Income-Tiered Electric Community Carshare Starting in Jamaica Plain

Starting June 6, there will be two parking spots in a Centre Street municipal parking lot dedicated to an income-tiered community electric carshare. The parking lot at 737 Centre St. will have two reserved spots for Good2Go, which is funded by E4TheFuture and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center. In 2020, the city dedicated several parking spots as electric vehicle charging stations in the municipal lot. Good2Go features tiered pricing, and customers can qualify for the reduced $5 per hour rate (half the regular rate) by demonstrating enrollment in a public assistance program such as showing a SNAP or WIC card, a utility bill showing the receiving of fuel assistance, living in affordable housing and more.


Photo: Check Out Gasoline Prices in JP in 1940s

Peg Ryan moved to Jamaica Plain as a new bride in 1964 with her husband who grew up on Orchard Street. In the 1940s her husband worked at the local Esso gas station when he was a teen. The gas station was at the corner of Centre and Orchard streets. Ryan shared this historical photo with Jamaica Plain News and pointed out that gas was being sold for 22 and 24 cents at the time!  


The gas station was eventually torn down and became the parking lot for the Boy Scouts Headquarters next door, said Ryan.


PD Gallery Opens on Centre Street

The co-owner of Sweet Rice Thai Kitchen has opened a new business, but it's not food related. It's a photo gallery. 

The gallery is owned and operated by Pradit Sakkara, and is now open at 606 Centre St. Upon entering the space, you will find looming examples of Sakkara’s work in large scale photo artworks on the walls. He makes great use of luminescent color, focal length, and scale in his compositions. He is not limited to framed works however, as he also does work as a photographer for portraits, weddings, and more. 

He studied graphic design at the MFA School of the Arts, and worked extensively in Industrial Design throughout a 15 year career.


Community Fridge Now Available Behind City Feed

A community fridge was recently placed behind City Feed and Supply on Centre Street and people are welcome to take and provide food as they please. David Warner, president and co-founder of City Feed and Supply, said an employee brought the idea of a community fridge at the location to his attention. He reached out to chef Irene Li of Mei Mei to learn more about it, and decided to give it a try. "We thought that location would be the most convenient as well as out of the way as much as possible of cars and where we could get power to it," said Warner, in regards to the placement of the fridge. "We paid to have the electrical installed for it, but the volunteers have covered all of the other costs involved as well as make sure the area is monitored and maintained."


Coming Soon: Sherwin Williams Paint Store to Centre Street

You'll soon be able to buy paint at another location on Centre Street. Sherwin Williams is opening a paint store a stone's throw from the two hardware stores that have been on the street for decades. Sherwin Williams is opening a new store at 708 Centre St., just mere feet from Yumont True Value Hardware Store at 702 Centre St., and Ace Hardware at 656 Centre St. Sher