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.
How do you feel about parklets, or mini-parks, being in Jamaica Plain this summer? That's the topic for a JP Centre/South Main Streets survey. Installing parklets is a city initiative throughout Main Streets districts for this summer. "A Parklet repurposes part of the street, typically one or two parking spaces, into a public space in which people can gather and socialize. In cities across the country, Parklets play an important role in neighborhood placemaking, encouraging community interactions and a vibrant street life," says a Boston.gov document about the initiative.
An online petition is circulating asking to have protected bike lanes installed on Centre Street. "If the City takes Vision Zero seriously, major thoroughfares that have the street space available should have protected bike lanes installed. Let's start small and practically by choosing Centre Street to install parking-protected bike lanes," says the petition. The petition is being formally submitted to Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and also asks for comments to be specifically directed to Boston's Transportation Department. "The bike lanes already exist and, due to road construction, have been in dire need of repainting.
Celebrate Hyde and Jackson Squares as a destination for food and shopping at the 4th annual Inside Out Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, May 19 from 12:00 - 3:00 pm. Food from 5 continents and diverse shopping from 45 business that will move their products from the inside of their stores to the outside will be mixed in with live outdoor music and street artists. More information and updates to participating businesses can be found at https://bit.ly/2r3YbUM