Have you met the new employee at Jackson Square's Stop & Shop? Its name is Marty. Marty is a robot. Stop & Shop's parent company, Ahold Delhaize USA, announced in January that it would be deploying around 500 robots to Giant Food Stores, Martin's and Stop & Shops, according to Supermarket News. Marty is actually not cleaning the store, as some people may think.
City Kids, a youth education nonprofit program developed by City Realty, recently donated a full computer lab to the Italian Home for Children in Jamaica Plain. The Italian Home for Children provides an integrated network of powerful and effective programs to help children and families with emotional, behavioral and educational challenges thrive in their communities. The kids will use the new computer lab to aid in school work and research. City Realty Managing Partner Steve Whalen discovered the need for new computer equipment during a recent visit to the facility. Whalen worked with City Realty’s Chief Technology Officer Jerry Wycoco to select the desktops, design the space and install the entire telecommunications infrastructure.
A GoFundMe page is raising funds to help Sorella's employees who are losing their jobs due to the restaurant closing at the end of March. The GoFundMe page is scheduled to close on March 31. "As you probably heard Sorella’s is closing. I started a GoFundMe page for employees to help them as they look for new jobs," said Ken Sazama of Sazama Real Estate. "My extended family has gone here for years, Sorella's employees have always been very nice to us, have watched our children grow," wrote Sazama on the GoFundMe page.
Susanna is coming to Jamaica Plain. A women's boutique, Susanna, with one store in Cambridge, will open its second location in July replacing a longtime Centre Street business. Jamaica Plain resident Amy Driscoll was planning to open her second boutique in the new commercial space at 7 Burroughs St., but changed course when Fire Opal announced it was leaving its 683 Centre St. location. Driscoll told Jamaica Plain News that she was approached about the Centre Street space when it became available and she couldn't pass it up.
Jamaica Plain has an amazing array of cuisines and soon it'll have a new type as the Boston area Jamaica Mi Hungry food truck is planning on opening a brick and mortar store in Jackson Square. Jamaica Mi Hungry, which has a brick and mortar store in New Hampshire, would be opening its first Boston area storefront at 225 Centre St. That location had been the home to Mooyah Burgers, Fries and Shakes, which closed in November, after only being open since June 2017. Jamaica Mi Hungry is the creation of chef Ernie Campbell, who grew up in Jamaica, and honed his culinary skills at country clubs, hotels and schools. He decided that Boston was missing the cooking that he grew up with and decided to start his own food truck.