Trick-or-Treat! Centre Street Bizs on Halloween Day

Attention all little astronauts, ballerinas, and construction workers -- there will be trick-or-treating this year on Centre Street. The Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association is organizing trick-or-treating along South and Centre streets from noon to 5 pm on Halloween day. Businesses are being encouraged to give out treat outside of their businesses to avoid crowding indoors.


Go Trick-or-Treating on Centre Street During Halloween

Not sure where to take the kiddos to trick-or-treat in the area on Halloween? Head to Centre Street as numerous businesses are offering tricks and/or treats from 3 to 6 pm. You can identify participating businesses by orange signs in their windows, advertising the Trick-or-Treat event. Teal signs indicate non-food treats. The Jamaica Plain Business and Professional Association (BAPA) is the organizer of this annual event.


New Cigarette ‘Buttlers’ Help Centre Street Look Its Best

In November, Jamaica Plain News reported that smart receptacles for cigarette butts would soon be coming to Centre Street. These Sidewalk Buttlers are now up. Each box bears the name of a local business that helped sponsor the project. The boxes are inconspicuous, so you might not have noticed them yet. "I think that they’re really helpful because I do smoke and there are not always trash cans nearby," said Ari Barrett, who works at Caffé Nero.


Did Winter Hurt Your JP Business? Snow Loan Program Could Help

If you own a business in JP and have losses because of the punishing series of storms we endured, there's help. A state program is offering loans of $5,000 to $10,000 to help local businesses "regain financial stability and recover from lost storm revenue." Brad Brown of Blue Frog Bakery touted the program at Wednesday's meeting of the JP Business & Professional Association. He said his Green Street business lost $12,000 in February from weather-related closings. The program, which could make as much as $1 million in loans available, would run through May, according to a press release.

Participating stores along Centre/Street offer trick or treat from 3-6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Trick or Treat at Centre/South Businesses

Hello neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for all things JP for Monday, Oct. 27. Trick or Treat at Centre/South Businesses: As it does each year, the JP Business & Professional Assoc. sponsors Trick or Treat by participating businesses all along the Centre/South corridor.


11th Annual Canine Costume Parade and Fashion Show

The 11th Annual Canine Costume Parade and Fashion Show, sponsored by the JP Business & Professional Assoc., Pet Cabaret and JP Centre/South Main Streets will be on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 1 p.m.

Registration and check-in is noon on Oct. 25 at First Baptist Church
(next to the Post Office). The parade goes from the church to the South Street Mall, where the fashion show takes place. Entry Fee is $10 with proceeds to the City of Boston Animal Shelter.

Community Meeting to be Held Wednesday About Franklin Park Muggings

Good morning, neighbors. Here's your Morning Memo for this warm fall day. Community Meeting About Muggings in Franklin Park: While much of the park isn't in JP, I know a lot of JP residents enjoy using the it. There's a community meeting Wednesday to address recent armed robberies in Franklin Park. (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk'));
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Gerry Ford, founder of Caffè Nero, makes a point during a meeting with the JP Business & Professional Assoc. on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

JP Business Group Stands Firm on ‘No’ to Caffè Nero

Give Caffè Nero executives credit — they waded into a basement meeting room crammed with local business owners already on record as not wanting the international coffee house chain in Jamaica Plain. But while several members of the JP Business & Professional Assoc. were complimentary of the presentation and question-and-answer session provided by the U.K.-based coffee giant, Caffè Nero didn't change any votes. The presentation, the family-owned chain's third so far in JP, came Thursday during a meeting at Prudential Realty on Centre Street. Caffè Nero has a signed lease to move into 733 Centre St., across from Blanchards.


JP Business & Professional Assoc.

Each month the JP Business & Professional Assoc. meets at a local business for lunch, networking and presentations. Meetings are usually held on third Wednesdays, but September's meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, at Prudential Unlimited Realty, 673 Centre St., with lunch served at 12:15 p.m. and the meeting beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Board member Michael Reiskind reports that the agenda for the September meeting includes:

A request by Caffè Nero for support for a 7-day common victualler (restaurant) license and take-out license at 733 Centre Street. A request by Ten Tables at 597 Centre St.