On Centre and Blue Frog Bakery Win Business Holiday Decorations Contest

Blue Frog Bakery and its "GingerBrad" named after bakery owner Brad Brown tied for first place with On Centre in the annual Jamaica Plain Business & Professional Association Business District Holiday Decorations Contest. "We're very excited to have won! I made the 'GingerBrad' couple myself," said Ginger Brown, owner of Blue Frog Bakery and executive director of JP Centre/South Main Streets. "Brad and I know that holiday decorations are vital for business during the holidays, and contribute to a sense of community for the neighborhood. We're also proud to share first place with On Centre!" Four judges looked at the 102 businesses in the Centre and South streets district that had decorations and were awarded points in three categories: most artistic, most festive, and most inviting to customers.

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Cash Mob at On Centre

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Photo of a typo-ridden shirt on sale at Target by @ClaireInBoston, used with permission

Target Tosses ‘Jamaca Plain’ T-shirts

Mega-retailer Target is withdrawing Boston T-shirts because the items feature misspellings such as "Jamaca Plain" and "Southy." A shopper at the chain's new Central Square store spotted the errors on Monday. Seen at the new central sq target...@maureencaught pic.twitter.com/noUCpat7im— Claire (@ClaireInBos) March 13, 2017

That's Central Square, Cambridge of course - not the mythical "Central" neighborhood that looks to us like Downtown. A representative of Minneapolis-based Target apologized for the error and said the shirts will be taken out of retail circulation, the Globe reported. According to a search of the Target web site on Wednesday, the offending clothes had already been removed.

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Charlie, the shop dog of On Centre

Meet Charlie, the On Centre Shop Dog

JP has a tradition of shop cats and shop dogs. From Ivy at Ivy Insurance to Monkey at Pups N' Paradise and Lucy at AAA Appliances, fur-bearers fairly festoon our storefronts. A recent addition to the shop companion animal scene is Charlie at On Centre. Philip Celeste, who runs the 676 Centre St. gift shop, says Charlie is a Tibetan terrier who gets along well with customers.

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JP Holiday Windows Need Your Help in City Contest

A close-up of the window at Tails, 380 Centre St. It's one of three JP business windows in the running for this year's Deck the Windows contest. A new pizza joint in West Roxbury is running away with this year's "Deck the Windows" city contest for holiday decorating — and leaving JP's three entries in the dust. But that could change if JP residents get clicking in the Main Streets contest. Here's the link.

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