Welcoming a steady stream of customers, Juicygreens held a soft (and tasty) opening last Thursday. "It's been a lot of fun getting started, and we're adding items every day," said Mike Lowney, who co-owns the business with his wife Ammy. He added they want to perfect everything and ensure their staff have the recipes down pat before they expand to serving the full menu, which will include arepas, quinoa bowls, toasts, acai bowls, smoothies and more. On Sunday, customers stopped in to check out JP’s newest restaurant. Several families enjoyed sitting in the elevated dining area and outside on the patio.
The Harvest Co-op may close this summer unless members and patrons help raise $300,000 by following seven ways the market can be saved, according to board president Lydia Peabody. In an open letter to members and the community, Peabody said that 50 member-owners met in April and came up with a short-term plan to keep the Co-op going. That plan included increasing local, natural and organic foods, as well as hiring a new community and membership organizer. Peabody also provided seven ways that members can help: buying more bulk items, prepared foods, supplements and body care items; shop more at the Co-op; buy a $200 Harvest gift card, but not use it for 18-24 months; scan a members' card; and buy in cash. The financial struggles of the Harvest Co-op became public last year and recommendations were suggested on ways to make the market sustainable.
Rhea Becker has worn many hats. She's been a published journalist in publications including People magazine and the Boston Globe. She was the president of the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. And she's also the Clutter Queen -- as in she will help you get rid of your clutter. Becker answered some questions from Jamaica Plain News about how she became the Clutter Queen, what inspired her to help others, Swedish Death Cleaning and more.
Attention chocolate lovers! You're going to be excited about a new business coming to Centre Street. Cacao will be opening later this spring and offering up delicious chocolate treats, freshly roasted nuts and more. "It's a nut and chocolate shop," said Cacao's owner Leo Baez to Jamaica Plain News. "Cacao means cocoa in Spanish.
The seemingly popular Centre Street Cafe will be changing its name in the coming weeks and becoming an all day diner with a celestial name. The diner will be called Little Dipper and have a space theme, according to Boston Magazine. The current ownership of the cafe purchased it in 2015 and changed it to an Italian restaurant, and continued to serve one of the most popular brunches in town, as it commonly has a line out the door. So sounds like the Little Dipper will still serve brunch, as well as breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a Cajuan, Southern and Southwestern influence, reports Boston Magazine. Centre Street Cafe is expected to close in May for several weeks as it is remade into the diner.