Support our Jamaica Plain businesses by shopping local and getting lots of deal during Plaid Days and Plaid Weekend this Saturday and Sunday. JP Local First and JP Centre/South Main Streets has joined the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) to launch their Shop Indie Local holiday campaign, urging individuals and businesses to shift their holiday spending to locally owned and independent businesses. As part of the Shop Indie Local festivities, JP Local First and JP Centre/South Main Streets are promoting “November is the new December,” and this weekend's Plaid Weekend. There will be a variety of events planned to recognize customer appreciation, great deals, and charity giving that includes some businesses donating a percentage of sales to Spontaneous Celebrations. It's important to support our local independent businesses that keeps money locally by supporting local jobs, taxes, and other community-building investments.
How good are you at Jamaica Plain trivia? Good enough to beat the assumed JP trivia champ? Sign up for the virtual Jamaica Plain Trivia Battle Royale on Nov. 12, and you'll see how much trivia you know. The evening will be full of facts, celebrity clues, historical info, and commercials from JP's local businesses.
Like the rest of the country, the Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on Jamaica Plain's stores and restaurants. As the state slowly loosens restrictions, it's important for us to feel comfortable to go back to our favorite stores and restaurants. As the months have gone on businesses have altered the way they operate. Have they worked? Have contactless payments eased your mind?
The Jamaica Plain Main Streets Relief Fund will distribute $500 grants to Jamaica Plain residents, or employees of neighborhood businesses. Applications are now open for the fund. Applications went live on Monday and priority will be given to applicants who are unable to receive or ineligible for other forms of public assistance. "We would like to place people of color, all genders, people without papers, people formerly incarcerated, and those facing housing instability at the front of the line for support," said an email sent out by JP Centre/South Main Streets. The total number of grants to be given out in the first round, or any successive rounds, depends on the success of the fundraising campaign.
JP Centre/South Main Streets (JPCSMS) is a volunteer-led non-profit that works to strengthen the JP Centre/South business district as a vibrant center of community life. Right now, we are confronting the economic realities of the COVID-19 crisis, and suddenly finding ourselves in the position to lead our community in economic recovery efforts. Dozens of volunteers have already reached out to discuss how to best support our local businesses. Please read below to learn how you can contribute to ongoing recovery efforts. JPCSMS has identified three projects for immediate and long term impact.