Gerald Robbins, executive director of Hyde Jackson Main Street, speaks at the organization's annual meeting on Tuesday, March 24, 2015.

‘I Love the Vision of Hyde Jackson’

About 40 merchants and residents gathered Tuesday morning for breakfast and brainstorming about the progress Hyde and Jackson squares have made over the past year. Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, the business and community development agency for the neighborhoods, also held its annual meeting during the session at the Julia Martin House. "I feel a lot more comfortable being a business owner in Jamaica Plain because of what you do," said entrepreneur Yessy Feliz of Tails. The dog grooming, doggie daycare and pet supply store has grown recently, occupying storefronts across from one another in the heart of Hyde Square. "We're taking over the neighborhood," Feliz joked.

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Nona (Patricia Cullen) in the Escena Latina Teatro production of "La Nona" in Mozart Park on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Crowd Enjoys Spanish-language Theater in Mozart Park

More than 150 people attended Tuesday's production of "La Nona," a comedy written by Argentine Roberto Cossa. Roslindale's Escena Latina Teatro performed it in Spanish. Here's a gallery of photos from a lovely night in Mozart Park. The performance was organized by Hyde Jackson Square Main Street, a business and community development organization. And they had lots of help, including Hyde Square Task Force and several local business sponsors.

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Screenshot of clip of Escena Latina Teatro's production of "La Nona" in Mozart Park on July 29, 2014.

Video: Outdoor Theater in Spanish Comes to Mozart Park

More than 150 people attended an outdoor production of the comedy, "La Nona" in Mozart Park Tuesday night. Here's one scene that gives a flavor of the play, which was presented in Spanish. In this clip, Chicho (Victor Hugo Arellano), tries to convince Don Francisco (Juan Carlos Pinedo) it'd be a great idea to marry Chicho's ancient grandmother. Roslindale's Escena Latina Teatro produced the play, which was written by Argentina's Roberto Cossa. Hyde Jackson Square Main Street organized the event with help from sponsors including El Oriental de Cuba, Alex's Chimis, El Mundo and Tremendous Maid, among others.

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Lakis Vlahoulis of il Panino Cafe and Grill, right, gestures to Victoria Amador of Tremendous Maid, Rosana Rivera of Latino Beauty Salon and Mayor Marty Walsh.

Mayor Touts Small Biz Programs at il Panino in Jackson Square

Domino's Pizza can sell two pies for $10. A neighborhood shop like Il Panino Cafe & Grill can't match that economy of scale. "Small business is always under attack," said Lakis Vlahoulis, owner of the 268 Centre St. restaurant known for its calzones and thin-crust pizza. "We can't compete."

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