El Oriental de Cuba and George’s Shoes Honored as City’s Inaugural Legacy Business Award Winners

Two longtime Jamaica Plain businesses were honored as part of the city's inaugural list of Legacy Business awardees. El Oriental de Cuba and George's Shoes were among the 30 businesses across the city that Mayor Michelle Wu recognized on May 18. "El Oriental de Cuba has been a favorite family owned restaurant for the past 30 years, and it is an honor to be recognized by the City of Boston,” said Yvonne Torres, owner of El Oriental de Cuba. “Receiving the Business Legacy award not only acknowledges the restaurant itself, but the incredible community of Jamaica Plain that has kept this restaurant alive during and after the pandemic. My father Nobel Garcia and late owner, well known and loved by everyone, would have been extremely proud to see his restaurant be recognized as a legacy institution."


George’s Shoes Celebrating 100 Years on July 10

George’s Shoes will celebrate 100 years in business during the Open Streets Boston festival planned for Centre Street on July 10. JP Centre/South Main Streets will present a birthday cake to the family-owned store in recognition of hitting the century mark.  The business was founded by George Abrams in 1922, and sells shoes, handbags, jewelry, and a variety of other gifts from its store at 669 Centre St. Abrams came to the U.S. from Romania when he was just seven years old, worked as a foreman in a shoe factory before opening his first store in 1922. He was able to expand with additional stores in the South End, Inman Square, Warren Street, Dudley Street, and Jackson Square. Back then there were actually still shoemakers in Jamaica Plain.


Celebrate Galentine’s Day with Wine & Chocolate Tour in JP

Wine and chocolate. It's hard to go wrong on Galentine's Day with those two aphrodisiacs. Yes, Galentine's Day. Galentine's Day was created by Amy Poehler's character Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation to celebrate female friendship on the day before Valentine's Day. JP Centre/South Main Streets is helping you celebrate Galentine's Day with a wine and chocolate tour, and other special local treats on a Feb.