Jamaica Plain Recreational Marijuana Dispensary Opening on March 13

It's been a long time coming, but it looks like Jamaica Plain will finally have an open recreational marijuana dispensary. Tomas Gonzalez, Chief Operating Officer of Core Cannabis LLC told Jamaica Plain News that the company will be opening its store Seed at 401A Centre St. in Hyde Square on Saturday, March 13 at 11 am to the public. They will be holding a soft opening on March 6 for friends, family, and invited guests. The approximate 6,000 sq.

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Top Mix Bar and Kitchen JP to Bring American-Caribbean Fusion Menu to Hyde Square

Joseph Correia is looking forward to providing a distinct American-Caribbean fusion menu to his new restaurant, Top Mix Bar and Kitchen JP, in Hyde Square later this year. "We plan to provide a comfortable, fun, and unique environment for all patrons to come and enjoy amazing food, along with uniquely mixed spirits, beer, and wine," said Correia, owner and manager, to Jamaica Plain News. "As suggested by our name Top Mix, we provide what we consider 'traditional bar food but with a twist' that appeals to every and all types of customer tastes." The restaurant will be opening at 365 Centre St., which was most recently occupied by The Frogmore restaurant, which closed in 2020 due to the pandemic. Correia hopes to open the second quarter of 2021.

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JP Marijuana Dispensary Virtual Job Fair on Jan. 29

There will be a virtual job fair on Friday hiring for retail positions for the marijuana dispensary that will be opening later this year. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) and the Office of Returning Citizens are co-hosting the job fair this Friday at 10 am. The Core dispensary will be opening the only adult-use marijuana business in Jamaica Plain in early 2021. Register for free to attend the virtual job fair at jpndc.org/corejobfair. You can email questions to Enrique Ponce at eponce@jpndc.org.

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Organizers of Community Fridge Searching for New Location

The organizers of the Jamaica Plain community fridge  are searching for a new location to host their project, but concerns about liability are making businesses hesitant to commit.  
The original fridge was located outside of D’Friends Barbershop in Hyde Square and was destroyed in a shooting on November 6th. It had been put in place in September as a way to combat spiking food insecurity
Like other community fridges that have sprung up across the US in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the JP fridge sought to fight food insecurity through a simple concept -- those passing by its brightly painted exterior could drop off food donations if able, or take food if in need. 
Josiel Gonzalez, a leading JP fridge volunteer, loved watching people peer into the fridge on their way to the nearby Whole Foods, then circle back on their way home to donate freshly purchased goods. According to Gonzalez, organizers already have a replacement refrigerator. D’Friends would be happy to host the new fridge, but Gonzalez explained that the D’Friends location was always temporary.

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No One Injured After Stones Fall Off Blessed Sacrament Church

For two days in a row the Boston Fire Department visited the Blessed Sacrament Church to attend to falling stones from the building. On Nov. 24, the Boston Fire Department tweeted that, "Some of the beautiful coping stones have show they're aging by falling to the steps below." No injuries were caused by the falling stones. The Blessed Sacrament Church is owned by Hyde Square Task Force, which purchased it in 2014 with the intent of redeveloping it into a community center.

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