A new bank branch will fill a prime vacant commercial spot on Centre Street that already has four banks within 100 yards of its location. A JP Morgan Chase employee confirmed to Jamaica Plain News that Chase will be opening a branch at 701 Centre Street by the end of October. Chase will be going into the old Bukhara restaurant location, which moved from its longtime Centre Street location on April 1, 2019, to a new location in Forest Hills. Chase Bank will certainly not be filling a void of financial institutions on Centre Street. There are already four banks within 100 yards of Chase's new branch -- a Bank of America at 677 Centre St., Eastern Bank at 687 Centre St., Citizens Bank at 696 Centre St., and Rockland Trust at 725 Centre St.
The recent extreme heat delayed Mayor Marty Walsh touring around Main Street districts highlighting local businesses and volunteers, including several of Jamaica Plain's favorite businesses. Some of the JP part of the tour was rescheduled for July 22, and some of the tour was rescheduled for this weekend. During three separate days, Mayor Walsh will visit nine different locations, honoring 20 Main Street volunteers and numerous businesses. This weekend the PikaloX restaurant and volunteer Eugenia Arroyo, will be honored as part of Egleston Square Main Streets. The Little Dipper restaurant, and volunteer Melvin Tutiven will be honored by the Jamaica Plain Centre South Main Streets program.
Have fun and work along other volunteers to ensure that street trees between Jackson Square and Canary Square get the love they need, public spaces are beautiful and ready for spring, and steel bollards are removed of rust and painted. A free community lunch will follow your dedication. We'll meet at Mozart Park at 10 Mozart Street at 9:00 am.
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.
A newly proposed recreational-medical marijuana business may take over the space of longtime Jamaica Plain business, AAA Appliances, which has been at its current location since around 1970. The owner of AAA Appliances, Eleonore Grassa, is also the owner of the 767-773 Centre St. block, and has signed a letter of intent with Giving Tree Health Center, said Brian Bairos, Giving Tree's board president, director, CEP and head of cultivation. An employee at AAA Appliances said that the business is not closing, and that it would either relocate to another Jamaica Plain location or possibly West Roxbury. AAA Appliances has been in Jamaica Plain for around 60 years, first in Hyde Square and in its current location since the 1970s.