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.
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.
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.
Miss that feeling of watching a movie on the big screen? Then you'll want to check out the first JP Movie Night Drive-In Movie experience being held this Saturday night. The cult classic comedy Groundhog Day will be the first drive-in movie, and be shown on June 27 at 8:30 pm. show at at St. Theresa of Avila Church in West Roxbury.
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.