In 1676, the Eliot School was founded when a group of residents donated corn and land to open a school in Jamaica Plain. After more than 340 years, the Eliot School could possibly move out of the neighborhood. In June, Abigail Norman, executive director for the Eliot School, wrote about the fine arts and crafts school's current multi-year research process. In 2018, a team of architects explored what it might look like to expand the schoolhouse on Eliot Street. This year, consultants Jennifer Gilbert and Traggorth Companies are exploring what it might look like to move operations to a new Boston location, either completely or in part. The school offers a variety of classes for people of all ages -- from preschool to the elderly.
UPDATE: The JP Local First Fair has been postponed to June 27 due to inclement weather. There are more than 165 independent businesses in Jamaica Plain and dozens of them will be participating in the 3rd Annual JP Local First Fair. During the free fair you'll have the chance to learn more about locally-owned businesses and nonprofits that will have tables set up with info, products and services. In the past, you've been able to sample food and products, get free massages, learn about volunteering and more. "One of the many remarkable things about our community is its great diversity of local and independent businesses and non profits," said David Warner, Chair of the Steering Committee for JP Local First, and owner of City Feed and Supply, adding that the fair is a great opportunity to make a new connection with a business you may not have known about already.
Donkey Beach Gear is a new business created by Jamaica Plain residents Mike and Jamie Steinfeld -- and naturally there is one question to start -- why is the business called Donkey Beach Gear? Jamie answered questions from Jamaica Plain News about Donkey Beach, sunglasses and the company's launch party. Q: Why is your company called Donkey Beach Gear? Are there donkeys on Donkey Beach? Steinfeld: We named our company after a beach we found in St.
Centre Street businesses J.C. Fruit Shop and When Pigs Fly recently had their front doors shattered, and had cash and items stolen. Both businesses were broken into during the early morning of May 12. J.C. Fruit Shop (606 Centre St.,) and When Pigs Fly (613 Centre St.) have since reopened, according to an email from JP Centre/South Main Streets. JP Centre/South Main Streets sent out the email to area businesses, letting them know about the robberies, and provided tips on how commercial stores can protect themselves:
Empty your cash register each night and DISPLAY your empty cash drawer in full view of the street when closed. Often burglars are looking for cash that is kept in cash drawers overnight.
The five commercial spaces at the mixed-use VITA condominium complex on Washington Street have all been filled even though the building won't be completed until September. Located at 3531 Washington St., adjacent to English High School, the five commercial tenants will be Planet Fitness, Third Cliff Bakery & Care, The Cooperative Bank, Pure Dental, and Beth Israel Deaconess Health Care, according to a sponsored post on Curbed.com. There will be 82 condo units in five stories, and 60 percent of the units are already sold, according to Curbed.com. VITA's website touts the building will have an "exclusive roof deck with grills and fire pit," a community room, gardens, and a pet spa. Also, all homes include garage parking.