New Biz: Bakery + Coffee Shop + Record Store = Monumental Market

A unique business venture recently opened on South Street. Monumental Market is a joint venture between three different businesses: Lavender Bee Baking Co., El Colombiano Coffee, and Light of Day Records. The individual businesses are known entities in our area. El Colombiano Coffee and Light of Day Records are both regular vendors at the Egleston Farmers Market. While building their brands, the two businesses traveled to different businesses, including the Wake Up The Earth Festival.

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Jameson & Thompson Picture Framers Moving from Home of 35 Years to Bigger, Better Location

After 35 years of being right off Centre Street, Jameson & Thompson Picture Framers is moving to a new home with more parking, a larger gallery space, and more. Moving from Greenview Avenue to Bartlett Square is a very good thing says owner Alex Jacobson, who had known for awhile he wanted a new spot. "The biggest reason we're moving is accessibility. As Centre Street gets busier, it is harder and harder for our customers, who almost all have to drive to drop off and pickup artwork, both framed and unframed, to find parking near the building," said Jacobson, adding that accessibility has been a constant complaint in the 4-plus years of owning the business. There used to be two dedicated spots behind 632-638 Centre St., but those were taken away five years ago, and a new building is being erected very slowly at that location.

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Boston Foreclosures Dropped 61% in 2019

Boston's foreclosure rate reached a 17-year low in 2019, dropping 61 percent in 2019 compared to 2018. Across the city foreclosure executions went down from 103 in 2018 to 40 in 2019, according to city statistics. Comparatively, 1,215 foreclosures were executed in 2008 during the height of the housing crisis. "I'm proud that through our work with homeowners, we have been able to reduce the number of foreclosures in Boston, and keep more families in their homes," said Mayor Marty Walsh via press release. "These results show that our programs and policies to prevent foreclosures and evictions are working.

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$1.9M in CPA Funds Recommended for Pine Street Inn Building, Footlight Club, Haffenreffer Brewery

Three Jamaica Plain projects are among the 40 recommended by the city to receive more than $24 million in Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. The Community Preservation Committee met on Jan. 27 to vote on Mayor Marty Walsh's recommended slate of projects for funding. The Boston City Council will need to approve the use of the funds, and the council is expected to vote in the coming weeks. The three Jamaica Plain projects are:

$1,500,000 to the Pine Street Inn and the Community Builders to build a portion of 202 affordable rental units, including 156 for formerly homeless households, at 3368 Washington Street

$200,000 to the Haffenreffer Brewery complex to restore the roof and windows for a "Prosperity Center" providing small business services, job training, ESL classes, and other programs

$200,000 to the Footlight Club, the country's oldest community theatre, to remediate structural problems and stabilize Eliot Hall, a Greek Revival wood-frame structure built in 1831

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Is Celebrating Marty the Robot’s Birthday Ushering in Our Robot Overlords?

On Saturday Jamaica Plain's Stop & Shop celebrated Marty the Robot's 1st birthday. It's fair to argue that robots don't have birthdays. But tell that to C-3PO! I'm not going to lie to you. I was suspect when the supermarket introduced a robot to beep beep beep around the store informing employees there's a spill, a product fell off the shelf, or other "not supposed to be there" things happen.

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