Longtime South Street business Fresh Hair will be closing its doors for the last time in the next week after being open for 37 years in Jamaica Plain. Salon ownership announced the closure this past fall through its customer newsletter. "It has been a wonderful time, and we are ready to move on to other adventures," said the brief explanation of the closure. Services will be offered through Dec. 21st, and there will be an open house on Dec.
The owner of Papercuts JP is co-launching a new publishing venture to complement her independent Jamaica Plain bookstore. According to Improper Bostonian, Papercuts owner and manager Kate Layte, who opened the bookstore in 2014, is teaming up with media and events director Katie Eelman to launch Cutlass Press. Eelman will serve as editor-in-chief for the operation, and hopes to publish between three and five books each year. “There are so many wonderful writers whose work breaks the mold of traditional publishing. We want to help to amplify those voices," she told the Improper.
Opened a year ago at 5 Green St., Papercuts JP was prominently displayed Saturday at the seventh annual Boston Book Festival held at Copley Square and adjacent venues. Working in collaboration with Harvard Book Store, Papercuts JP was one of seven metropolitan-area independent booksellers at the Book Festival. Boston proper has only two independent book sellers focusing on new books: Trident on Newbury Street and Papercuts JP. Papercuts JP had a table overflowing with new books at the Boston Common Hotel on the second floor conference room. This summer, Jamaica Plain News spoke to proprietor Kate Layte about her first seven months in business.
Nothing is more heavenly than the scent of freshly baked pastries and books. Both uplift the soul at the end of Green Street where next door to each other are Blue Frog Bakery and Papercuts JP, Jamaica Plain's newest indie bookstore. Papercuts is owned and managed by Kate Layte, 29, of Forest Hills. She opened the 5 Green St. store on Nov.29, 2014 during Small Business Saturday. "I had a fantastic opening day," she said.