Ten Jamaica Plain Businesses Awarded ‘Best of Boston’ by Boston Magazine

Boston Magazine’s annual “Best of Boston” issue has hit stands, and 2015 marks the 42nd anniversary of the awards! For the past 12 months, Boston magazine’s team of expert judges ate, drank, and shopped their way across the city, the ‘burbs, and the Cape and the Islands to find the very best the area has to offer. This year, 10 Jamaica Plain businesses won "Best of Boston" awards in the “Arts & Entertainment,” “Dining,” and “Neighborhood Best” categories. Here is a complete list of the winners:

Arts & Entertainment, Record Store: Deep Thoughts JP
Dining, Brunch: Tres Gatos
Dining, Ethiopian: The Blue Nile
Dining, Bread: Blue Frog Bakery
Dining, Pastry: Canto 6 Bakery
Dining, Romantic: Centre Street Café
Neighborhood Best, Eat: Thursdays on the Lawn, Loring-Greenough House
Neighborhood Best, Drink: Canary Square
Neighborhood Best, Shop: Kitchenwitch
Neighborhood Best, Discover: Boating on Jamaica Pond

For a complete list of all “Best of Boston” winners, head over to BostonMagazine.com.

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Did Winter Hurt Your JP Business? Snow Loan Program Could Help

If you own a business in JP and have losses because of the punishing series of storms we endured, there's help. A state program is offering loans of $5,000 to $10,000 to help local businesses "regain financial stability and recover from lost storm revenue." Brad Brown of Blue Frog Bakery touted the program at Wednesday's meeting of the JP Business & Professional Association. He said his Green Street business lost $12,000 in February from weather-related closings. The program, which could make as much as $1 million in loans available, would run through May, according to a press release.

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‘Scuse Me, While I Kiss This Fly

Blue Frog Bakery mascot, Jamaica Plain. Credit: Coleman Johnson

JP's Coleman Johnson captured this view of the mascot of Blue Frog Bakery on Green Street. Thanks for sharing this shot! Johnson and I met in a photography class at JP's Eliot School. I've taken two photo courses at the historic school and recommend them highly.

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Screen grab from map of locations for First Thursday Artwalk, Sept. 4, 2014.

Your Guide to First Thursday Artwalk

The next-to-last First Thursday Artwalk of the season is here. And it's massive. Here's a map and guide to the festivities, which will draw thousands of people to central JP from 5-9 p.m. Thursday. The basic concept is that businesses all up and down the Centre/South corridor host art exhibits, concerts, food tastings, etc. It's a JP tradition that is organized by Centre/South Main Streets.

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Wes Anderson’s ‘The Royal Tenenbaums’ Screens on the Green

Hello, JP! Here's your Morning Memo for all things Jamaica Plain for Thursday, Sept. 4. Free Screening of "The Royal Tenenbaums": All week we've been previewing aspects of the First Thursday Art Walk (like the Canadian Bacon sandwich on offer and live music from an all-female Queen tribute band). Here's one more: Starting about 8 p.m., the off-beat Wes Anderson jewel "The Royal Tenenbaums" will be projected on the lawn at the Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St.

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