Genevieve Day, center, co-owner of JP Knit & Stitch, participates in the weekly Stitch Night at her Hyde Square business on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

This Ain’t No Yarn: JP Knit & Stitch Is For Sale

Do you love yarn and have always wanted your own knitting business? Here's your opportunity because JP Knit & Stitch is for sale. "Our five year lease is up and this seems like the perfect opportunity to transition ownership of the shop. We are looking for the right person -- or person(s) -- to take over the shop and nurture its growth into its next phase. Our terms are very reasonable. This is a great moment to step into a fully operational community yarn + fabric shop," wrote co-owner Genevieve Day in an email blast.


Fearless: A Panel Discussion with JP Women Business Owners on October 16th

JP Centre/South Main Streets is presenting a panel discussion of prominent women business owners in Jamaica Plain to hear their stories about running a business. Panelist will include Joy Silverstein from Fresh Hair Salon, Genevieve Day from JP Knit & Stitch, Kim Mitchell from Boing! Toy Shop, Karen McCormack from McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate, and Christine Rose from Imani Massage. Each panelist will share biographical information about themselves and their businesses, and then answer audience questions. The panel discussion is part of the city's WeBos Week program and is being hosted by the Women Entrepreneurs Boston. WeBos is a "program that advances women entrepreneurs by providing resources and networking opportunities.

Genevieve Day, center, co-owner of JP Knit & Stitch, participates in the weekly Stitch Night at her Hyde Square business on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017.

‘Craft Activists’ Knit Women’s Rights Into Every Stitch

Every Friday night is community stitch night at JP Knit & Stitch, and this month’s gatherings have been dedicated to the Pussy Hat Project to support the Women’s Marches on Saturday. Knitters make hats and donate them with a note about the issues that concern them most. Some knitters created four or five hats. Hundreds of people have come into the store to pick up hats for the March in Boston. People offered to buy the hats, but they weren’t for sale.

The back of a Hyde Square billboard still sports remains from what is probably an anti-displacement sign from the era of the Whole Foods battle

Tattered Banners, Ghosts of Gentrification Battles Past, Still Hang Over Hyde Square

While walking to a meeting Monday night, I glanced at the back of the billboards above JP Knit & Stitch. Shreds of banners from the 2011 Whole Foods fight hang there still. That was the year the Whole Foods Market in Jamaica Plain became a flash point for the debate over the neighborhood's gentrification. The banners appeared in March 2011, as neighborhood discussions focused on the proposal for the upscale grocer to move in to the Hi-Lo Foods space. The owners of Hi-Lo sold after many years serving a primarily Latino clientele.