Pine Village Preschool Moving Into Old Harvest Co-Op Building on South Street

From groceries to little kids: the old Harvest Co-Op building on South Street will be empty no more come September. Joana Araujo, director of the Pine Village Preschool, confirmed to Jamaica Plain News that the school will be moving its classrooms at the First Baptist Church (633 Centre St.) to a roomier space at the former Harvest Co-Op location at 57 South St. Pine Village Preschool (PVP) is a Spanish Language Immersion school for toddlers and preschoolers with two locations in Jamaica Plain, with the second in St John's Episcopal Church on Revere Street. "Our Mission is to educate and nurture each child’s individuality within a culturally diverse, bilingual community so that every child develops a true passion for learning and an ability to engage in any environment and community," says the school's website. Araujo, originally from the Azores, immigrated to the United Sates 14 years ago.

The former Harvest Coop space at 57 South St. on May 20, 2015.

Life Alive Cafe Confirms It Wants a Jamaica Plain Location

Vegan-friendly Life Alive confirms it wants to open a location in JP — but it won't be 57 South St., former home of Harvest Coop.  

Jamaica Plain News reached out to Life Alive, which has locations in Salem, Cambridge and Lowell, about possibly moving to 57 South St., after residents mentioned it as something they'd like to see in the space. Here's Live Alive's response:
We are thrilled to hear that Jamaica Plain's residents want us to bring one of our cafes to the neighborhood. We do indeed have plans to expand to JP. We have already considered the old Harvest Coop location and, unfortunately, it was not a good fit for us.

The former Harvest Coop space at 57 South St. on May 20, 2015.

The Old Harvest Space on South Street: What Should Go There?

Perhaps no commercial vacancy in the last few years has prompted as much speculation on what should go there next as 57 South St., former home of Harvest Coop. Landlord Dean Rusk is marketing the property as a "retail/restaurant" opportunity, according to a poster in the window. Interested parties are asked to call 617-274-4900 or email Harvest shuttered the store in April, citing operating losses in each of the past three fiscal years. Harvest has a location .7 miles away across from Forest Hills Station.

Detlev Alain Koepke

Detlev Alain Koepke, 58: Philosophy Teacher, Neighborhood Advocate

Detlev Alain Koepke was born on June 23, 1956 at Kandang Kerbau Hospital in Singapore. He spent his early childhood in Munich, Germany and immigrated to the United States at age nine. After graduating from the liberal arts honors program at the University of Texas at age 19, and attending Columbia University’s Ph.D history program on a full scholarship (he obtained a Master’s degree), Detlev moved to Boston in 1983 to attend Harvard Divinity School. In his 30-plus years in Jamaica Plain, Detlev was very active in the local community, in many creative, academic and social justice pursuits. He participated and performed in international folk dancing troupes, sang in the Dedham Choral Society, and formed a number of recorder performance groups.


Statement from Harvest Coop Board on Closure of South Street Store

On Tuesday, Harvest Coop announced it will be closing its 57 South St. store. Below is a letter from the community-owned grocer's board of directors. Background

The Harvest Co-op Market on South Street in Jamaica Plain is facing the end of its lease term on February 28, 2015. The store has operated in this location for 15 years and has been a valued part of the neighborhood since it opened.