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.
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.
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.
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.
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.