youth Scholarship that will provide a full week of summer camp for one child each summer for 10 years. In addition, Cradock Builders will underwrite several woodworking classes for young people. The class underwriting will be for five terms for Kids Woodworking (ages 9-12) and will cover the administrative costs, which will help absorb costs to put on the class, such as instructor fees. Kevin Cradock Builders has been a past donor of the Eliot School, but this is a higher level of commitment. “The Eliot School is able to put tools and materials in the hands of students, help them forge a small connection with their surroundings, and possibly spark the beginning of a lifetime’s work with their hands.


Yasbo Juice Bar & Cafe Serving Up Delicious Sandwiches, Pressed Juices, Tacos and More

A new healthy fast casual food spot is now open along Centre Street offering freshly pressed juices, quinoa bowls, salmon plates, salads, and more. In November, Yasbo Juice Bar & Cafe transitioned from a convenience store, J.C. Fruit Shop & More, to its current health-focused form, said owner Jay Collado to Jamaica Plain News. "We noticed that what was needed was a healthy spot food-wise. So we made the change," said Collado. "We now have a 100 percent healthy menu.


Full-Service Chilacates Restaurant Replacing Burger Spot

A third Chilacates restaurant is coming to Jamaica Plain. But the new one is going to be a little different. It will have a full-service restaurant, an expanded menu, and libations. Owner Socrates Abreu told Boston Magazine that he is remaking The Joint burger spot, and changing it to Chilacates Cantina. Abreu opened The Joint (605 Centre St.) last year after taking over for Grassfed.


Guns2Gardens: Stonybrook Metal Arts Makes Garden Tools Through Gun Buyback Program

The Stonybrook Metal Arts & Sculpture School has given new life to guns handed in through gun buyback programs -- by making them into garden tools. This past August the tools hit the soil during the Egleston Square Association's Peace Garden cleanup. The tools were created through Guns2Gardens Massachusetts organization, co-founded by Jamaica Plain resident and novice blacksmith John Hayden, Director of Stonybrook Fine Arts (StonybrookMASS) Anne Sasser, and Co-Founder of Prospect Hill Forge Carl West. Hayden explained how the guns go from a buyback program and into the hands of blacksmiths.  After a gun owner brings a firearm to a gun buyback event or police station, police then supervise as skilled metalworkers disable the firearm by sawing it and crushing it into scrap. Then the metal and wood scrap is distributed by Guns2Gardens to artisanal blacksmiths and metalworking educators, said Hayden.