Shaken, But Safe After Crash: Papercuts Celebrating Independent Bookstore Day On Saturday

Two cars came crashing through Papercuts' storefront on Wednesday, but that's not stopping our local and beloved bookstore from celebrating Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday. "Miraculously no one was in the store at the time. We're safe, but shaken. If you'd like to help out, there are links to donate on our website," wrote Papercuts' owner Kate Layte in a newsletter blast. The staff has been working hard to cleanup after the accident and they'll be open from noon to 6 pm on Saturday to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day.


History of 30 Carolina Avenue and 52 South Street

At the corner of South Street and Carolina Avenue in Jamaica Plain is a colorful court that hosts lively tennis, pickleball and basketball games throughout the week. Next door, at 30 Carolina Avenue, is a unique brick building and wooden stable that has housed the Penshorn Roofing Company since 1960 (figure 1). If we stand on that corner and turn back the clock over 170 years, we would visit a time of great transformation and growth for the city of Boston and a family that played a significant role in those changes. We would also learn the story of an entrepreneurial immigrant family and the tragedy they endured. Architecture of 30 Carolina Ave
30 Carolina Avenue is a one-and-a-half story Second Empire-style building.


Said & Done Tattoo Open on South Street

There's a new tattoo shop in Jamaica Plain. Gabrielle Hahn opened Said & Done Tattoo at 68 South St., in July. Along with Hahn, who's been tattooing since 1998, there are two other tattoo artists -- Kae James and Alina Gerrish MacLean. Hahn has a BFA in printmaking and specializes in custom work, according to her bio. James' bio states, "They are anxiously awaiting your weird tat ideas."


Coming Soon: The BYTE Shop Will Fix, Repair, Resell, Recycle Electronics + Computer History Museum

Not sure where to take your computer or smartphone when it needs repair? The answer will be the BYTE Shop, which is opening on South Street in July. "The BYTE Shop's primary business will be computer and smartphone repair but I'd like to become known as the local place you can bring broken electronics of all sorts for repair or recycling," said BYTE Shop owner Tim Colgrove. "I'm a firm believer in the reduce/reuse/repair/recycle movement when it comes to electronics. My mission is to divert several tons of electronics from landfill through my repair/recycling services."


South Street Street Fair

ocal businesses invite the neighborhood to an outdoor fair on Saturday, May 8, from 12 noon until 4:00 PM at the South Street Mall and Tennis Courts, located at the corner of South Street and Carolina Ave in Jamaica Plain. Organized by Sazama Real Estate and Ferris Wheels Bike Shop, in partnership with JP Centre/South Main Streets and other local businesses, the South Street Spring Fair aims to bring together neighbors and local businesses for outdoor, socially distanced fun. Ferris has invited local musicians to play on the roof of the South Street building where his bike shop has operated for 39 years. Corey Stallings, Program Director at South Street Youth Center and a Real Estate Professional with Sazama, will host basketball shootouts and other games for kids during the event. Right now, participating South Street businesses include:

Ferris Wheels Bike Shop
Sazama Real Estate
Fiore’s Bakery
Miss Laura’s
Papercuts JP
Fresh Copy
FOCUS Real Estate
40 South
Monumental Market
Polkadog Bakery
McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate

Neighboring bookstore Papercuts JP, owned by Kate Layte, is the newest addition to the corner.