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.
Jamaica Plain Local First has launched a social media promotion starting Monday that will award gift cards to three restaurants a week through the duration of the promotion. This week customers can win gift cards to Blue Nile, the Joint, and Brassica Kitchen. Two customers who purchase food from a featured restaurant will win a $50 gift card to be “gifted” to a friend or family member. There will be two winners chosen per restaurant. The #JPLovesFood program will run from January 4 to February 28, with three independent Jamaica Plain restaurants featured each week.
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.
The Steering Committee of JP Local First is pleased to announce that they have hired a new Director of Membership and Community Outreach, Cyd Charise Jeyes. You may have met her recently at the Local First Fair, or around the neighborhood, where she is a regular patron of many of our members. Cyd grew up in the Egleston Square area and after traveling and living away from JP for several years, moved back with her family five years ago. Cyd has a wealth of experience ranging from teaching to marketing to event production as well as being an accomplished artist. In addition to her love for the neighborhood and its diversity of locally-owned businesses, she brings Spanish proficiency to the job.
UPDATE: The JP Local First Fair has been postponed to June 27 due to inclement weather. There are more than 165 independent businesses in Jamaica Plain and dozens of them will be participating in the 3rd Annual JP Local First Fair. During the free fair you'll have the chance to learn more about locally-owned businesses and nonprofits that will have tables set up with info, products and services. In the past, you've been able to sample food and products, get free massages, learn about volunteering and more. "One of the many remarkable things about our community is its great diversity of local and independent businesses and non profits," said David Warner, Chair of the Steering Committee for JP Local First, and owner of City Feed and Supply, adding that the fair is a great opportunity to make a new connection with a business you may not have known about already.
December 1 is going to be a busy day along Centre and South streets in Jamaica Plain. There will be two tree lightings with Mayor Walsh, a JP Library Book Sale and a Boston Symphony Orchestra performance and more across the area. The 23rd Annual Mayor's Enchanted Trolley Tour are tree lightings are taking place from Nov. 30 through Dec. 2.
Do your shopping in Jamaica Plain this holiday season and you'll be supporting local businesses while also having the opportunity to win gift cards when participating in the JP Local First Bingo Game. First you'll want to download the official bingo card by clicking here. Under the bingo card you can see a list of dozens of JP Local First business members where you can go shopping. When you visit those businesses you need to fill out your bingo card by writing the name of the business and date you visited it on the card. Once you've filled five bingo squares in a row -- bingo!
What do more than 50 local businesses, poutine, Mexican street corn, a social media contest and a bouncy house have in common? They're all going to be at the 2nd Annual JP Local First Fair this Thursday at the Loring-Greenough House. The JP Local First Fair is a great way to support many of our JP businesses, or get to know new ones. There will be a wide array of businesses with focuses on: bicycling, canines, real estate, financial planning, theater, helping the elderly, acupuncture, music, dance, legal services and more. This year's JP Local First Fair will feature live music from Back Bay Drumming and Evan of Music at the Blissful.
Every time you visit a JP Local First member business use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst and you may win one of three prizes in the Love Your Local contest. Anyone can use the hashtag #JPLocalFirst on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter to earn points. You can also use points by commenting, sharing, reposting, retweeting or tagging other people's #JPLocalFirst posts. The person with the most points will win $500 to spend at JP Local First member businesses. The second place finisher will get $300 and there will also be a wild card raffle for someone to win $2o0 to be spent at local businesses.
Sexual harassers and sexual assaulters are being exposed every day throughout the country. But it's not just famous Hollywood moguls, actors, chefs and politicians -- sexual harassment happens at regular work places, too. With that in mind JP Local First is offering a seminar on sexual harassment for small business owners and non-profits on November 14th. The session will feature Amy Carlin, a partner at Morgan, Brown & Joy LLP, who will give a 90-minute talk with a Q&A session. According to Morgan, Brown & Joy's website, Carlin works on "cases that arise in the employment context, such as discrimination and retaliation claims, wage and other state and federal statutory actions."