Ten Jamaica Plain Businesses Awarded ‘Best of Boston’ by Boston Magazine

Boston Magazine’s annual “Best of Boston” issue has hit stands, and 2015 marks the 42nd anniversary of the awards! For the past 12 months, Boston magazine’s team of expert judges ate, drank, and shopped their way across the city, the ‘burbs, and the Cape and the Islands to find the very best the area has to offer. This year, 10 Jamaica Plain businesses won "Best of Boston" awards in the “Arts & Entertainment,” “Dining,” and “Neighborhood Best” categories. Here is a complete list of the winners:

Arts & Entertainment, Record Store: Deep Thoughts JP
Dining, Brunch: Tres Gatos
Dining, Ethiopian: The Blue Nile
Dining, Bread: Blue Frog Bakery
Dining, Pastry: Canto 6 Bakery
Dining, Romantic: Centre Street Café
Neighborhood Best, Eat: Thursdays on the Lawn, Loring-Greenough House
Neighborhood Best, Drink: Canary Square
Neighborhood Best, Shop: Kitchenwitch
Neighborhood Best, Discover: Boating on Jamaica Pond

For a complete list of all “Best of Boston” winners, head over to BostonMagazine.com.

Screen shot of portion of map for June 2014 JP Centre/South First Thursdays Artwalk

Your Map to the June JP Centre/South Artwalk

It's First Thursday again, which means shops, restaurants and galleries all along Centre/South will be hosting the work of local artists. The event, guaranteed to be lively even if the anticipated rain doesn't let up, runs from 5-9 p.m. on Thursday, June 5. Here's your map to the festivities, showing the more than 40 venues that will be taking part in the evening, which is organized by JP Centre/South Main Streets. As in previous First Thursdays this year, a "cash mob" will be conducted at one of the district's businesses. The idea is simple: Residents come to the store armed with $10 or $20 or more to spend, giving a boost to one of the community's shops.