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."
Jamaica Plain is known for its eclectic mix of locally-owned, community-oriented retail stores, restaurants, and cafes, but it’s also the home of many “hidden gems” that residents don’t usually see. Everyone will get the chance to know more than 40 independent, locally-owned businesses and nonprofits will exhibit at the Jamaica Plain Local First Fair on September 14 at the Loring-Greenough House. The fair will be held from 3:30 pm to dusk at the Loring-Greenough House (12 South St.). The rain date is Thursday, September 21st, from 3:30 pm to dusk at the same location. The Local First Fair will feature businesses that offer a wide range of personal and professional services, including coaching, financial services, holistic health, legal, marketing, personal training, photography and printing.