How to Run a Successful Independent Business in Jamaica Plain

While Jamaica Plain prides itself on supporting independent businesses -- operating one is not as easy as just opening up shop in the neighborhood. "I would advise anyone looking to start an independent business in JP to start with a love of the neighborhood. If you love the neighborhood, it will love you back," said David Warner, who co-founded City Feed and Supply with Kristine Cortese, and opened their first store in 2000 on Boylston Street and their second store on Centre Street in 2008. "Secondly, I would advise them to ask for help in every direction it is available." That help can come from numerous local organizations and nonprofits, including Boston Main Streets, the City of Boston, Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, JP Local First and JP Business and Professional Association (BAPA).

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Read the Sign: Everyone is Welcome at City Feed and Supply (and in Jamaica Plain)

One of Jamaica Plain's more prominent and popular businesses has made it clear with a sign in their window -- everyone is welcome. The sign at City Feed and Supply on Centre Street features a hijab-wearing woman and proclaims "Everyone is Welcome Here" in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese. Twitter user Melissa Jean tweeted a photo of the sign on Nov. 18, adding "props to @cityfeednews for this welcoming sign." A City Feed and Supply employee told Jamaica Plain News that a woman came into the store on Friday and asked if she could post the sign. Management quickly and wholeheartedly agreed, and displayed the sign in the store's front window.

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City Feed and Supply on Boylston Street Closed for Building Repairs, Hoping to Reopen This Fall

The City Feed and Supply on Boylston Street will be closed starting Aug. 15 due to needed building repairs, with the hope that the store will be ready to reopen in the fall. "It is our hope that the work will be completed as quickly as possible and we will be able to re-open this store in the fall," wrote Kristine Cortese and David Warner, owners of the market/café/deli, in an email newsletter. "We will be retaining all the folks who currently work at Boylston Street and moving them to our Centre Street location (aka Big Feed, C St)." Cortese and Warner founded City Feed and Supply 16 years ago with the notion that it "...was a neighborhood store that sold food you would actually want to eat every day, not just snacks and junk food."

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