JP Centre/South Main Streets Updates Mission Statement to Focus More on Equity and Diversity

The board of directors for JP Centre/South Main Street recently voted to update the organization's mission statement to direct more focus on issues of equity and diversity in the business district. The new mission statement will be a guiding force in development of programs, events, and strategic planning. The organization's new mission statement is as follows:

JP Centre/South Main Streets works to support and enhance a vibrant, multicultural business district which contributes to a diverse, welcoming community for people to live, work, and visit. The organization's objectives are as follows:

ECONOMIC VITALITY: Assisting and attracting both existing and new businesses to achieve a lively, diverse, and equitable center of commercial and community activity. DESIGN: Using an inclusive design approach to improve access for people of all ages and abilities.

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JP Centre/South Main Streets Online Zoom Fundraiser Cocktail Hour

Due to COVID-19 and shutdown, we had to delay our Spring fundraiser. BUT through adversity comes innovation, and we have decided to try an ONLINE Wine Tasting as our fundraiser. Click here for tickets

Join us on Zoom as we sample wines from Streetcar Wines in Jamaica Plain and share the finer notes of their wine selection, while you taste along with us at home. Wines will be available from Streetcar PRIOR to the event, and ready for pick-up or delivery. A portion of their sales of these wines will go to JP Centre/South Main Streets.

Fundraising Campaign to Help Centre Street Bizs Adapt to New Reality of Outdoor Seating and More

Restaurants are now allowed to have customers inside at a reduced capacity, and to help offset the loss of customers, outdoor seating has been expanded for many eateries. To help cover some of the costs for businesses due to the pandemic, JP Centre/South Main Streets is holding a fundraising campaign to pay for things such as outdoor seating. The campaign runs through July 22 and has a target goal of $40,000, and as of July 8 had raised $3,545. JP Centre/South Main Streets is also letting customers know that businesses are open by asking them to put an orange balloon outside of their location. Business owners David Doyle of a trio of restaurants Tres Gatos, Little Dipper, and Casa Verde, and David Warner of City Feed & Supply, recently partnered to purchase the required jersey barriers (water-filled) for outdoor seating areas.

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Artwork (Especially From Kids) Wanted for JP Together Light Show

Artwork from community members is wanted for a JP Centre/South Main Streets large-scale projection show happening next weekend on the facade of J.P. Licks to support frontline workers. "We invite the people of Jamaica Plain to join this celebration by contributing artwork that expresses gratitude for the community. Kids’ artwork is especially encouraged!" said a JP Centre/South Main Streets newsletter. The light show will take place May 23 to May 25.

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